Sharp-suited sharpies, slick-talking slicksters, high-rolling gamblers, and habitués of the racetrack -- they're all here, and it's all in fun! Straight from the imagination of the legendary Broadway raconteur Damon Runyon, here is another rollicking collection of stories about bets and debts, lovers and losers, con men and wise guys.
Gerald Mohr, Eve Arden, William Conrad, Joseph Kearns, Alan Reed, Parley Baer, Willard Waterman, Frances Robinson, and more play guys and dolls who speak only in the present tense (and without contractions). And radio favorite John Brown stars as Broadway, a teller of tales (who is no snitch).
Includes 16 digitally remastered episodes, and a Program Guide by Karl Schadow.
Episodes Include: Little Miss Marker - Program #2; Romance in the Roaring Forties - Program #3; The Lemon Drop Kid - Program #4; A Nice Price - Program #5; Princess O'Hara - Program #8; Breach of Promise - Program #10; Dancing Dan's Christmas - Program #11; Pick the Winner - Program #12; Hold 'em Yale - Program #13; The Brain Goes Home - Program #14; Old Em's Kentucky Home - Program #16; Leopard Spots - Program #18; All Horse Players Die Broke - Program #19; A Piece of Pie - Program #21; Barbecue - Program #22; Lonely Heart - Program #23.
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The shows are wonderful. The quality of the discs and reproduction are great.
You've got to be a kind of antiquarian to even know who Damon Runyon was these days, but in his prime, he was one of the best ironic writers in history. His characters are a strange collection of lowlifes but he somehow makes them likeable and even wistful at times. His trick of having them speak always in the first person and without using contractions is a kind of inspired goofiness that keeps you laughing all the way through. But he wasn't strictly a writer of comedy. Every once in a while, he gives you a story that is so full of pathos that it leaves you devastated. This is one Old Time Radio's forgotten gems.