40-12-26 Gumpox's Traveling Bed

STARRING: ART VAN HARVEY, BERNARDINE FLYNN AND BILL IDELSON
There's big-doings at the Bright Kentucky Hotel as Rush, his pals and a
newspaper reporter have been invited by Mr. Gumpox to witness occupied beds traveling down hallways, passing each other!  This is just another of the bizarre things that happen in their crazy world.

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Yes, it's all true... and Vic and Sade are so enthralled with the story that they allow Rush to be out past 1 a.m.

Sade wants to tell the story to Mis' Donahue, who's bound to laugh out loud.

Trivia:

+ Blue Tooth's real name is William Gazelle Johnson.

+ There's yet another barber (who works at the Butler House Hotel's barbershop) living at the Bright Kentucky: Cunningham.  His bed is prone to take off too, when the long, heavy trains barrel past the run-down eyesore.

+ Mr. Gumpox says that when they are in bed and he passes Cunningham in the hall, they wave at each other and say, ''Ta ta'' and ''Bon voyage'', respectively.

+ According to Sade, it appears that sometime prior to this episode, a train jumped the tracks and plowed into Gumpox's room.  That'd be a fine how-do-you-do, wouldn't it?

+ Though we have heard and read accounts of beds traveling down the halls of the Bright Kentucky, this is the first account we have in script form.

44-08-21 Turtle Soup

STARRING: ART VAN HARVEY, BERNARDINE FLYNN AND DAVID WHITEHOUSE
Vic is excited when he gets mail from his pal, Gus Fuss, who has plans
to send Vic a Mississippi River Turtle, so that Sade can make McMasterson Turtle Soup.

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This script is quite humorous.  The original run of the show would end just five weeks from the airing of this episode and Paul Rhymer's material was still very fresh and funny (and remains so).

One of Rhymer's 'secrets' is used here, where he calls up 'the running joke' (warm lemonade/ham ham/stingyberry jam).  Generally, if you will notice, the running jokes are delivered with a very dry wit by Sade, while Rush or Russ uses the wet technique.  By in large, the running jokes are about Vic's lodge or his friends, although Bess's letters get their share as well.
 
Trivia:

+  Russell begins the episode reading from an unnamed Third Lieutenant Stanley novel.  The passage he reads is all about kissing.

+ Stingyberry Jam, we learn, is made from (shock!) stingyberries, which only grow in Dubuque, Iowa.  Sade confuses B.B. Baugh with Gus Fuss.

+ Sade gets a postal card (correctly addressed TO HER), from someone
named, "Heavy'. According to Cassell's Dictionary of slang, in the 1940's "heavy" denoted a very physically or emotionally passionate person.

+ Sade wants to know if the turtle will arrive dead or alive?  That's a good question!  Another question to ponder is why E.W. Smith currently
has the turtle?

There's a sort of genius at work in the writing here - while there is NO punchline, we are left to (that is, Rhymer manipulates us to) wonder why a noted horse thief possesses Vic's gift turtle.

+ A quick browse through Google shows that 'McMasterson Turtle Soup' is probably fictional.

43-07-22 Rishigan Fishigan and the Penthouse

STARRING: ART VAN HARVEY, DAVID WHITEHOUSE AND CLARENCE HARTZELL
old man
Afraid the passing freight train engineers will throw coal into the new 'penthouse' that he is building, Rishigan Fishigan asks Uncle Fletcher to live there, being he's an old man - and the railroad engineers won't throw hot coals into an old man's living quarters.

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This script is a very important one for the researcher of this great radio program.  First, it testifies to there being a Jayne Bayne - not that we ever doubted it.  But this little lady was only a verbal and second hand ghost (to most of us) until now.  Secondly, it shows us there really was a penthouse for Fishigan and his bride to be.  Third, there is proof here that the engineers lobbed hot coal into the Bright Kentucky Hotel.  It also helps to date a few other episodes.

Trivia:

+ There are few better stories than the one Fletcher tells about William Gubbitchocrank, who got married and regretted it five minutes later - slapping himself with his bare hand for over a half hour.  Had 1,700 head of buffalo fall on him.  His brother, Howard, swallowed a shotgun and later turned to putty.  Stuff 'turning to putty' seems to have haunted Uncle Fletcher.

+ Poor Betsy Vines, wife of Keith.  She never got to eat any pie in 40 years.  Her husband would take her piece every meal.  Pretty sad when you think about it.