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

Radio Reenactment: A Slight Case of Murder

Oak Park Arms

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “A Slight Case of Murder,” featuring funny tough guys from old time radio at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

A handful of skilled actors were able to play funny tough guys such as Edward G. Robinson. The Old Gold Comedy Theater’s production of “A Slight Case of Murder” originally aired April 8, 1945. Robinson does everything he can to prove that he’s no longer a sinner, but a saint.

The Old Gold Comedy Theater was an NBC series that aired for a single season – 1944-1945. It was hosted by comedy star Harold Lloyd, of silent film fame, and it featured some of the biggest names from film and radio such as Fred Allen, June Allyson, Lucille Ball, Ralph Bellamy, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Herbert Marshall, Dick Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman and Alan Young.

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.