Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, July 11, 2019


If you're looking for spine-tingling, gooseflesh-rising, pure-dee horror, you're in the wrong place.  This haunted house is a pretty tame place, coming from a pretty tame radio show.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet began on October 8, 1944 on CBS radio, moving to NBC radio oin October 1948, then back to CBS in April 1949, before making its final move to ABC radio (formerly the NBC Blue Network later that year where it remained until 1954.  ABC had an option to transfer the show to television, which it did in 1952; the television show ran concurrently with the radio show for the next year and a half.  (Ozzie Nelson managed to attain a ten-year television contract which would continue to pay him even if the show was cancelled before the ten year lifetime of the contract.  At the ten-year mark, the show became the longest scripted television series; it finally closes in 1966.  Nelson also had a strong hand in the show's production and his insistence on perfection had much to do with the show's longevity.)

Real-life sons David and Ricky were not added to the show until 1949; Nelson felt they were too young before that.  In this episode David was played by Tommy Bernard, who had replaced Joel Davis three years earlier.  Ricky was played by Henry Blair.

Let's journey back more than 70 years to see how things are doing in the make-believe cozy town of Warfield:

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