The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio The great ones are back in action.

15Jul/130

Orson Welles Pays Tribute to Jimmy Stewart

Welles at a Dean Martin celebrity roast for Jimmy Stewart.

24Dec/120

Silver Bells

Bob Hope singing Silver Bells was a favorite Christmas time highlight growing up. Here's the clip that started it all from The Lemon Drop Kid.

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21Nov/120

Count Your Blessings

Jimmy Durante and Annie Lennon duet from the 1970s.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners in the U.S.A.

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10Sep/120

Jimmy Durante: September Song

Sung in 1972 for a TV special when Durante was 79.

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18Jun/120

Jimmy Durante and Al Jolson on Cell Phones

Some folks are keeping the golden age of entertainment alive. Enter Al Jolson impersonator Rick Rogers and Jimmy Durante impersonator Brad Kay. In these two videos they perform a Durante and Jolson song from a radio episode of Kraft Music Hall.  They then imagine what the two great entertainers might have sung about a modern plague-cell phones.

You can skip the first 3 minutes of the first video (which is getting the stage set) and skip right into "Jimmy" and "Jolson" recreating radio magic. While no one would mistake these guys for the original, they do capture their spirits:

 

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28May/120

Kate Smith Sings God Bless America for First Time

The first performance ever from November 10, 1938. In honor of America's Veterans on Memorial Day.

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6Mar/120

How Suchet Does Poirot Voice

4Jul/110

The Last Signer

Enjoy this great Independence Day episode of the Dupont Theater.

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24Jun/110

Columbo Meets Frank Sinatra

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13Jun/110

The Nero Wolfe Movie that Guaranteed There Would be No More Nero Wolfe Movies

This is the first 7 minutes of the last of two Nero Wolfe Films,The League of Frightened Men (1937) which was a sequel to, "Meet Nero Wolfe" and was posted on YouTube by a company selling an out of print DVD.

Rex Stout decided not to allow any more movies to be made based on his books, displeased with Lionel Stander's portrayal of Archie Goodwin. The punchdrunk Archie Goodwin portrayal we see in the clip seems to justify the conclusion..

On both the level of the artist and of business, it's understandable why Stout didn't want to make any more films. If films like this made their way into the cultural bloodstream, it would have turned people off to the books. And these movies came very early in the Wolfe franchise.

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