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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.

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