The Tape Recorder (Aired April 23, 1950)
Lucille Ball was believed to be the choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn't audition. Then CBS chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script---Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal---Arden agreed to give the newly-revamped show a try.
April 23, 1950. "The Tape Recorder
- CBS network. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Lustre Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Soap. While Mr. Conklin is trying to economize, he finds himself buying a tape recorder, without even knowing it! Eve Arden, Al Lewis (writer, director), Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Gale Gordon, Gloria McMillan, Verne Smith (commercial spokesman), Jeff Chandler, Frank Nelson, Bob Lemond (announcer), Larry Berns (producer), Lester White (writer), Joe Quillan (writer), Wilbur Hatch (composer), Maurice Carlton (conductor). 34:53. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.