Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Night at the Radio!

Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel! Paul Harvey stole his entire schtick from this guy. "Rudy Vallee" (24 January 1945). I'll always love Vallee for his role as a rich fop in "The Palm Beach Story," in which he uttered the immortal line: "It's a tragedy of this world that the men most in need of a beating up are always enormous."

Okay, one more line from that movie:

Wienie King: I'm the Wienie King! Invented the Texas Wienie! Lay off 'em, you'll live longer.

X Minus 1: Robert Heinlein's early classic, "The Roads Must Roll" (4 January 1956).

A wartime Duffy's Tavern: "War Bond Drive With Boris Karloff" (1943). Karloff, "America's favorite pin-up ghoul."

Suspense! A Dashiel Hammett story (my, ain't we literary tonight): "Two Sharp Knives" (30 September 1942).

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