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Favorite Story - Pgm 43

March 12th, 2010

I've been saving the last episode I have of the series "Favorite Story", syndicated by Ziv in the late 1940s and originating at KFI, Los Angeles.

Program 43 is timely, since it's an Irish themed story, "Jamie Freel", the favorite story of Barry Fitzgerald and based on an Irish legend.  Ronald Coleman is our host and Sean McClory is our star.  Goldin dates the show to April 15, 1947.

transcription label

I've seen another mp3 floating around of this show that's dubbed a little too slow and sounds like it's from a second generation tape; this direct transcription dub should sound a bit better.  Our show was transferred from an original red (not green) vinyl Ziv transcription set.  Apologies for the cue burn at the beginning of part two.

If you're curious, you can read a version of the original folk story at Google Books in an 1890 volume, "Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish".

update, 4.15.2010 - Corrected name of the featured star in the show - I put in the incorrect name with an overeager copy and paste from the wrong program.


  • bob stepno

    Thanks for this bit of seasonal blarney… The early dialogue almost drove me away like a rack of plastic shamrocks and a pitcher of watery green beer, especially the mother’s overdone stage-Irishness, but I kept it playing in the background, and was pleasantly surprised…

    As “Jamie,” Sean McClory of the Abbey Theater, is the pure drop, and I’m glad much of the production is his monologue. I almost wish the producers had just invited McClory to read the charming fairytale to us and give the other actors the day off. (I don’t know where your reference to Arthur Q. Bryan came from, by the way.)

    The adaptation is by established professionals Lawrence & Lee — the authors of “Inherit the Wind,” among other things. More about them and Favorite Story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Lawrence

    Slan te!

    PS I found this text copy of the Yeats collection easier to skim than the Google Books scan: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/fip/fip18.htm

    Mar 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    Yay, the final episode! Now I can burn.


    Mar 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    “burn to cd”, I mean.

    Mar 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm