Let George Do It - Tunnel Under The River (05-03-48)
Tunnel Under The River (Aired May 3, 1948)
The few earliest episodes were more sitcom than private eye shows, with a studio audience providing scattered laughter at the not-so-funny scripts. Soon the audience was banished, and George went from stumbling comedic hero to tough guy private eye, while the music became suspenseful. Valentine's secretary was Claire Brooks, aka Brooksie (Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff). As Valentine made his rounds in search of the bad guys, he usually encountered Brooksie's kid brother, Sonny (Eddie Firestone), Lieutenant Riley (Wally Maher) and elevator man Caleb (Joseph Kearns). For the first few shows, Sonny was George's assistant, but he was soon relegated to an occasional character. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the program was broadcast on the West Coast Mutual Broadcasting System from October 18, 1946 to September 27, 1954, first on Friday evenings and then on Mondays. In its last season, transcriptions were aired in New York, Wednesdays at 9:30pm, from January 20, 1954 to January 12, 1955. John Hiestand was the program's announcer.
May 3, 1948. "Tunnel Under The River"
- Mutual-Don Lee network. Sponsored by: Standard Oil. George and Brooksie become sandhogs under the river. Sabotage and buried treasure are dredged to the surface. David Victor (writer), Herbert Little Jr. (writer), Bud Hiestand (announcer), Don Clark (director), Francis X. Bushman, Herb Lytton, Ruth Perrott, Bob Bailey, Joseph Du Val, Frances Robinson, Franklyn Pinky Parker, Leo Cleary, Eddie Dunstedter (composer, conductor). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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