Showing posts with label Mercury Theatre on the Air. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mercury Theatre on the Air. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17: Happy Birthday, Hans Conried

April 17: Happy Birthday, Hans Conried
Perhaps best known for his voice-over role as Captain Hook in the 1953 version of Disney's Peter Pan, Hans Conried was also a show-hopping radio actor.

He was a consummate comedian whose niche was zany doctors and other professionals. Conried's regular gigs were on My Friend Irma, The Burns and Allen Show, and the dramatic programs Suspense and Mercury Theatre on the Air. He made occasional or one-time appearances on Martin and Lewis, Lux Radio Theatre, and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

A very fun fact about Conried is that his villainous growl caused him to inspire the character "Robot Devil" on the TV show Futurama.

Conried fans will also enjoy this anecdotal story with famed director and author Arch Oboler.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 4: Happy Birthday, Frances Langford


With episode titles like "Family Picnic," "College Days," "Cleaning the House," and "Performing MacBeth," The Frances Langford Show sounds like Ozzie and Harriet with just a splash of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air tossed in just to keep things interesting.

The gorgeous singer hosted the show only through the crazy Summer of 1947--it was a Summer replacement for The Burns and Allen Show. The half-hour show featured Langford crooning such numbers as "I'm Always Blowing Bubbles," "Almost Like Being In Love," and "When You're Cryin'."

Langford grew up in Lakeland, FL, which probably makes it a bit unlikely that she was trained as an opera singer. She changed her style to Big Band after a tonsillectomy, and her radio and stage careers began to develop in parallel.

She was a regular on The Rudy Vallee Show. She was born on this day in 1913, and lived until 2005.