The story was pulled from the pages of the Saturday Evening Post. The Post was the leading weekly publication in the United States for many, many years. The following passage sums up the impact of the weekly:
On January 19, 1946, Richard English wrote the column Report to the Editor about a lighthouse keeper who saved a seal pup. Called "When Cupid Was a Pup," this short story sat on page 6, just next to an advertisement from DuPont extolling the benefits of their nylon bristles on toothbrushes. While there is no proof to this outcome - it would be great to think that people in the DuPont marketing were looking at their ad in the Saturday Evening Post - and noticed this great story. What a great addition, they might have thought, to Cavalcade. A few months later - on April 1st to be exact - it appeared on the air.
The Cavalcade of America is a great series sponsored by DuPont. The purpose of the program has been one of great study and I am definitely glad that I have a few episodes to talk about it. The long-running show ran from 1935 to 1953 and then had a second life on television. Starting first on the CBS Network, it moved to NBC in 1939. This 30 minute program provided a great platform to showcase some of the lesser known incidents and people who made the country great. Not only was this series a great source of historical dramas, there were numerous fictional stories brought in as well. From the Internet Archive page (see link below), "The company's motto, 'Maker of better things for better living through chemistry,' was read at the beginning of each program, and the dramas emphasized humanitarian progress, particularly improvements in the lives of women, often through technological innovation."
Pigeon Point Lighthouse (Pescadero, California) - April 21, 2013
The episode itself took some liberties with the original story, but it placed it well in the world of post-WWII America. In this story, an ex-serviceman, Dick Pearson, looks to get away from civilization - and finds himself working at the lighthouse on the Farrallon Islands - 25 miles west of San Francisco. He was happiest being far away from women. But when he learns about the others at the lighthouse, he is displeased to learn that Bobby the cook - was actually Bobbie the cook - the lighthousekeeper's daughter. But what gets his interest more than anything is an abandoned seal pup that he discovers on the shore near the lighthouse. "Oscar" has he is to be named, was blind. Dick Pearson, who was in the medical crew during the war, gets boric acid to take care of his vision. Through that and subsequent needs that Oscar had, Dick Pearson not only saves the seal, but he learns to love again,
The episode was recorded with a live audience (given the great laughter at times in the recording) and started movie star Cornel Wilde as Dick Pearson. It was stars Elliott Lewis, Griff Barnett, Jerry Hausner, and Sammie Hill.
When Cupid Was a Pup (April 1, 1946)
Please enjoy this great episode. This is a real treat and a great way to continue my Lighthouse Old Time Radio series. I will have another entry in about a week!
Here are some links to programs relating to Old Time Radio and Cavalcade of America:
- The Cavalcade of America radio program episodes via the Internet Archive
- The Cavalcade of America on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- The Cavalcade of America on RadioGOLDINdex
- The Cavalcade of America entry in the Wikipedia
- When Cupid Was a Pup (original Saturday Evening Post article recreated on Lighthouse Digest site)
- Farallon National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
- Farallon Island Light (from Lighthouse Friends)
- Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#82)
- All Corey's Old Time Radio blog posts
- Corey's Lighthouse pictures on flickr
Lighthouses on Old Time Radio:
- All Lighthouse Entries
- Seascape from The Whistler (1945)
- The Sinister Lighthouse from This is Your FBI (1946)
- The Woman on Lime Rock from The Cavalcade of America (1947)
- Boston Blackie's Lighthouse Ghost (1947)
- Captain January on Lux Radio Theater (1941 & 1946)
- Lighthouse Twelve from John Steele, Adventurer (1949)
- Gustav Dahlen Bio on Adventures in Research (1946)
- When Cupid Was a Pup from The Cavalcade of America (1946)