Mar 12, 2015
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, television was exploding
everywhere, and radio was fading. Radio producers went to
great lengths to survive as long as they could. One of their
tricks was to hire famous movie stars as radio actors. Hence
Jimmy Stewart as the Six-Shooter, Alan Ladd in Box 13, and Bogart
and Bacall in Bold Venture.
The Ziv Company, a radio syndicator, created a show starring Irene Dunne (five Oscar nominations) and Fred MacMurray (who would become even more popular several years later on My Three Sons). The show was called Bright Star, but it was also called The Irene Dunne and Fred MacMurray Show in an attempt to pull in more listeners.
Dunne was a smalltown newspaper editor and MacMurray her star reporter, George. The program ran just one season, in 1952-53.
This episode, George and the Society Burglar, first aired on December 11, 1952.