Down These Mean Streets

An Old Time Radio Detective Podcast

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Happy Birthday, Don Wilson

Announcer Don Wilson was born September 1, 1900. Wilson is best remembered as the announcer for The Jack Benny Program on radio and television, where he frequently joined the cast in skits and jokes. His portly frame was frequently the subject of jokes, as were his attempts to get the Sportsmen Quartet to perform the week’s commercial (usually to Jack’s dismay). Wilson worked alongside Benny on radio and TV from 1934 and 1965.

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Radio Anniversary - Defense Attorney

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On August 31, 1951, Defense Attorney premiered on ABC. The series starred Academy Award winner Mercedes McCambridge as Martha Ellis “Marty” Bryant, a crusading counselor-at-law who fought tirelessly for her clients in and out of the courtroom. Aided by her boyfriend and newspaper reporter Jud Barnes, Marty vigorously defended the rights of her clients and played detective to get to the truth.

We’ve twice heard Marty Bryant on the podcast (click here for Episode 26 and click here for Episode 48, featuring an hour of the program). I’ll post another courtroom drama today in honor of her anniversary.

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On August 31, 1941, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve bid adieu to Wistful Vista and moved to Summerfield in one of the first-ever spin-off programs. The Great Gildersleeve took Fibber McGee’s nemesis and set him up as a family man in his new home town, taking in his orphaned niece and nephew. Harold Peary starred as “Gildy,” with a supporting cast that included Walter Tetley as nephew Leroy; Mary Lee Robb as niece Marjorie; Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd the barber; and Richard LeGrand as pharmacist Peavey. After Peary left the series in 1950, Willard Waterman starred as Gildy until the series ended in 1957.

On August 31, 1941, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve bid adieu to Wistful Vista and moved to Summerfield in one of the first-ever spin-off programs. The Great Gildersleeve took Fibber McGee’s nemesis and set him up as a family man in his new home town, taking in his orphaned niece and nephew. Harold Peary starred as “Gildy,” with a supporting cast that included Walter Tetley as nephew Leroy; Mary Lee Robb as niece Marjorie; Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd the barber; and Richard LeGrand as pharmacist Peavey. After Peary left the series in 1950, Willard Waterman starred as Gildy until the series ended in 1957.

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