Curtain Time, Volume 1Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
The series premiered over Mutual on July 22, 1938 as a Friday night half-hour sponsored by Kix Cereal. Though the romantic drama anthology nature of "Curtain" usually eschewed any kind of 'star', actor Olan Soulé essayed most of the male leads on the program, often opposite actresses like Betty Lou Gerson and Louise Fitch. (Soulé later graduated to "Nighter" in 1943, frequently acting opposite Barbara Luddy.) Directed by Blair Walliser, with music by Henry Weber and the announcing chores handled by Don Gordon, the production offered plenty of the same fare as that featured on "First Nighter": light and innocuous boy-girl romances that were always lighthearted and entertaining. "Curtain Time" was heard on Mutual for less than a year before going on hiatus -- and when it returned on July 4, 1945, it was heard over ABC, which found a home for it at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights (moving to Thursdays at 10:30 PM in October) and a sponsor in the Mars Candy Company. The show continued to become more and more like its predecessor, adding an usher to the proceedings who would show listeners to their seats in "seventh row center." The featured performers during this run were Harry Elders and Nannette Sergeant, with Chicago pros like Betty Winkler, Hope Summers, Art Van Harvey, and Arthur Peterson providing solid support. "Curtain Time's" ABC status lasted until July 13, 1946, when it moved to NBC and remained until it left the airways on March 29, 1950, with Mars still faithfully paying the bills. The ABC/NBC years of "Curtain Time" were directed by Harry Holcomb, with music provided by Bert Farber and Patrick Allen was featured as the cultured host. Fans of trivial will note that one of the occasional actors on the series (and, later, its full-time announcer) was Myron "Mike" Wallace, who would later achieve television immortality as a hard-hitting investigative journalist on the CBS series "60 Minutes".
Publisher: [United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 53 min.)) : digital.