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July 1951 issue of Magazine Digest
July 1951 issue of Magazine Digest

Mutual Sportscaster Al Helfer served as the Host and Narrator for Magazine Theater
Mutual Sportscaster Al Helfer served as the Host and Narrator for Magazine Theatre

Renowned conductor Emerson Buckley and his orchestra provided the background music for Magazine Theater
Renowned conductor Emerson Buckley and his orchestra provided the background music for Magazine Theatre


Background

Adaptations of popular magazine stories of the era had become staple source material during The Golden Age of Radio. Whether fiction or 'true stories,' popular magazine digests were comparatively easier to adapt to a radio drama format. Tie-ins to the source publication also made for convenient promotion of the adaptations, the periodicals' established audience(s) having already become familiar with the quality of the articles.

Science fiction digests, 'true story' digests, crime fiction digests, adventure fiction digests, and romance fiction digests; all found their way to Radio from the medium's earliest days.


Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Dramas
Network(s): MBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 51-02-16 01 I Smuggle for Uncle Sam
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 51-02-16 to 53-01-09; MBS; One hundred, 30-minute programs; Friday evenings
Syndication: Mutual Broadcasting System, in cooperation with Magazine Digest.
Sponsors: Fraternal Order of Eagles
Director(s): Chuck Vincent
Principal Actors: Don McLaughlin, Janet Stevenson,
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction: Emerson Buckley and orchestra
Richard Du Page [Composer]
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): Al Helfer [Host, Narrator]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
100
Episodes in Circulation: 0
Total Episodes in Collection: 0
Provenances:
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Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Magazine Theatre Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
51-02-09
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51-02-09 The Advocate
WAFB -- 7 p. m. Bandstand U.S.A.

51-02-11 The Morning Advocate

'Magazine Theater'

     Dramatizations of true-to-life stories of adventure, romance and intrigue will be aired by the Mutual network in the new series, "Magazine Theater" broadcasts which will bow on Friday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 7:30 p. m., on WAFB.
     The stories, taken from the pages of the nationally circulated "Magazine Digest" publication, will feature topnotch dramatic stars in radio-adapted tales making headline news. Al Helfer, Mutual's outstanding "sports voice," will be heard on this series as host and narrator.
     The initial program will feature dramatic star Don McLaughlin in the intriguing story of how the United States government replenished its rapidly dwindling supply of quinine immediately following World War II.
     Emerson Buckley and his orchestra will supply the musical backgrounds for the "Magazine Theater" broadcasts. Chuck Vincent will produce and direct.
     The "Bandstand, U.S.A." series, formerly heard in this time period on WAFB, will move to the Friday, 8:30 to 9 p. m., spot on Feb. 16.

51-02-16
1
I Smuggle for Uncle Sam
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51-02-05 Danville Bee
Al Helfer, MBC sports broadcaster, is getting a new assignment as narrator of a dramatic series starting on that network next week. The program, identified as the "Magazine Theater" will use magazine articles and fiction stories as script material.

51-02-11 Lubbock Avalanche
Dramatizations of true-to-life stories of adventure, romance and intrigue will be aired by KCBD-MBS in the new series of "Magazine Theater" broadcasts which will bow on Friday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

51-02-15 Kokomo Tribune
DIGEST DEBUT: Dramatizations of true-to-life stories of adventure, romance and intrigue will be aired in a new series, "Magazine Theater," (7 p.m. Friday, MBS). The initial broadcast will feature Don McLaughlin in an intriguing story called "
I Smuggle for Uncle Sam," which tells how the United States government replenished its rapidly dwindling supply of quinine immediately following World War II. 51-02-16 Cumberland Evening Times - Tonight--MBS's Magazine Theater, first of new drama series specializing in magazine articles and stories, Al Helfer MC.
51-02-23
2
Title Unknown
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51-03-02
3
Title Unknown
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51-03-09
4
Title Unknown
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51-03-16
5
The Case Of the Terrified Bride
N
51-03-16 Lock Haven Express
MBS--8 Magazine Theater Presents "
The Case of the Terrified Bride."
51-03-23
6
The Professor
N
51-03-23 Long Beach Press-Telegram
8:00-KHJ--
The "professor" was called mind-reader, hypnotist, even a great detective for his ability to intercept thought waves. He provides the solution for a case tonight on "Magazine Theater."
51-03-30
7
The Case Of the Invisible Clues
N
51-03-30 Hanover Evening Sun
Magazine Theater: "
The Case of the Invisible Clues"--MBS 8.
51-04-06
8
Title Unknown
N
51-04-13
9
The Little Guy
N
51-04-13 Long Beach Press-Telegram
The story of "
The Little Guy," a private eye of small stature, is told on KHJ's "Magazine Theater" at 8.
51-04-20
10
Title Unknown
N
51-04-27
11
Title Unknown
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51-05-04
12
Title Unknown
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51-05-04 Winona Republican-Herald
Eagles Auxiliary Lists Activities . . . The Eagles sponsorship of Mother's day is being observed by the order and its auxiliary nationally through a nation-wide network broadcast May 11 at 7 p.m. when they co-sponsor the radio show, "Magazine Theater." The show will present radio, television and stage stars in a tribute to all mothers. Mothers will be honored and the work of the Eagles in sponsoring this tribute will be outlined.
51-05-11
13
A Tribute To All Mothers
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51-05-08 Tucson Daily Citizen
Special Broadcast To Honor Eagles
A special broadcast Friday of the radio show "Magazine Theater" will be
cosponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, with local auxiliary members conducting a drive to assure a large listening audience. Each member will be requested to listen to the program and many others in Tucson also will be contacted and asked to listen along with their mothers, according to Mrs. Wallace White, auxiliary president. The program will be at 5 p.m. over KCNA. Stars of radio, television, and stage will be included on the program, which will honor the Eagles for their efforts in promoting Mother's day and their Living Memorial foundation.

51-05-11 Kokomo Tribune
MBS--8 Magazine Theater Mother's Day Drama.
51-05-18
14
The Cop Bluff
N
51-05-18 Massillon Independent
MBS--8 Magazine Theater "
The Cop Bluff."

51-05-18 Bradford Era
Dramatic Tale
The story of a man who made the grade on the police force--in dramatic fashion--is told at 8 p.m. on WESB's Magazine Theater.
51-05-25
15
Title Unknown
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51-06-01
16
Title Unknown
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51-06-08
17
Title Unknown
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51-06-15
18
Title Unknown
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51-06-22
19
Ladies Will Smuggle
N
51-06-22 Indiana Gazette
MBS--8 Magazine Theater: "
Ladies Will Smuggle."
51-06-29
20
Is That You Sam?
N
51-06-29 Massillon Independent
MBS--8 Magazine Theater "
Is That You Sam?"
51-07-06
21
Gold Thieves
N
51-07-06 Indiana Gazette
MBC--8 Magazine Theater "
Gold Thieves."
51-07-13
22
S.O.S., We're Breaking In Two

Spot ad of 51-07-13 Promoting S.O.S. We're Breaking in Two

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51-07-13 Long Beach Press Telegram
"
SOS--We're breaking in two" was the dramatic call from the SS Independence during World War II, which will be dramatized on "Magazine Theater" from KHJ at 8.
51-07-20
23
The Dog That Couldn't Bark
N
51-07-20 Indiana Gazette
MBS--8 Magazine Theater "
The Dog That Couldn't Bark."
51-07-27
24
Consult Miss Brandon
N
51-07-27 Massillon Independent
MBS--8 Magazine theater "
Consult Miss Brandon."
51-08-03
25
S.O.S., We're Breaking In Two
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51-08-03 Long Beach Press-Telegram
"Magazine Theater" presents factual drama based on the exploits of cargo vessels during World War I at 8 over KHJ.

51-08-03 Hanover Evening Sun
Magazine Theater: "SOS"--MBS 8.
51-08-10
26
The General Was No Lady
N
51-08-10 Bradford Era
Saga of Medicine: Magazine Theatre Presents "
THE GENERAL WAS NO LADY" The heart-warming tale of a girl who gained a place of distinction in the medical profession. Her sheer medical genius advanced the cause of women in the profession. 8 p.m. WESB.
51-08-17
27
Title Unknown
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51-08-24
28
Title Unknown
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51-08-31
29
Title Unknown
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51-09-07
30
Title Unknown
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51-09-14
31
Title Unknown
N
51-09-21
32
Title Unknown
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51-09-28
33
Title Unknown
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51-10-05
34
Title Unknown
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51-10-12
35
Title Unknown
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51-10-19
36
Title Unknown
N
51-10-26
37
Title Unknown
N
51-11-02
38
Title Unknown
N
51-11-09
39
Title Unknown
N
51-11-16
40
Title Unknown
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51-11-23
41
Title Unknown
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51-11-17 Benton Harbor News
Theme And Variations
BY CARL ANTON WIRTH
Musical Director, Twin City Symphonic Society, Inc.
. . . Also on the same program was a "Polyrhythmic Overture" by Richard DuPage. At the luncheon which followed it came out that Florence Anderson was, in private life, Mrs. DuPage. Here, indeed, was an historical oddity; a husband and wife who were both very competent composers and both having their works premiered on the same program! Upon further questioning we found that Mr. DuPage is the man who writes the spine-tinglilng, blood-curdling incidental music for three weekly "Whodunnits" hear on the Mutual network: "Murder by Experts," "Magazine Theater," and "Peter Salem. . .
51-11-30
42
Title Unknown
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51-12-07
43
Title Unknown
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51-12-14
44
Title Unknown
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51-12-21
45
Title Unknown
N
51-12-28
46
Title Unknown
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52-01-04
47
Title Unknown
N
52-01-11
48
Title Unknown
N
52-01-18
49
Title Unknown
N
52-01-25
50
One Shot War
N
52-01-25 Ludington Daily News
MBS--9:05--Magazine Theater "
One Shot War."
52-02-01
51
Title Unknown
N
52-02-08
52
Today's Woman
N
52-02-08 Lock Haven Express
MBS--9:05 Magazine Theater, "
Today's Woman."
52-02-15
53
Title Unknown
N
52-02-22
54
Title Unknown
N
52-02-29
55
Title Unknown
N
52-03-07
56
Title Unknown
N
52-03-14
57
Title Unknown
N
52-03-21
58
Title Unknown
N
52-03-28
59
Title Unknown
N
52-04-04
60
Silver Shoals
N
52-04-04 Lock Haven Express
MBS--9:05 Magazine Theater "
Silver Shoals."
52-04-11
61
Father Takes Over
N
52-04-11 Lock Haven Express
MBS--9:05 Magazine Theater "
Father Takes Over."
52-04-18
62
Blackmail
N
52-04-18 Mitchell Daily Republic
MBS--8:05 Magazine Theater "
Blackmail."

52-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
11:30 p.m.--Magazine Theater (WISC): "
Operation Comeback," story of wounded veteran of Korean war.
52-04-25
63
Title Unknown
N
52-05-02
64
Title Unknown
N
52-05-09
65
Title Unknown
N
52-05-16
66
Portrait Of Natalie
N
2-05-16 Mitchell Daily Republic
MBS--8:05 Magazine Theater "Portrait of Natalie."

52-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal - 11:30 p.m.--Magazine Theater (WISC): "
Portrait of Natalie", a dramatization of an artist's conception of beauty that changes the life of a lonely girl.
52-05-23
67
Murder In the Stars
N
52-05-23 Mitchell Daily Republic
MBS--8:05 Magazine Theater "
Murder In the Stars."
52-05-30
68
Title Unknown
N
52-06-06
69
Title Unknown
N
52-06-13
70
Title Unknown
N
52-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
11:30 p.m.--Magazine Theater (WISC):
skip-tracer finds romance for another man.
52-06-20
71
Title Unknown
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52-06-27
72
Title Unknown
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52-07-04
73
Title Unknown
N
52-07-11
74
Title Unknown
N
52-07-18
75
Title Unknown
N
52-07-25
76
Title Unknown
N
52-08-01
77
The Night Crawler
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52-08-01 Brownwood Bulletin
A young heroine, who failed to be impressed by a criminal's long record, outwits an outlaw and delivers him into the hands of the polices when she points out "
The Night Crawler" during KBWD-Mutual's "Magazine Theater" broadcast tonight at 8:05.
52-08-08
78
Title Unknown
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52-08-15
79
Title Unknown
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52-08-15 Janesville Daily Gazette
Magazine Theatre A change in the usual Friday evening schedule has made it possible to bring to WCLO listeners a fine dramatic program at 7:05 tonight on the Magazine Theatre. The theatre has been one of the long standing programs on the Mutual Network and is heard regularly over WCLO ever Monday at 2 p.m. The top talent of Hollywood is presented on the program which has been given many awards.
52-08-22
80
Le Carcajou
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52-08-22 Brownwood Bulletin
A story set in the suburbs of Montreal, year 1854, is scheduled by producer Vincent for KBWD-Mutual's "Magazine Theater" broadcast tonight at 8:05. It's titled "
Le Carcajou" (The Wolverine") and tells how a man's entire life was affected by conditions surrounding his birth.
52-08-29
81
Title Unknown
N
52-09-05
82
Me and Monte Carlo
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52-09-05 Brownwood Bulletin
"The human being is a sucker," the hero of KBWD-Mutual's "Magazine Theatre" broadcast tonight at 8:05 will say. He can't resist," he'll continue, "taking up any challenge that life thrusts before him." The broadcast hero does just that in the story titled "
Me and Monte Carlo." He breaks the bank--but gives back the money. Why? That's the story.

52-09-05 Panama City News-Herald
MBS--9:05 Magazine Theater "
Me and Monte Carlo."
52-09-12
83
Young Man Adam
N
52-09-12 Northwest Arkansas Times
MBS--8:05 Magazine Theater "
Young Man Adam."

52-09-12 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Janet Stevenson to Be Star of "
Young Man Adam"
By RALPH SCHCROEDER
The life of a television producer's wife is one long critique after another. But this particular television widow, Jane Stevenson, becomes tired of flattering her husband's ego and decides to discover her own stars. She does just that during Mutual's Magazine Theatre broadcast tonight at 8:05. The drama is called "
Young Man Adam."
52-09-19
84
Title Unknown
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52-09-26
85
Title Unknown
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52-10-03
86
Title Unknown
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52-10-10
87
Title Unknown
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52-10-17
88
Title Unknown
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52-10-24
89
Title Unknown
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52-10-31
90
Title Unknown
N
52-11-07
91
Title Unknown
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52-11-14
92
Title Unknown
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52-11-21
93
Title Unknown
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52-11-28
94
Title Unknown
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52-12-05
95
Title Unknown
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52-12-12
96
Title Unknown
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52-12-19
97
Title Unknown
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52-12-26
98
Title Unknown
N
53-01-02
99
Title Unknown
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53-01-09
100
Title Unknown
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53-01-09 Waco News-Tribune
KWTX 8:00 Magazine Theatre
53-01-16
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