If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen to Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#82). He has a number of great programs available throughout the month of December on his great show. You can also get a large number of these programs at a variety or resources on the web. One place to find these shows is the 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive. This is a great resources for many of these wonderful radio shows!
Not that George...Here is the Washington Monument
View from Reagan National Airport, November 2013.
View from Reagan National Airport, November 2013.
Let George Do It is a radio drama that played on the West Coast of the United States. It was aired over the Don Lee-Mutual Network and sponsored by Standard Oil of California and later by Chevron Supreme Gasoline. You might think of it as a poor-man's Whistler...if you can. The series stared Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a former GI who did odd jobs, but of a special variety. He was less of a handyman, than a man who was very handy to get you out of a situation. Most of the messages stated off with Bob Bailey saying "Personal notice: Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine." The next thing you heard was the letter that was sent into to George. It reminded me of Box 13 (staring Alan Ladd), which is one of my favorite series. George Valentine was accompanied on his work by his secretary, confidant, companion and quasi-partner, Booksie (full name Claire Brooks). Brooksie was played by a number of actresses, but most my favorite was Virginia Gregg. When you hear the confidence that Bob Bailey provides George Valentine, you can see why he was the very best Johnny Dollar actor who ever took over that part.
These Christmas episodes are from 1949, 1950 and early 1951. The series would run from 1946 through 1954, though the last Bob Bailey episode (known) was December 1952. He would play a variety or roles until starting as Johnny Dollar on October 3rd, 1955.
Follow That Train (December 19, 1949)
Summary: When George gets a letter, he normally takes it very seriously. On the week before Christmas, George received a letter from Santa Claus! They found that it was sent from a department store, and went there to see what was going on. But in the mix, Brooksie gets kidnapped? What is happening - is the big guy behind it? The episode also includes CBS stars Wally Maher, Lawrence Dobkin, Herb Butterfield, and John Dehner.
Santa Claus in Glass (December 25, 1950)
Summary: If you have a job that's too tough to handle, well that is not George Valentine's problem on Christmas! When he gets roped into a case on Christmas that has jealousy, murder, stolen packages...and just about everything on your naughty Christmas list.
Christmas in January (January 29, 1951)
Summary: When a famous movie star buys a painting for someone she hates...people like George Valentine begin to wonder. But when she spends a great deal of money for a counterfeit painting, the intended recipient, the columnist Fracis Xavier Wick who famously celebrates Christmas in January, delights in embarrassing her. And when murder becomes the surprise, someone has to fix it. Also stars Lawrence Dobkin, John Dehner, Ted de Corsia, Shirley Mitchell, and Lee Patrick.
This is a fun series and I hope you enjoy it!
Here are some links to programs relating to Let George Do It:
- Let George Do It episodes via the Internet Archive
- Let George Do It episodes via the Internet Archive (alternative)
- Let George Do It on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Let George Do It information via the Digital Deli
- Let George Do It Episode Log from the RadioGOLINdex
- Also visit 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive.
- Christmas Scripts at Generic Radio Workshop - no they are not from Abbot and Costello!
25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas:
- All Entries
- Day 1 - Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure
- Day 2 - The Saint is No Santa Claus
- Day 3 - Stolen Rings at Christmas with Boston Blackie
- Day 4 - Dragnet's Christmas Episodes
- Day 5 - Nero Wolfe & the Slaughtered Santas
- Day 6 - The Plot To Murder Santa Claus (with Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune)
- Day 7 - Christmas at Mission San Gabriel with Romance of the Ranchos
- Day 8 - Arch Oboler's Christmas 1918
- Day 9 - The Story of Silent Night (Hallmark Playhouse)
- Day 10 - Juggler of Notre Dame (with Nelson Eddy)
- Day 11 - Candy Matson's Christmas Episodes
- Day 12 - Lionel Barrymore's Mayor of the Town
- Day 13 - More Radio Adaptations of a Christmas Carol
- Day 14 - Tales Of The Texas Rangers (not those Rangers)
- Day 15 - Christmas in Connecticut (with Ronald Reagan)
- Day 16 - Holidays with Connie - Our Miss Brooks
- Day 17 - The Whistler's Christmas Episodes
- Day 18 - Detroit's WXYZ & The Lone Ranger
- Day 19 - Johnny Dollar and the Nick Shurn Matter
- Day 20 - Christmas Shopping with Jack Benny
- Day 21 - Gunsmoke's Christmas Story
- Day 22 - Bob Hope's Christmas Shows
- Day 23 - Christmas with Mel Blanc
- Day 24 - Bing Crosby's Christmas Shows
- Day 25 - Elgin Watch Christmas Specials
- Day 26 - Five Days Off For Christmas with Night Beat
- Day 27 - Let George Do It Christmas Episodes