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Imperial Intrique - Audition

December 29th, 2018

Next up on the blog, a real rarity I haven’t been able to find out much about.  It’s “Imperial Intrigue”, a drama program dated June 28, 1939.

The plot concerns French King Charles IX and the royal intrigue involving his mother Catherine in August 1572.  The program was written by Lloyd L. Harris.  Goldin’s database has three entries for the director, Don Brody, for work on a KFWB program in 1939 and a couple of other shows in 1946 and 1953.

I found some listings for this program on Los Angeles area radio stations in 1939-1940, but I’m not sure if it was heard outside of California.  I also found an obit for Vern A. Milton who did the sound effects for the program; the article mentions the show as originating on KGB (now KLSD) in San Diego.

Our show was transferred from an original Hollywood Recorders 16” single-sided shellac transcription, matrix number 1001.  The disc is dated June 28, 1939 and noted “Audition Record” on the label.  The transcription was pressed by Allied.

Let me know if you have some more info on this oddity.