Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happy 100th to Gerald Mohr

Scenes from John Wayne Airport (Orange County, California) - Sunday July 15, 2012

Today is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of radio actor Gerald Mohr.  Yesterday, I shared this link to his work on the great Adventures of Philip Marlowe on CBS radio.  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 came over radios like the antique above (a picture from an exhibit at John Wayne Airport in 2012).

While Gerald Mohr was very well known for Philip Marlowe, he was very acoomplished and showed up on many series.  Here are two that I would like to showcase.  Hopefully, I will get to more later.

Box 13 
Box 13 is a great series that features Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday, a mystery writer who developed stories from the ideas that he unearthed through a simple classified advertisement:  "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything, Box 13."  This is one of my favorite series and I wish it lasted more than 52 episodes.  

One episode (originally airing on June 26, 1949) was called Speed To Burn. In this story, Dan Holiday is contacted by a young woman whose brother was caught up in a stolen car ring.  Dan infiltrates the gang after posing like a mechanic.  The head of the stolen car ring was Gerald Mohr.  

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe

For four episodes of this series on NBC based on the great detective created by Rex Stout, Mohr played Nero Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin.  Nero Wolfe was played by Sidney Greenstreet.  The others who played Goodwin in this run were also famous radio stars, Lawrence Dobkin and Harry Bartell who appeared before and after Mohr.  Archie's role was that of Nero Wolfe's proxy when the crimes necessitated leaving Wolfe's brownstone.  These are a real delight, even if you are not that familiar with Nero Wolfe and the great characters from the writing of Rex Stout.  Here are the four episodes that feature Gerald Mohr as Archie.

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.  I will definitely cover his great work on The Whistler for sure!

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