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BBC Radio 2

The American Showmen

The tenth of a 25-part series
This week Michael Craig traces the story of the emergent days of the modern American musical theatre.
EDWIN P. CHRISTIE who began with four men and two tins of boot polish, expanded to eight men with four tins, and eventually built up to a whole company who bought the stuff wholesale.
LEW DOCKSTATER who continued the Minstrel tradition.
The Syndicate comprising ABE ERLANGER , MARK KLAW. J. F. ZIMMERMAN , SAM NIXON, ABE HAYMAN. CHARLES and DANIEL FROHMAN. Their Idea was to make it impossible for any other management to make any money in the theatre without giving most of it to their syndicate.
CHARLES DILLINGHAM , Of Whom PEGGY WOOD says: He was a very distinguished producer, a delightful person, and not a bit like the ordinary entrepreneur. with Ian Carmichael as P. G. Wodehouse
Hilary Labow. Hal Galill and the recorded voices of: ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT
IRVING CAESAR , J. FRED COOTS STANLEY GREEN. RUBY HEELER Research by BILL SULLIVAN Written by BENNY GREEN
Producer, DAVID RAYVERN ALLEN
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am with A.J.

Five stories by A. J. ALAN , master of the radio story in the years between the wars, with Ian Carmichael as A. J. Alan 1: Two Zoo Tickets
It can be very compromising for a lady to be found alone with a gentleman, especially if the gentleman happens to be dead. Producer JOHN CARDY
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with A.J.

Five short stories by A. J. ALAN Read by IAN CARMICHAEL 2:
Wottie Ma Wottlespoon , with her prominent teeth, had mysteriously disappeared and here in a disused tunnel was a skull with prominent front teeth.
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with A.J.

Five short stories by A. j. ALAN Read by IAN CARMICHAEL
3: My Adventure in Norfolk
The door was pushed open from inside and something fell out on me. It wedged me against the wall. It also knocked the candle out of my hand. I felt, rather gingerly, and found it was a man - a dead man - with a moustache.
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with AJ.

Five short stories by A. J. ALAN Read by IAN CARMICHAEL 4: A Joy Ride
The man himself opened the door, and the moment I saw him I began to have doubts. He didn't look the sort of person you'd expect to steal motor cars. He never asked me what I wanted. He simply said, 'Glory be! Can you draw a cork?'
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with A.J.

Five short stories by A. j. ALAN Read by IAN CARMICHAEL 5: The Visitors' Book
The fog got so bad that I couldn't see across the room and my eyes began to smart. I said, 'This isn't fog, it's smoke,' and I tried to get out of the bed but I couldn't. The bedclothes seemed so heavy that they weighed me down.






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