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Damon Runyon Theater Old Time Radio Program

30 minute drama show

Damon Runyon Theater was a radio program that presented dramatized versions of Damon Runyon's short stories. The stories were told through the eyes of a character named "Broadway", played by John Brown. The program, was syndicated by Alan Ladd's Mayfair Productions and premiered in 1949. The shows were directed by Richard Sanville and adapted for radio by Russell Hughes.

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.

The musical Guys and Dolls was based on two Runyon stories, "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure". The musical also takes characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably "Pick The Winner." The film Little Miss Marker (and its remake, Sorrowful Jones) grew from his short story of the same name.
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Damon Runyon Theater episode list

52 episodes

01 Tobias the Terrible.mp3

02 Little Miss Marker.mp3

03 Romance in the Roaring F.mp3

04 The Lemon Drop Kid.mp3

05 A Nice Price.mp3

06 The Idyll of Miss Sarah .mp3

07 For A Pal.mp3

08 Princess O'Hara.mp3

09 Butch Minds the Baby.mp3

10 Breach of Promise.mp3

11 Dancing Dan's Christmass.mp3

12 Pick A Winner.mp3

13 Hold 'Em Yale.mp3

14 The Brain Goes Home.mp3

15 Blood Pressure.mp3

16 Old 'Em's Kentucky Home.mp3

17 Blond Mink.mp3

18 Leopard's Spots.mp3

19 All Horse Players Die Br.mp3

20 The Hottest Guy in the W.mp3

21 A Piece of Pie.mp3

22 Barbecue.mp3

23 Lonely Heart.mp3

24 Broadway Complies.mp3

25 Madam La Gimp.mp3

26 Baseball Hattie.mp3

27 The Big Umbrella.mp3

28 Earthquake.mp3

29 The Bloodhounds of Broad.mp3

30 The Lily of St Pierre.mp3

31 It Comes Up Mud.mp3

32 Broadway Financier.mp3

33 Bred for Battle.mp3

34 So You Won't Talk.mp3

35 Social Error.mp3

36 Cemetary Bait.mp3

37 The Melancholy Dane.mp3

38 The Breakman's Daughter.mp3

39 The Lacework Kid.mp3

40 Maybe A Queen.mp3

41 Joe Terrace.mp3

42 Lillian.mp3

43 Plam Beach Santa Clause.mp3

44 Tight Shoes.mp3

45 That Ever-Lovin Wife of .mp3

46 A Light In France.mp3

47 A Story Goes With It.mp3

48 Dark Dolores.mp3

49 What, No Butler.mp3

50 Neat Strip.mp3

51 Sense of Humor.mp3

52 Dream Sweet Rose.mp3


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