Radio Almanac

Copyright 2014, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of July 21, 2014. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


63157. Radio Almanac. January 26, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The first show of the series. Martha Stewart sings, "Besame Mucho." Orson Welles reads the words of Thomas Paine. Orson Welles, Arthur Q. Bryan, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Ray Collins, Groucho Marx, Agnes Moorehead, Martha Stewart. 29:43. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

63158. Radio Almanac. February 2, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. "Uncle Lionel" (Barrymore) conducts his "Kiddies' Corner" (a not-very-funny routine). Mel Blanc appears as a groundhog. Lionel Barrymore reads the words of George Washington. Orson Welles, Mel Blanc, Lionel Barrymore, Jack Mather (announcer), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Hans Conried. 29:46. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

60717. Radio Almanac. February 23, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. A comedy/variety format. The Nat King Cole Trio does "Hit That Jive Jack." Guest Hedda Hopper criticizes Orson's abilities and performances. Orson announces that George Washington was the eighth president of the United States, not the first. He then reads from, "The Sword In The Stone" by T. H. White. Hans Conried, John McIntire, John Brown, Walter Tetley, The Nat King Cole Trio, Jack Mather (announcer), Hedda Hopper, Theodore White (author), Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead. 29:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60718. Radio Almanac. March 1, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The Nat King Cole Trio plays, "Solid Potato Salad." Guest Victor Moore appears in, "Sacre du Printemps," adapted from a story by Ludwig Bemmelmans. The cast does a comic anti-Hitler drama about Emil Krotzig, a German trying to arrange a funeral. A fact from "Orson's Almanac:" The Democratic Party was at one time the Republican Party! Orson reads an essay about Democracy. John Brown, Verna Felton (?), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Hans Conried, John McIntire, Victor Moore, Walter Tetley, Ludwig Bemmelmans (author), Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Mather (announcer). 29:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60719. Radio Almanac. March 8, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. Orson misreads his lines about three minutes into the show. He then cracks up the cast with his ad lib remarks about the CBS censor. The orchestra plays, "Besame Mucho," sounding as if they never rehearsed it. Orson comments that Lud Gluskin's name sounds like an "unborn burp!" Guest Lucille Ball joins Orson in, "The Case Of The Blue Bloodstain." Ella Mae Morse sings, "Shoo Shoo Baby." Orson reads the poetry of John Donne (in English and Latin)! Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Mather, Hans Conried, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Lucille Ball, John McIntire (announcer), Ella Mae Morse. 29:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60720. Radio Almanac. March 15, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. Guest Charles Laughton is trying to understand his income tax instructions. The cast does, "The Private Life Of Charles Laughton." Orson introduces an ad hoc jazz band with some excellent credentials: Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmy Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums). Orson and Charles Laughton do the "quarrel scene" from "Julius Caesar." Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, John McIntire (announcer), Charles Laughton, Hans Conried, Mutt Carey, Kid Ory, Jimmy Noone, Buster Wilson, Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Bud Scott, Ed Garland, Zutty Singleton. 29:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60721. Radio Almanac. March 22, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil (one commercial deleted). 9:30 P. M. Guest Betty Hutton sings, "His Rocking Horse Ran Away." Orson and Hans Conried (in a French accent) get into a brief ad-libbing contest. Orson Welles reads the very dramatic, "The Ballad Of Bataan" by Norman Rosten. Agnes Moorehead, Orson Welles, John McIntire, Hans Conried, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Harry Esman (sound effects), Betty Hutton, Norman Rosten (writer). 28:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60722. Radio Almanac. March 29, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The cast does, "Lassie In The Dark" with Orson Welles and guest Mary Boland. An all-star jazz group plays, "Muskrat Ramble." The cast does scenes from "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Rostand, translated by Ben Hecht. John McIntire, John Brown, Hans Conried, Mary Boland, Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmy Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums), Edmond Rostand, Ben Hecht (translator), Orson Welles, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra. 29:42. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

60723. Radio Almanac. April 5, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. Orson is looking for an apartment during the housing shortage. The all-star jazz group plays "That's A' Plenty." Guest Dennis Day sings "Besame Mucho." Orson does the soliloquy from Hamlet; "Oh What A Rogue and Peasant Slave Am I." Orson Welles, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, John McIntire, Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conried, John Brown, Dennis Day, Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmy Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums). 29:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60724. Radio Almanac. April 12, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. Guest Monty Woolley impresses the sponsor, Mr. Octane of the Mobil Company. The cast does "The Life Of Monty Woolley." The all-star jazz group plays "Panama Rag." Orson read's Paul's letter to the Corinthians. Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums), Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmy Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), John McIntire, Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conried, Monty Woolley, John Brown, Orson Welles, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Billy Gilbert, Mutt Carey (trumpet). 29:47. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60725. Radio Almanac. May 17, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. Guest Ann Sothern is running for president! Ann and Orson sing a duet called, "Sittin' On The Fence." A look into the future (1964) and President Sothern is in the White House. Washington sure has changed in the twenty years since 1944. The All-Star jazz group plays, "Worry Blues." Orson Welles and Hans Conreid do a scene from, "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare. John McIntire (announcer), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Hans Conried, Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Orson Welles, Ann Sothern, Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums). 29:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60726. Radio Almanac. May 24, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The program originates from The Armed Forces Training Command Center, Fresno, California. The All-Star jazz group performs. Orson does a magic show on radio! Orson Welles reads the answer to Dr. Hyde, who verbally attacked the famous Father Damien (who tended the lepers of Hawaii), as written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Hans Conried, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Lois Collier, Helen Andrews (vocal), Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums), Robert Louis Stevenson (author), John McIntire (announcer), Orson Welles, The Wilde Twins (Lynn and Lee). 29:59. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60727. Radio Almanac. May 31, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The program originates from The Air Transport Command, Sixth Ferrying Group, Long Beach, California. Orson starts reading Marjorie Reynolds' lines during the opening monologue. The cast looks into what soldiers really do when they're on leave, and then does, "The Mercury Wonder Show." Martha Tilton sings, "Take It Easy." Orson does a "Black Market" version of his own performance on the "Suspense" drama "Donovan's Brain," which he had performed only the week before! "The Mercury All-Star Jazz Combination" performs, "Tiger Rag." Orson reads "High Flight," by John Gillespie McGee, Jr. John McIntire (announcer), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, John Brown, Martha Tilton, Hans Conried, Charlie Cantor, John Gillespie McGee Jr. (author), Mutt Carey (trumpet), Orson Welles, Marjorie Reynolds, Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmy Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums). 29:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15904. Radio Almanac. June 7, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. Orson Welles introduces and performs in a very well-written and acted portrait of the home front during the invasion. Fine radio, a change of format from the other programs in the series. Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conried, Orson Welles (host), Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, John McIntire (announcer). 29:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60728. Radio Almanac. June 14, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. A fish peddler in Arkansas causes a war between Texas and Arkansas. This turns into a thinly veiled satire about Alfred Hinkler, a fish peddler who publishes a book called, "My Dream." The program was inspired by a Fifth War Loan Drive broadcast two days previously in which Orson participated (see cat. #6414). Cliff Nazarro (or Al Kelly?) doubletalks as Alfred Hinkler. Don't miss the singing of, "Deutschland Uber Alles" with words praising the state of Arkansas! This is well-written, enjoyable radio. Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra play Raymond Scott's new composition, "Power House." Orson reads a prayer to the United Nations, writen by Stephen Vincent Benet. Orson Welles, John McIntire (announcer), Barton Yarborough, John Brown, Cliff Nazarro, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, Stephen Vincent Benet (author). 29:41. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60729. Radio Almanac. June 21, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The program originates from the Wrigley Building, Chicago. Guest Martha O'Driscoll joins Orson in a skit about the Convention's "smoke filled rooms"...if all the delegates were women! The Mercury Fable: a father is disappointed that his son is the only kid in Chicago who hasn't been on, "The Quiz Kids." Ethel Waters sings, "Stormy Weather." Orson reads the soliloquy of Richard, Duke Of Gloucester, by Shakespeare. Orson Welles, John McIntire (announcer), Martha O'Driscoll, Ethel Waters, Ed Roberts (announcer). 29:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60730. Radio Almanac. June 28, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The program originates from Camp Hahn, Riverside, California. Orson Welles and guest Lynn Bari try to demonstrate thought transference. Martha Tilton sings, "A Good Man." "The Mercury Wonder Show" presents a G. I. Fable: a canteen for WAACS. The Mercury All-Star Jazz Combo plays a New Orleans Funeral March ("Oh, Didn't He Ramble"). Orson reads a letter from the Bible written by St. James. Orson Welles, Lynn Bari, John McIntire (announcer), Martha Tilton, Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmy Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums). 29:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60731. Radio Almanac. July 5, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil Oil. The program originates from an army port of embarkation at Wilmington, California. "The Mercury Wonder Show" presents a G. I. fable about Private Holloway. The story of the invisible Lana Turner. The Mercury All-Star Jazz Combo plays. Orson Welles, John McIntire (announcer), Keenan Wynn, Lana Turner, John Brown, Mutt Carey (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Jimmy Noone (clarinet), Buster Wilson (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Zutty Singleton (*drums). 29:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

88605. Radio Almanac. July 12, 1944. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil. Orson's opening monologue is about MP's and military life. Kay Thompson sings, "Louisiana Purchase." The "Mercury Players" present a wartime comedy. A house-husband looks forward to his wife's two-week furlough. The "Mercury Jazz All-Stars" play, "Royal Garden Blues." Orson reads from Shakespeare's, "Richard II." Orson Welles, Susan Hayward (guest), Kay Thompson, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, John McIntire (announcer), Elvia Allman, Kid Ory (trombone), Zutty Singleton (drums), Bud Scott (guitar), Ed Garland (bass), Norman Bowdin (? Boudin, trumpet), Fred Washington (piano). 29:03. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

88606. Radio Almanac. July 19, 1944. Program #26. CBS net. Sponsored by: Mobil. The program originates from the Long Beach, California Coast Guard Base. Orson notes that, "an ensign is a second lieutenant that swims." Guest Ruth Terry sings, "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby." "Mercury Fables" presents, "Life In The Coast Guard." One of the commercials mentions that new cars will not be available until two years after the end of the war. Miguelito Valdez sings a spectacular, "Babalu." Orson reads, "With your Wings," written for him to broadcast by John Steinbeck. The last show of the series. The announcer jumps the cue at the very end of the show. Orson Welles, Lud Gluskin and His Orchestra, John McIntire (announcer), Ruth Terry, John Brown, Robert Fresnell (Mobil's advertising agency rep), Garry Harris (engineer), Bud Pearson (writer), Les White (writer), Lou Quinn (writer), Lou Merrill (announcer). 30:13. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 20 programs.