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STRANGE AS IT SEEMS

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OLD TIME RADIO - 1 CD-ROM - 63 mp3

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Strange As It Seems was a radio program of strange and unusual tales about fantastic people and events, based on the daily syndicated newspaper cartoon panels of John Hix of the same name.

Strange As It Seems began as a 15 minute radio program on March 22, 1935. It was broadcast over the Columbia a Don Lee Coast radio network. The schedule was 3 nights a week, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 PM (6:45 during summer daylight savings time). The sponsor was Ex-Lax. In late September 1935 the show changed to two shows per week, dropping the Sunday show. In late September 1936 the schedule changed again to Tuesday and Friday nights. A 1936 booklet of the Strange As It Seems stories was sponsored by Ex-Lax and given away as a free promotion of the radio program by writing to the station.

The show was hosted by Gayne Whitman, produced and directed by Cyril Armbrister and the music was composed and directed by Felix Mills. Whitman had been the announcer on the Strange As It Seems movie shorts from 1930 - 1934. The programs included 2 or 3 segments of dramatized events in mini plays with dramatic, fanfare music interspersed in the show between segments. After the opening line, an Ex-Lax commercial would follow. Then 2 or 3 strange stories would be presented. The show would conclude with a preview of the next show's stories, an Ex-Lax commercial, a strange fact of trivia, such as "Butterflies smell with their feet" and finally a short musical ending. There were occasionally live interviews with unusual personalities, such as the World's Fastest Talker.

Many of the programs were distributed on 16" 33 RPM records with one 15 minute show on each side. Many sources list at least 39 of these records with a total of 78 programs recorded. This run of the shows concluded at the end of January 1937, after over 210 shows. The show began again in January 1938 as a 15 minute once a week program, airing on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 (2:00 during daylight savings time). The show ended at the end of December 1938, with 53 shows in this run.

The Strange As It Seems radio program was picked up as a 30 minute network program on the CBS network from August 17, 1939 to Dec. 26, 1940 on Thursdays at 8:30 P.M. (7:30 P.M. during the summer daylight savings time). There were 72 broadcasts of these half hour broadcasts. The sponsor was Palmolive Shave Cream and the host was Alois Havrilla. Havrilla was the announcer on the Stranger Than Fiction movie shorts beginning in 1934 and continuing in that role until the shorts were ended in 1942. Stranger Than Fiction was the successor to the Strange As It Seems movie shorts that ran from 1930 until 1934.

The program had one final run in its original 15 minute format from Nov. 10, 1946 to April 13, 1947, airing at 7:30 PM on Sunday nights. There were 22 episodes aired in this run. In the newspaper story about the death of John Hix on June 6, 1944, Ernest Hix stated there were over 600 radio programs produced, indicating there were other shows than those so far identified.
 

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EPISODES LIST
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep001 The Author Who Ate His Book
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep002 The Man Who Ate a Fortune
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep003 The Man Who Sold the World
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep004 The Banquet of Ghosts
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep005 The Web Of Gold
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep006 How America Was Named
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep007 The Raw Deal
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep008 Where Is Swanee River
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep009 Fort Blunder
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep010 The Diamond Dinner
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep011 The Elephant Who Ran A Zoo
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep012 The Costliest Temple in the World
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep013 The Mysterious River
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep014 The Self-Appointed Record Breaker
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep015 The Woman Who Tempted Fate
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep016 The Worlds Smartest Counterfeiter
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep017 The Worlds Largest Diamond
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep018 The Power of the Press
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep019 Rome Transplanted
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep020 Stories About the Oregon Trail
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep021 The Peacemakers
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep022 The Happy Accident
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep023 London Pays Rent to the King
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep024 Poes Raven Actually a White Owl
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep025 The Martyr To Etiquette
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep026 The Devil Tracks Of Devonshire
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep027 The Man Who Financed the Revolution
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep028 The Key That Performed A Miracle
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep029 Horse Flies That Made History
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep030 The Old Fashioned Cure For Rabies
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep031 The Dog Came Back
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep032 The Human Horse
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep033 The Man Who Solved His Own Crime
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep034 The Beard Tax
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep035 The Worlds Most Valuable Book
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep036 The Baby Spy
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep037 Cinderellas Slipper
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep038 The Original Sherlock Holmes epincomplete
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep039 The Mystery of the Barbados
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep040 The King Who Saw Ghosts
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep041 The Man Fate Could Not Conquer
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep042 The Man Who Had Green Hair
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep043 The Lost Art
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep044 For Whom Was Pennsylvania Named
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep045 Sarah Bernhardts Coffin
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep046 The King Who Could Not Die
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep047 The Bloodless Battle
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep048 The First American Dice Shooter
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep049 The Mark of the Hesperus
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep050 The Woman Who Sold the Winds
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep051 The Smokers Rebellion
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep052 The Worlds Most Expensive Cold Cure
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep053 The Wolf Month
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep054 Owl Testifies At Trial
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep055 The Man Who Fell Five Miles
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep056 Little Jack Horner Really Lived
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep063 The Neck Verse
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep064 The Statue of Irony
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep073 Hot Money
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep074 The Pirates Revenge - Jean LaFitte
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep077 Washington Crosses the Rhine
Strange As It Seems 3x-xx-xx ep078 The Worthless Winner

Strange As It Seems 39-09-21 ep006 The Worlds Most Ingenious Salesman
 


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