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Diary of Fate Spot Ad from May 31 1948
Diary of Fate Spot Ad from May 31 1948

Diary of Fate Sponsor Ad from June 9 1948
Diary of Fate Sponsor Ad from June 9 1948

Background

Golden Age Radio-loving America loved their morality tales. Popular programs such as The Shadow, The Whistler, and The Mysterious Traveler served up morality plays left, right and center throughout their entire runs. The formula was usually constructed along the following lines:

  • Open with protagonist--or victim--at a crossroad or 'tipping point' in their life
  • Cut to the instrument of Fate--or counter-circumstances--that will determine their outcome.
  • Allow the moral question(s) or dilemma to evolve or stew for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Resolve the dilemma or fate of the protagonist--or victim.
  • Wind it up with a brief epilogue underscoring why the outcome was inevitable--or narrowly escaped.

The formula served America well for over 30 years over Radio, and in one form or another continues to prevail over most modern dramatic media, depending on the sociological pulse of the target audience and the sponsors trying to sell something to that audience.

We should be quick to point out that we're referring to genuine morality plays, not the false-choice, artificial schadenfreude tales all too often served up as an excuse for a tale with an actual moral underpinning. Contrast for example the modern Television programs Survivor, American Idol, and The Apprentice with a genuine morality play. Where Survivor and The Apprentice contrive to tinker with the sociodynamics of a situation to evoke only the most prurient or salacious interests of the audience, a true morality play allows for some reflection on actual Life circumstances, dynamics, and possible outcomes before racing to the denouement, however it's ultimately denoued.

The twist with Diary of Fate was the total absence of pretense. The program jumps right to the 'source' of Man's ultimate destiny--Fate itself--in the form of the Guardian of the Diary of Fate. It is within the Diary of Fate, that every soul's fate is painstakingly chronicled by book and page number--or so we're very persuasively given to understand.

Fate itself--in this instance, at least--is the great character actor Herbert Lytton, providing the forboding vocal gravitas we might expect from such an all-powerful cosmic force. Produced from Hollywood, the entire production was voiced by primarily west coast actors. Famous Radio and Television promoter Larry Finley produced and syndicated the program to at least some 94 affiliate stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. As indicated in the sidebar to the left, most local or regional broadcasts were either sustained offerings by an independent affiliate, or were sponsored by spot advertisers ranging over a wide variety of offerings or services.

The production didn't stint on talent, as hinted above. No less than Ivan Ditmars provided the music direction and in addition to Herb Lytton as 'Fate', the varying casts included Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Hal Sawyer, Gloria Blondell, Frank Albertson, Jerry Hausner, Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Ken Peters, Daws Butler and William Johnstone. All in all a superb well of talent from which to draw each week.

While a bit difficult to document, the production remains quite collectable and the perspective of the presentation is also unique for the era--or since for that matter. Diary of Fate is one of Radio's little, oft-overlooked gems that demand pulling out, polishing up for better enjoyment, then dutifully returning them to their preserve for another airing one day in the future.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Crime Drama Anthology
Network(s): NBC Blue Network [ABC]; At least 94 other regional and local affiliates while in syndication.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 47-09-06 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 47-09-06 to 48-05-29; ABC [KECA]; Thirty-nine, 30-minute programs; Saturdays, 7:00 p.m.
Syndication: Finley Syndication - Transcribed In Hollywood
Sponsors: Local affiliate sponsorships;

Howard-Wells Appliance Mart
Di Cenzo and Company
Ben Katz Quality Furniture
Director(s): Larry Finley [Producer]; Herb Lytton [Co-Producer]
Principal Actors: Herb Lytton, Hal Sawyer, Frank Albertson, Gloria Blondell, Jerry Hausner, Lois Andrews, Steve Brody, Virginia Gregg, Horace Murphy, Ruth Perrott, Herbert Rawlinson, Tyler McVey, Bob Lowery, Earl Wallace, Howard McNear, Barney Phillips, Ervin Lee, Bert Horswell, Tom Brown, David Ellis, Adrian Martin, Joan Barton, Peter Leeds, John Arthur Gillespie, Jack Edwards, Jr., Pat McGeehan, Bern Surrey, Ginny Johnson, Gloria Gordon, Doug Young, James Murphy, Mary Lansing, Gene Twombley, Lurene Tuttle, Lawrence Dobkin, George Neise, Clay Sanders, Benny Rubin, Michael Stewart, Lou Lane, Sammie Hill, Tom Holland, Donald Curtis, Ken Peters, Daws Butler, Cynthia Corley, William Johnstone, Lou Krugman, Joe Forte, Byron Kane, Johnny Arthur
Recurring Character(s): The Voice of Fate [Herb Lytton]
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Unknown
Music Direction: Ivan Ditmars; Ray Ehrlenborn [Sound Effects]
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Hal Sawyer
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
39
Episodes in Circulation: 24
Total Episodes in Collection: 24
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, The Syracuse Herald-Journal.

Notes on Provenances:

All above cited provenances are in error in one form or another. The most helpful provenances were the radioGOLDINdex and the Syracuse Herald-Journal.

You're welcome to compare our fully provenanced research with the Diary of Fate log from the OTRR. We've provided a screen shot of their current log for comparison, HERE to protect our own further due diligence.

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OTRisms:

There are only thirty-three known titles for Diary of Fate, with only twenty-four of those titles in current circulation. Here's what we know so far:

  • The first--ever--broadcasts of Diary of Fate were over KECA, an ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, that began broadcasting Diary of Fate on September 6, 1947 and aired thirty-eight episodes of Diary of Fate through May 22, 1948.
  • KECA originated Diary of Fate from its studios.
  • Larry Finley's engineers, in all likelihood, recorded the Diary of Fate episodes as they were initially performed at KECA.
  • For reasons known only to Larry Finley, the first published [read radioGOLDINdex] dates of a Diary of Fate transcription set go from December 15, 1947 through at least August 10, 1948.
  • From the facts above, anyone can conclude that the Vintage Radio Place log of Diary of Fate is completely arbitrary and represents no 'as broadcast' log that could ever be substantiated. It's utterly inaccurate, over ten years out of date, it cites the wrong number of possible episodes, and it's missing numerous titles.
  • Every other log 'in the world' that's simply copied from The Vintage Radio Place Diary of Fate log is equally inaccurate, Q.E.D.

The titles that we turned up from the only newspaper listings yet to be disclosed that provided titles not among those listed by radioGOLDINdex are as follows:

  • The Justin Flame Entry
  • The Olive Granby Entry
  • The William Winters Entry
  • The James Holstetter Entry
  • The Martha Carter Entry
  • The Sheila Dawson Entry [no cited radioGOLDINdex #]

In the completely arbitrary original run log of Diary of Fate over KECA (below) we've filled in only those titles that correspond to a radioGOLDINdex-furnished Larry Finley transcription number. The above six additional titles are not among those represented in the arbitrary KECA log below. Until corresponding Finley transcription numbers can be identified for the above six episodes the only honest means of representing them can be either assigning them 'xx-xx-xx' dates and 'xx' episode numbers or utilizing the marginally provenanced WOLF, Syracuse episode order and dates provided in the WOLF, Syracuse log below. There is no other honest means currently available to archive Diary of Fate.


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[Date, title, and episode column annotations in
red refer to either details we have yet to fully provenance or other unverifiable information as of this writing. Red highlights in the text of the 'Notes' columns refer to information upon which we relied in citing dates, date or time changes, or titles.]







Diary of Fate Radio Program Log [Earliest known Run--with Titles--from WOLF, Syracuse]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-11-07
1
The John Wellington Entry
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 47-11-07
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The John Wellington Entry."
47-11-14
2
The William Winters Entry
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 47-11-14
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The William Winters Entry."
47-11-21
3
The Justin Flame Entry
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 47-11-21
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The Justin Flame Entry."
47-11-28
4
The Olive Granby Entry
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 47-11-28
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The Olive Granby Entry."
47-12-05
5
The Sheila Dawson Entry
N
Book 78, Page 301
Syracuse Herald Journal 47-12-05
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The Shiela Dawson Entry."
47-12-12
6
The Martha Carter Entry
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 47-12-12
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The Martha Carter Entry."
47-12-19
7
The James Holstetter Entry
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 47-12-19
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The James Hofstetter Entry."
47-12-26
8
Title Unknown
N
--
48-01-02
9
The Peter Drake Entry
Y
Book 84, Page 327
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-01-02
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The Peter Drake Entry."
48-01-09
10
The Peter Drake Entry
Y
Book 84, Page 327
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-01-09
8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "
The Peter Drake Entry."
48-01-16
11
The John Carthage Entry
Y
Book 22, Page 475 - Syracuse Herald Journal 48-01-16 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "The John Carthage Entry."
48-01-23
12
The Trina Crawley Entry
Y
Book 74, Page 309 - Syracuse Herald Journal 48-01-23 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "The Trina Cawley Entry."
48-01-30
13
The Joe Mattock Entry
Y
Book 63, Page 397 - Syracuse Herald Journal 48-01-30 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "The Joe Mattock Entry."
48-02-06
14
Title Unknown
N
--
48-02-13
15
The Edward Mathews Entry
Y
Book 83, Page 227 - Syracuse Herald Journal 48-02-13 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "The Edward Mathews Entry."
48-02-20
16
The Tyler White Entry
Y
Book 93, Page 861 - Syracuse Herald Journal 48-02-20 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "The Tyler White Entry."
48-02-27
17
The Henrik Potenoff Entry
Y
Book 82, Page 216 - Syracuse Herald Journal 48-02-27 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama, entitled "The Henrik Potenoff Entry."
48-03-05
18
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-03-05 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama.
48-03-12
19
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-03-12 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama.
48-03-19
20
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-03-19 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama.
48-03-26
21
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-03-26 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama.
48-04-02
22
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-04-02 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama.
48-04-09
23
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-04-09 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama.
48-04-16
24
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-04-16 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama.
48-04-23
25
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-04-23 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama starring Lois Andrews and Johnny Arthur.
48-04-30
26
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-04-30 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama starring Lois Andrews and Johnny Arthur.
48-05-07
27
Title Unknown
N
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-05-07 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Diary of Fate, mystery drama starring Lois Andrews and Johnny Arthur.
48-05-14
--
--
--
Syracuse Herald Journal 48-05-14 8:30 P.M.--WOLF--Haunting Hour





Diary of Fate Radio Program Log [Earliest known Network Run -- KECA-ABC Los Angeles]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-09-06
1
The Charles Elliot Entry
N
47-09-06 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-09-13
2
The John Wellington Entry
N
47-09-13 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-09-20
3
Title Unknown
N
47-09-20 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-09-27
4
Title Unknown
N
47-09-27 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-10-04
5
Title Unknown
N
47-10-04 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-10-11
6
Title Unknown
N
47-10-11 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-10-18
7
Title Unknown
N
47-10-18 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-10-25
8
Title Unknown
N
47-10-25 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-11-01
9
The Howard Thompson Entry
N
47-11-01 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-11-08
10
Title Unknown
N
47-11-08 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-11-15
11
The Peter Drake Entry
Y
47-11-15 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-11-22
12
The John Carthage Entry
Y
47-11-22 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-11-29
13
The Trina Crawley Entry
Y
47-11-29 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-12-06
14
The Joe Mattock Entry
Y
47-12-06 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-12-13
15
The Paul Reese Entry
Y
47-12-13 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-12-20
16
The Edward Matthews Entry
Y
47-12-20 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
47-12-27
17
The Tyler White Entry
Y
47-12-27 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-01-03
18
The Henrik Potenoff Entry
Y
47-01-03 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-01-10
19
The Craig Norton Entry
Y
47-01-10 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-01-17
20
The Albert Riker Entry
Y
47-01-17 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-01-24
21
The David Dexter Entry
Y
47-01-24 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-01-31
22
Title Unknown
N
47-01-31 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-02-07
23
The Lloyd Mawson Entry
Y
47-02-07 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-02-14
24
The Walter Vincent Entry
Y
47-02-14 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-02-21
25
The Phillip Vale Entry
Y
47-02-21 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-02-28
26
The Marvin Thomas Entry
Y
47-02-28 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-03-06
27
The Nelson Walker Entry
Y
47-03-06 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-03-13
28
The Janice Bennett Entry
Y
47-03-13 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-03-20
29
The Victor Wakeman Entry
Y
47-03-20 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-03-27
30
The Keith Raymond Entry
Y
47-03-27 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-04-03
31
The John Haines Entry
Y
47-04-03 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-04-10
32
The Matt Cooper Entry
Y
47-04-10 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-04-17
33
The Stanley Becker Entry
Y
47-04-17 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-04-24
34
The Rolly Andrews Entry
Y
47-04-24 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-05-01
35
The Darrell James Entry
Y
48-05-01 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-05-08
36
Title Unknown
N
48-05-08 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-05-15
37
Title Unknown
N
48-05-15 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-05-22
38
Title Unknown
N
48-05-22 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--Diary of Fate
48-05-29
--
--
--
47-05-29 Los Angeles Times
7:00 p.m.--KECA-ABC--
Bulldog Drummond





Diary of Fate Radio Program Log by Entry Name

Date Finley # Title Avail. Diary of Fate Book/Page
20
Albert Riker Entry,The
Y
Book 84, Page 946
1
Charles Elliott Entry ,The
N
--
19
Craig Norton Entry,The
Y
Book 97, Page 824
35
Darrell James Entry,The
Y
--
21
David Dexter Entry ,The
Y
Book 41, Page106
16
Edward Mathews Entry ,The
Y
Book 83, Page 227
18
Henrik Potenoff Entry ,The
Y
Book 82, Page 216
9
Howard Thompson Entry ,The
N
--
--
James Holstetter Entry,The
N
--
28
Janice Bennett Entry ,The
Y
Book 701, Page 327
14
Joe Mattock Entry ,The
Y
Book 63, Page 397
12
John Carthage Entry ,The
Y
Book 22, Page 509
31
John Haines Entry,The
Y
Book 82, Page 946
2
John Wellington Entry,The
N
--
--
Justin Flame Entry,The
N
--
30
Keith Raymond Entry,The
Y
Book 31, Page 512
23
Lloyd Mawson Entry ,The
Y
Book 96, Page 831
--
Martha Carter Entry ,The
N
--
26
Marvin Thomas Entry ,The
Y
Book 83, Page 947
32
Matt Cooper Entry ,The
Y
Book 81, Page 409
27
Nelson Walker Entry,The
Y
Book 97, Page 302
--
Olive Granby Entry,The
N
--
15
Paul Reese Entry,The
Y
Book 80, Page 754
11
Peter Drake Entry ,The
Y
Book 84, Page 327
25
Phillip Vale Entry ,The
Y
Book 63, Page 209
34
Rolly Andrews Entry,The
Y
Book 74, Page 659
--
Sheila Dawson Entry ,The
N
Book 78, Page 301
33
Stanley Becker Entry ,The
Y
Book 84, Page 902
13
Trina Crawley Entry,The
Y
Book 74, Page 309
17
Tyler White Entry,The
Y
Book 93, Page 861
29
Victor Wakeman Entry,The
Y
Book 54, Page 806
24
Walter Vincent Entry ,The

Y
Book 97, Page 854
--
William Winters Entry,The
N
--





Diary of Fate Radio Program Log by Diary of Fate Transcription Number

Date Finley # Title Avail. Diary of Fate Book/Page
1
Charles Elliott Entry
N
2
John Wellington Entry
N
9
Howard Thompson Entry
N
11
Peter Drake Entry
Y
12
John Carthage Entry
Y
13
Trina Crawley Entry
Y
14
Joe Mattock Entry
Y
15
Paul Reese Entry
Y
16
Edward Mathews Entry
Y
17
Tyler White Entry
Y
18
Henrik Potenoff Entry
Y
19
Craig Norton Entry
Y
20
Albert Riker Entry
Y
21
David Dexter Entry
Y
23
Lloyd Mawson Entry
Y
24
Walter Vincent Entry
Y
25
Phillip Vale Entry
Y
26
Marvin Thomas Entry
Y
27
Nelson Walker Entry
Y
28
Janice Bennett Entry
Y
29
Victor Wakeman Entry
Y
30
Keith Raymond Entry
Y
31
John Haines Entry
Y
32
Matt Cooper Entry
Y
33
Stanley Becker Entry
Y
34
Rolly Andrews Entry
Y
35
Darrell James Entry
Y
--
William Winters Entry
N
--
Olive Granby Entry
N
--
James Holstetter Entry
N
--
Justin Flame Entry
N
--
Martha Carter Entry
N
--
Sheila Dawson Entry
N
--
Clark Robinson Entry
N






Diary of Fate Radio Biographies




Herbert Lytton Cress [Herb Lytton]
(Fate)

Radio, Television, Screen Actor and Producer
(1897-1981)
Birthplace: Unknown

Radiography:
1941 Lum and Abner
1942 Adventures of Red Ryder
1944 Cavalcade Of America
1944 Lux Radio Theatre
1944 Pacific Story
1946 Out Of the Deep
1947 The Anderson Family
1947 Sally In Hollywood (Audition)
1947 Family Theatre
1948 Diary Of Fate
1948 Let George Do It
1948 NBC University Theatre
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1951 The Whistler
1951 The Lone Ranger
1951 Guest Star
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1952 The Roy Rogers Show
1964 Heartbeat Theatre

Herb Lytton from a 1964 episode of Twilight Zone as Dr. Saltman.
Herb Lytton from a 1964 episode of Twilight Zone as Dr. Saltman.

Herb Lytton from a 1955 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents as a Police Lieutenant
Herb Lytton from a 1955 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents as a Police Lieutenant

Herb Lytton from a 1957 Perry Mason episode as Dr. Lambert
Herb Lytton from a 1957 Perry Mason episode as Dr. Lambert

Herbert Lytton was one of the more ubiquitous, ever-present Radio, Television and Film personalities of the Golden Ages of all three of those media arts. Born in the Midwest before the turn of the 20th Century, Herbert Lytton was already working in Film in 1924, for no less than Cecil B. DeMille himself, while filming and promoting The Ten Commandments. The next 25 years saw him appear in some of Radio's earliest dramatic features, twenty more feature films, his own Radio production, Diary of Fate (1947), co-produced with Larry Finley, and starring Lytton as 'Fate' himself.

Lytton was one of Radio's most durable voice talents. An extremely adept 'cold-reader', Lytton acquired a reputation as an actor who could step into any dramatic situation at the very last moment and perform it 'cold' without a hitch. Appearing often in multiple roles in 200 of The Adventures of Red Ryder (1942), Lum and Abner (1941-48), and his own Diary of Fate (1947), Herb Lytton's range was also as versatile as his reputation for being a quick study. Never truly typecast in Radio, he would later be typecast during his extensive Television career as either judges, doctors or senior military officers.

Having appeared in some 2,000 to 3,000 Radio programs, Herb Lytton quickly began to experience the same success in early Television, compiling some 400 appearances in Television before he retired in 1973. Among Lytton's more memorable Film roles were appearances as senior Generals in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and War of The Worlds (1953), as lawyers in Meet Danny Wilson (1951) and Bonzo Goes to College (1952), and as doctors in Steel Town, Glory Alley, The Winning Team, Just For You, Back At the Front, and Above and Beyond, all in 1952.

Television found him appearing in virtually every popular Television drama anthology that aired between 1950 and 1965, some 400+ appearances in all. Lytton's most recent regular appearance of note during his Television career was a recurring role as Admiral Reyolds in McHale's Navy (1961-64).

Lytton married famous Hollywood skin care expert and personality Roma Lind, in 1970 and the two subsequently retired to Arizona in the mid-1970s, while still occasionally keeping their hand in pet projects from afar.

Herb Lytton passed away in1981 at the age of 84.



Larry Finley
(Syndicator)

Radio, Television and Film Producer
(1913-2000)

Birthplace: Syracuse, NY, U.S.A.

Awards:
1955 Los Angeles City of Hope Torchbearer Award
1980 Time-Life Magazine's Man of the Decade Award
1984 Video Hall of Fame
1998 Vision Fund of American Lifetime Achievement Award

Radiography:
1947 Diary Of Fate
1947 The Smiths Of Hollywood

Larry Finley at the KFWB mike in Los Angeles circa 1957
Larry Finley at the KFWB mike in Los Angeles circa 1957

One of Finley's The Smiths of Hollywood Transcriptions
One of Finley's The Smiths of Hollywood Transcriptions

Larry Finley (holding recorder) in an impromptu interview of Nat King Cole, Jimmy McHugh and Loella Parsons at Ciro's on Wilshire circa 1955
Larry Finley (holding recorder) in an impromptu interview of Nat King Cole, Jimmy McHugh and Louella Parsons at Ciro's on Wilshire Blvd. circa 1955.



A native of Syracuse, Larry Finley began his career at the age of 18 as manager of a Syracuse nightclub. He then moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1930s and opened Finley’s Credit Jewelers in Burbank and other area locations. Before long, Larry Finley's growing Southern California media empire encompassed The Casino Gardens Ballroom, Radio Station KSDJ in San Diego, a restaurant and club on The Sunset Strip, and an electrical transcription and syndication company, Finley Transcriptions, Inc., located at 8983 Sunset Blvd.

Under the aegis of Finley Transcriptions, Larry Finley ultimately produced and syndicated The Smiths of Hollywood (1947-49) and Diary of Fate (1948), among others. Finley worked with the Dorsey Brothers at his Casino Gardens Ballroom in San Diego.

Also both a local Radio and Television personality in his own right, Larry Finley was with KFWB in the mid-1950s and KGIL in the mid-1960s, in addition to appearing on several of his own derivations of his locally televised Larry Finley Program which aired throughout Southern California over KTLA as variously, Strictly Informal, Dinner at Eight and Music Is My Beat. They were broadcast nightly from the restaurant Finley owned on the Sunset Strip. As a sidebar, the kinescopes of his programs were some of the first video programs adopted by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service for syndication overseas.

A mover and shaker in the transcription business in his own right, Finley founded the International Tape Association, now known as The International Recording Media Association, a trade group which became instrumental in standardizing both quality and engineering standards for audiotape.

Larry Finley was also a past President of International Tape Cartridge Corporation (ITCC) in 1968, which was an industry leader in the audiotape and videotape business. In addition to his own promotional efforts, Larry Finley worked as a promoter for Dot, Tops and M-G-M Records over the years.

Larry Finley was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in 1984, and in 1998 received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Vision Fund of America. In 1955, He received the Los Angeles City of Hope Torchbearer Award. Larry Finley passed away in 2000 at the age of 86.



Gloria Blondell
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor
(1915-1986)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1940 I Love A Mystery
1941 Lux Radio Theatre
1942 Plays For Americans
1942 Lights Out
1944 Four For the Fifth
1944 Results, Inc.
1945 Arch Oboler's Plays
1945 Hollywood Mystery Time
1945 G. I Journal
1945 You Were There
1946 The Jack Kirkwood Show
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1946 The Casebook Of Gregory Hood
1947 Holiday Wilde
1947 The Story Of Holiday Wilde
1947 The Sweeney and March Show
1947 Stars Over Hollywood
1947 The Charlie McCarthy Show
1947 All-Star Western Theatre
1947 Voyage Of the Scarlet Queen
1948 Family Theatre
1948 Diary Of Fate
1948 Let George Do It
1948 Hallmark Playhosue
1948 Escape
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1949 The Lum and Abner Show
1949 Hallmark Playhouse
1949 The Green Lama
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Our Miss Brooks
1949 The Adventures Of Frank Race
1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1950 The Adventures Of the Saint
1951 Rocky Jordan
1952 The Great Gildersleeve
The Cases Of Mr Ace
Your Movietown Radio Theatre

Gloria, Katie and Joan Blondell, ca. 1933
Gloria, Katie and Joan Blondell, ca. 1933

Eric Linden escorts Gloria Blondell to the Academy Awards at the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove, ca. 1933
Eric Linden escorts Gloria Blondell to the Academy Awards at the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove, ca. 1933

Gloria Blondell with cast of I Love A Mystery, ca. 1940
Gloria Blondell with cast of I Love A Mystery, ca. 1940

Gloria Blondell on I Love Lucy from 1952
Gloria Blondell on I Love Lucy
from 1952


Gloria Blondell, ca. 1952

Gloria Blondell from one of 1961's Thriller episodes
Gloria Blondell from one of 1961's Thriller episodes.

Gloria Blondell was born in New York City to Vaudeville players Eddie and Kathryn Blondell. Her parents, known as "Blondell and Company," travelled throughout the world performing in the US, Europe and the Far East. Her older sister, Rose Joan, had performed on Stage with their parents. Rose Joan is also known to many as Joan Blondell, famous Stage, Film, Radio and Television actress.

Raised mostly in Dallas, Texas, her older sister had won the Miss Dallas beauty title then left on her own by joining a stock company at age 17. By the 1930s her sister's Broadway, Radio and Film success had taken the family to Hollywood, where young Gloria Blondell began her own tuteledge in Drama with some of Hollywood and New York's finest voice and drama coaches.

By the time Gloria Blondell was 25 her sister had already starred in over 60 films and 25 stage plays. But Gloria soon found herself in one of Radio's most popular adventure programs, Carlton E. Morse's legendary I Love A Mystery (1940). Her auspicious start in Radio eventually took her on to a fifteen year career in Radio which found her performing in most of Radio's most popular adventures, thrillers, detective dramas and comedies of The Golden Age of Radio. Looking and sounding so much like her older sister didn't hurt her career in the least. Producers found they could get Joan Blondell's voice and character in the guise of the relatively bargain price of her sister, Gloria.

Before long, Gloria Blondell was commanding her own price built on her own growing popularity as a Radio and Film actress. In the meantime, she'd met and married legendary movie producer 'Cubby' Broccoli of both the vegetable [his family invented the high sulphur content legume] and future James Bond fame. Though the marriage lasted only six years, they were six very productive years for Gloria Blondell.

Having co-starred in several of Radio's most popular adventure programs she seemed a natural to co-star as Carleton Young's Girl Friday in the Blue Network's Hollywood Mystery Time (1945), portraying Gloria Dean, sidekick, amateur detective, and secretary to Carleton Young's Ted Lawton, Hollywood Producer-Director-amateur sleuth. Performing with Young in the first thirty-nine episodes, her marital difficulties and a film opportunity for Carleton Young saw both the co-stars depart the relatively popular mystery program in the Summer of 1945. Gloria Blondell was always wonderful in adventure and detective dramas and eventually starred in her own detective drama, Holiday Wilde in 1947, laying the groundwork for the popular Candy Matson series of lady detective programs that followed Holiday Wilde in 1949.

After Gloria Blondell's divorce from Cubby Broccoli she found herself in even more demand on Radio, appearing in over 800 more appearances in Radio before her Television career took off in the 1950s. As resilient and versatile on Television as in Radio, Gloria Blondell soon found herself appearing in several of early Television's most successful situation comedies and dramas. She even dabbled in Animation, voicing 'Daisy' Duck for The Walt Disney Studios.

Most famously remembered as 'Honeybee' Gillis, the wife of Chester A. Riley's best friend and next-door neighbor, Jim Gillis, on Television's The Life of Riley (1957). Gloria Blondell continued to appear in guest-starring roles on Television until 1964.

Gloria Blondell retired from Entertainment in 1965 to spend more time with her family and friends. She passed away in 1986 from natural causes.

Remembered for her remarkable range of female foils, heroines and villainesses alike, Gloria Blondell's appearances over Radio were some of The Golden Age of Radio's most memorable. Her appearances in virtually every popular, surviving program from the era ensure that her thousands of existing fans will continue to be augmented by thousands more as more examples of her Radio work enter circulation.



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