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Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop

Radio Reenactment: Keystone Kops

Oak Park Arms

Ben Dooley of Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time RadioThose Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents ” Klassic Komedians Kollide with Kops and Kriminals: Keystone Kops” at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The public is invited to the free presentation.

In the early days before radio, there was Vaudeville, where entertainers honed their craft and delighted audiences as they toured the country. Singers, acrobats, jugglers, magicians, dancers and comedians stood at the footlights and gave their best performance show after show.

And then came radio. The whole style and format was different. Where a comedian could take months to perfect a routine, they now had to crank out quality jokes and comedy week after week. Some vaudevillians were able to make the transition from stage to the airwaves such as legendary radio personas like Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen and others. However, there were some incredible entertainers that tried their hand at radio but just didn’t seem to make the shift such as Laurel and Hardy and The Marx Brothers.

The first show of the afternoon takes place at a law firm in New York – Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel. Groucho portrays Waldorf T. Flywheel, and Chico appears as his half-witted assistant Emmanuel Ravelli who has been kidnapped and held for ransom. It’s up to Flywheel to find out where he is and rescue him. At least that’s what should happen. If the Marx Brothers are involved, it won’t be nearly as simple, but at least it will be funny.

Laurel and Hardy never successfully conquered the radio. Their stage, film shorts and even full-length movies are classic treasures, and even the single episode of their short-lived radio series, “The Laurel and Hardy” show was rich.

A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance.

About Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

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.

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.

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.