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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Apr 30, 2013

Hollywood Star Playhouse was a half-hour program that featured a different Hollywood movie star every week, appearing in a radio drama especially written for the show.

Marilyn Monroe made her first radio appearance on the Hollywood Star Playhouse. 

And the episode we have for you here proved so popular that it evolved...

Apr 25, 2013

Pity the stupid counterfeiter. 

Francis Leroy Henning had a brilliant idea - instead of counterfeiting something valuable (he had already been busted for making fake $5.00 bills), why not make some fake nickels?  Who pays attention to small change?  Who would notice?

Unfortunately, he made a small mistake.  And ended...

Apr 22, 2013

New York City had The First Nighter, Chicago had Curtain Time.  The shows were quite similar. 

The idea in each case was that you were not listening to your radio, but actually attending the premiere of a new play in the downtown theatre district.

Most of the plays on Curtain Time were lighthearted...

Apr 15, 2013

Al Jolson was once known as the World's Greatest Entertainer.  He had his own radio show from 1932 to 1949.  He starred in the first "talkie" movie, The Jazz Singer, in 1927. 

His radio show had many names over the years.  This version was called The Kraft Music Hall, and this episode, from May 6, 1948, features...

Apr 11, 2013

This photograph caught my eye the other day.

A Garrett metal detector, put together like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, like Bizarro, with most of the parts but just put together crazily. The shaft upside down, the coil cord running directly from the coil to the control box, instead of being wrapped around the rod.