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Episode 284 – Hoosier Schoolboy, part 1

Posted in drama on April 16th, 2014 by admin

A new teacher arrives in a small Indiana town to find tensions high with a dairy strike, and tries to help a troubled student (Mickey Rooney) literally from the wrong side of the tracks. 1937. Part 1 of 2.

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(Note: From an actual Indiana person, I’ve learned that the term “Hoosier” came from the last name of a man who supervised a high-performing team of canal construction workers who happened to be from Indiana.)

Episode 283 – Catherine the Great, part 3

Posted in biography, drama on April 8th, 2014 by admin

With the threat of imprisonment over her head and the Russian military at her command, Catherine (Elisabeth Bergner) goes through with what she hopes is a bloodless coup. Part 3 of 3.

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Episode 282 – Catherine the Great, part 2

Posted in biography, drama on April 1st, 2014 by admin

As her health worsens, Elizabeth (Flora Robson) encourages Catherine (Elizabeth Bergner) to take on more leadership duties while Peter (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) becomes more unstable. Part 2 of 3.

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Episode 281 – Catherine the Great, part 1

Posted in biography, drama on March 19th, 2014 by admin

Before she could become the legendary Russian ruler, a timid German princess (Elizabeth Bergner) had to learn to handle her groom Grand Duke Peter (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), an immature, hot-tempered womanizer. 1934. Part 1 of 3.

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MFTB129 – The Private Life of Don Juan, part 1
MFTB67 – The Young In Heart, part 1

Episode 280 – Sepia Cinderella, part 2

Posted in comedy, musical on March 5th, 2014 by admin

When Vivian’s social standing is threatened, so is Bob’s job. Can Lester engineer a fairy-tale ending for Bob and Barbara? Part 2 of 2.

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Billy Daniels performing “That Old Black Magic”
Freddie Bartholomew @ Immortal Ephemera

Episode 279 – Sepia Cinderella, part 1

Posted in comedy, musical on February 26th, 2014 by admin

An aspiring performer (Sheila Guyse) helps the musician she’s smitten with (Billy Daniels) to write a song. But when it becomes a hit, he’s pursued by a powerful woman who can get him a major club gig. 1947. Part 1 of 2.

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