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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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turpsEpisode 36

“Cemetery Bait”
The Damon Runyon Theater
June 5, 1949

Opening Music: “Harrah For Love” by Mort Lindsay and his Orchestra from the movie 40 Pounds of Trouble

Clip: Joe and Ethel Turp story from the radio show Good News (1939)

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1989_bloodhounds-of-broadway03Episode 35

“Social Error”
The Damon Runyon Theater
May 29, 1949

Opening Music: “Take Back Your Mink” by Dorothy Shay covering the song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Madonna from the movie Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

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MillionDollarEpisode 34

“So You Won’t Talk”
The Damon Runyon Theater
May 22, 1949

Opening Music: “Old Timer” by Patsy O’Conner from the movie It Ain’t Hay

Clip: Andy Devine from Million Dollar Ransom (1934)

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Just a cute kidEpisode 33

“Bred for Battle”
The Damon Runyon Theater
May 15, 1949

Opening Music: “More I Cannot Wish You” by Paul McCartney covering the song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Cliff Edwards from the short Just a Cute Kid (1940)

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NathanLaneGandDEpisode 32

“Broadway Financier”
The Damon Runyon Theater
May 8, 1949

Opening Music: “You Send Me” by Marguerite Chapman from the movie Bloodhound of Broadway

Clip: Nathan Lane in the stage revival of Guys and Dolls (1992)

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it-aint-hayEpisode 31

“It Comes Up Mud”
The Damon Runyon Theater
May 1, 1949

Opening Music: “Fugue in Tinhorns” by The Andrews Sisters covering the song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Abbot and Costello in It Ain’t Hay (1943)


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Episode 30

“The Lilly of St Pierre”
The Damon Runyon Theater
April 24, 1949

Opening Music: “Low Down Lullaby” by Dorothy Dell from the movie Little Miss Marker (1934)

Clip: Tony Curtis in 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)

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bloodhounds-of-broadway-lgEpisode 29

“The Bloodhounds of Broadway”
The Damon Runyon Theater
April 17, 1949

Opening Music: “I Surrender, Dear” by Madonna from the movie Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

Clip: Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)

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midnightalibiEpisode 28

“Earthquake”
The Damon Runyon Theater
April 10, 1949

Opening Music: “A Bushel and a Peck” by Doris Day covering the song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Midnight Alibi (1934)

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gentlemen the kingEpisode 27

“The Big Umbrella”
The Damon Runyon Theater
April 3, 1949

Opening Music: “Hang Your Troubles on a Rainbow” by Leighton Nobel from the movie It Aint Hey

Clip: Professional Soldier (1935)

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pride_of_yankees 1942Episode 26

“Baseball Hattie”
The Damon Runyon Theater
March 27, 1949

Opening Music: “Who Knows?” by Martha Mears (Lipsynced by Lucile Ball) From the movie The Big Street

Clip: Prologue to The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

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lady-for-a-day-5Episode 25

“Madame La Gimp”
The Damon Runyon Theater
March 20, 1949

Opening Music: “A woman in Love” by Frankie Lane and Percy Faith covering song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Frank Capra’s Lady For a Day (1933)

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Mathou AndrewsEpisode 24

“Broadway Complex”
The Damon Runyon Theater
March 13, 1949

Opening Music: “Jack O’Diamonds” by Mitzi Gaynor from the movie Bloodhounds of Broadway

Clip: Walter Mathau in Little Miss Marker (1980)

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AtTheStrokeOf12Episode 23

“Lonely Heart”
The Damon Runyon Theater
March 6, 1949

Opening Music: “I’ll Know” by The Four Lads covering song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: At the Stroke of Twelve (1941)

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damonrunyonTypeEpisode 22

“Barbecue”
The Damon Runyon Theater
February 27, 1949

Opening Music: “Having a Wonderful Wish” by Annette Warren (Lipsynced by Lucile Ball) from the movie Sorrowful Jones

Clip: 1934 Radio version of a newspaper mystery.

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Case ofEpisode 21

“A Piece of Pie”
The Damon Runyon Theater
February 20, 1949

Opening Music: “My Time of Day” by Robert Alda from the original Broadway cast recording of Guys and Dolls

Clip: 1945 Radio version of A Slight Case of Murder

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94oneeyeEpisode 20

“The Hottest Guy In The World”
The Damon Runyon Theater
February 13, 1949

Opening Music: “I’m a Black Sheep Who’s Blue” by Dorothy Dell from the movie Little Miss Marker

Clip: Episode of 1994 television show Broadway Stories

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racingladyEpisode 19

“All Horse Players Die Broke”
The Damon Runyon Theater
February 6, 1949

Opening Music: “Fugue in Tinhorns” by Ethel Merman from the movie Guys and Dolls

Clip: Racing Lady (1937)

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CinderellaManEpisode 18

“Leopard’s Spots”
The Damon Runyon Theater
January 30, 1949

Opening Music: “With You On My Mind” by Ethel Merman from the movie Straight Place and Show

Clip: James J Braddock better known as “The Cinderella Man”

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a-very-honorable-guyEpisode 17

“Blond Mink”
The Damon Runyon Theater
January 23, 1949

Opening Music: “Take Back Your Mink” by Vivian Blaine from the original Broadway cast recording of Guys and Dolls

Clip: Joe E. Brown from A Very Honorable Guy (1934)

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bobhope
Episode 16

“Old Em’s Kentucky Home”
The Damon Runyon Theater
January 16, 1949

Opening Music: “I Wish I Knew” by Mitzi Gaynor from the movie Bloodhounds of Broadway

Clip: Bob Hope from the movie The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

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Episode 15

“Blood Pressure”
The Damon Runyon Theater
January 9, 1949

Opening Music: “Be Careful Song” by Jerry Lewis from the movie Money From Home

Clip: Frank Sinatra from Guys and Dolls (1955)

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pocket2Episode 14

“The Brain Goes Home”
The Damon Runyon Theater
January 2, 1949

Opening Music: “Adelaide’s Lament” by Carol Burnett covering song from Guys and Dolls

Clip: Peter Falk from Pocket Full of Miracles (1961)

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Hold em yale stillEpisode 13

“Hold ‘Em Yale”
The Damon Runyon Theater
December 26, 1948

Opening Music: “Pocket Full of Miracles” by Frank Sinatra covering song from the movie of the same name.

Clip: William Frawley from Hold ‘Em Yale (1935)

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Episode 12

“Pick The Winner”
The Damon Runyon Theater
December 19, 1948

Opening Music: “Have a Good Time” by Jay C. Flippen from the movie Million Dollar Ransom

Clip: Frank Sinatra from Guys and Dolls (1955)

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DancingDan94Episode 11

“Dancing Dan’s Christmas”
The Damon Runyon Theater
December 12, 1948

Opening Music: “Silver Bells” by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell from the movie The Lemon Drop Kid

Clip: Episode of 1994 television show Broadway Stories

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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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