The Singles and Doubles Collection: Single Episodes L-N

(4.7 stars; 3 reviews)


This is a work in progress. This OTRR Collection is a Non-Certified one, containing series in which currently only one or two episodes are known to exist -- hence the name: "Singles and Doubles Collection". Almost every type genre is included. Radio -- called by some The Theater of the Mind -- has been with us since 1920 when stations WWJ of Detroit and KDKA of Pittsburg made the first regular commercial broadcasts. The first program aimed at entertaining the unseen audience followed close behind. Over the years since then, literally thousands of series have been broadcast nationally and thousands more in regional or local markets. Some endured for a few years, others for 20 or 30, and some unfortunately only had one episode broadcast. Of those thousands, some series saw some of their episodes saved for the future, some saw nearly all and others only one or two episodes. While the goal of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group is to preserve radios past by collecting, and archiving as many different series as possible and making them available to the community, we do not want to let the series that only had a minimum number of episodes to survive go unpreserved for future generations. To that end we have put together this unique collection of series. Most of the programs you will find here will be totally unfamilar to you, but they are informative and entertaining none the less. This is the second version of this collection that we have released. Since the first collection new broadcasts have surfaced, and others will undoubtely be found in the future. When and if that occurs, we will release a version three. From comedy to drama to cooking shows to music, you'll hear it all here, and every episode will be unique and different. They run the gamut, from the middle 20s to the early 70s, all showing us a glimpse of the past, when things were slower and families gathered round the radio each evening. Times when each person was hearing the same thing, but created a different picture in their minds of what the characters looked like, the scenery, location, and most important the sounds. Sounds that each found a different meaning in, but one that entertained, educated, and made the world a smaller place, where you could hear those stories that in the past were told to just a few, gathered round the dinner table, at a campfire, or in small audiences, but now the whole world could hear and enjoy. Some of these episodes may be misnamed or misdated. If you find such, please let us know. Additionally there may be some dead air space at the beginning or ending of some episodes. This is not one of our certified sets, it is being provided as a way to obtain those series in which only one or two shows have survived. This page contains Series beginning with the letters L through N. A text file containing a list of the MP3 files found on this page appears near the bottom of the page. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



NationalDefense Test Day Program 1:28:58
NBC Eveready Hour 25:05
Maytag Frolics with Coon Sanders Nighthawks 22:20
Life Of Irene Castle - Pt 4 13:11
Mirth Parade 13:13
Mary Pickford And Company - The Church Mouse 29:14
MJB Demitasse Revue 23:31
Let's Dance - Benny Goodman Orchestra 40:59
Let's Have Fun 57:44
Macy Morning Show 12:52
Nellie Revel Show 13:15
MBS - First Coast To Coast Broadcast 57:40
Marconi Memorial Program 14:23
NBC Presents Eugene O'Neill 59:51
NBC Presents Eugene O'Neill 59:47
Music From Hollywood - Christmas Show 29:36
Love Tales - Fire Hazard 14:16
Norge Radio Show 14:32
Melody Puzzlers 25:28
Let There Be Music 28:46
Monticello Party Line 14:32
Monticello Party Line (2) 14:46
My Lucky Break 29:46
Midmorning Matinee 29:08
Melody Showcase - Sammy Kaye 27:19
Music By Woodbury - First Song - In A Monastery Garden 28:26
Little Old Hollywood 29:49
Memories Of Miller (2) 12:38
Meredith Willsons Musical Revue 28:36
Manhattan at Midnight - The Foster Family 29:10
London After Dark 29:39
Love Thy Neighbor 1:01:56
Lives Of Our Greatest Artists - Al Jolson 14:27
Master's Music Room - Audition 26:00
Moon Mullins - Lord Plushbottom Gets A Cable (Audition) 25:31
Music By Woodbury - First Song - Give A Little Whistle 28:57
Movie-Radio Guide - Tenth Anniversary 28:39
Little Man Outside 27:53
Nightmare at Noon - Read by Henry Hull 13:50
The Nichols Family Of Five 28:01
Millions For Defense 58:38
Lincoln Highway - Betsy Barnes 30:35
Jane Endicott, Reporter - Girl Bites Dog 29:00
Missus Goes A'Shopping 14:03
Michael Piper - Episode Titled 'Erie Basin Murder' 24:33
Lincoln Highway - Aviatrix Triangle 31:08
Life At Boy's Town - The Bad Day - Pt 1 27:45
London Broadcast - Capt. Clark Gable 12:41
Leo Diamond Harmonaires - First Song - Three Little Words 14:19
Life At Boys Town - Pt 2 27:59
Mirth & Madness 15:04
Leo Diamond Harmoonaires - First Song - Nobody's Sweetheart 14:12
NBC War Bond Parade 54:26
Night In A Foxhole 14:35
Mildred Bailey Show 25:06
Let's Listen To Spencer - Barbers 14:51
Let's Listen To Spencer - Bertha And Herman 16:03
Mildred Bailey Show - Guest Teddy Wilson 30:22
Modern Romances - Goodbye Darling 11:09
Mystery Chef 13:44
Man Named Jordan 14:48
Let Yourself Go - Guest - Al Jolson 28:21
Meet Me at Parky's - Episode Titled 'Parky Gets Engaged' 27:06
Maggie's Private Wire - Guest -Enrico Caruso Jr 14:20
Musical Autographs - First Song - June Is Bustin' Out All Over 29:46
Lear Radio - Doris Miller Tribute 3:42
The Louden Family - First Song - The Lost Train Blues 13:36
Luck Of The Irish (Audition) 25:21
Navy Colt - Audition 30:25
Leave It To Mike - Broad As A Barn Door 29:19
Murder Will Out - Swindled Song Writer 29:12
Nate Gross Show 14:48
Hour Of Mystery - Journey Into Fear 14:52
The Minstral Train - Auditiion 28:12
Listen To A Love Song - Guest Phil Harris 28:12
Nelson Olmsted Playhouse - Elementals 30:11
LIsten To A Love Song - Guest Victor Borge 28:45
Music Valley - Guest Merle Travis 28:46
Martha Deane Show - Dewey Wins 29:51
The Minstrel Train 29:59
Lady Go Lucky 34:21
Law West Of The Pecos - First Show 30:20
Lee Giroux Show - Jackson's Stories For The Family 13:45
Moon Mullins - Moon Bails Out Uncle Willie 29:00
Marvelous Margie - First Episode 26:02
Murder And Mr Malone 29:49
Leo And The Blond - Leo Finds Hester 13:56
Melody Souvenirs 15:05
Mulligans Travels - Audition (47-06-18) 29:40
The Listening Post 28:17
Leo And The Blond - Going To Hester's Coming Out 14:49
Fantasy (Audition) 28:55
New York Tonight 29:30
Life Can Be Beautiful - Close The Investigation 14:36
Music Box Theater, The - Thanks A Million 29:39
Mrs Tucker's Smile Program 14:58
Morey Amsterdam Show 30:14
Midnight Merry Go Round 17:13
Mind Your Manners - Should Young Girls Travel Alone 29:10
Make Believe Town - A Very Important Appointment 27:50
Movie Matinee Quiz Show 29:31
Mirth And Melody 30:11
Mr Chameleon - The Perfect Maid Murder Case 29:26
Manhattan Playhouse - The Perfect Secretary 26:48
Living 1949 - The State Of American Humor 23:32
Norma Young 29:23
Mystery Award Theater - Screwball Division 29:31
Mystery Award Theater - Pieces Of Eight 4:31
Make Believe Town - Hollywood Romance 30:12
Life Begins At 80 28:29
Me & Janie 29:59
Molly And The Captian - First Episode 28:47
N B C Little Theater 1:01:11
Mr Feathers - Do Unto Others 29:29
Lyons Busy 14:05
Meet Your Match 30:19
My Home Town (2) 30:18
Music From The Chalet - First Song - Cherokee 14:21
Music From The Chalet - First Song - Johnny Get Your Gun 14:26
Mr Feathers - The Woman in the 29:47
Newsreel Digest 16:04
Much About Dolittle - Episode Titled 'Get a Job' 30:19
My Mother's Husband - (Audition) 31:58
Fabulous Mr Manchester, The - Man Behind The Mystery 29:43
Molly And The Captian 13:42
Meet Me In Saint Louis - The Suffragettes 28:23
Navy Star Time - First Song - Gypsy in my Soul 14:51
Midnighters Club - Guest - Dick Powell 11:12
Louisa - Wedding Preparation 29:56
Mc Coy, the Three Wayward Girls 29:18
Lady In Blue 11:59
Lady In Blue 0:33
Mr Aladdin - Miracle Of The Four Legged Husband 28:22
New Theater - Young Man With a Horn 55:07
New Theater - After Many A Summer Dies The Swan 1:03:34
National Guard Show 14:23
NBC Twenty-fifth Anniversary Broadcast 21:53
MGM Musical Comedy Theater - Yolanda And The Thief 57:09
Modern Adventures Of Casanova - Marble Arms 29:02
Little Matchmaker - Audition 9:29
My Wildest Dream 41:55
Mr Chameleon - Murder And The Million Dollar Smile 23:01
Martin Kane Private Investigator 28:36
Last Man Out - Case of Dorothy K Funn 25:20
NBC Star Playhouse - Alice In Wonderland 53:21
My Secret Story - Phoney Hillbilly Singers Fall In Love 29:02
Let's Talk About You - Guest - Gen. Jimmy Doolittle 12:50
Liberace - Guest - Annette Warren 26:07
Liberace - The Thanksgiving Show 26:18
Mostly Dixie - Guest - Matty Matlock 25:51
Mostly Dixie - Guest - Ray Anthony 25:36
Matinee 29:28
Matinee (2) 29:35
Mitch Miller Show - Guest - Jonathan Winters 43:46
Mitch Miller Show 43:57
NBC Radio 40th Anniversary 44:15
NBC Radio 40th Anniversary 33:46
NescoRoyalCooks31-xx-xxSelectionsfromNinaRosa 12:33
Angostura Time - First Tune: Say It Ain't So 30:23
Marine Story - Guest - Eddie Albert 13:54
Martha White Biscuit 26:13
Nighthawk Rides - Mortgage Due 12:24
Nipsey Russell's Comedy Time 1:32:25
Marine Story - Guest - Robert Young 13:51
Martha White Biscuit (3) 26:43
Nighthawk Rides - Roll Of The Dice 11:29
Nipsey Russell's Comedy Time (2) 1:33:27
Louvin Brothers 17:49
Louvin Brothers (2) 19:47
Lawless Twenties - The 1928 Saxon Case 12:12
Lawless Twenties - The Flood Of Bootleg Gold 12:00
Music For Sunday 30:20
Morning Melodies - Guest - The Three Suns 15:38
Morning Melodies - Guest - Art Van Damme Quintet 15:33
Listen To Grandma - Audition 30:18
Look What We've Found - LIghthouse Keeper 14:41
Makers Of History - Declaration Of Independence 13:40
Makers Of History - War With Tripoli 13:42
Miss Hattie - Teddy Thinks He Is Blind In One Eye 29:30
Music From Your Home Town - First Song - I'm Gonna Love You 14:21
Music In The Foster Fashion - First Song - I Don't Want To Love You 14:16
Navy Hoedown 13:50


Brief reviews

(5 stars)

I've always wanted to get into old time radio, but I can never seem to find the time. I did however listen to three programs from this page last night, which I will review: "Music Valley" - Interesting country and western music show. Nice performance of "Silver Bell" (not the Christmas song, but a much older composition). There is also an example of the "That's good/no that's bad" comedy routine. That said there is also a minstrel-type song that is quite dated. "Movie Matinee" - Insane game show. Lots of now-classic films mentioned. Seems like a fun format, wish there was more of this show. We'll never find out how the final contestants did (they ran out of time). "Morning Melodies - The Three Suns" - Nice music, but when was it recorded? It cannot be any earlier than 1951, as one of the songs it features the song "Cry". This recording appears to be an excerpt rather than a complete program. If you don't mind, if I listen to any additional recordings from this page I will add additional brief reviews. Update #1: I listened last night (actually very early morning) to four additional episodes of this page. Do you mind if I provide additional brief reviews?: "Maytag Frolics", a music program, is listed as having aired in 1929, and it certainly sounds like that. The dated lyrics of a couple of the songs simply adds to the fun. It's quite enjoyable if you like the music of the unfortunately named Coon Sanders Nighthawks. "Lives Of Our Greatest Artists" (listed as being from 1940) was sponsored by a "kosher" meat company, and the episode in question provides a brief 15-minute biography of Al Jolson, focusing on his religion. I don't know if the story telling in this episode is accurate or not, but it's interesting to listen to, if decidedly dated (and UN-PC at times). The station ID at the end adds to the fun. There are also two excepts from Jolson's records during the program. "Leo Diamond Harmonaires - First Song - Three Little Words" - Music program featuring a harmonica group, Notice that the song "I Get a Kick Out of You" features the re-written lyric "perfume from spain" instead of the original cocaine lyric. Nice NBC chimes at the end. "Leo Diamond Harmoonaires (sic) - First Song - Nobody's Sweetheart" - Same series as above. Nice music, but this particular episode features some ethnic accents which are quite dated and unpleasant. NBC chimes is cut-off though. Update: Listened to four more episodes last night. "The Mildred Bailey Show" - Pop music series. Sound quality is slightly squeaky. Some of the music would be called "easy listening" today, but some of it is more lively, and there's even a jazz instrumental. The episode, to my knowledge, aired at 11:30PM. Overall a nice mix of music. "Maggie's Private Wire" - The cheesy organ music at the start is not encouraging, but this is an interesting show featuring chirpy interviews, one with a actress and the other with a singer. So chirpy, in fact, that it verges on annoying at times. Apart from that, there are promos for films "Bring on the Girls" (1945) and "Wonder Man" (1945), and a commercial for "Super Suds". I believe this series later became a television show on WBZ-TV, though I might be wrong on that. "The Martha Deane Show" - Women's show with too many ads. There is an interview with two kids from the film "Song of the South" (1946), and interview with a pianist (who is quite obviously nervous). There is also a promo for "Lady Luck" (1946). There is also an interesting moment when, commenting on how the listeners at home couldn't see the kids, the host mentions how they could do with some television....little did they know! "Hail the Champ" - Stunt game show. Teenagers perform stunts to win prizes. The eventual winner seems overwhelmed at the end. The studio audience is very loud... Update again! Listened to 4 programs last night, 2 of them good, and the other 2 not so good. "Minstrel Train" - A variety show, mixing popular songs (like "Stardust") with a comedy routine consisting of a man and three women (the latter, I think, all played by the same person) telling corny jokes. "When does a chair hate you - When it can't bear you". Very corny, the highlight of the program is a song about Brazilian coffee beans. Was this series picked up, or was this the only episode made? To tell the truth, it wouldn't surprise me if this wasn't picked up. (note: sound quality is squeaky) "Nelson Olmsted Playhouse - Elementals" - A fun dramatic anthology series. In this episode, a man and his fiancé try to go without food for 7 days to try to get $10,000. Will they be able to do it? A little bit over-the-top, but quite enjoyable. Wish there were more episodes of this to listen to! "Marvelous Margie" - Sitcom with a show business setting. I admit I didn't get some of the pop culture references. The episode had no sponsor, and they reference this humorously at the beginning of the episode. I read elsewhere that this is an audition recording...was this series never picked up? I found it amusing if a bit corny at times. "Mr Chameleon - The Perfect Maid Murder Case" - Crime drama. Two commercials for Bayer Aspirin and a commercial for Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder. Not well-written, and it features some of the worst attempts at Australian accents I've ever heard... Update: listened to 6 programs during the night and early morning. "Memories of Miller" - With Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Appears to be a repeat copy broadcast after his death. Pleasant music. "Manhattan Playhouse" - Is this recording sped-up or something? Everyone sounds like chipmunks. Funny comedy script though, about a secretary who pretends to be ugly so her employer won't fire her (or something like that). I do hope to listen to more radio comedy soon. "Lyons Busy" - This recording includes the first half of the program only. Jazz music show with an amusing announcer. There is a commercial for "Surf" (I don't know if, at the time, this was a laundry soap or a detergent). Highlight of the recording is "How High the Moon" being played in different styles. Episode is cut-off abruptly, before they get around to doing a "bop" version of the song. "Newsreel Digest" - Highlights from the previous week of Mutual newscasts. Stories range from serious to semi-comical. There is also an ad for U.S. savings bonds, and a promo for "Five Star Feature". "Navy Star Time" - Pop music show. Some crackle during part of the recording. Music is pleasant, but personally I found the performances to be forgettable. Songs include "Stardust". The show, as the title suggests, was sponsored by the U.S. Navy. "The Morey Amsterdam Show" - Better known today as an early television series. This radio version, based on this episode, was much more of a sitcom than the TV version, in fact the format is very different to the TV version in terms of structure. Highlights include Morey doing his popular "Yuk-a-Puk" number. (sound quality is very squeaky, "under-water" kind of stuff) Wish more existed of this radio show. Update: Listened to some more shows last night and early morning. "Midnighters Club - Dick Powell" - A fragment from a show from Pittsburgh. Scratchy sound. Consists of an interesting interview with Dick Powell, which discusses the film "Mrs. Mike" and the radio series "Richard Diamond, Private Detective". "Little Matchmaker" - With Chico Marx. Am I correct to think this show was never picked up? Bad ethnic stereotypes in this program. Quite embarrassing but funny. Is this incomplete? "Mostly Dixie - Guest - Matty Matlock" - Exactly what the title suggests, Dixieland jazz music along with some more contemporary jazz. According to the announcer at the end, this was broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. "Mostly Dixie - Guest - Ray Anthony" - More Dixieland music, along with some more contemporary jazz. Fun version of "Jingle Bells" is featured in this episode. "Lawless Twenties - The 1928 Saxon Case" - Short drama story about bootleggers, set in the 1920s. Enjoyable but brief. "Lawless Twenties - The Flood Of Bootleg Gold" - Another edition of the series, set in the 1920s and about bootleggers. Enjoyable but brief. "Nesco

Misdated shows

(0 stars)

These two shows from The Liberace Show 55-11-24epxxxLiberace-TheThanksgivingShow.mp3 55-01-12epxxxLiberace-Guest-AnnetteWarren.mp3 are NOT doubles... There are eight known shows in mp3 format... Plus the 55-11-24 show is misdated... It should be 54-11-24 Nightkey mentioned somewhere that there are ten shows from Monticello Party Line in mp3 format as well... *** Perhaps that Pillsbury House Party episode could be dated 49-10-06??? *** I may need some help with those Life At Boys Town the year... Are they 42s or 43s??? The dates look they must be the same year...

Murder and Mr. Malone - #87.

(4 stars)

Frank Lovejoy and Jack Webb in this one!!! I was listening and was surprised to hear these two radio giants squaring off. The Amazing Mr. Malone (based on essentially the same character) is pretty bad OTR (IMHO). But this "one off" show is pretty good - although not close to the best work of either actor.

Singles L-N point to wrong files

(0 stars)

I haven't gone through the whole list, but I've found five that point to an entirely different show than is listed. Might want to take a closer look.

misdated continued

(0 stars)

Eveready Battery Hour is actually Art Linkletter's House Party! That is a real file naming blooper!


(0 stars)

45-09-10 epxxxx Maggies Private Wire- Guest-Enrico Caruso Jr should be dated 45-08-10