+ Alfred Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 – December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective "Runyonesque" refers to this type of character as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit," "Benny Southstreet," "Big Jule," "Harry the Horse," "Good Time Charley," "Dave the Dude," or "The Seldom Seen Kid." Runyon wrote these stories in a distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. Broadcast from January to December 1949, with reruns well into the early 1950s, The Damon Runyon Theatre dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. Produced by Mayfair Productions for syndication to local radio stations, John Brown played "Broadway," who served as host and narrator.-WikiPedia Click here to read more about Damon Runyon Theater
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 53 old time radio episodes:
|11.13.1949||a light in france||
+ Mayfair syndication. "A Light In France". A wartime story about Nazi-occupied France, as told in...
|01.30.1949||a nice price||
+ Mayfair syndication. "A Nice Price". At the Harvard-Yale crew race, three Runyonesque characters...
|N/A||a piece of pie audition||
+ "A Piece Of Pie". An audition recording. The story was later recorded any syndicated by Mayfair in...
|05.22.1949||a piece of pie||
+ Mayfair syndication. "A Piece Of Pie". Harry The Horse and Broadway enter Nicely Nicely in an ea...
|11.20.1949||a story goes with it||
+ Mayfair syndication. "A Story Goes With It". A beautiful doll in a wheelchair needs an operation...
|05.08.1949||all horse players die broke||
+ Mayfair syndication. "All Horse Players Die Broke". A good story about Lady Luck. Once again the...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Barbecue". Hi-C Homer and Broadway find themselves at a barbecue stand dur...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Baseball Hattie". A sporting love story about a good man gone wrong and a ...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Blonde Mink". Beatrice Jordan, the girlfriend of Slats Savin, wants a spec...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Blood Pressure". "Broadway's" doctor says "take it easy," but along comes ...
|03.06.1949||breach of promise||
+ Mayfair syndication. "Breach Of Promise". Hot Horse Harry and his pal try to steal old love lett...
|08.14.1949||bred for battle||
+ Mayfair syndication. "Bred For Battle". The son of a famous prize fighter is going to follow in ...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Broadway Complex". A simple soul turns out to be an avid reader, and an at...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Broadway Financier". A tough girl is determined to claw her way to the top...
|02.27.1949||butch minds the baby||
+ Mayfair syndication. "Butch Minds The Baby". Butch the safecracker takes his small son to work w...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Cemetery Bait". A twice-told tale from a cell in the death house, and a sa...
|03.13.1949||dancing dans christmas||
+ Mayfair syndication. "Dancing Dan's Christmas". Shotgun Sam is gunning for Dancing Dan on Christ...
Broadway gets invited to Atlantic City for a peace conference between rival gangs: A visit to Atlant...
|12.25.1949||dream street rose||
+ Mayfair syndication. "Dream Street Rose". The story of a lady with a past! The last show of the ...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Earthquake". A cop trails a very strong killer all the way to South Americ...
|02.13.1949||for a pal||
+ Mayfair syndication. "For A Pal". The story of the friendship of Little Joey and Blind Benny, an...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Hold 'Em Yale". Nubsy Taylor, Pete The Beddler, Milk Ear and Broadway go c...
|07.31.1949||it comes up mud||
+ Mayfair syndication. "It Comes Up Mud". A story of "The Sport Of Kings," parts of which were use...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Joe Terrace". A typesetter who never makes a mistake, makes a bad one. Sta...
+ Mayfair syndication. "Leopard's Spots". Spider McCoy invites Broadway to travel to Philadelphia ...
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