An old radio is taking bitter bachelor Ed Lindsay back to a happier time before what he considers worthless tripe on television when he starts picking up radio programs from the 1930's and 1940's.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Ed Lindsay
Professor Ackerman
Roscoe Bragg (as Arch W. Johnson)
Mrs. Nielson
Clegg Hoyt ...
The Boy
Lillian O'Malley ...
Miss Meredith
Mr. Llewellyn


Ed Lindsay has been living in the same boarding house for over 20 years and he has become an embittered old man. He doesn't like how the world has changed around him and his crotchety behavior has made him certainly the most disliked man there. When he turns on his old radio however, he gets music from the 1940's on a station that, it turns out, has been off the air for 15 years. There's a reason he hears the music however, a reason a fellow boarder reminds him of. Written by garykmcd

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10 March 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Features a clip from an episode of 'The Fred Allen Show.' Allen was a popular radio comedian whose program was built around a place called "Allen's Alley." He would visit the various characters on the Alley and ask them a topical question. One of the most famous characters (also heard in this clip) was Senator Claghorn, played by Kenny Delmar, the blustering Southern politician who was the inspiration for the Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn. See more »


According to the calendar on Ed's bedroom wall, it is April 1959. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: No one's ever saw one quite like that, because that's a very special sort of radio. In its day, circa 1935, its type was one of the most elegant consoles on the market. Now, with its fabric-covered speakers, its peculiar yellow dial, its serrated knobs, it looks quaint and a little strange. Mr. Ed Lindsay is going to find out how strange very soon - when he tunes in to The Twilight Zone.
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Old Time Radio
27 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Dean Jagger plays Ed Lindsay, who is currently living in the same boarding house for 20 years, and become a crotchety old man, dissatisfied with the modern world, and especially television, which his fellow boarders watch obsessively. When Ed discovers an old radio in storage, he is bewildered but delighted when it plays only old time big band music like Tommy Dorsey, which it turns out only he can hear, convincing the others he's going senile, but an old flame(played by Carmen Mathews) still secretly loves and believes him... Sadly videotaped episode suffers for it, but sincerity of the performances and charming nature of the premise make up for it.

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