As World War II continues apace, but hints arrive that the Third Reich’s fighting forces may not be quite so invincible, Hitler’s henchmen impose martial law upon Denmark, provoking Danish naval forces to scuttle most of their fleet in revolt; and, King Boris of Bulgaria dies, provoking a menacing of two widespread German flanks, even as the Nazis prohibit Berliners from fleeing the city.
World News Today: Martial Law in Denmark; New Allied Pressure on the Solomons (CBS, 1943)
A Northwest African Air Force blitz goes forth against Nazi communications and flanks in central Mediterranean Europe.
Also: Further details of the martial law order upon Denmark and “this straining at the chains by the Danes” who resist as powerfully as they can, even with rumours spreading that the Nazis have arrested King Christian.
Other reports: News on Soviet advances against the eastern Nazi flanks, including a particularly critical route through which Nazi forces poured a year earlier, amidst signs of a German withdrawal from some of those areas; the last Japanese outpost on New Georgia Island falling under siege, placing pressure on adjacent outposts around the Solomon Islands, but not obstructing a U.S. forces policy of island bypasses in dislodging the imperial Japanese in the Pacific; the latest war news as seen from Madrid, one of the last neutral European capitals, including a sense of the war’s likely outcome from schools in the city—where English has become the most popular foreign language once again; a unique report aboard an aircraft carrier during Naval aviation training exercises; and, Prime Minister Churchill’s thoughts on Allied action as each European country under Nazi control is liberated, even against the backdrop of speculation on the second front.
Correspondents: John Daly from Algiers; Larry LeSeur from London; Maj. George Fielding Eliot in New York; Webley Edwards from Honolulu; Glenn Stadler from Madrid; Bill Slocum, Jr. aboard the Wolverine toward Chicago; and, Robert Lewis in Washington. Anchor: Douglas Edwards. Announcer: Warren Sweeney.
FURTHER CHANNEL SURFING . . .
Lum & Abner: Selling the Mine (NBC Blue, 1935)—Now that Lum’s (Chester Lauck) solved his mine office problem without compromise his part in the rolling store, he and Abner (Norris Goff) ponder building a factory to manufacture silver products . . . and selling the mine, for which there’s already a million-dollar offer on the table, to build it. Writers: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff.
The Great Gildersleeve: Vacation at Grass Lake (NBC, 1943)—Two months after he’s jilted at the altar by not-so-widowed Leila Ransom, and hounded at a lakeside resort retreat by a flock of too-eager women, heartbroken Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) discovers it’s as complicated to end a vacation early as it is to avoid the too-eager women trying to land him. Marjorie: Lurene Tuttle. Leroy: Walter Tetley. Hooked: Earle Ross. Birdie: Lillian Randolph. Peavey: Richard LeGrand. Announcer: Ken Carpenter. Music: Billy Mills. Writers: John Whedon, Sam Moore.
The Whistler: The Letter (CBS, 1942)—Hopeful of new grants for significant cell research, mild-mannered Viennese biologist Hans Minkler (possibly John Brown) achieves his financing goal—only to find himself the chosen killer for a scientists’ group determined to kill suspected Nazi collaborators and thwart the Anschluss . . . with their first target his benefactor and uncle of his fiancee (possibly Cathy Lewis), a man known to Austrian authorities as an anti-Nazi but among others as a Nazi spy. Additional cast: Hans Conreid, John McIntire, Donald Woods. The Whistler: Joseph Kearns. Music: Wilbur Hatch. (Whistling: Dorothy Roberts.) Sound: Berne Surrey. Writer/director: J. Donald Wilson.
Box 13: Insurance Fraud (Mutual, 1948)—A walk in the park in search of an idea turns up less than Holliday (Alan Ladd) could have imagined, especially when a letter to the box launches him into a slightly labyrinthine insurance fraud case in which he’s engaged to find a curious corpse. Suzy: Sylvia Picker. Kling: Edmund McDonald. Additional cast: Possibly including John Beal, Frank Lovejoy, Alan Reed, Lurene Tuttle, Luis van Rooten. Music: Rudy Schrager. Writer/director: Ted Henniger.
Words at War: Simone (NBC, 1944)—As the liberation of France continues apace, Lion Feuchtwanger’s harrowing novel, published earlier this year, is brought to radio life: A French teenager (Marguerite Morrissey) is is persecuted, then tried by 1940 collaborationists for aiding refugees from the Third Reich striking for unoccupied France, after she sold black-market gasoline for her uncle but later set to his trucking depot because she feared he, too, might become a Nazi collaborator. Additional cast: Unknown. Host: Clifton Fadiman. Announcer: Jack Costello. Music: Morris Mimorsky. Director: Antonin Leader. Writer: Edith Summer.