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Re: Jeff Regan, Investigator

stripgear0042@juno.com
 

Send them to me if they are still open.

Thanks

Scott

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Re: Life with Luigi Listeners Needed

Jim Jones
 

Ryan

I listened to the 5 shows you requested. All were excellent quality with no skips, breaks or background noise. All should be great additions to the collection.

I did re-tag the shows to fit my player.

See following comments:

 

1. Life with Luigi 1949-12-06 (060) Post Office Breaks Luigi's Gift - At the close of the show there is:

a) Usual credits - starring, written by, music….

b) Promo for Bing Crosby show starring Hopalong Cassidy

c) Promo for the show that follows - Escape

d) Quick plug for CBS

 

2. Life with Luigi 1949-12-20 (066) Pasquale Takes Luigi's Christmas Money - This show is mis-numbered. Instead of 66 is should be 62. At the close of the show there is:

a) Usual credits - starring, written by, music….

b) Promo for Bing Crosby show starring Ethel Barrymore.

c) Promo for the show that follows - Escape

d) Quick plug for CBS

 

3. Life with Luigi 1949-12-27 (063) New Year's Phone Call Edited- This show is titled Edited. I am not sure what is edited as nothing seems to be missing (commercials?). At the close of the show there is:

a) Usual credits - starring, written by, music….

b) Quick plug for CBS

 

4. Life with Luigi 1950-01-03 (064) Pietro Needs an Overcoat Edited - This show is titled Edited. I am not sure what is edited as nothing seems to be missing (commercials?). At the close of the show there is:

a) Promo for next weeks show - about getting citizenship papers

b) Usual credits - starring, written by, music….

c) Quick plug for CBS

 

5. Life with Luigi 1950-01-10 (065) Luigi's First Citizenship Papers Edited. This show is titled Edited. I am not sure what is edited as nothing seems to be missing (commercials?) At the close of the show there is:

a) Special broadcast to Luigi from the Deputy Commissioner of the Immigration Dept.

b) Usual credits - starring, written by, music….

c) Quick plug for CBS

 

 
 
 
 
From: Ryan Ellett oldradiotimes@... [OldTimeRadioResearchersGroup]
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2020 8:14 AM
 

From: Ryan Ellett via groups.io
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2020 8:14 AM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Life with Luigi Listeners Needed
 
We're now ready to enlist listeners to go through our in-the-works set of Life with Luigi. We have a total of 172 episodes ready for a 2nd listen, including a handful of AFRS duplicates. Be aware that the quality of some is lower than I'd prefer but the best I could find. I do ask that if you volunteer, you pay special attention to the ending credits and compare them to what is listed on Goldin's RadioGoldINdex website. Some scripts were reused in their entirety and portions of other scripts were cut and pasted into later stories with other new elements added around them. So if you listen to many episodes you'll start thinking, "I'm sure I've heard this before." Listening especially for the announcer (which changed with some regularity) can help clarify when you're deciding between two similar or identical broadcasts. I've had luck sending out 5 episodes at a time but can send out fewer if desired. Come one, come all, listeners!
Ryan

Old Radio Times #108 (May-June)

Ryan Ellett
 

The May-June issue of the Old Radio Times is ready for download. Enjoy!

Re: My Friend Irma

C. Nava
 

Really nice synopsis! I’m going to have to give it a try!!

:)

Claire


From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> on behalf of Gordon Johansen <gordonjohansen@...>
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2020 6:49:00 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] My Friend Irma
 
Thanks for the very interesting synopsis Dave. As somebody else mentioned, it does make me want to give the series a try.

Gord

Dave Tysver via groups.io wrote on 6/28/20 9:08 AM:

My Friend Irma is now available at Archive.org at web address https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Maintained_My_Friend_Irma.

 

The synopsis of the series is:

My Friend Irma was developed in-house by CBS staff who were charged with creating new programming that could subsequently be pitched and sold to prospective sponsors. This was a new trend that departed from the prevailing model of the previous decade and a half in which advertising agencies would package a show – create the concept, hire the talent, and produce the broadcast – and find potential sponsors. Under the old model networks such as CBS made money by selling time on their coast-to-coast network of stations, or a regional group of the network’s stations.

While an extremely profitable system by the mid-1940s, network executives recognized even more money could be made by creating and selling their own shows to sponsors in addition to selling airtime to those same sponsors. The idea was in full swing in 1946 when CBS was pitching a number of such shows, among them The Bill Goodwin Show, The Robert Q. Lewis Little Show, Theater of Romance (Romance), Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and CBS staff writer Cy Howard’s My Friend Irma.

CBS thought highly of Howard’s scripts and really pushed it with their sales force. Despite the big push by the network to land a sponsor early, finally getting one to ink a deal took longer than expected and raised a few eyebrows in the trade publications. The Borden company initially showed interest but wouldn’t commit allowing Lever Brothers to swoop in and nab the sponsorship via the Young & Rubicam Agency beginning with the series’ first full season in the fall of 1947. Lever Bros. was looking to replace The Joan Davis Show in their sponsorship portfolio since its costs had ballooned to $18,000 per episode. The new My Friend Irma was going to set the company back only $7,000 per episode, well under half the cost of Davis.

My Friend Irma debuted over CBS on April 11, 1947 in a late Friday night timeslot. Marie Wilson was cast as the lovable but not-too-bright Irma Peterson and Cathy Lewis as her roommate Jane Stacy, whose friendship waxed and waned depending on the problems Irma had most recently caused. John Brown was cast as Peterson’s boyfriend Al who was loveable and harmless but adverse to even thinking about working. Hans Conreid appeared regularly as neighbor Professor Kropotkin, Lief Erickson as Jane’s boss and sometimes love interest Richard Rhinelander III, and Alan Reed as Irma’s exasperated attorney boss Mr. Clyde.

Within months of its debut there was already talk of adapting the program to the big screen by Hal Roach’s studio. Talks ultimately fell apart and it would be two years before Irma hit the motion pictures for Paramount in a film that most famously introduced Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Almost from its inception My Friend Irma became a regular in the Hooper and Neilson top-15 ratings. During its first full season, 1947-48, sponsor Lever Brothers placed the show with Lux Radio Theater and Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (also regular top-15 shows) to form a two-hour Monday night juggernaut that raked in listeners. Network executives claimed that Irma, combined with Talent Scouts (another show that was developed in-house by CBS) ended up costing Lever Brothers a paltry $1 for every 400 homes reached during that 1947-48 season.

Marie Wilson as Irma Peterson was the core around which the rest of the cast was built. Irma’s best friend Jane was played by Cathy Wilson during the first season before taking an unexplained rest from the show during the second season, in which the part was taken over by Joan Banks. Wilson returned for season 3 (1949-1950) and stayed until late in the 1952-1953 season when Mary Shipp replaced Lewis as Irma’s new roommate, this time named Kay Foster.

Irma’s boyfriend Al was played by John Brown for the first years of the show’s run but scripts from 1952 and 1953 indicate Sid Tomack assumed the part after several weeks of no appearances by the character. This overlaps his time playing Al on the televised version of My Friend Irma so it seems he took over the radio role as well though other reference works don’t reflect this information. The versatile Hans Conreid played eccentric neighbor Professor Kropotkin until March 10, 1953 when Wanderkin, played by Kenny Delmar, was introduced. Kropotkin subsequently disappeared from the series but Delmar’s Wanderkin stepped in and essentially played the same part just with a slightly altered name and accent.

Gloria Gordon was the supporting staple, playing the battle-axe landlord (and foil to Professor Kropotkin and Wanderkin) Mrs. O’Reilly for nearly the entire length of the series. Later in the show’s run the Martins move in next door and become the focus of some episode plots. In December 1949 it was announced that Hans Conreid and Gloria Gordon had cut an audition disc reprising their roles as Professor Kropotkin and Mrs. O’Reilly in a spin-off called The Professor and Mrs. O’Reilly. Created by Cy Howard and Parke Levy, the masterminds behind My Friend Irma, the new program was embraced by CBS but never made it past the audition phase. My Friend Irma did nothing groundbreaking but what it did, it did well and did consistently. The show ran until 1955 and spawned two films (1949, 1950), a television series (1952-1954), a comic strip, a comic book written by the now legendary Stan Lee (1950-1955), and a stage play (1951).

 


Re: Jungle Jim

Ryan Ellett
 

David, what is PPB? Pacific Broadcasters?
Ryan

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On Monday, June 29, 2020, 03:28:39 PM CDT, David L. Gibbs <dlgibbs@...> wrote:


I'd be happy to help out.  I also have a large number in exceptional sound quality that came from a round robin distro about 10 years ago.  These are in wav format and purportedly came from PPB before the disaster.  Scott, please contact me privately so we can compare.  I also agree that anything that has come through Ted's buyer's group are off limits to the point that Ted agrees they can be readily shared

Re: Question

David L. Gibbs
 

I'm always sceptical of the online resellers.  More often than not, the sound quality leaves much to be desired.  I would avoid any mp3's that are lower than 256 Kb/s

Re: Jungle Jim

David L. Gibbs
 

I'd be happy to help out.  I also have a large number in exceptional sound quality that came from a round robin distro about 10 years ago.  These are in wav format and purportedly came from PPB before the disaster.  Scott, please contact me privately so we can compare.  I also agree that anything that has come through Ted's buyer's group are off limits to the point that Ted agrees they can be readily shared

Re: Jeff Regan, Investigator

K & J Hammel
 

I'm nearly done with my Luigi episodes, so could do this if no one else comes forward.

Kathy

On Monday, June 29, 2020, 09:37:04 AM PDT, Ryan Ellett via groups.io <oldradiotimes@...> wrote:


I have two versions of an episode from 1949-11-30. Anyone interested in comparing them and jotting down the pros and cons of each version and recommending one for the set?
Ryan

Re: OTRR

Danny
 

Hey, great work on the new Library site! One thing that really helps me discover new shows is the listing of all the series in the current Library. If there's a way you can add a button to list all series, that would be a huge benefit especially to some who may be newer to the hobby that aren't as familiar to what's available.

On 6/21/20 8:30 AM, Paul Kornman via groups.io wrote:
Try the beta site (https://www.otrr.org/OTRRLibrary/otrrlibrary.html) and let me know what you think.
You can view episodes in a 'Table' (new way - click the file to listen to it) or as a list (old way - click to listen, right-click to download).
Bonus #1: You can search by Episode title.
Bonus #2: The newly added Purchasing Group files (19,100 total) are available as well.

- Paul

Re: Jeff Regan, Investigator

Ryan Ellett
 

I have two versions of an episode from 1949-11-30. Anyone interested in comparing them and jotting down the pros and cons of each version and recommending one for the set?
Ryan

Re: Life with Luigi Listeners

Ryan Ellett
 

Another thing 2nd listeners might come across is contemporary commercials inserted into the shows, especially if they were part of an OTR program. Let me know about those as well, since they can usually be snipped out.
Ryan

Re: My Friend Irma

Gordon Johansen
 

Thanks for the very interesting synopsis Dave. As somebody else mentioned, it does make me want to give the series a try.

Gord

Dave Tysver via groups.io wrote on 6/28/20 9:08 AM:

My Friend Irma is now available at Archive.org at web address https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Maintained_My_Friend_Irma.

 

The synopsis of the series is:

My Friend Irma was developed in-house by CBS staff who were charged with creating new programming that could subsequently be pitched and sold to prospective sponsors. This was a new trend that departed from the prevailing model of the previous decade and a half in which advertising agencies would package a show – create the concept, hire the talent, and produce the broadcast – and find potential sponsors. Under the old model networks such as CBS made money by selling time on their coast-to-coast network of stations, or a regional group of the network’s stations.

While an extremely profitable system by the mid-1940s, network executives recognized even more money could be made by creating and selling their own shows to sponsors in addition to selling airtime to those same sponsors. The idea was in full swing in 1946 when CBS was pitching a number of such shows, among them The Bill Goodwin Show, The Robert Q. Lewis Little Show, Theater of Romance (Romance), Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and CBS staff writer Cy Howard’s My Friend Irma.

CBS thought highly of Howard’s scripts and really pushed it with their sales force. Despite the big push by the network to land a sponsor early, finally getting one to ink a deal took longer than expected and raised a few eyebrows in the trade publications. The Borden company initially showed interest but wouldn’t commit allowing Lever Brothers to swoop in and nab the sponsorship via the Young & Rubicam Agency beginning with the series’ first full season in the fall of 1947. Lever Bros. was looking to replace The Joan Davis Show in their sponsorship portfolio since its costs had ballooned to $18,000 per episode. The new My Friend Irma was going to set the company back only $7,000 per episode, well under half the cost of Davis.

My Friend Irma debuted over CBS on April 11, 1947 in a late Friday night timeslot. Marie Wilson was cast as the lovable but not-too-bright Irma Peterson and Cathy Lewis as her roommate Jane Stacy, whose friendship waxed and waned depending on the problems Irma had most recently caused. John Brown was cast as Peterson’s boyfriend Al who was loveable and harmless but adverse to even thinking about working. Hans Conreid appeared regularly as neighbor Professor Kropotkin, Lief Erickson as Jane’s boss and sometimes love interest Richard Rhinelander III, and Alan Reed as Irma’s exasperated attorney boss Mr. Clyde.

Within months of its debut there was already talk of adapting the program to the big screen by Hal Roach’s studio. Talks ultimately fell apart and it would be two years before Irma hit the motion pictures for Paramount in a film that most famously introduced Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Almost from its inception My Friend Irma became a regular in the Hooper and Neilson top-15 ratings. During its first full season, 1947-48, sponsor Lever Brothers placed the show with Lux Radio Theater and Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (also regular top-15 shows) to form a two-hour Monday night juggernaut that raked in listeners. Network executives claimed that Irma, combined with Talent Scouts (another show that was developed in-house by CBS) ended up costing Lever Brothers a paltry $1 for every 400 homes reached during that 1947-48 season.

Marie Wilson as Irma Peterson was the core around which the rest of the cast was built. Irma’s best friend Jane was played by Cathy Wilson during the first season before taking an unexplained rest from the show during the second season, in which the part was taken over by Joan Banks. Wilson returned for season 3 (1949-1950) and stayed until late in the 1952-1953 season when Mary Shipp replaced Lewis as Irma’s new roommate, this time named Kay Foster.

Irma’s boyfriend Al was played by John Brown for the first years of the show’s run but scripts from 1952 and 1953 indicate Sid Tomack assumed the part after several weeks of no appearances by the character. This overlaps his time playing Al on the televised version of My Friend Irma so it seems he took over the radio role as well though other reference works don’t reflect this information. The versatile Hans Conreid played eccentric neighbor Professor Kropotkin until March 10, 1953 when Wanderkin, played by Kenny Delmar, was introduced. Kropotkin subsequently disappeared from the series but Delmar’s Wanderkin stepped in and essentially played the same part just with a slightly altered name and accent.

Gloria Gordon was the supporting staple, playing the battle-axe landlord (and foil to Professor Kropotkin and Wanderkin) Mrs. O’Reilly for nearly the entire length of the series. Later in the show’s run the Martins move in next door and become the focus of some episode plots. In December 1949 it was announced that Hans Conreid and Gloria Gordon had cut an audition disc reprising their roles as Professor Kropotkin and Mrs. O’Reilly in a spin-off called The Professor and Mrs. O’Reilly. Created by Cy Howard and Parke Levy, the masterminds behind My Friend Irma, the new program was embraced by CBS but never made it past the audition phase. My Friend Irma did nothing groundbreaking but what it did, it did well and did consistently. The show ran until 1955 and spawned two films (1949, 1950), a television series (1952-1954), a comic strip, a comic book written by the now legendary Stan Lee (1950-1955), and a stage play (1951).

 


Re: Hopalong Cassidy

Jim Jones
 

Ryan
I love Hoppy. Even got to ride with him on his horse when I was a young kid. What a thrill.
I have gone through all my episodes and removed all the long music interludes (where commercials go). It makes listening to them better without the long musicalpauses.
I will be glad to compare them to what I have or to what the group has.
 
jj
 

From: Ryan Ellett via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:47 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Hopalong Cassidy
 
I received several episodes of Hopalong Cassidy that may be upgrades from episodes used in our 2015 Certified set. Are there any Hoppy fans interested in going through these shows and comparing them to the current set to see if we could, indeed, issue an updated Maintained set?
Ryan

Re: Question

C. Nava
 

Wow, cool!!


From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> on behalf of Richard Davenport <klingon1@...>
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 2:09:06 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Question
 
Ok,
I pulled in the WeTranfer MSOTA files and listened to them all and made sure the names were right.  Here is the new list of files.   Some of the intros list the date and a number starting with E that might be the episode # but I was not not sure. 

Rick

Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Fun With Speech - Motor Boat Sound.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Fun With Speech - Naughty Mosquito.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Fun With Speech - Old Grey Goose.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Fun With Speech - Play Boo.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Fun With Speech - Ten Little Candles.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Fun With Speech - Tired Old Man.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Look What We Found - A Lighthouse Keeper.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - A Camel Named Cuddles.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - Boy Was Carried Away By A Bear.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - Elaine Who Couldn't Remember.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - Jack And The Beanstalk.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - Jonathon's Thanksgiving.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - Slow Coming Winter.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - Small Tribute.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - Strange Occurance In Toyland.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - The Emperor's New Clothes.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - The Horse Who Loved Music.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - The Most Famous Tree In The World.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - The Nightingale.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - The Three Elephant's Vacation.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 00-00-00 - Pierre, Remarkable Prairie Dog.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 50-02-28 - Look What We Found! - Trains, Trains And More Trains.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 50-10-09 - Old Tales & New - Whitney, The Neigborly Whale.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 50-10-16 - Old Tales & New - Billy Goat's Gruff.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 51-01-08 - Old Tales & New - Sleeping Beauty.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 51-02-19 - Old Tales & New - Washington Goes Visiting.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0000 - 51-03-26 - Old Tales & New - Lumpy's Easter.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0006 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - A Small Tribute.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0006 - 50-10-02 - Old Tales & New - A Yak At The County Fair.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0006 - 50-12-18 - Old Tales & New - The Lost Puppy.mp3
Minnesota School Of The Air - 0010 - 00-00-00 - Old Tales & New - How The Easter Lily Was Chosen.mp3



Labor ipse voluptas


On Friday, June 26, 2020, 11:57:16 AM CDT, jackies@... via groups.io <jackies@...> wrote:


Even with this link I get the 404 page not found message.  I don't know
what I am doing wrong because I even cut and pasted the link.

Jackie

>
> When I click this link, it says, page not found.
>
> It is a long link and so I even went to my browser.
>
> No luck.
>
> Larry
>
> Here is a link.
> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lybnkx37e39exi4/AAAaEHs52ekjfca-R7t7ci1Ua?dl=0
>
> If I am missing anything I can create an upload but only to individual
> email
> addresses.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>





Hopalong Cassidy

Ryan Ellett
 

I received several episodes of Hopalong Cassidy that may be upgrades from episodes used in our 2015 Certified set. Are there any Hoppy fans interested in going through these shows and comparing them to the current set to see if we could, indeed, issue an updated Maintained set?
Ryan

My Friend Irma

Dave Tysver
 

My Friend Irma is now available at Archive.org at web address https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Maintained_My_Friend_Irma.

 

The synopsis of the series is:

My Friend Irma was developed in-house by CBS staff who were charged with creating new programming that could subsequently be pitched and sold to prospective sponsors. This was a new trend that departed from the prevailing model of the previous decade and a half in which advertising agencies would package a show – create the concept, hire the talent, and produce the broadcast – and find potential sponsors. Under the old model networks such as CBS made money by selling time on their coast-to-coast network of stations, or a regional group of the network’s stations.

While an extremely profitable system by the mid-1940s, network executives recognized even more money could be made by creating and selling their own shows to sponsors in addition to selling airtime to those same sponsors. The idea was in full swing in 1946 when CBS was pitching a number of such shows, among them The Bill Goodwin Show, The Robert Q. Lewis Little Show, Theater of Romance (Romance), Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and CBS staff writer Cy Howard’s My Friend Irma.

CBS thought highly of Howard’s scripts and really pushed it with their sales force. Despite the big push by the network to land a sponsor early, finally getting one to ink a deal took longer than expected and raised a few eyebrows in the trade publications. The Borden company initially showed interest but wouldn’t commit allowing Lever Brothers to swoop in and nab the sponsorship via the Young & Rubicam Agency beginning with the series’ first full season in the fall of 1947. Lever Bros. was looking to replace The Joan Davis Show in their sponsorship portfolio since its costs had ballooned to $18,000 per episode. The new My Friend Irma was going to set the company back only $7,000 per episode, well under half the cost of Davis.

My Friend Irma debuted over CBS on April 11, 1947 in a late Friday night timeslot. Marie Wilson was cast as the lovable but not-too-bright Irma Peterson and Cathy Lewis as her roommate Jane Stacy, whose friendship waxed and waned depending on the problems Irma had most recently caused. John Brown was cast as Peterson’s boyfriend Al who was loveable and harmless but adverse to even thinking about working. Hans Conreid appeared regularly as neighbor Professor Kropotkin, Lief Erickson as Jane’s boss and sometimes love interest Richard Rhinelander III, and Alan Reed as Irma’s exasperated attorney boss Mr. Clyde.

Within months of its debut there was already talk of adapting the program to the big screen by Hal Roach’s studio. Talks ultimately fell apart and it would be two years before Irma hit the motion pictures for Paramount in a film that most famously introduced Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Almost from its inception My Friend Irma became a regular in the Hooper and Neilson top-15 ratings. During its first full season, 1947-48, sponsor Lever Brothers placed the show with Lux Radio Theater and Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (also regular top-15 shows) to form a two-hour Monday night juggernaut that raked in listeners. Network executives claimed that Irma, combined with Talent Scouts (another show that was developed in-house by CBS) ended up costing Lever Brothers a paltry $1 for every 400 homes reached during that 1947-48 season.

Marie Wilson as Irma Peterson was the core around which the rest of the cast was built. Irma’s best friend Jane was played by Cathy Wilson during the first season before taking an unexplained rest from the show during the second season, in which the part was taken over by Joan Banks. Wilson returned for season 3 (1949-1950) and stayed until late in the 1952-1953 season when Mary Shipp replaced Lewis as Irma’s new roommate, this time named Kay Foster.

Irma’s boyfriend Al was played by John Brown for the first years of the show’s run but scripts from 1952 and 1953 indicate Sid Tomack assumed the part after several weeks of no appearances by the character. This overlaps his time playing Al on the televised version of My Friend Irma so it seems he took over the radio role as well though other reference works don’t reflect this information. The versatile Hans Conreid played eccentric neighbor Professor Kropotkin until March 10, 1953 when Wanderkin, played by Kenny Delmar, was introduced. Kropotkin subsequently disappeared from the series but Delmar’s Wanderkin stepped in and essentially played the same part just with a slightly altered name and accent.

Gloria Gordon was the supporting staple, playing the battle-axe landlord (and foil to Professor Kropotkin and Wanderkin) Mrs. O’Reilly for nearly the entire length of the series. Later in the show’s run the Martins move in next door and become the focus of some episode plots. In December 1949 it was announced that Hans Conreid and Gloria Gordon had cut an audition disc reprising their roles as Professor Kropotkin and Mrs. O’Reilly in a spin-off called The Professor and Mrs. O’Reilly. Created by Cy Howard and Parke Levy, the masterminds behind My Friend Irma, the new program was embraced by CBS but never made it past the audition phase. My Friend Irma did nothing groundbreaking but what it did, it did well and did consistently. The show ran until 1955 and spawned two films (1949, 1950), a television series (1952-1954), a comic strip, a comic book written by the now legendary Stan Lee (1950-1955), and a stage play (1951).

 

Re: Jungle Jim

Ryan Ellett
 

Scott, I'll take the Bat Woman.



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On Friday, June 26, 2020, 2:31:06 PM CDT, Scott Mahan <scott@...> wrote:


Ryan:

 

Well you won’t find much. Lots of stuff about Jungle Jim Liberman and Jungle Pam Hardy though. I saw them and  Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney and Don Prudhomme and the like at Green Valley Raceway when I was in high school but life happens and I had totally forgotten about them until I did my first Jungle Jim Google search. J No one could start a race quite like Jungle Pam.

 

That’s true. No reason not to start from the beginning. If, oh, say, half a dozen people sign up to listen then I’d say we launch.

And, really, although some of them are a bigger commitment, it would be a better experience for listeners if folk would sign up for whole story arcs.

This is a serial. It’s a lot more engaging to hear an arc from beginning to end. Lots of episodes are “cliffhangers”.

Do you really want to stop after #10 and not know whether Rev. Chalmers gets killed or not? (And you don’t know. Lots of dying in Jungle Jim.)

Not counting Ted’s stuff, and one arc that overlaps it, below is what we’ve got to work with.

Would you, perhaps, like to sign up for “The Bat Woman”?

 

Story Arc

Start

Episodes

Time

The Bat Woman

11/2/1935

22

5:30

The Purple Triangle

4/4/1936

31

7:45

The Tiger's Claw

11/7/1936

44

11:00

The Afghan Hills

9/11/1937

27

6:45

Ghost Of The Java Sea

3/19/1938

21

5:15

Karnak The Killer

8/13/1938

40

10:00

Stacey's Inheritance

5/20/1939

29

7:15

The Lanai Islands

12/9/1939

41

10:15

The Panama Canal

9/21/1940

33

8:15

Thorson's Island

5/10/1941

47

11:45

WWII Spying For G2

4/4/1942

22

5:30

WWII Malaya

1/15/1944

17

4:15

WWII Java

5/27/1944

26

6:30

WWII China Sea

11/25/1944

20

5:00

WWII California

4/28/1945

8

2:00

incomplete

South American Plot

7/20/1946

2

0:30

incomplete

Tin Mine Mystery

8/3/1946

9

2:15

incomplete

 

 

From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ryan Ellett via groups.io
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 12:51 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Jungle Jim

 

I agree with Scott's sentiment, that anything from Ted's buying group (even if purchased separately) should probably wait a while just to avoid raising eyebrows. It may take that long to get such a big set out any way. 

 

Scott, I'd be happy to take ten episodes; it's not a series I've listened to much. I'll also start poking around for ads and articles and such.

Ryan

 

 

 

The Old Time Radio Researchers

"Saving the Past for the Future"

 

 

 

 

On Friday, June 26, 2020, 11:46:04 AM CDT, Scott Mahan <scott@...> wrote:

 

 

I actually have a set that I think is as good as you are going to get for a starting point or at all. I spent a lot of time collecting it, assembling files with the best sound quality, and fixing the dates and episode numbers and verifying the internal continuity. Which, you might recall when this was being discussed in May, I explained that the numbers on the transcription discs after 1942 aren’t episode numbers at all. Which is why the dates and episode numbers on the files in circulation are so messed up and needed fixing in the first place. And why there are so many misnamed duplicate files.

 

I would be happy to share but, as I recall, the conversation left off without a decision about how much that I have from Ted Davenport's OTR Buyer’s Group that should be included. I got these as a member of that group without a promise not to share but as a member of the OTRR Purchasing Group, which does have such an agreement, it seems like I ought to abide by that. I just wanted someone to tell me what to do.

 

These are 15 minute episodes and there are 450-ish depending on the above. So we’d need about 45 volunteers to verify 10 episode blocks. I’d be happy to coordinate that.

 

 

 

From: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io <main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ryan Ellett via groups.io
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 9:59 AM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] Releases

 

Art asked about Jungle Jim. I remember there was some interest in the show when it was mentioned a few weeks back, but did anyone actually decide to coordinate starting to put such a set together? I've got too many other series in the queue myself. It's a big one, no doubt, so would probably take many hands.
Ryan

On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 07:20 PM, Buddy Lortie wrote:

I've lost track ...

 

What's the status of JUNGLE JIM??

Art Lortie

Re: MSOTA Question

Larry Maupin
 

Hi Scott,

I received a message from Rick Davenport yesterday that a lady collector is sending him 30 episodes, and I think he would probably be happy to send you a link when he gets them.  His email address is klingon1@... if you want to contact him.

Larry

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From: "Scott Galley via groups.io"
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Cc: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Sent: Sunday June 28 2020 7:44:31AM
Subject: Re: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] MSOTA Question

Well, no one came forward to offer a collection. That's too bad.

Yours faithfully,
Scott

--
Larry Maupin

Re: MSOTA Question

Scott Galley
 

Well, no one came forward to offer a collection. That's too bad.

Yours faithfully,
Scott

Re: My Friend Irma v2006

ehrbek
 

Thanks Brian
 

From: Brian Kavanaugh via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:59 PM
To: main@OldTimeRadioResearchers.groups.io
Subject: [OldTimeRadioResearchers] My Friend Irma v2006
 
The first release of the My Friend Irma distro, version 2006, was announced in the Facebook group and the distro group https://oldtimeradioresearchers.groups.io/g/OTRRDistroGroup