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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

May 12, 2015

Why did Shirley Temple turn down the lead role in The Wizard of Oz?

Who named his sidekick after his high school shop teacher - and for good reason?

Which actor did Lassie himself pick to be in his TV series?

How old was the Naughty Lady of Shady Lane?

All these questions were asked in the Trivia Bowl at last...

May 1, 2015

Beautiful dames, psychotic criminals, and ominous organ music - the classic elements of the audio-noir private eye radio show. 

This one was called I Deal in Crime, and the detective was named Ross Dolan.  He was played by William Gargan, who three years later would play private eye Martin Kane. 

Gargan was also a...

Apr 20, 2015

Edgar Rice Burroughs was destitute.  He had tried several careers, from gold mining to running a retail store, from cowboying (?) to the army, and failed in all of them. 

Finally, at the age of 35, he turned to writing.  He believed he could write better drivel than he was seeing in the pulp magazines, and his first...

Apr 16, 2015

Lloyd Nolan and Claire Trevor were two movie stars who also starred in a short-run, kind-of-private-eye series in late 1944.

Lloyd Nolan appeared in the movies for a full half-century, from 1935 to 1985.  He was detective Michael Shayne in a series of films, and he appeared in such movies as A Tree Grows in...

Apr 2, 2015

Here's another fun show that slipped through the cracks.  What happens when an average American family is bequeathed a genuine English butler?  That's easy - hilarity ensues, of course. 

Harry McNaughton, who for years was a panelist on the zany quiz show It Pays To Be Ignorant, was Higgins. 

The show ran for just...