Let's Playwright

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


43939. Let's Playwright. June 9, 1940. WINS, New York. "Dope". Sustaining. The first show of the series. A dope addict has trouble kicking the habit. The three "guest playwrights" supply a suitable ending to the story. After they supply their endings, the original story by the real playwright is concluded. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover and program closing. Jay Berger (producer, host, sound effects), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Emile L. Leavitt (writer), Betty Rehnstrom, Lindo Meli, Al Roy Smith, Hal Mormon, Frank Jaslow, Lee Hunt. 25:15. Audio condition: Good. Complete as above.

43940. Let's Playwright. June 23, 1940. WINS, New York. "A Life For A Life". Sustaining. A man seems to be going to the chair for murder. What will happen? Three amateur playwrights try to end the plot before the story is concluded. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host, sound effects), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Allan Gordon (writer), Lynne Fisher, Lindo Meli, Frank Jaslow, Al Roy Smith, Lou Daniels, Hal Mormon, Kay Linton. 27:05. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43953. Let's Playwright. December 5, 1940. WEVD, New York. "The Winthrop Case". Sustaining. A businessman is murdered, whodunit? Three amateur playwrights try to complete the story. Jay Berger knocks the lamp off the mike stand during the show, it falls with a crash. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, narrator), Mildred Darlington (writer), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Marion Winters, Joshua Shelley, Dave Mott (sound effects), Lou Daniels, Lindo Meli, Betty Rehnstrom, Paul Talbot. 26:31. Audio condition: Fair to good. Complete as above.

43954. Let's Playwright. December 12, 1940. WEVD, New York. "Bended Glass". Sustaining. A scientist invents a flexible glass, but then loses the formula and gets amnesia! Three amateur playwrights continue the plot. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Marion Winters, Joshua Shelley (announcer), Mildred Darlington (writer), Dave Mott (sound effects), Al Roy Smith, Maurice Mann, Lindo Meli, Kay Linton, Howard Sands, Joshua Shelley. 27:25. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43955. Let's Playwright. December 26, 1940. WEVD, New York. "Hollywood Speaks". Sustaining. A young author impersonates a famous screenwriter and travels to Hollywood to work on a movie. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host, sound effects), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Marion Winters, Allan Gordon (writer, performer), Howard Sands, Kay Linton, Maurice Mann. 28:16. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43951. Let's Playwright. January 2, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Merry Chase". Sustaining. A Depression screwball comedy about a wealthy girl and a poor mechanic. Two amateur playwrights come up with their own plots, one of them is a drama student named "Betty Bacal," who appears on this series for the first time. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Lauren Bacall, Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), David Wexler, Al Roy Smith (writer, performer), Kay Linton, Lou Daniels, Lindo Meli, Maurice Mann. 27:31. Audio condition: Good. Complete as above.

43950. Let's Playwright. January 9, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Viva Lopez". Sustaining. A story about newspaper men in the midst of a Mexican revolution. Two amateur playwrights write their own plots. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Al Roy Smith (writer, performer), Kay Linton, Joshua Shelley, Lindo Meli, Dominic La Monica, Diana Gill. 29:09. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43949. Let's Playwright. January 16, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Storm Warning". Sustaining. A cop, a prisoner, his old girl, and a strange old man are thrown together in a bar during a storm. Two amateur detectives invent their own plots. There is a brief break in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Marion Winters, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Al Roy Smith (writer, performer), Marion Winters, Lou Daniels, Lindo Meli, Allan Gordon. 28:14. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43948. Let's Playwright. January 23, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Screech In The Night". Sustaining. Two reporters battle for a "mad scientist" scoop. Two amateur playwrights try to invent their own plot. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), George Bingham (writer), Marion Winters, Al Roy Smith, Chick Lindgren, George Wills, Kay Linton, Sol Shapiro, Alma Sahm. 28:28. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43947. Let's Playwright. January 30, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Husband For Hire". Sustaining. 10:00 P. M. One of the world's richest women hires an out-of-work architect to be her husband. An amateur playwright tries a plot on for size. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Jimmy Murray (announcer, writer, performer), Marion Winters, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Mary Leone West, Allan Black, Oscar Brody, Allan Gordon. 27:37. Audio condition: Good to very good. Complete as above.

43946. Let's Playwright. February 6, 1941. WEVD, New York. "All The World's A Stage". Sustaining. A man's wife is having an affair with an actor, but the daughter has her own ideas. The amateur playwrights try to conceive a plot from character descriptions. The program opening has been upcut; there are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Lauren Bacall (as "Betty Bacall"), Marion Winters, Jimmy Murray (announcer), Don Grant (sound effects), Allan Gordon (writer), Les Oliver, Riva Zisselman, Rose H. Nussbaum, Howard Sands, Kay Linton, Al Roy Smith. 27:37. Audio condition: Good to very good. Incomplete.

43942. Let's Playwright. February 13, 1941. Program #14. WEVD, New York. "Dead Men Tell". Sustaining. A comedy about too many corpses. Amateur playwrights suggest their own endings. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Jimmy Murray (announcer), Marion Winters, Don Grant (sound effects), Al Roy Smith (writer, performer), Lindo Meli, Allan Gordon, Chick Lindgren, Howard Sands, Kay Linton, George Wills, Lou Daniels. 27:24. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43943. Let's Playwright. February 20, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Hope Again" ("Foreign Affair"). Sustaining. A pilot plans to return to America after being wounded in the Spanish civil war, and to bring his new bride with him. Three guests try to guess the plot just from a description of the characters. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Marion Winters, Lauren Bacall (billed as "Betty Bacal"), Jimmy Murray (announcer), Don Grant (sound effects), Chick Lindgren (writer, performer), Les Oliver, Howard Nagle, Arden Paul, Al Roy Smith, George Wills, Lou Daniels, Allan Gordon. 25:50. Audio condition: Poor. Complete as above.

43944. Let's Playwright. February 27, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Miss Prim Comes Of Age". Sustaining. A comedy set in a girl's school, while three amateur playwrights try to concoct a plot from a description of the characters. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Marion Winters, Jimmy Murray (announcer), Lauren Bacall, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Al Roy Smith (writer, performer), Lillian Weiss, Marion Siegel, Allan Gordon, Kay Linton, Heather Lawrence, William Leonard, Lindo Meli, Howard Sands. 28:43. Audio condition: Good. Complete as above.

43956. Let's Playwright. March 6, 1941. WEVD, New York. "The House Of The Dains". Sustaining. A woman is hired to work in a spooky old house, for a strange reason! There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Three amateur playwrights work on the plot. Jay Berger (producer, host), Jimmy Murray (announcer, performer), Marion Winters, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Allan Gordon (writer), S. P. Bergere, Stan Korman, Lucy Milner, Lindo Meli, Kay Linton, William Leonard, Heather Lawrence. 27:44. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

43960. Let's Playwright. March 13, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Benedict Arnold Slipped Here". Sustaining. A comedy about hidden loot in a house built during the Revolutionary War. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Jimmy Murray (announcer), Marion Winters, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Al Roy Smith (writer, performer), Frank E. Smith, Florence Spencer, William Leonard, Howard Sands, Kay Linton, Oscar Brody, Allan Gordon. 28:20. Audio condition: Good. Complete as above.

43958. Let's Playwright. March 20, 1941. WEVD, New York. "The Last Job". Sustaining. A pair of bank robbers hold two women hostage while hiding out. Two members of the audience comment on the story. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host), Lauren Bacall, Marion Winters, Joshua Shelley, Jimmy Murray (announcer), Allan Gordon (writer, performer), Arthur Stein, Grace Faber, Heather Lawrence, Lindo Meli. 28:08. Audio condition: Good. Complete as above.

43967. Let's Playwright. March 27, 1941. WEVD, New York. "The Cobbler Shop". Sustaining. A pleasant fantasy told by a talking shoe. The start of a talk by John P. Flynn of "The America First Committee." His topic is "Getting Into The War." There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host, announcer), John P. Flynn, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Allan Gordon (writer), Lindo Meli, Al Roy Smith, William Leonard, Viera Alexis. 16:00. Audio condition: Fair. Complete as above.

43959. Let's Playwright. April 3, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Town Topics". Sustaining. A woman is haunted by the town gossips. This is the same script as "It Happened To Me" broadcast of April 26, 1940 (see cat. #43935). There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host, announcer), Marion Winters, Lauren Bacall, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), George Bingham (writer), Kay Linton, Joshua Shelley, Lindo Meli, Viera Alexis, Lila Leonard, Allan Black, Al Roy Smith. 27:38. Audio condition: Fair. Complete as above.

43952. Let's Playwright. April 10, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Flowers For Madame". Sustaining. A comedy of errors about a newlywed florist. The author of the story is interviewed. There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host, announcer), Marion Winters, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Arden Paul (writer), Lindo Meli, Doris Gable, Al Roy Smith, Lila Leonard, William Leonard, Kay Linton, Heather Lawrence. 27 minutes. Audio condition: Good. Complete as above.

43945. Let's Playwright. April 17, 1941. WEVD, New York. "A Star Is Born". Sustaining. While the boy goes to work in South America, the girl finds herself a movie star. This version of the story has a happy ending! There are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Jay Berger (producer, host, announcer), Lauren Bacall, Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Mildred Darlington (writer), Norman Oxhandler, Kay Linton, Al Roy Smith, Allan Gordon, Lindo Meli, Doris Gable, Jimmy Block. 38:33. Audio condition: Good. Complete as above.

43962. Let's Playwright. May 8, 1941. WEVD, New York. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Caraway". Sustaining. The last show of the season. A comedy about a playwright who wants to keep his talent a secret because he can only write while under the influence. The program opening has been deleted; there are brief breaks in continuity for disc turnover. Al Roy Smith (producer, narrator), Lauren Bacall, Bill Leonard (announcer), Don Grant (sound effects), Jeff Carton (sound effects), Al Roy Smith (writer, performer), Lindo Meli, Al Astone, Lila Leonard, Doris Gable, Howard Sands, Kay Linton, William Leonard. 25 minutes. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

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