Our Miss Brooks

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 086 (Our Miss Brooks)

Our Miss Brooks was a long running and popular CBS Old Time Radio show. It began airing in 1948 and lasted until 1957. In fact it was so widely received that it spawned a TV adaptation from 1952 until 1956. Furthermore it even was made into a feature length movie!

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Of course since this is the beginning of December. Our episode this week is entitled “Magic Christmas Tree”. Which focuses on Miss Brooks, who is played by Eve Arden, finding herself alone on Christmas Eve. Thanks in no small part to an enterprising young boy, she finds that she had purchased more than a festive tree. It is as the boy tells her, in fact a magic Christmas tree. Which naturally means that hilarity ensues shortly after the purchase and maybe a little wish fulfillment too.

Now this isn’t the first time we’ve visited Our Miss Brooks!


Thanks to listener Rick Doherty we talked about this show on the 57th episode of the podcast. Truth be told he has also suggested an appropriately holiday themed episode later in the month.
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So without further ado, pour yourself a cup of eggnog, and join us for Retro Radio Memories. As we get into the Holiday Spirit with Our Miss Brooks!

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 85 (Rocky Fortune)

Rocky Fortune was a short lived Old Time Radio series on NBC back in 1953. The popularity of the show was in no small part to whom the showrunners casts as Fortune. Namely none other than Frank Sinatra!

Now bear in mind this isn’t a typical mystery program. No matter what that above GIF might make you think. As a matter of fact I bet you will quite enjoy the overall lightness of the show. Thanks to the writing by creator of Rocky Fortune, George Lefferts, the program plays to Sinatra’s strengths. Which is of course being a mixture of a smooth talker as well as completely cheeky. Moreover would you truly expect anything less from the future Chairman of the Board?
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I do go into a little more detail in the podcast itself. But when Sinatra was performing on the Rocky Fortune show – it was a career low for the star. His mouth had landed him in dutch with the head of MGM and his records weren’t selling. Not like they used to that is. Thankfully for Frank and we fans, 1953’s From Here to Eternity helped right his career.
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So what is Rocky Fortune all about?


The show follows a wandering young man, an adventurer you might call him named Rocco Fortunato or Rocky Fortune for short. Who through his continuing search for a vocation that fits his demeanor finds himself frequently in hot water. In the case of our episode today entitled “The Shipboard Jewel Robbery” he is on a luxury liner. Acting as a steward from a trip starting in Brazil and headed to New York City. Fate though throws a wrench into the plans when Fortune is accused of stealing $50,000 worth of jewelry…and then of murder.

Can Fortune clear his name and bring the real culprits to justice? Find out for yourself on the Retro Radio Memories Podcast!

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 84 (The Black Hood)

The Black Hood is the subject of today’s episode of Retro Radio Memories. With October having passed and in light of the Projectionist holding down the fort on all things horror. I felt the best subject matter for this week was something heroic…make that super-heroic as a matter of fact.

Of course picking this show also has a little something to do with Karen of the Between the Pages Blog. Who is not to mention a fellow Author for The Retroist. In fact it was a few months back she located this Old Time Radio show. Which came as quite a surprise to us both – as being comic book fans neither of us realized a show for The Black Hood existed!

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Now the character actually got his start back in the ninth issue of Top-Notch Comics. This character’s alter ego was one Matthew Burland. Who thanks to the mysterious training of a hermit was able to fight crime. To be a beacon against the forces of Evil and Darkness.

Furthermore the character has managed throughout the years to continue to evolve. As well as pop up at different comic book publishing companies. Beginning with MLJ Comics – which you might very well know by it’s later name. Archie Comics Publications, Inc.
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The role of The Black Hood was eventually passed from Matthew ‘Kip’ Burland to his Nephew. Who is slain by a Policeman in the latest version of the character that debuted in February of 2015. The current wearer of the hood is Officer Greg Hettinger. It also bears noting that the current version of the vigilante is quite a bit darker.
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But which Black Hood is in the radio show?


The radio series began airing on the Mutual Broadcasting System back on July 5th of 1943. It aired Monday through Friday at 5:15pm. It only lasted until January of 1944 but had produced 120 episodes. Sadly only the episode today entitled “Emerald Voodoo Ring” has managed to survive.

As for which version of The Black Hood you will hear today. It is Matthew ‘Kip’ Burland of course. A rookie cop who with the aid of his love, Barbara Sutton, must contend with a mystery. A mystery involving a practioneer of voodoo named Wamba and someone known as the Miracle Man.

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 83 (War of the Worlds)

The War of the Worlds was a benchmark in Old Time Radio. Remembered today thanks to the amount of panic it was said to have caused when it aired in 1938. Although this may be true – nevertheless it is widely believed now that the media exaggerated the panic. Quite a bit actually.

I would add though having said that, there are two of those with the Mercury Theater on the Air. Stefan Schnabel as well as John Houseman who went on record saying that the Police descended on the station. I’ve included quotes from both in the podcast.

Of course The War of the Worlds was directed by none other than Orson Welles.
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As I do mention in this episode. It was indeed Welles who suggested that real life places and names of recognizable people be included. Something that CBS balked at – forcing some changes as the studio was worried that audiences would believe the broadcast!

What is The War of the Worlds about?


Wait. Are you serious? I mean…you aren’t pulling my leg? I hadn’t actually expected that question.

H.G. Wells wrote his famous novel back in 1898. Well – it was actually originally published in a serialized format through Pearson’s Magazine and Cosmopoltian in 1897. It was collected and published in book form in 1898.
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It reads as an account of an eyewitness to an invading force from the planet Mars. The unnamed author of the work gives readers an almost blow by blow account of the technological might of the Martians. As using “towering three-legged” machines of war they run rampant across the English countryside.

Naturally the writer for the radio play of The War of the Worlds set the invasion in America, in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey in fact. At least the starting point of the arrival of the Martians. Soon however through continually dire news reports – the listener is treated to an apocalyptic invasion.

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The Sealed Book

Retro Radio Memories Ep. 82 (The Sealed Book)

The Sealed Book was a short lived old time radio series from 1945. It began airing on the Mutual Radio Network on March 18th and lasted only to September 9th. Our episode today is entitled “I’ll Die Laughing”!

Produced and directed by Jock MacGregor, the show is a bit like the Tales from the Crypt comic books. Equally important the stories were written by David Kogan and Robert Arthur Jr. The two also scripted The Mysterious Traveler. In addition to being a long running radio series you can of course see it was developed into a comic book!
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To say nothing of the fact that many of the scripts for The Sealed Book were actually rehashed from the latter!

Now what is The Sealed Book about?


Each week would find a new tale of horror and suspense being introduced by Phillip Clarke. Who was the show’s host in addition to being the character of the Keeper of the Book. Although this was heard in episodes later than the one today.

In spite of that I think you will dig this episode. It concerns a man by the name of John Drayton who learns of a secret Aztec treasure. Furthermore it was “lost” in a place called the Devil’s Cave. Thankfully for John, his Wife Laura, and their best friend Harvey. A prospector has managed to locate the stash – dying after warning them of the curse on it. Surprisingly the trio go in search of the treasure…but two of the protagonists are not on the level.

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 81 (The Dream)

The Dream is a very special episode of the popular Lights Out series! Actually it was the start of a series of special episodes for that Old Time Radio show. As it not only featured Boris Karloff but marked the 4th Anniversary of the series. To help you get into the spirit of the Season you will find The Dream fits the bill!

Of course Lights Out is a program we have visited quite often in the past. It was a high-water mark for radio in the horror and thriller genre. Created by Wyllis Cooper it really found its popularity soaring when Arch Oboler took over. The series lasted from 1934 until 1947!

So what is The Dream about then?

This episode was written by Arch Oboler and introduces us to Daryl Hall, a Professor of Biology. We meet him as he stands accused of murder and is waiting for the jury to return to render their verdict. Hall is played by Karloff and as we listen in on his thoughts learn he never had a dream. Not until a few days previous that is when he began to be visited by a spectral Woman urging him to…kill! We listeners get to follow Daryl as he remembers the horror he has been witnessing – all thanks to The Dream.

Obviously Karloff absolutely kills in this role. With the script written by Oboler we truly are given some frightening mental images in the mind’s eye of the wraith haunting Hall. A very, very fine example of why Old Time Radio is still effective.

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 80 (Wind Chill)

Wind Chill is an episode from the first season of the very popular Canadian radio show series Nightfall. The show originally aired back on September 19, 1980 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. With Wind Chill you will learn there is more to fear than dangerous weather conditions!

Nightfall was created by Bill Howell, who made quite a name for himself in the CBC. Howell worked on the incredibly successful and long running radio show, The Mystery Project, from 1992 until 2004. In fact some of the shows from Nightfall ended up unsettling listeners a little too much. These Outraged citizens would call some of the affiliate stations resulting in the program being removed from the air!

In Wind Chill we are introduced to a young woman named Sue. Who had intended on spending the weekend with her friend Sheila in her cabin. Unfortunately while on the drive up, Sue loses control of her car and winds up in a snowbank. Forced to attempt to find Sheila’s cabin on foot – things are looking bleak until she winds up meeting a young mane by the name of Barry. Luckily for Sue – his family’s cabin is nearby. A place for her to hole up for the night and get warm…but what about those strange footprints in the snow? They look like a child’s footprint, right?

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Now before you jump into the show, I want to warn you that Wind Chill is rather modern. While you don’t have to worry about language and such there are some “adult situations” that you might not want younger listeners around for.

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Is a 1980 radio show like Wind Chill really appropriate for Retro Radio Memories?

I think that is actually a very good question! I would point out that this radio show was broadcast a little over 36 years ago. Doesn’t that really fit into the retro category for you?