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Charlie McCarthy - Pgm 85

April 3rd, 2010

Note:  This program has been removed from my site, as of August 21, 2010.  Recently, Radio Spirits has issued take-down notices to archive.org and other sites concerning claims they have on particular series and shows.  These claims not only include exclusive license for particular series, but also claims on images, likenesses and recordings of particular personalities.  Since Radio Spirits doesn't publicly provide a list of shows they license or estates they represent, I'm taking preventive action and removing some programs from my site, based on forum posts and archived news articles I've seen on their claims and the estates they say they represent. - rand

I never really understood the point of a ventriloquist on the radio, especially with one like Charlie McCarthy - a little boy in a tuxedo, constantly in trouble like a little kid, but skirt-chasing like a late-teen with overactive hormones.  Creepy!

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In this post we give a spin to the broadcast of December 10, 1944 from NBC, rebroadcast as program 85 in the series on the Armed Forces Radio Service.  Charlie tries sell his pet porcupine and also answers a lonely hearts ad for Bergen.

The guest on the show is Signe Hasso.  You probably don't remember her today, but RKO signed her for a contract and promoted her as the "next Garbo".  Her career stalled a bit, but she did get some nice roles in "Heaven Can Wait" and "A Double Life".  Wikipedia notes that she won acclaim in later life for her writing and poetry, including translations of Swedish folk songs into English.

The show was transferred from an original AFRS Navy Department vinyl transcription and the date is in the disc matrix.

Many thanks to listener Michael Utz for his donation of the disc to my collection!

  • Nemo

    “Professor” Irwin Corey appears on this show. The Professor is still going strong at age 95 and has a website at the link below.

    http://www.irwincorey.org/

    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm
  • George Wagner

    There is absolutely no need to delete this episode! Recordings issued by the United States Government CANNOT be copyrighted! They belong to the individuals (taxpayers) who PAID for the recording - you and me and hundreds of millions of other people.

    Put it back.

    Nov 27, 2010 at 12:52 am