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Studio X - Pgm 5

May 27th, 2010

A few months ago, we heard a couple of episodes of "The Man With the Story" where all the parts in the program were played by a single actor.  In this post, we hear a similar series from the 1950's, "Studio X", featuring the voice of Paul Frees.

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Frees was a prolific voice actor and you're sure to recognize his work right away - his credits include voiceovers and character work for many Disney films and theme park rides, dubbing other actors in films such as "Midway", and acting on radio series like "Escape" and "Gunsmoke".

"Studio X" was a syndicated series from Capitol Transcriptions; each program was a quarter hour story with some kind of ironic twist.  Program 5 is "The Red Macau", concerning a butler, who skims a bit off the household expense accounts and is undone by a little red bird.  Goldin dates "Studio X" to 1948, but the style of the show, with the sparse production style, sounds like it might have been recorded a bit later - perhaps it was a bit ahead of its time.

The show was transferred from an original vinyl Capital transcription, matrix number SX-5-T1. I think this episode is previously uncirculated.