Archive for the 'Falstaff's Fables' Category

Falstaff’s Fables - Program 51

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

We come to the end of our collection of programs in the series "Falstaff's Fables", broadcast circa November 1950 on the ABC radio network and featuring Alan Reed.

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Program 51 of the series is "The Tale of The Engine and the Pullman Car" and, as usual, includes Alan Reed, Jr. to help with the story.  The show is sponsored by Milky Way candy bars.

The transfer was directly from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 50

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

We're almost at the end of our run of "Falstaff's Fables", a short five-minute program featuring Alan Reed as "Falstaff Openshaw", a character originally created for Fred Allen's program.

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Originally broadcast in November 1950 on ABC radio, Program 50 in the series is the story of "The Brave Little Tailor".  As usual, the show is sponsored by Milky Way candy bars and also features Alan Reed, Jr.

The program was transferred from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 49

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Continuing our look at "Falstaff's Fables", a short five minute program featuring the character Falstaff Openshaw that was created for the "Fred Allen Show", we offer up program 49 in the series.

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In this episode, Alan Reed as Falstaff, along with Alan Reed, Jr., tell us all about the origins of why we have turkey on Thanksgiving.  The show was originally broadcast on ABC radio in November, 1950 and sponsored by Milky Way candy bars.

The transfer is direct from an ABC acetate of the program.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 48

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Once again, we visit poet Falstaff Openshaw with another edition of "Falstaff's Fables, a series broadcast in 1950 on ABC sponsored by Milky Way candy bars and based on a character created for the Fred Allen Show.

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In program 48 of the series, probably broadcast November 1950, Falstaff and Falstaff Jr (real life father and son Alan Reed and Alan Reed, Jr.) tell the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

The program was transferred from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 47

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Here's another episode of the previously lost five-minute series "Falstaff's Fables", a program featuring Alan Reed as poet Falstaff Openshaw, a character he portrayed on the "Fred Allen Show".

Program 47 of the series, probably originally broadcast on ABC in November 1950, is "The Story of Pecos Percey" and, as usual, is sponsored by Milky Way candy bars.

The show was transferred from an original ABC radio acetate.

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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 46

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

A recent find for my collection is an original acetate containing six episodes of "Falstaff's Fables", a program originally broadcast on ABC weekdays in 1950.  The series appears be previously "lost" - I haven't found mention of any surviving episodes floating around.

The five minute show, sponsored by Milky Way candy bars, features actor Alan Reed as poet Falstaff Openshaw, a character originally created for the "Fred Allen Show".  The program also includes Reed's son, Alan Reed, Jr.  D. H. Johnston wrote the programs and Dick Teufeld was the announcer.

You might recognize Alan Reed's voice.  He was heard on several classic old time radio programs, playing Chester Riley's boss on "The Life of Riley" and a recurring character on "Life with Luigi".  Younger listeners might recognize Reed as the voice of Fred Flintstone.

In Program 46 of the series, probably broadcast in November 1950, Falstaff and the cast tell a story that parodies "Space Patrol".  The show was transferred from an original ABC radio acetate.

I'll be posting more shows in the series in coming weeks.

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