Beowulf Alley’s Old Time Radio Theatre Company Presents
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY- Fall Housecleaning
and an encore presentation of
SUSPENSE: Three Skeleton Key
MARCH 3, 2012
Beowulf Alley Theatre’s Old Time Radio Theatre Company will present two episodes of the Golden Age of Radio. First, a classic production of FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY- Fall Housecleaning. This is followed by a an encore presentation of SUSPENSE: Three Skeleton Key. All shows are performed at the theatre, 11 South 6th Avenue (Downtown between Broadway and Congress). The performance date is Saturday, March 3, at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $9. Group discounts available. The box office phone number is (520) 882-0555.
Directed by Sheldon Metz, the OTRT Ensemble Company includes: Jon Benda, Denise Blum, Butch Bryant, George Chatalas, Samantha Cormier, Gerri Courtney-Austein, Laura Davenport, Tony Eckstat, Bill Epstein, Sydney Flynn, Vince Flynn, Audrey Ann Gambach, Brian Hale, Meagan Jones, Butch Lynn, Steve McKee, Charlie Middagh, Whitney Morton, Joan O’Dwyer, Shannon Brooke Rzuildo, Mike Saxon, Ina Shivak, Pat Timm, Terry Thure, Jared Stokes, John Vornholt.
“T’ain’t funny, McGee!!” One of radio’s greatest hits and one of the longest running shows in radio history, Fibber McGee and Molly, starred Jim and Marion Jordan as the beloved couple. premiered in 1935 and ran until 1959, long after radio’s golden days had passed. It is considered by many to be the origin of situation comedy itself. In this episode,
The saddest phrase, to man or mouse, is Come on, sweetheart, let's clean the house. And here at Number 79 where life till now was smooth and fine, comes labor, tough and acrobatic, like hauling junk down from the attic. Wives wallow in it, men think it folly. Like these two - Fibber McGee and Molly!
“MOLLY: Hello there, Mister Old Timer, we're doing a bit of house cleaning. Do you want to help?
OLD TIMER: How much?
FIBBER: Two bits an hour, and feed your own charley horses.”
Three Skeleton Key was first presented on ESCAPE. Suspense was a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962. One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, it was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant.
If there is one thing that ESCAPE and SUSPENSE have in common it is "Three Skeleton Key," a classic horror tale about rats narrated by Vincent Price. First made famous by Escape, this radio-play was then broadcast two more times on Suspense after Escape went off the air. Essentially, they were the same show. Based on a 1937 Esquire magazine short story by the French writer George Toudouze, the story was adapted for Escape in 1949 by James Poe.
This was the presentation performed by Vincent Price on Suspense on March 17, 1950. The suspense grows to a strong finish. Close your eyes and imagine!
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