June Gould (Starring Jack Webb (Aired September 12, 1951)
Pete Kelly was a musician, a cornet player who headed his own jazz combo, "Pete Kelly's Big Seven." They worked at 417 Cherry Street, a speakeasy run by George Lupo, often mentioned but never heard. Kelly, narrating the series, described Lupo as a "fat, friendly little guy." The plots typically centered around Kelly's reluctant involvement with gangsters, gun molls, FBI agents, and people trying to save their own skins. The endings were often downbeat. The series inspired a 1955 film version of Pete Kelly's Blues, in which Jack Webb produced, directed and starred. It used many of the same musicians, including Cathcart, and Ella Fitzgerald was cast as Maggie Jackson. A lesser-known television version, still produced and directed by Webb but with William Reynolds in the lead, aired in 1959, using scripts originally written for the radio version.
September 12, 1951. Program #12. "June Gould"
- NBC network origination, AFRS rebroadcast. June Gould's mother has arrived in Kansas City looking for her, and asks Pete to help. Good radio, possibly dated September 15, 1951. Arthur Hamilton (composer), Dick Cathcart (cornet), George Van Eps (guitar), Jack Webb, Jed Demott ( bass), Joe Eisinger (writer), Matty Matlock, Moe Schneider (trombone), Nick Fatool (drums), Ray Sherman (piano). 29:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.