Oak Park Arms
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop

Radio Reenactment: Dick Tracy in B Flat

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Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents Command Performance: “Dick Tracy in B Flat” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

For seven years, Command Performance brought celebrities and talent of all types to the Armed Forces Radio Network to entertain, cheer on, and give the boys a connection to life on the home front. Of the 415 episodes, none was more well received, nor as well crafted, as the legendary comic book operas that gathered a star-studded cast.

“Dick Tracy in B Flat” or “For goodness sakes, isn’t he ever going to marry Tess Trueheart?” featured Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Cass Daley, Dinah Shore, Jimmie Durante, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Morgan, Jerry Colona, all pooling their talent as they brought Chester Gould’s memorable comic strip characters to life.

Dick Tracy and his longtime love, Tess Trueheart, attempt to wed, only to be foiled time and again by some of the city’s most dastardly (and hilariously funny) criminals – Flattop, Shakey, the Mole, Vitamin Flintheart, Little Snowflake and Gravel Gertie.

Once more, this memorable saga will be brought to the stage, 71 years after its original performance. This time, instead of in Hollywood, live on stage at the Oak Park Arms.

The free radio recreation shows are very popular with Oak Park Arms’ residents and people from the community. Some guests bring their children and grandchildren to show them what entertainment was like before television.

A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance.

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear features actors and voice over artists who share a common interest – performing old time radio programs for the community. Each actor and technician donates talent and time.

Group founders, Ben Dooley and Pam Turlow, husband and wife, established a connection with The Oak Park Arms in September of 2002, when Turlow’s father became a resident. They’ve been volunteering/performing at The Arms ever since.

Dooley and Turlow’s group performs only once every two months due to the considerable challenges involved in creating a show. They browse through thousands of old time radio episodes, select a favorite, listen and type out the script. Many shows are not available in print and have to be painstakingly transcribed. Then they gather sound effects, rehearse and mount the show.

Sound effects were an important part of live radio shows, and the group performs them live. They have a real door for slamming, doorbells, buzzers, a sound board and shoes for footsteps.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The radio shows are free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.