Monday, June 9, 2014

Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Happy Birthday Gerald Mohr (100th Anniversary Celebration - June 11)

CBS Columbia Square (Hollywood, Los Angeles, California) - October 31, 2013 

Well, it is a day early, but I think I am going add a few blog entries to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of radio actor Gerald Mohr.  He was born on June 1, 1914 in New York City.  He would have one of the most impressive radio careers of all the actors to stand behind the mic.  Much of what he did was for CBS radio and recorded at their Hollywood studios (shown above last year).  

Over the next few days, I am going to share some of my favorite series and episodes over the next few days.  In fact, I might keep this going for a while, as I love his work.  

Getting started, here are some resources to check out:

Probably his most notable role was that of the title character in CBS's Adventures of Philip Marlowe.  This was a great series based on the great Raymond Chandler character.  It is one that I love to listen to in the car, at my desk and in the kitchen.  From the great write up on Internet Archive:

"A year later CBS decided to take a chance on reviving the show. Norman Macdonnell was producer/director; Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, Mel Dinelli, and Kathleen Hite wrote the scripts; and Richard Aurandt was responsible for the music. CBS cast Gerald Mohr to star as Philip Marlowe, with Roy Rowan as announcer. Philip Marlowe, being a loner, was really the only regular character, but throughout the three years the series ran a long string of high-quality supporting Hollywood actors appeared on the show. Performing alongside Mohr at various times were Jeff Corey, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Gloria Blondell, and Lou Krugman. The CBS production ran from September 26, 1948 to September 29, 1950 with an additional short summer run from July 7 to September 15, 1951."

Here are some links to get to content and more information:
Hope you enjoy these great recordings from the Golden Age of Radio!  I will share more of my favorite episodes soon - as well as other those from other series.  

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