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September 30, 2022
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Old Time Radio
Featured: previously released
Volume 1
"Likewise, I'm sure..."

In the 1930s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer purchased the rights to a novel written by author Wilson Collison entitled "Dark Dame", which they had planned to film with their platinum blonde glamour gal, Jean Harlow. But Harlow's untimely death put the kibosh on that project, and Collison's work didn't reach the silver screen until 1939 when it was refashioned for M-G-M's new beauty queen (newly acquired from R-K-O), Ann Sothern, into a romantic comedy entitled "Maisie". Sothern played a character named Maisie Revere (her show business name -- her real moniker was Mary Anastasia O'Connor) who falls hard for a dude ranch manager (played by a pre-"Father Knows Best" Robert Young), Charles "Slim" Martin, when she finds herself stranded in Wyoming after a job offer falls through. The ending of the film -- which suggests that Maisie and Slim are heading down the wedding aisle -- would also seem to suggest that M-G-M had planned the movie as a one shot but, the following year, Sothern was back on screen with "Congo Maisie" (1940), a thinly veiled remake of 1932's "Red Dust" -- and she even got top billing this time. Eight other Maisie features would follow, pairing Sothern with male co-stars like Robert Sterling (her then-husband), John Hodiak, George Murphy, and M-G-M's star clown, Red Skelton. 

The "Maisie" films rarely rose above their B-movie origins (though considering this was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, they were more like A-minus films) but because they were cheap to produce and generated big returns from loyal audiences, they remained one of M-G-M's popular movie properties in the style of Andy Hardy, Dr. Kildare and other film series. A testament to Maisie's popularity came in the form of a radio adaptation of "Maisie Was a Lady" (1941), one of the series' better entries, broadcast over CBS November 24, 1941 on the mega-popular "Lux Radio Theatre", which reunited Sothern and her co-stars in the movie, Lew Ayres (Dr. Kildare himself) and Maureen O'Sullivan. The groundwork had been laid for a Maisie radio series, which came to fruition on the same CBS network July 5, 1945 as a half-hour situation comedy sponsored by Eversharp Razors. Sadly, no episodes from the show's brief 1945-47 run (in which Maisie was gal Friday to an unsuccessful attorney) have turned up in circulation in old-time radio circles; interestingly, OTR historian John Dunning mentions that Samuel Taylor was a writer on the CBS series -- the same Sam Taylor who would go on to pen the screenplays for such films as Billy Wilder's "Sabrina" (1954) and Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958). 

With the final Maisie romp, "Undercover Maisie", released in 1947, it looked as if audiences had heard the last of Miss Revere -- but in 1949, M-G-M got into the radio syndication game with radio versions of those same B-picture properties that had served them so well throughout the 1930s and 1940s. 1949 saw the debut of "The Adventures of Maisie", first broadcast over New York's WMGM in September of that year, which returned Sothern's character to the familiar down-and-out, Jill-of-all-trades status she prominently displayed in the feature films. The new Maisie also featured one of radio's more memorable openings: 

(SFX: clicking of high heels along sidewalk, followed by two wolf whistles) 
MAN: Hiya babe! Say, how 'bout... (SFX: slap across face) Ow! 
MAISIE: Does that answer your question, buddy? 

"The Adventures of Maisie" benefited greatly from the fact that the series was slickly made (the series was produced at NBC in Hollywood) and featured top talent from "Radio Row," notably Sheldon Leonard (frequently heard as Maisie's boyfriend, Joe Pulaski), Hans Conried, Lurene Tuttle, Bea Benaderet, and Frank Nelson, along with others too numerous to mention. The series star enjoyed the working conditions on the show (though there was a certain irony in the fact that the M-G-M studio had let Sothern's contract lapse in real life), particularly since M-G-M graciously allowed the series to be recorded at her home when she was bedridden and recovering from a bout of hepatitis. Maisie had a long life in syndication after its initial run on WMGM (it was also briefly heard over Mutual in 1952), and now you'll get the opportunity to listen to the comical misadventures of the brassy showgirl with the heart of gold in twenty broadcasts contained in this ten-hour collection, restored to sparkling audio fidelity by Radio Archives.
Featured: previously released
Volume 3
Radio Preservation has always been at the core of Radio Archives. This exciting series is derived from our massive collection of thirty thousand radio shows from 16" transcription discs.
This 20 hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets.
These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older recordings. We expect the shows to be the best sounding copies available anywhere. Radio Archives Treasures are restored to sparkling digital quality.
Volume 3 includes shows from these series.
Pete Kelly's Blues, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, The Big Time, Mark Trail, A Salute to ..., Rexall's Parade of Stars, Junior Miss, The Campbell Playhouse, The Chicago Theatre of the Air, The Texaco Star Theatre, NBC's Fifteenth Anniversary Party, You Bet Your Life, The Doris Day Show, Can You Tie That?, Call for Music, Light Up Time, The Chesterfield Supper Club, and Just Plain Bill.
20 hours
Dan Fowler: G-Man Audiobook 
The Navy Spy Murders
by C.K.M. Scanlon
Read by Paul Curtis

Crime held the United States in a deadly stranglehold…until the F.B.I. fought back! Handpicked by J. Edgar Hoover, one agent took on the underworld head on, two fisted and guns blazing-Dan Fowler, G-Man!
Sinister undercover foes of America plot a mighty campaign of espionage and murder! Crime follows crime as the F.B.I. fights courageously to stem the tide of lawlessness that threatens to engulf our nation!
Although Dan Fowler, G-Man became Pulp’s most successful F.B.I. agent, J. Edgar Hoover attempted to make inroads into other mediums with his massive public relations effort on behalf of the F.B.I. He worked hard to get a radio show that portrayed the bureau as he wanted it to on the air, that would broadcast dramatizations of actual F.B.I. cases into living rooms across the country. Although this would be achieved later more successfully, Hoover’s effort was short lived. His attempts at getting short films produced that would grip the nation as well as a comic strip aimed at educating children about how wonderful the F.B.I. was also did not get very far. It was evident by 1936 that the biggest success Hoover had in turning F.B.I. agents into celebrities and heroes happened in the Pulp magazines.
As many as four magazines dedicated to the F.B.I. were in print by the end of 1936. The first foray into the Pulps for the F.B.I. featured Hoover as the man responsible for giving the greatest manhunter the F.B.I. had cases. Although he didn’t appear fighting alongside Dan Fowler, G-Man, the stories in G-Men magazine made it clear that Fowler, as heroic as he was, was doing the job that Hoover gave him.
Fowler didn’t wear a mask. He wasn’t perfect and he played by the F.B.I. book. He was true blue bureau, a man who existed only to protect his country and fight crime.
Paul Curtis breathes life into the F.B.I.’s most relentless and skilled manhunter, Dan Fowler G-Man in the thrilling tale The Navy Spy Murders! Originally published in the February 1937 issue of G-Men!
5 hours
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
G-Men Detective eBook
February 1937
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine.
Dan Fowler: G-Man! With a jaw like iron, flinty eyes that unflinchingly cut to the hardest criminal's quaking heart, Dan Fowler gave no quarter and asked for none. Son of a sherrif killed in action, ex-lawyer from the Middle West, Dan Fowler joined the F.B.I. as an ace operative for the Department of Justice. He was one of the valiant army of G-Men who battled the underworld and fought the strangle-hold of crime from the throat of humanity. In October of 1935, a new magazine appeared on newsstands: G-Men, featuring the adventures of Dan Fowler. The magazine changed its name to G-Men Detective in early 1940, but the stories continued the blood-bathed saga of the F.B.I.'s finest, Dan Fowler. After an amazing 112 Dan Fowler novels, the magazine closed with the Winter 1953 issue. G-Men returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine.
The Masked Rider — Robin Hood outlaw of the range — was a masked, cloaked combination of Zorro and the Lone Ranger. But, who is that masked man... that vigilante of justice... known far and wide as the Masked Rider? Only Blue Hawk, warrior of the Yaqui tribe and the Masked Rider's faithful companion, knows that his friend often takes on the disguise of Wayne Morgan, a wandering cowpuncher. But even Blue Hawk doesn't know the true identity behind the face of Wayne Morgan. That was the secret of the Masked Rider alone. The two rode the old West, The Masked Rider on his black stallion Midnight, Blue Hawk on his sorrel El Acedero, fighting lawlessness, battling for the innocent, for a total of 100 pulp stories published between April 1934 and April 1953. The Masked Rider Western returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.

Radio Archives Pulp Classics line of eBooks are of the highest quality and feature the great Pulp Fiction stories of the 1930s-1950s. All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want.

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Comments From Our Customers!
Gary Lange writes:
Nero Wolfe. New adventure/mysteries in a radio program format. Sydney Greenstreet does an admirable job of voicing Nero Wolfe.
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