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Golden Age of Radio Show

a Radio Theatre
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Scott Lindquist

COMPANY : Philco Radio Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 1372

SHOWING : September 17, 2005 - September 25, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Fibber McGee and Molly
They were called the "first family of comedy" and lasted over 20 years on NBC. Who can forget all the funny characters that visited them at 79 Wistful Vista. Set in Peoria, Illionois - it was one of the most popular shows on radio. Each week, Fibber got into trouble, which usually meant that sooner or later - he'd open the famous Fibber's Closet and all the junk would come tumbling out.

Gunsmoke
Before TV's Gunsmoke, there was the radio show starring William Conrad (TV's Cannon fame). It was the most technically superior radio show of it's time and initiated the "Adult Western". The sound effects of horses and locomotives is worth the price of admission alone. This is a great radio show. All your favorites are there, Matt Dillon, Miss Kitty, Doc, and Chester... along with other unsavory characters.

Our Miss Brooks
We all remember Eve Arden in Our Miss Brooks. She made the radio show famous and then took it to TV. The original radio show also starred Gale Gordon, and Richard Crenna. It's a very funny episode when the kids are put in charge of the whole town. They take themselves a little to seriously and decide to clean up the corruption in the Mayor's office. Lots of laughs.


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entertaining
by theaterreviewer
Monday, September 26, 2005
4.0
If you missed this run of the Philco Radio Show, you missed a gem. The set appeared to be authentically recreated, complete with the sound effects technician. I think I had more fun watching him than watching the show itself. The music (both background effects as well as song numbers) was very good, all the ladies who sang had voices that fit the era well. The character voices were very entertaining and well done. The audience was also used for some sound effects, which was fun for everyone. And the old time radio commercials for things like Palmolive beauty soap were realistic and funny to hear.
There was one section, however, in the Gunsmoke segment that was difficult to hear the actor's voices over the sound effects and intentional background noise.
Go see this group when they come around again. And take your grandparents with you, chances are good that they'll enjoy it even more than you will. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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