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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.


  • DavidinBerkeley

    Most interesting. I always enjoyed Frees’ series “The Player” where he played all the roles and was sorry that so few exist. I’m glad to see another series of him doing the same.

    I look forward to the rest of these.

    Jun 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    Same credits (except name & announcer), same intro music, same exit music as “The Player.” Sounds like a different packaging of the material.

    “Welcome, foolish mortals : the life and voices of Paul Frees” by Ben Ohmart had an extensive radio credit listing, including individual eps of “The Player”. You might look there to confirm the date.

    Jun 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    I’ve been trying to re-check this book out of the interlibrary system so I could get the date for you. I found that the book was due back Feb 2009.

    Wow. I guess I’m lucky I got to read it at all!

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm