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“Blondie” Leads Coast Segs

“ Blondie ” Leads Coast Segs NEW YORK, Sept. 7— Blondie , with a rating of 18.8, lends the first 15 programs on the Pacific Network Hooperatings report, Whistler , with a rating of 13.4, and Michael Shayne , with 12.9, are second and third respectively. Others among the first 15, in order of their rating, are: Aldrich Family 11.4; Frank Morgan , 11.3 ; Crime Doctor , 11.0; Jervens Summer Edition, 10.8: Adventures of Ellery Queen , 10.8; Quiz Kids , 10.2; Big Town , 10.2; Mr. and Mrs. North , 10; Screen Guild Players, 9.7; Skippy Hollywood Theater , 9.7; This Is Your FBI , 9.1, and Bob Hawk Show, 9.1.
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Judy Canova Refuses to Play Second Fiddle To Dummy, So She Breaks With Edgar Bergen

Judy Canova Refuses to Play Second Fiddle To Dummy, So She Breaks With Edgar Bergen ‘ Charlie McCarthy ’ Gets Blame for Ending Engagement, By The United Press HOLLYWOOD , Sept. 1— Judy Canova , film and radio comedienne, broke her engagement to Edgar Bergen today because, she said, she does not want to play second fiddle to dummy.” The other side of the “triangle” s “ Charlie McCarthy ,” the famous wooden dummy Bergen uses in his radio and screen acts. “We had a quarrel Sunday and now it’s all over,” she said. “I’ve heard nothing but Charlie this and Charlie that. The dummy has become an obsession with Eddie.” Bergen for years has worked with “ CharlieMcCarthy .” His fame spread nationally, however, only recently, when Rudy Vallee put Bergen and “Charlie” on a radio broadcast. Later, the dummy became a favorite in a radio feud with W. C. Fields . Miss Canova’s hill-billy roles won her radio fame and landed her in pictures. Though they had kept company for

SANTOS ORTEGA

SANTOS ORTEGA—whom you have heard variously as Charlie Chan , Nero Wolfe , Perry Mason , Bulldog Drummond , Inspector Queen and commissioner Weston, has now added Roger Kilgore. Public Defender, to his gallery of criminologists and is heard on MBS’s program of that name. Tuesday nights at 10:30, EDT. New York-born Ortega had to fake a Latin accent to get his first radio role, twelve years ago. 

Lights out, everybody!

GOOSE pimples are guaranteed by the “ Lights Out ” successor, “ Dark Fantasy ,” heard late Friday night over NBC from WKY, Oklahoma City. Above, l. to r ., are actors Minnie Jo Curtis, Ben Morris, Eleanor Caughron and director John Prosser. The face in the foreground is unidentified!

VERNA FELTON

  Say Hello To- VERNA FELTON—whose specialty on the air is playing mothers. You’ve heard her as Dennis Day ’s mother on the JackBenny program and as the mother of practically every famous personality dramatized by Hedda Hopper . Verna’s own mother, Clara Allen, was a noted actress, and Verna herself began acting when she was six. In 1923 she married Lee Millar, stage and radio star in his own right, and now they are one of Hollywood ’s ideally happy couples. They own right, and now they are one of Hollywood ’s ideally happy couples. They own a home with a garden composed entirely of old-fashioned flowers, where Verna spends most of her time when she’s not on the air, and they have one son, Lee, Jr., whose nickname is Spuddy . PLENTY PROUD is the mother of tenor Dennis Day , singing star of the Jack Benny program. Dennis Keeps busy while Benny’s show vacations for the summer months, makes an appearance Sunday on “Pause That Refreshes”

Boys, Girls---Here is Sad News *** The Lone Ranger Is Dead!

Boys, Girls--- * * * Here Is Sad News * * * The Lone Ranger Is Dead! FARMINGTON, Mich. –Earl Grasser, 32, the “ lone ranger ” of the radio series, was killed Tuesday in an automobile accident near his home. Grasser’s car struck the rear of a parked truck. Sheriff’s officers believed he may have fallen asleep while driving home. Officials of radio station WXYZ in Detroit, where the Lone Ranger series originates, said Brace Beemer, the original “ranger” and present narrator of the stories, would take Grasser’s place. The Lone Ranger has been running for nine years, and Grasser held the title role for eight. He was married and the father of a one-year-old girl.

Now Here Is Story of a Famous Team

The Milwaukee Journal – Dec 13, 1942   Browse this newspaper>>           Browse all newspapers >> Now Here Is Story of a Famous Team BEFORE this winter is past, “ Amos ‘ n’Andy ,” the well loved Harlem pair, will have been rolling along for 15 years. Theirs is one of the longest team associations in radio, and its beginnings go back to the earliest days. Listeners and their following, if not as large as it used to be, is still one of the most devoted have come to think of Amos ‘n’ Andy in black face, much as Charlie McCarthy ’s fans think of the splinter as being flesh and blood. Who are the real Amos ‘n’ Andy ? One boy (Andy) hails from Peoria, Ill. His name is Charles Correll and he was a newsboy, clerk, bricklayer and technician in an arsenal before he found his real love-show business. Starting as a piano player in a picture house, he went on to producing amateur shows. The other boy, Freeman Gosden (Amos), came from Richmond, Va . He’d trie