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Each week on Famous Stories you will hear some info and clips from a famous story by the master storyteller of the early 20th century, Damon Runyon. Then the feature presentation is the 1948/1949 old time radio show “The Damon Runyon Theater”. Hosted by John Henderson from the podcast This Day in Jack Benny. Subscribe now!

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Episode 10

“Breach of Promise”
The Damon Runyon Theater
December 5, 1948

Opening Music: “Sue Me” by Nathan Lane and Faith Prince from the New Broadway Cast of Guys and Dolls

Clip: Three Wise Guys from The Whistler (1950)

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butch minds the baby lobby card bwEpisode 9

“Butch Minds The Baby”
The Damon Runyon Theater
November 28, 1948

Opening Music: “80 Miles Outside of Atlanta” by Mitzi Gaynor from Bloodhounds of Broadway

Clip: Butch Minds The Baby from Screen Director’s Playhouse (1950)

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Episode 8

“Princess O’Hara”
The Damon Runyon Theater
November 21, 1948

Opening Music: “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat” by Sammy Davis Jr covering song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Princess O’Hara (1935)

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johnny oneeyeEpisode 7

“For A Pal”
The Damon Runyon Theater
November 14, 1948

Opening Music: “If You” by Mort Lindsay and His Orchestra from the movie 40 Pounds of Trouble.

Clip: Johnny One-Eye (1950)

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guysanddolls_BrandoEpisode 6

“The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown”
The Damon Runyon Theater
November 7, 1948

Opening Music: “I Wanna Man” by Glenda Farrell from the movie Lady For A Day.

Clip: Marlon Brando from Guys and Dolls (1955)

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slight 1938Episode 5

“A Nice Price”
The Damon Runyon Theater
October 31, 1948

Opening Music: “Luck Be A lady” by Seal covering song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Edward G. Robinson from A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

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lemon dropEpisode 4

“The Lemon Drop Kid”
The Damon Runyon Theater
October 24, 1948

Opening Music: “Sunbeam Serenade” by Patsy O’Conner, Leighton Nobel and Grace MacDonald from It Ain’t Hey

Clip: Lee Tracy from Damon Runyon’s The Lemon Drop Kid (1934)

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Episode 3

“Romance in the Roaring Forties”
The Damon Runyon Theater
October 17, 1948

Opening Music: “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” by Bing Crosby covering song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Episode of 1994 television show Broadway Stories

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Episode 2

“Little Miss Marker”
The Damon Runyon Theater
October 10, 1948

Opening Music: “Broadway Rhythm” from Bloodhounds of Broadway

Clip: Shirley Temple from Damon Runyon’s Little Miss Marker (1934)

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Episode 1

“Tobias The Terrible”
The Damon Runyon Theater
October 3, 1948

Opening Music“Runyonland” from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Walter Winchell voice over from Sorrowful Jones (1949)

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Background Music: “If I Were A Bell” by Miles Davis

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