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Rick's OTR bot problem - The Purchasing Group is calling out to you - and to anyone else interested in membership

David Oxford
 

Rick

Pardon me while I highjack your email as it provides me an opportunity to make a pitch for the OTRR Purchasing Group!

This request is for your annual fee is from the the Purchasing Group ($5 per month). I just checked the member rooster and see your membership expired Nov 30. Send your payment via PayPal to Jim Wood at otrpg@... (or email him and ask for other arrangements, if desired.) You can pay monthly but we’d like every 6 months or yearly to keep things simple.

We could use more members in the Purchasing Group for anyone wanting to join. We’ve spent nearly our entire treasury on purchasing reels from Radioarchives (the Kelez collection), assisted with the moving, storage and postage cost of the Hehn collection and recently another collection (I don’t think I can tell you about this one yet as it’s still a secret -- but we’re going to need more money).

Returning control now…..

David Oxford
Moderator the Purchasing Group

PS: Merry Christmas to all! Enjoy your friends and family today.




On Dec 24, 2021, at 18:44, Richard Davenport <klingon1@...> wrote:

If anyone can direct me with the process to pay my annual dues, I would appreciate it.  I just got an email from a OTR bot that said it was the 3rd attempt to get me to pay my dues.  I would love to but I never got the 1st 2 reminders.  Any help of where to go and how much is appreciated.

Rick

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On Friday, December 24, 2021, 06:06:44 PM CST, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:


Welcome to the great Karl Schadow, researcher extraordinaire! Finally, someone to put the local blowhard Joe Webb in his place.
Ryan



The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 05:39:16 PM CST, Karl Schadow <bluecar91@...> wrote:


Joe's discovery of the piece in Daily Variety confirmed that there was less than the usual number (e.g. 52) of episodes recorded for both The Adventures of Frank Race and also Frontier Town. But what were the reasons led to that situation and the 1952 foreclosure notice?

Some of the answers are held in the TRANSCO Collection at the Library of Congress. The Bruce Eells story will be told in a future article in The Old Radio Times. The TRANSCO Collection holds many OTR historical gems including the cast of The Cinnamon Bear in which Bobby La Manche was revealed to have portrayed Jimmy Barton.



Re: Frank Race/Frontier Town

Joe Webb
 

Karl -- check the other Frank Race thread -- found some stuff in Variety and Broadcasting that explains some of it -- and some other background...

INCLUDING Frank Race writer and director Joel Murcott bringing Eells to court for assault!

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Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Joe Webb
 
Edited

This clip below is from Broadcasting Magazine. Seems like Eells was trying a new financial arrangement. It obviously didn't work. This makes me wonder -- Tom Collins was the original Frank Race, and they switched to Paul Dubov... was that an economy move to cut costs? DId Collins suspect he wasn't going to be paid? And the item I posted earlier about Murcott being slugged by Eells... Murcott was the director and scriptwriter for the Frank Race series! Gosh, this real life stuff almost sounds like the makings of a radio script itself!


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Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Joe Webb
 
Edited

Seems like there was some money mismanagement going on at the time of the Frank Race production -- not necessarily malfeasance -- but it could have started with poor sales and they ran out of money to finance the productions. The company ended up filing for bankruptcy. Eells did what everyone else did at the time. He went into television syndication and ended up a few years later working for Ziv TV. Crazy business.

Variety 1949-11-09


Variety 1949-12-09


Variety 1950-04-03


Variety 1953-06-17

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Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Joe Webb
 

They had high hopes
This item from 1950-04-24 Broadcasting Magazine says they were selling it as a 52-week series.... since they didn't produce that many, that probably made people unhappy




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Re: Frank Race/Frontier Town

Larry Gassman
 

Wow! I love it.

Go get em Ryan!

Merry Christmas all.

Larry

 

From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ryan Ellett via groups.io
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2021 4:07 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Frank Race/Frontier Town

 

Welcome to the great Karl Schadow, researcher extraordinaire! Finally, someone to put the local blowhard Joe Webb in his place.

Ryan

 

 

 

The Old Time Radio Researchers

"Saving the Past for the Future"

 

 

 

 

On Friday, December 24, 2021, 05:39:16 PM CST, Karl Schadow <bluecar91@...> wrote:

 

 

Joe's discovery of the piece in Daily Variety confirmed that there was less than the usual number (e.g. 52) of episodes recorded for both The Adventures of Frank Race and also Frontier Town. But what were the reasons led to that situation and the 1952 foreclosure notice?

 

Some of the answers are held in the TRANSCO Collection at the Library of Congress. The Bruce Eells story will be told in a future article in The Old Radio Times. The TRANSCO Collection holds many OTR historical gems including the cast of The Cinnamon Bear in which Bobby La Manche was revealed to have portrayed Jimmy Barton.

 


Re: Frank Race/Frontier Town

Richard Davenport
 

If anyone can direct me with the process to pay my annual dues, I would appreciate it.  I just got an email from a OTR bot that said it was the 3rd attempt to get me to pay my dues.  I would love to but I never got the 1st 2 reminders.  Any help of where to go and how much is appreciated.

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Friday, December 24, 2021, 06:06:44 PM CST, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:


Welcome to the great Karl Schadow, researcher extraordinaire! Finally, someone to put the local blowhard Joe Webb in his place.
Ryan

www.RyanEllett.com


The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 05:39:16 PM CST, Karl Schadow <bluecar91@...> wrote:


Joe's discovery of the piece in Daily Variety confirmed that there was less than the usual number (e.g. 52) of episodes recorded for both The Adventures of Frank Race and also Frontier Town. But what were the reasons led to that situation and the 1952 foreclosure notice?

Some of the answers are held in the TRANSCO Collection at the Library of Congress. The Bruce Eells story will be told in a future article in The Old Radio Times. The TRANSCO Collection holds many OTR historical gems including the cast of The Cinnamon Bear in which Bobby La Manche was revealed to have portrayed Jimmy Barton.


Re: Merry Christmas To All

Ian Grieve
 

Merry Christmas Barbara.

Ian





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From: "B. J. Watkins" <kinseyfan@...>
Date: 25/12/21 10:17 am (GMT+10:00)
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Merry Christmas To All

Merry Christmas!

Barbara


From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> on behalf of Walden Hughes <waldenhughes@...>
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2021 1:16 AM
To: OldTimeRadioResearchers@groups.io <OldTimeRadioResearchers@groups.io>
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Merry Christmas To All
 

Merry Christmas to all.

 

Walden


Re: Merry Christmas To All

B. J. Watkins
 

Merry Christmas!

Barbara


From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> on behalf of Walden Hughes <waldenhughes@...>
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2021 1:16 AM
To: OldTimeRadioResearchers@groups.io <OldTimeRadioResearchers@groups.io>
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Merry Christmas To All
 

Merry Christmas to all.

 

Walden


Re: Frank Race/Frontier Town

Ryan Ellett
 

Welcome to the great Karl Schadow, researcher extraordinaire! Finally, someone to put the local blowhard Joe Webb in his place.
Ryan

www.RyanEllett.com


The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 05:39:16 PM CST, Karl Schadow <bluecar91@...> wrote:


Joe's discovery of the piece in Daily Variety confirmed that there was less than the usual number (e.g. 52) of episodes recorded for both The Adventures of Frank Race and also Frontier Town. But what were the reasons led to that situation and the 1952 foreclosure notice?

Some of the answers are held in the TRANSCO Collection at the Library of Congress. The Bruce Eells story will be told in a future article in The Old Radio Times. The TRANSCO Collection holds many OTR historical gems including the cast of The Cinnamon Bear in which Bobby La Manche was revealed to have portrayed Jimmy Barton.


Frank Race/Frontier Town

Karl Schadow
 

Joe's discovery of the piece in Daily Variety confirmed that there was less than the usual number (e.g. 52) of episodes recorded for both The Adventures of Frank Race and also Frontier Town. But what were the reasons led to that situation and the 1952 foreclosure notice?

Some of the answers are held in the TRANSCO Collection at the Library of Congress. The Bruce Eells story will be told in a future article in The Old Radio Times. The TRANSCO Collection holds many OTR historical gems including the cast of The Cinnamon Bear in which Bobby La Manche was revealed to have portrayed Jimmy Barton.


Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Richard Davenport
 

Correction make that 47 in my Frontier Town folder

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On Friday, December 24, 2021, 05:20:50 PM CST, Richard Davenport <klingon1@...> wrote:


I have 47 shows in my Frank Race folder.

Rick

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On Friday, December 24, 2021, 05:18:17 PM CST, Richard Davenport <klingon1@...> wrote:


Frontier Town info that I have pulled together.

Frontier Town was an American radio adventure serial syndicated by Bruce Eells Productions. The 30-minute programme's first known broadcast was in 1949, and the show ran for 47 episodes. Because it was syndicated, it aired on different stations on different days. For instance, in New York City, the first episode ran on WINS on March 5, 1949.

Characters and story description

Chad Remington's quest to bring his father's killer to justice served as a springboard for a career as a crime fighting attorney in the small town of Dos Rios.

Remington was played initially by Jeff Chandler, billed as Tex Chandler. Halfway through the program's run, the role was assumed by Reed Hadley. Wild Bill Elliott was originally planned as the star according to an early news story.[2] Remington's sidekick, Cherokee O'Bannon, was played by Wade Crosby using the speech patterns of W.C. Fields.

The series was written and directed by Paul Franklin. Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell provided the background organ music.

Opening intro

Each episode opened with the following text:

"Frontier Town, the saga of the roaring West (organ music) Frontier Town... (sounds of men whooping and horse beats) Here is the Adventure Story of the Early West, the tamed and the untamed, from Cheyenne to Calgary, from Dodge City to Poker Flats. These are the towns they fought to live in and lived to fight for, teeming crucibles of pioneer freedom. Frontier Town!"


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On Friday, December 24, 2021, 04:48:32 PM CST, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:


We've released Frontier Town and Frank Race, OTRR just needs to get Pat O'Brian from Hollywood put together now. I don't even see any in the library.
Ryan

www.RyanEllett.com


The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 02:39:00 PM CST, Randy Watts via groups.io <rew1014@...> wrote:


it's worth noting that "Frontier Town," which was sold as a package deal with "Frank Race" and "Pat O'Brien from Hollywood," likewise seems to have fallen short of 52 episodes, neither Grams nor Digital Deli able to come up with more than 47 episodes aired or surviving.

Randy


Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Richard Davenport
 

I have 47 shows in my Frank Race folder.

Rick

Labor ipse voluptas


On Friday, December 24, 2021, 05:18:17 PM CST, Richard Davenport <klingon1@...> wrote:


Frontier Town info that I have pulled together.

Frontier Town was an American radio adventure serial syndicated by Bruce Eells Productions. The 30-minute programme's first known broadcast was in 1949, and the show ran for 47 episodes. Because it was syndicated, it aired on different stations on different days. For instance, in New York City, the first episode ran on WINS on March 5, 1949.

Characters and story description

Chad Remington's quest to bring his father's killer to justice served as a springboard for a career as a crime fighting attorney in the small town of Dos Rios.

Remington was played initially by Jeff Chandler, billed as Tex Chandler. Halfway through the program's run, the role was assumed by Reed Hadley. Wild Bill Elliott was originally planned as the star according to an early news story.[2] Remington's sidekick, Cherokee O'Bannon, was played by Wade Crosby using the speech patterns of W.C. Fields.

The series was written and directed by Paul Franklin. Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell provided the background organ music.

Opening intro

Each episode opened with the following text:

"Frontier Town, the saga of the roaring West (organ music) Frontier Town... (sounds of men whooping and horse beats) Here is the Adventure Story of the Early West, the tamed and the untamed, from Cheyenne to Calgary, from Dodge City to Poker Flats. These are the towns they fought to live in and lived to fight for, teeming crucibles of pioneer freedom. Frontier Town!"


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On Friday, December 24, 2021, 04:48:32 PM CST, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:


We've released Frontier Town and Frank Race, OTRR just needs to get Pat O'Brian from Hollywood put together now. I don't even see any in the library.
Ryan

www.RyanEllett.com


The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 02:39:00 PM CST, Randy Watts via groups.io <rew1014@...> wrote:


it's worth noting that "Frontier Town," which was sold as a package deal with "Frank Race" and "Pat O'Brien from Hollywood," likewise seems to have fallen short of 52 episodes, neither Grams nor Digital Deli able to come up with more than 47 episodes aired or surviving.

Randy


Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Richard Davenport
 

Frontier Town info that I have pulled together.

Frontier Town was an American radio adventure serial syndicated by Bruce Eells Productions. The 30-minute programme's first known broadcast was in 1949, and the show ran for 47 episodes. Because it was syndicated, it aired on different stations on different days. For instance, in New York City, the first episode ran on WINS on March 5, 1949.

Characters and story description

Chad Remington's quest to bring his father's killer to justice served as a springboard for a career as a crime fighting attorney in the small town of Dos Rios.

Remington was played initially by Jeff Chandler, billed as Tex Chandler. Halfway through the program's run, the role was assumed by Reed Hadley. Wild Bill Elliott was originally planned as the star according to an early news story.[2] Remington's sidekick, Cherokee O'Bannon, was played by Wade Crosby using the speech patterns of W.C. Fields.

The series was written and directed by Paul Franklin. Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell provided the background organ music.

Opening intro

Each episode opened with the following text:

"Frontier Town, the saga of the roaring West (organ music) Frontier Town... (sounds of men whooping and horse beats) Here is the Adventure Story of the Early West, the tamed and the untamed, from Cheyenne to Calgary, from Dodge City to Poker Flats. These are the towns they fought to live in and lived to fight for, teeming crucibles of pioneer freedom. Frontier Town!"


Labor ipse voluptas


On Friday, December 24, 2021, 04:48:32 PM CST, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:


We've released Frontier Town and Frank Race, OTRR just needs to get Pat O'Brian from Hollywood put together now. I don't even see any in the library.
Ryan

www.RyanEllett.com


The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 02:39:00 PM CST, Randy Watts via groups.io <rew1014@...> wrote:


it's worth noting that "Frontier Town," which was sold as a package deal with "Frank Race" and "Pat O'Brien from Hollywood," likewise seems to have fallen short of 52 episodes, neither Grams nor Digital Deli able to come up with more than 47 episodes aired or surviving.

Randy


Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Ryan Ellett
 

We've released Frontier Town and Frank Race, OTRR just needs to get Pat O'Brian from Hollywood put together now. I don't even see any in the library.
Ryan

www.RyanEllett.com


The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 02:39:00 PM CST, Randy Watts via groups.io <rew1014@...> wrote:


it's worth noting that "Frontier Town," which was sold as a package deal with "Frank Race" and "Pat O'Brien from Hollywood," likewise seems to have fallen short of 52 episodes, neither Grams nor Digital Deli able to come up with more than 47 episodes aired or surviving.

Randy


Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Randy Watts
 

Nice catch,  Joe!

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On Friday, December 24, 2021, 03:31:20 PM CST, Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:


Here's the answer! Never heard this before -- from Variety June 3 1952 -- there were only 43 done!!
Sounds like Bruce Eells may have run out of money for production.... and only got 43 out and 47 of Frontier Town!
Whew! Our collections are more complete than we ever thought!! :)




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Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Ryan Ellett
 

Hm, I was just searching earlier today and didn't see that hit in Variety. Solves that mystery.
Ryan

www.RyanEllett.com


The Old Time Radio Researchers
"Saving the Past for the Future"




On Friday, December 24, 2021, 03:31:20 PM CST, Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:


Here's the answer! Never heard this before -- from Variety June 3 1952 -- there were only 43 done!!
Sounds like Bruce Eells may have run out of money for production.... and only got 43 out and 47 of Frontier Town!
Whew! Our collections are more complete than we ever thought!! :)




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Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Jim Jones
 

And I can delete the log I was creating from the Tucson Daily Citizen
 
Also, Merry Christmas to one and all.
 
jj
 
 
 

From: Bob Merritt
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2021 2:38 PM
To: main@oldtimeradioresearchers.groups.io
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] The Adventures of Frank Race
 
Yay for Dr Joe!   Now I can delete those eBay searches I added this morning! 😁

 
On Fri, Dec 24, 2021, 4:31 PM Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb@...> wrote:
Here's the answer! Never heard this before -- from Variety June 3 1952 -- there were only 43 done!!
Sounds like Bruce Eells may have run out of money for production.... and only got 43 out and 47 of Frontier Town!
Whew! Our collections are more complete than we ever thought!! :)




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Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

 

Yay for Dr Joe!   Now I can delete those eBay searches I added this morning! 😁


On Fri, Dec 24, 2021, 4:31 PM Joe Webb via groups.io <drjoewebb=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Here's the answer! Never heard this before -- from Variety June 3 1952 -- there were only 43 done!!
Sounds like Bruce Eells may have run out of money for production.... and only got 43 out and 47 of Frontier Town!
Whew! Our collections are more complete than we ever thought!! :)




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Re: The Adventures of Frank Race

Joe Webb
 

Here's the answer! Never heard this before -- from Variety June 3 1952 -- there were only 43 done!!
Sounds like Bruce Eells may have run out of money for production.... and only got 43 out and 47 of Frontier Town!
Whew! Our collections are more complete than we ever thought!! :)




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