“Forgotten Hollywood”- I am Getting My Wings…

Posted on October 30, 2020 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…


“`I am thrilled to announce that I have been cast in a national radio play production of It’s a Wonderful Life. The part: Angel Clarence Odbody!

“`This production is being presented by the  Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center in Pennsylvania. The radio program will be streamed nationwide in conjunction with a Broadway streaming app. It will be presented three times on December 17, 18, and 19.

“` Radio drama has a rich and storied tradition during Hollywood’s Golden Age. It’s a Wonderful Life aired on the Lux Radio Theater program on March 10, 1947, starring James Stewart (left) and Donna Reed in their original roles.

“`Here is the amazing factor in my involvement with this production. I found out about it on Facebook by one of the original co-stars of the 1946 motion picture. Yes, she is still alive! Carolyn Grimes played little Zuzu, the daughter of George and Mary Bailey. It was Zuzu’s petals in the pocket of George that proves he is still alive. I have been friends with Grimes (right) on Facebook for almost a decade. I hope she will be one of the many listeners of the show.

“`Clarence was played by Henry Travers, the remarkable British actor. His movie credits include The Invisible Man, High Sierra, Shadow of a Doubt, Ball of Fire, and Mrs. Miniver; the latter production earning him a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor nomination.

“`What makes this assignment so personally special is that I have penned several chapters in my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series about many of the co-stars that appear in the movie, including Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter), Thomas Mitchell (Uncle Billy), Gloria Grahame (Violet Bicks), Ward Bond (Bert the Cop), Beulah Bondi (Ma Bailey) and Carl Alfalfa Switzer. Plus, my literary works can be purchased at the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum in Seneca Falls, New York.


“`This winter journey will be relayed back to my Forgotten Hollywood family. I embrace the challenge!


Until next time>                               “never forget”

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