Down These Mean Streets

An Old Time Radio Detective Podcast

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Happy Birthday, Everett Sloane

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Actor Everett Sloane was born October 1, 1909. He launched his career on the stage after dropping out of college to pursue a theatrical career. Sloane joined Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre, and he worked with Welles on radio as well as in Citizen Kane and The Lady from Shanghai. Sloane worked in television, including The Twilight Zone and Perry Mason, and he wrote the unused lyrics to the theme for The Andy Griffith Show.

On radio, Sloane could be heard in villainous roles on The Shadow as well as cab driver Shrevie. Sloane appeared on Inner Sanctum, Dimension X, and The Mysterious Traveler. He played Denny, valet to Bulldog Drummond, and he starred as Captain Frank Kennelly in 21st Precinct. (On Sunday’s new episode of “Down These Mean Streets,” we’ll hear Sloane starring in 21st Precinct.)

In honor of his birthday, I’ll post some of his radio performances. For more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

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George Coulouris
"Hi-Jackers - Audition Program" (September 26, 1941)

George Coulouris stars as Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond in this audition program for the character’s American radio series. Coulouris was the first actor to play Drummond on radio, though his tenure on the series was short.

His fellow birthday boy Everett Sloane co-stars as Denny, Drummond’s loyal sidekick.

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Happy Birthday, George Coulouris

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British actor George Coulouris was born October 1, 1903. Coulouris was a longtime collaborator of Orson Welles; he played Marc Antony in the Mercury Theatre’s debut production of Julius Caesar, and he appeared in Welles’ Citizen Kane. Coulouris worked on the stage and the big and small screens in the US and England. On radio, he appeared on The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and Suspense. Coulouris was also the first actor to play debonair detective Bulldog Drummond on radio.

In honor of his birthday, I’ll post some of his radio work. For more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

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Happy Birthday, Lamont Johnson

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Actor and director Lamont Johnson was born September 30, 1922. He began his acting career as a child actor on Let’s Pretend. One of his biggest roles was as Tarzan in the 1951 radio series. Johnson could also be heard on Dragnet, Escape, and The Whistler. In the late 1950s, Johnson embarked on a new chapter of his career as a director. He helmed episodes of Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone, and The Name of the Game, among others. Johnson won two Emmy Awards for directing the miniseries Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story and Lincoln. His directing career extended from 1955 to 2000.

Back on Episode 4 of the podcast, we heard Lamont Johnson in “The Case of the Careworn Cuff,” his only appearance as Archie Goodwin on The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe. In honor of his birthday, I’ll post more of his radio work. For more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

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