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Doctors Then and Now - circa late 1940s

July 1st, 2009

I've run into several shows over the past few months where only part of the program survives.  I've resisted posting them since they're incomplete, but I'll start putting up one now and then that's particularly unusual or rare.

I think the name of this series is "Doctors Then and Now", judging by the show opening.  However, I haven't found any listings to confirm the title.  The program was carried on NBC, probably in the late 1940s, and was sponsored by the American Medical Association.  The series dramatizes "the story of 100 years of American medicine".  This particular program tells the story of a country doctor, Dr. Albert Wagoner, and how becomes a trusted member of the community.

Unfortunately, only part one of the show survives on this unlabeled lacquer.  The other side of the disc contains part of an episode of "Candy Matson" with an NBC Reference Disc label.

Goldin, by the way, lists a few episodes of a series called "Doctors Today" that may be related to this program.

Update, 7/5/2009 - Sharp-eyed reader Jim B found a New York Times article noting the original date of this broadcast as February 22, 1947. See the comments for more information about the series.


  • Dr. OTR

    Just out of curiosity — is the Candy Matson fragment from one of the many lost shows from that series?

    Jul 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm
  • randsesotericotr

    Unfortunately, no - it’s half of the program of July 7, 1949, which exists complete, I believe.

    Jul 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm
  • Jim B.

    This particular broadcast, according to the NY TImes, was on WNBC on Saturday, Feb. 22, 1947 from 4-4:30 (the show’s regular time slot).

    Each programme in the series seems to have consisted of two parts (I guess the “then” and “now”). The first part was a drama, the second was a talk. The speaker on this particular broadcast’s missing fragment was Dr. Roy W. Fouts.

    WNBC started airing the show after football season (Dec. 7, 1946 was the debut) and moved it to 4:30 to 5. The station (or perhaps the network) seems to have replaced it after the broadcast of June 14, 1947.

    Jul 5, 2009 at 3:13 am