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American Family Robinson - Pgm 205 - outtake

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

In our previous post, we heard a master lacquer for program 205 in the series, “American Family Robinson”.

Now, the other side of the disc.  It’s the same show, but there’s some kind of goof-up half-way through the show and the director stops the recording.  At the end, you can hear the actors briefly out of character.

The excerpt was transferred from a 16” green labeled Presto lacquer.  There are no matrix markings or other information on the side.

 

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 205 - lacquer master

March 25th, 2017 · Comments

Once again, we drop in on the “American Family Robinson”.  This series of posts are some more lost episodes of the program I found over the past couple of years.  You can read about this controversial series in my original post about the show.

Program 205 of the series has Aunt Leticia staging a vaudeville show for the workers of the Centerville Herald and, as usual, trying to introduce “high culture” into the proceedings.  As part of the show’s propaganda purpose, Luke goes into a little speech about keeping workers happy.

This disc is rather special - it was transferred from a 16” unlabeled green label Presto vertical cut lacquer that appears to be a master made for the program.  There’s no matrix number on the disc - just the series name and program number.

I don’t think the disc was carried through the process of plating and mastering - it doesn’t have any discoloration or other signs that it was actually used to create a metal part.  It might have been a rejected take or perhaps the script was revised and re-recorded before release or it might have been used to dub another set of lacquers used for the actual mastering process.

In the next post, an outtake from the same episode from the other side of the disc.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 141

March 18th, 2017 · Comments

 

Starting off our posts this week on the blog is another previously lost episode of the controversial mid-thirties syndicated propaganda radio serial, “American Family Robinson”, sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers.  Read more about the series in my first blog post on the broadcasts.

Previously, Gus Olsen bought the Centerville “Herald” and made Luke the managing editor.  Gus also rented out the ground floor of the building to a pet shop.  In program 141, Luke comes up with a plan to get rid of a goat and other animals from the shop cause havoc in the newspaper offices and Gus presents Luke with a new secretary.  This is one of the more humorous episodes of the series.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vinyl transcription, matrix number BB13029A2.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 140

March 11th, 2017 · Comments

Here’s another episode of the controversial mid-30s radio serial, “American Family Robinson”, sponsored by the “National Industrial Council” (actually the National Association of Manufacturers).  Read more about the series here.

The Robinsons have returned to Centerville from New York and Luke has his old job back as newspaper editor.  Myra is settling back into the house with her friend Olga.  Gus stops by to take Luke to work and they eventually get into a conversation about how free enterprise encourages new inventions.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vinyl transcription, matrix number BB13028A.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 123

March 4th, 2017 · Comments

And now another episode of the controversial mid-1930s propaganda serial, “American Family Robinson”, syndicated by the National Association of Manufacturers under the name of the “National Industrial Council”.  You can read some background in my original post about the series.

At his point in the serial, Windy Bill has concocted some kind of fake murder scheme to draw tourists to Centerville.  In program 123, he flimflams a rather dim-witted jailer so he can escape from prison.  Since “American Family Robinson” is really about bashing FDR’s New Deal policies, the jailer somehow winds up having an in-depth conversation about capitalism with Luke, the editor of Centerville’s newspaper.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original World Broadcasting 16” acetate transcription, matrix number BB12489A.  We’ll have more random shows I recently uncovered from the series in future weeks.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 122

February 22nd, 2017 · Comments

Once again, we drop in on the American Family Robinson for a previously lost episode of the controversial series.  You can read some background on the series in my original 2009 post about the show.

In program 122, Dobins, a local neighbor, decides to teach Windy Bill a lesson by leaving him in jail after Windy Bill hatches a plot about a fake murder to bring tourists to Centerville.

The show was transferred from an original sixteen inch acetate World Broadcasting System, Inc transcription, matrix number BB12490A.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 47

February 9th, 2017 · Comments

And now another previously lost episode of “American Family Robinson”, a rare continuing propaganda serial, first broadcast in fall 1934, funded by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat FDR’s New Deal policies.  You can read background about this controversial series in my original 2009 post on the show.

In program 47 of the series, Windy Bill has to become “investor” to win Luticia’s hand in marriage.   Luke and his wife try to caution Luticia about her two suitors.  To compete with Windy Bill, Gus decides to become an investor, too, and goes to Luke for help.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vertical cut acetate, transcription, matrix number 8844-1.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 46

February 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Some time ago, I posted several episodes of this rare continuing propaganda serial, funded by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat Roosevelt’s New Deal policies.  The show, first distributed in Fall 1934, was announced as being from the “National Industrial Council”, an arm of NAM set up to distribute leaflets, films and other materials bashing the New Deal.  You can read about the controversy surrounding the series in my original 2009 post on the show.

Since obtaining a significant run of the show, which was previously lost, I’ve turned up a few scattered episodes.  Some fill in a few missing pieces in the current run of the program; others are later episodes past what we had before.

In this post, the previously lost episode 46 of the series, Gus forces Windy Bill to give Luticia Timmons an ultimatum to choose between them.  Luke and his wife discuss all the new “cure alls” that are supposed to solve are economic problems that “bring new burdens”.

Our mp3 was transferred from an original sixteen inch World Broadcasting System, Inc. vertical cut acetate, transcription, matrix number SS 8843-33.

More lost “American Family Robinson” episodes are coming soon.

 

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American Family Robinson - New Series - Pgm 55

May 27th, 2010 · Comments

We sit in again this week on the Robinsons in Birch Falls in this week's episode of "American Family Robinson", a propaganda serial produced by the National Association of Manufacturers to combat liberal anti-business government policies.

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In last week's show, Luke and his friend the Baron went away for a little fishing vacation and had folks thinking they were delivery men for the Emporium that Luke manages.  Now, they're headed to jail for violating a law for covering up the name of the company on their truck.

Program 55 was released the week of July 28, 1940.  It was transferred from an original Orthacoustic vinyl transcription pressed by RCA, matrix number 051764-1A.

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American Family Robinson - Pgm 85

April 19th, 2010 · Comments

With this week's blog post, we come to the end of our weekly look at "American Family Robinson", a series syndicated in the 1930s by the National Industrial Council (actually the National Association of Manufacturers) as a propaganda effort against liberal New Deal policies.

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In program 85, Gus is dealing with the many people that want to separate him from his new-found inheritance.  The show was digitized from an original acetate World Broadcasters Inc transcription, matrix number BB11487A2.

I'll give you a bit of a break next week from the Robinsons, but they'll be returning soon in a few episodes I have of a so-called "New Series" of "American Family Robinson" that was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers just before World War II.  These are a bit lighter on the propaganda and some are quite well written little dramas as the family deals with how preparing for the War impacts their lives.

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