Alias Romeo

Alias Romeo was a brief syndicated series sponsored by the Multi-Facet Diamond Corporation and its dealers. Publicity for the program stated that “everyone, young and old alike, will enjoy these light stories of young love.” The programs promoted diamonds as romantic gifts (“a token of undying affection”) on behalf of the jewelry stores that sold the company’s products in the three commercials of each episode . “ To start a lifetime of love together,” a commercial says, “give her a Multi-Facet.” The star of the program is Les Tremayn e of radio’s Adventures of the Thin Man and First Nighter . It’s definitely not the best of radio’s golden age, amusing in its way, but not the best showcase of Tremayne’s talent. Episode 12 has newlyweds Steven and his new wife Catherine in a disagreement while on their honeymoon… when he springs the fact that their new home is... a houseboat. Steven tries to carry her onboard and they both fall into water! Steven’s father promised that they could live in his 78-room castle… and barely into their first night in the houseboat Catherine demands that they move in! But because of the tradition of the house they need to stay in separate rooms… “not more than a five-minute walk away from each other”! The argument leads to Steven heading to the houseboat alone. Further silliness ensues, but it leads to another problem that a diamond can surely solve. Episode 13: Scott realiz es he’s fall ing in love with his fiancee Henrietta’s housekeeper Ellen! There are amazing revelations in the story… that Ellen can handle a shotgun… and knows how to cook! * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.