The Joe Bev Audio Theater:
Candy Matson YUkon 2-8209 - "The Japanese Sandman"
"The Safe" & "The Mystery of the Missing Coin"
- two shorts by Pedro Pablo Sacristan
PRODUCED BY: Joseph Bevilacqua (Joe Bev)
Part of this set available from Blackstone Audio:
The New Stories of Old Time Radio, Volume One, Set One, produced, directed and voiced by Joe Bevilacqua, with Lorie Kellogg.
The first anthology of NEW fiction based on the beloved OTR characters and shows we know and love. Old Time Radio fans have something new to listen to!
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What the Critics Say "The enthusiasm of the writers and their respect for the period is infectious." (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine) "Joe Bevilacqua is an amazingly talented actor and producer who brings these stories to life! You will think you are listening to actual old time radio!" (Jim Harmon, OTR historian and author) "Are you a fan of old-time radio? Do you wish they were still making those wonderful programs so you wouldn’t have to keep listening to the same old episodes again and again? Do you poop out at parties? Do you wish I would stop asking so many questions? Well wish no more o traveler of the airwaves. From Joe Bevilacqua and his Waterlogg Productions, the vita-veeta-vegemin of old-time radio, comes this echo from a bygone era. It’s The New Stories of Old-Time Radio! That’s right, creator, writer, and narrator Joe Bev has taken some of his own favorite radio programs, and created brand new episodes for all of us to enjoy. Contained in this set are all original episodes of Our Miss Brooks, Tom Mix, Candy Matson Yukon 2-8209, The Clyde Beatty Show, The Green Llama, and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon. Assisting Joe Bevilacqua on the narrating duties, is his wife and creative partner Lorie Kellogg. With these two working together, you really don’t need anyone else. They can create more unique voices between the two of them than you can shake a radio at." (Audiobook Heaven)
© 2014 by Joe Bevilacqua, Waterlogg Productions
"These are not old time radio shows, but incredible simulations!" beams veteran award-winning radio producer Joe Bevilacqua, who voiced most of the audiobook, including dead-on impressions of Paul Frees as The Green Lama, Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, and even essays some of the woman roles, including the voice of Candy Matson! For the woman roles Bevilacqua could not voice, he turned to his talented wife and creative partner Lorie Kellogg, who has acted in many of his radio theater productions in the past. Kellogg is the voice of Eve Arden's Connie Brooks in the new Our Miss Brooks story, as well as voicing her landlady Mrs. Davis, Clyde Beatty's wife, and other roles.
"OTR fans tired of listening to the same old recordings over and over will love these new audio stories!" concludes Bevilacqua. "Joe Bev." (as he also known) is a veteran radio drama producer, whose past credits include XM Radio's The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Old-Time Radio Parodies.
'Hard-Boiled Joe Bev', an hour of film noir parodies;
'Joe Bev at Sea', an hour of sea adventure parodies;
'Joe Bev Joins the Circus', an hour of big-top parodies;
'Joe Bev Goes West', two hours of horse opera parodies;
'Joe Bev in Outer Space', an hour of sci-fi parodies;
'Joe Bev Up the Jungle', an hour of jungle adventure parodies.
It's hours of fun for the whole family!
The series concluded with a twist ending when Ray finally proposed to Candy, who accepted, and with her getting married she retired from the detective business.
It was created by Monty Masters and starred his wife Natalie Parks as Candy Matson. When Monty Masters created the show, he planned to star in it himself, as a male private detective. His mother-in-law convinced him to change the lead to a female, which led to his wife's being the star.
In 1950, Candy Matson was recognized with the San Francisco Examiner's Favorite Program Award. The award was presented as part of the broadcast of the episode "Symphony of Death."
The aftermath of a 1950 episode illustrated the program's popularity. A newspaper story related: "It seems that during the closing moments of the last Monday's sequence, Candy is in an aircraft repeating the 'Twenty-third Psalm' as the plane cashes into a lake. At that point the show ends. And at that point the switchboard at Radio City started lighting up like a Christmas tree. More than 800 calls were received shortly after the program signed off. All of them wondering what happened to their heroine."
Only 14 of the 92 episodes survive, along with the April 1949 audition show, the September 1952 series revival audition show, and an episode written by Jack French for the BearManor book, It's That Time Again! Entitled "The Japanese Sandman," it was turned into as a radio theater by veteran radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua, who also voiced all the roles including Candy herself, for the Blackstone audio title The New Stories of Old-Time Radio Volume One.
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