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Damon Runyon Theater
Damon Runyon wrote about his beloved Broadway in the 1930's. His characters were memorable, usually goodhearted, and, for some reason, never ever used contractions. See the movie Pocketful of Miracles, made from one of his stories.

Sample shows - left click headphones to listen, right-click & save-as to download

Show Title Broadcast Date File Size Length
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Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Tobias the Terrible 1/2/49 6.2 00:27:06 Tobias Tweeny from Erasmus, PA, visits the big city and makes a big splash.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Little Miss Marker 1/9/49 6.28 00:27:27 Bookie Sorrowful Jones takes a kid as a marker for a bet. Made into a movie starring Shirley Temple.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Romance in the Roaring Forties 1/16/49 6.29 00:27:29 Dave the Dude and Waldo Winchester are both gaga over the same dancer. This does not bode well for Waldo.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Lemon Drop Kid 1/23/49 6.28 00:27:27 A racetrack tout called the Lemon Drop Kid fails to place a bet for Rarus T. Grigsby, and has to make immediate travel plans.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download A Nice Price 1/30/49 6.29 00:27:28 Broadway & pals head to New England for some innocent ticket scalping & get involved in mishigoss.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown 2/6/49 6.29 00:27:30 A gambler falls for a mission worker. Later reworked into the musical Guys and Dolls.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Princess O'Harah 2/20/49 6.47 00:28:17 Broadway & the gang "borrow" a horse to help out a carriage driver. But the horse turns out to be...well, that's another story.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Butch Minds The Baby 2/27/49 6.14 00:27:51 John Aloysius Ignatius Jr. picks a novel way to learn the family business. With Sheldon Leonard as Butch.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Breach Of Promise 3/6/49 6.42 00:28:03 Harry the Horse and Milkear John are hired to purloin some compromising letters, but complications ensue.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download For A Pal 3/13/49 6.54 00:28:35 Perpetual pals Little Joey and Blind Benny split up over a dame, but there's more to the story than meets the eye.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Dancin Dan's Christmas 3/13/49 6.47 00:28:17 Dancin Dan, on the lam from hitman Shotgun Sam, decides to go straight.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Pick A Winner 3/20/49 6.4 00:27:58 Hot Horse Herbie and Judy take Broadway for a trip to Miami.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download HoldEm Yale 3/27/49 6.44 00:28:09 Broadway and the gang, out of their element at the Harvard Yale football game, find themselves in the middle of the action.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Brain Goes Home 4/3/49 7.36 00:25:32 The Brain, after paying for several homes that are not, at last finds one that is.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Blood Pressure 4/10/49 8.15 00:28:28 Desperately seeking a quiet evening, Broadway is dragged along all night by Rusty Charles. With Sheldon Leonard.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Old Em's Kentucky Home 4/17/49 6.6 00:28:48 Itchky's horse goes home.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Blond Mink 4/24/49 8.21 00:28:39 One of Runyon's best. Julie does one last favor for his dead friend Slats.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Leopard Spots 5/8/49 8.12 00:28:21 Broadway makes a tentative strab at the fight game.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download All Horseplayers Die Broke 5/8/49 6.48 00:28:16 And Fritz is no exception. The sound is rough at first, but it gets better.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Hottest Guy In The World 5/15/49 8.05 00:28:07 Big Jules gets out of stir, & everybody wants a piece of him.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download A Piece Of Pie 5/22/49 8 00:27:55 An eating contest to put Cool Hand Luke to shame, with a slightly different outcome.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Barbecue 5/29/49 6.2 00:27:05 High-C Homer figures he can go straight with a crooked 50 g's.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Lonely Heart 6/5/49 8.03 00:28:02 Nicely Nicely Jones gets hitched.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Broadway Complex 6/12/49 6.58 00:28:43 An actor attempts to manipulate a sick man.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Madame LaGimp 6/19/49 6.66 00:29:03 A variation of the Lady For A Day story, also by Runyon. Broadway gets to be the mayor.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Baseball Hattie 6/26/49 6.29 00:27:26 The effect of one woman on a star ballplayer.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Umbrella 7/3/49 8.29 00:28:56 Spider is determined to manage the next heavyweight champ. His latest prospect is an ex-king.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Earthquake 7/10/49 6.23 00:27:11 A hood named Earthquake kills a cop, and detective Johnny Brannigan trails him to Central America.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Bloodhounds Of Broadway 7/17/49 6.46 00:28:15 Nip & Tuck, Regret, Lovey Lou, John Wangle - Where does he get these names?

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Lily Of St. Pierre 7/24/49 6.57 00:28:40 Jack of Hearts meets his match and loses his heart in the town of St. Pierre.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download It Comes Up Mud 7/31/49 8.26 00:28:51 Last Hope never makes it to the track, but still comes up a winner for Alfie.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Broadway Financier 8/7/49 6.6 00:28:47 A con man's daughter finds redemption in spite of herself.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Bred For Battle 8/14/49 6.61 00:28:51 The story of Thunderbolt Mulrooney, fighter.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download So You Won't Talk 8/21/49 6.52 00:28:28 Ambrose is sure that a parrot holds the solution to a murder, if he'd only talk.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Social Error 8/28/49 6.63 00:28:55 The unusual romance of Handsome Jack Madigan and Midgie Muldoon.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Cemetery Bait 9/4/49 8.28 00:28:55 Gentleman George, on death row, sends for Broadway to tell him this tale.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Melancholy Dane 9/11/49 6.51 00:28:24 Hamlet amidst the German 88's.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Breakman's Daughter 9/18/49 6.56 00:28:38 The Big False-Face attempts to play a not-so-innocent practical joke on the Hummingbird. Ichana numen?

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Lacework Kid 9/25/49 6.59 00:28:45 An American POW uses his skill at cards to advantage during WWII.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Maybe A Queen 10/2/49 6.58 00:28:44 Same time next year.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Joe Terrace 10/9/49 8.34 00:29:07 Joe Terrace was a quiet, methodical man with a wife who wouldn't shut up.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Lillian 10/16/49 8.2 00:28:38 Lillian is a cat, and thereby hangs the tail.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Palm Beach Santa Claus 10/23/49 6.09 00:26:34 Fatso Zimm is hired to play Santa and does a number as Cupid instead.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Tight Shoes 10/30/49 8.06 00:28:10 Rupert sells a gambler a pair of too-tight shoes, and winds up becoming a congressman.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download That Ever-Lovin Wife Of Hymie's 11/6/49 6.45 00:28:10 Broadway is uncharacteristically happy to lose a bet.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download A Light In France 11/13/49 6.5 00:28:21 Several American criminals meet in France just in time for the Nazi occupation.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download A Story Goes With It 11/20/49 6.53 00:28:30 Hot Horse Herbie has something good in the fourth.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Dark Dolores 11/27/49 8.15 00:28:29 Dave the Dude invites Broadway along as he brokers a peace conference between 2 rival gansters.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download What, No Butler? 12/4/49 8.22 00:28:42 Drama critic Ambrose Hammer decides to investigate a murder, dragging Broadway along.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download A Neat Strip 12/11/49 6.52 00:28:27 Laura makes it big in burlesque.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Sense Of Humor 12/18/49 6.47 00:28:13 Joe The Joker & Frankie Ferocious come to a misunderstanding. Poor quality towards the end, but if you listen hard, it's worth it.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Dream Sweet Rose 12/25/49 7.93 00:27:42 A jilted small-town girl gets her revenge.

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