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Eddie Carroll

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Katie Summers @ 5:50 pm

The morning of April 7th, 2010, a friend died. This friend was Eddie Carroll. He was the voice of the famous cricket, Jiminy Cricket. He also did wonderful Jack Benny impersonations. I first met Mr.Carroll at an Old Radio Convention. I often go to these and very much enjoy them. They have recreations of old radio programs. The first time I met him, my dad told me to come meet Jiminy Cricket. He then whispered something in my ear, and I honestly can’t remember what he said. There are so many other things that I can remember about him, like a recreation of the Jack Benny program, or my dad and I interviewing Mr.Carroll for a panel. Also, I remember sitting next to him at the Benihana in Ohio for a dinner at the convention. I was informed of his death the morning he died when I got up in the middle of the night. Dad was awake, and he told me Eddie had died. Eddie was injured; we knew that from his website. It said, “Due to Mr. Carroll’s recent injury, all shows are postponed.” It turned out that he slipped, and his balance was all screwed up. While the doctors were trying to figure it out, they saw that he had a brain tumor. This is how our friend, Mr. Eddie Carroll died. A lot of people liked him. He was easy to like, a sweet man. He made many people laugh, whether it was as Jack Benny pinching his pennies or Jiminy Cricket influencing Pinocchio. Jack Benny wasn’t as known to my generation as he was to my father’s generation. Jiminy Cricket, though, if you ask any child, is widely known.



With this, we welcome my daughter Katie’s musings to the blog…I believe her comments will serve as a more hopeful counterpoint to the usual grousings written by your obedient servant.

This post began life as something she wrote for herself shortly after Eddie died. A friend of hers read it and suggested she submit it to the middle school newspaper, which she did. She was later somewhat publicly accused of plagiarism by the paper’s faculty adviser; since she couldn’t possibly know who Jack Benny was, she must have copied the article from somewhere else, QED.


So I hope you’ll join me in encouraging her efforts here instead, where we all expect that she would know Jack and Mary, George and Gracie, Archie and Jughead, Snooks, Gildersleeve, and all the other wonderful people she’s been listening to all of her life. –cfs3)

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Johnny Depp talks ‘Lone Ranger’ reboot

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Films and Video — Charlie Summers @ 4:59 pm

From CNN: Johnny Depp talks ‘Lone Ranger’ reboot

Says Mr. Depp, who plans to portray Tonto, “What we’ve got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny.”

Awesome. Just awesome. Suddenly the Green Hornet film doesn’t look so stupid, does it?

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“Ozzie and Harriet’s” David Nelson dies

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television — Charlie Summers @ 12:57 am

From Variety: ‘Ozzie and Harriet’s’ David Nelson

The article says, “Nelson was the last surviving member of the Nelsons TV family: actor-bandleader Ozzie; his singing wife, Harriet Hilliard; and his teen-idol younger brother, Rick. The show, which originated on radio in 1952 as ‘Here Come the Nelsons,’ ran for 320 episodes from 1952 to 1966 as ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’ on ABC. On the radio show, the boys were portrayed by pros, but they persuaded their parents to allow them to play themselves for the smallscreen.”

Is that last true? Were the boys never on the radio program?

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Never trust Internet lyrics…

Filed under: General, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 1:23 pm

So out of general curiosity (and not being able to understand one line), I went looking for the lyrics to a Sister Hazel song, “At Your Worst.” (Yeah, I know, I’m wildly out of their target demographic, but I really like their stuff anyway, so tough. And if you want to taste this alternate rock group for free, check out this Amazon Sampler.) You’d think this would be simple, but apparently every Internet lyrics site steals from everyone else. In this case, they are all wildly wrong.

Example; the first lines read, at every site I’ve found:

I’m never one to fall to pieces
I’m always stead as she goes

I’m “always stead?” Seriously? The line is obviously, “I’m always steady as she goes,” but not one site has the correction. The next two lines make even less sense:

I listened hard to all the teachers
The more I know, the less I know

Amazing how the correct line, “The more I learn, the less I know” makes so much more sense, and is far better imagery.

So clearly I’ve given up on the Internet for song lyrics. Guess I’ll need to buy the Heartland Highway CD and hope they are in the liner notes (and hope that Target still has it on sale for $5.99!).

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Obituary: Margot Stevenson, “The Lovely Margot Lane”

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News — Charlie Summers @ 10:58 pm

Anthony Tollin posted the following sad news to the OTR Digest:

Margot Stevenson passed away January 2nd. She would have been 99 on February 8th.

A major leading lady on Broadway, Margot Stevenson starred as Alice Sycamore in the original Broadway cast of the Pulitzer-winning YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, and also appeared in 17 other Broadway productions including STAGE DOOR and THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET. She also starred in a number of Warner Bros. films including CASTLE ON THE HUDSON, INVISIBLE STRIPES (alongside Bogart and Raft), SMASHING THE MONEY RING (sharing top billing with Ronald Reagan) and CALLING PHILO VANCE. She also did a lot of early television work.

Margot of course was the inspiration and namesake for “the lovely Margot Lane” on THE SHADOW, and played the role opposite Orson Welles in the 1938 Goodrich summer season (the only season that survives in its entirety).

Miss Stevenson was a stalwart of the Friends of Old-Time Radio convention, and was always very kind to those of us who spent time with her, answering any questions, and even signing autographs as you can see. She was one of the first radio stars I met the first year I attended the convention, and I will always be grateful for the kindness she showed. She was a class act.

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Obituary: Anne Francis dies at 80; costarred in ‘Forbidden Planet’

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 2:03 pm

From the Los Angeles Times: Obituary: Anne Francis dies at 80; costarred in the 1950s science-fiction classic ‘Forbidden Planet’

From the obituary: “Her career as a child model led to acting roles on the children’s radio shows ‘Let’s Pretend’ and ‘Coast-to-Coast on a Bus,’ and she then moved on to radio soap operas. In 1941, she also appeared on Broadway, playing Gertrude Lawrence as a child in ‘Lady in the Dark.’”

(*sigh*) Had she been well enough to attend the FOTR convention, I would have been able to hold a “One-On-One” with her. I still have a crush on Honey West…

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