It’s a quiet day in Lake Woe-Is-Me, where the women are on steroids, the men are good for nothing much better, and the children . . . are not above eating their parents. So relax. Listen. Enjoy. Mostly in that order . . .
Vic & Sade: Wallpapering at Midnight (NBC, 1941)—Their “adorable landlord’s” late visit prompts an unexpected and unusual project. Vic: Art Van Harvey. Rush: Bill Idelson. Sade: Bernadine Flynn. Announcer: Mel Allen. Writer: Paul Rhymer.
The Danny Kaye Show: Back from Washington (CBS, 1945)—“Now that you’re back,” crows Eve (Arden), “we can all get back to abnormal.” Famous last words, as the gang discovers when Danny (Kaye) opens the bundle he brought home. Additional cast: Lionel Stander, Ken Niles. Music: Harry James and His Orchestra. Announcer: Ken Niles. Writers: Goodman Ace, Sylvia Fine, Abe Burrows.
The Great Gildersleeve: Gildy the Diplomat (NBC, 1946)—After Leroy (Walter Tetley) falls out with his best friend and finds himself bored, Gildy (Harold Peary) suggests more of an interest in worldly affairs, among other ideas both may live to regret. Birdie: Lillian Randolph. Marjorie: Lurene Tuttle. Hooker: Earle Ross. Peavey: Richard LeGrand. Writers: John Whedon, Sam Moore.
Concerto in Miniature: Kicking Brass and Taking Names (NBC/CBC [JOINT], 1953)—That would be Stan Kenton, the master of “Artistry in Rhythm”—and some of the brassiest, voluminous (and we do mean loud) ensemble arranging in jazz (the Kenton band at the height of its life was known particularly as an arrangers’ band)—bringing his aggregation to Vancouver, Canada’s Georgia Auditorium.
Fibber McGee & Molly: The Boys Go to Work (NBC, 1954)–The Sage of 79 Wistful Vista (James Jordan) and cronies plan to fix up the servicemen’s hall, as a surprise favour to Molly (Marian Jordan) and the women’s club, who have a surprise of their own when the boys finish swinging their hammers and paint brushes. Wimpole/The Old Timer: Bill Thompson. Doc: Arthur Q. Bryan. Announcer: John Wald. Director: Max Hutto. Writers: Phil Leslie, Bill Danch.
The CBS Radio Workshop: Brave New World (Conclusion; CBS, 1956)–Part two of the program’s inaugural radio play, narrated by the author himself, based on Aldous Huxley’s futuristic nightmare of benign tyranny by way of chemical pacification, psychic collectivism, indoctrination trance, and artificial, dehumanised reproduction. Cast: Sam Edwards, Gloria Henry, Bill Idelson, Byron Kane, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Charlotte Lawrence, Vic Perrin, Lurene Tuttle. Announcer/host: William Conrad. Music: Bernard Herrmann. Writer: William Froug, adapted from the novel.