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Falstaff’s Fables - Pgm 46

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.


  • Charles

    Thanks, I have to say that I have never heard of this series before. These episodes will be a welcome addition to my collection.

    Oct 25, 2008 at 7:31 pm
  • Steve Kostelecky

    Haven’t had a chance to hear this yet but will mention it in the Fred Allen Forum, with an aside about Allen’s affinity for the Frankensteinian. Thanks a lot, Randy. Always a pleasure to stop by.

    Nov 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm
  • Jim B.

    Just a note that Dick’s last name is spelled ‘Tufeld.’ By coincidence, he was also the announcer on Space Patrol.

    I had read about this show on Buxton and Owen’s “The Big Broadcast” years ago but had never heard it until now. Thanks for posting these. I did a bit of searching on newspaperarchive.com and could only find listings for this show from Nov.-Dec. 1950, so it may not have aired for long.

    Feb 15, 2009 at 6:11 am