Cheboygan (Michigan) Crib Light (Lake Huron)
Front Page Drama was a 15 minute weekly serial that ran from the mid 1930s through at least 1954. This series had a very specific function. The series presented a dramatization of a story that would appear in the Sunday newspaper supplement called the American Weekly. This supplement was placed in the Sunday editions of Hearst newspapers across the country. In the mid-thirties, the series would be on more than 230 radio stations across the United States, Canada and Australia (according to Variety on March 13, 1935 - p41). To get a sense of the series, here is a review for an episode in Variety in 1937:
Waxed dramatization of story 'to appear in next Sunday's American Weekly' air over WMCA and approximately every station in the New York area, with the exceptions of WEAF, WJZ, WABC and (currently) WOR - about 20 stations at present. Waxing and placing them handled by Tom Brooks, radio editor of Hearst's N.Y. American and Journal. Understood broadcasts are gratis proposition, for 'good will.' Brooks is doing okay.
Program caught (20) told hokey meller about prodigal son just out of the pen and nose-diving back into crime. Yanked back to the straight-and-narrow by a mystical 'traveler' he tried to hold up. Winds up with the reformed lad back with his poor old mamma. Hefty trending on the tremolo pedal and beaucoup serving of sugarcoated pills of philosophy. Actors do what they can with it. Instrumental backgrounds of explanatory interludes and commercials.
Possibly readers who would go for type of yarn broadcast would buy the American as a result of this program.
-Hobe. (Variety - Wednesday March 24, 1937, p39)On February 15, 1936, the featured story from the upcoming American Weekly was called The Devil's Crib. Think of it a bit like Romeo and Juliette on a lighthouse. Well, not really, but there are two families - especially the patriarchs, who cannot stand each other. One is the lighthouse keeper on Devil's Crib - the other a ship captain. Unknown to either of them, their children fall in love. Outrage ensues when the lighthouse keeper reveals that the ship's captain called him an 'old stick in the mud.' I guess that constitutes one of the worst things you can call someone over the radio in 1936. But when the weather unexpectedly gets worse, these two adversaries, with a bit of supernatural help, find a way to help each other out. Hope you enjoy this short program from Front Page Drama.
Devil's Crib (Front Page Drama - February 15, 1936)
Here are some links to programs relating to Old Time Radio and Front Page Drama:
- Front Page Drama radio program episodes via the Old Time Radio Researchers Group Library
- Front Page Drama on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Front Page Drama on Radio GOLDINdex
- American Weekly - Wikipedia Entry
- Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (XM Channel 148)
- All Corey's Lghthouse Old Time Radio episodes
- 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)
- Vincent Price in Three Skeleton Key (Escape and Suspense) (1950)
- Lightship on CBS Radio Workshop (1957)
- Thunder Rock on Studio One (1947)
- The Lighthouse Keepers on Columbia Workshop (1938)
- The Devil's Crib from Front Page Drama (1936)