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Lorenzo Jones was a daytime radio series which aired on NBC in different timeslots over an 18-year span.
Produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, the series could be classified with its own unique category of "comedy soap opera," highlighted by organist Rosa Rio's rollicking rendition of the opening theme music, "Funiculi, Funicula". During the early 1950s, the 15-minute program served as a comedy lead-in to Bob and Ray. Each episode opened with this introduction:
We all know couples like lovable, impractical Lorenzo Jones and his devoted wife, Belle. Lorenzo's inventions have made him a character to the town, but not to Belle, who loves him. Their struggle for security is anybody's story, but somehow, with Lorenzo, it has more smiles than tears... and now, let's smile awhile with Lorenzo Jones and his wife, Belle.
The daydreaming Lorenzo Jones (Karl Swenson) was employed as an auto mechanic at a garage owned by Jim Barker (John Brown, Frank Behrens). Barker's wife Irma (Mary Wickes, Grace Keddy, Nancy Sheridan) had her own opinions about Lorenzo's inventions. Lorenzo's friend Sandy Matson (Joseph Julian) listened patiently as Lorenzo told him how fame and fortune were just around the corner, even though Lorenzo's dreams and schemes rarely surfaced in the marketplace. However, his wife Belle (Betty Garde, Lucille Wall) always remained faithful as Lorenzo devised such curiosities as an outdoor vacuum cleaner and a teapot with three spouts (for strong, medium and weak tea).
Lorenzo and Belle were able to buy their rented house after his invention of an automatic foot-warmer became a success, bringing them $2500. During the early 1950s, when science fiction became increasingly popular, Lorenzo spent many days attempting to construct a rocket ship in his basement. As time passed, the plots became a bit more like conventional soap operas, notably during a story arc in which Lorenzo was kidnapped by jewel thieves, received a blow to the head and wandered about with amnesia for more than a year.
The program was launched by NBC at 4pm on April 26, 1937, airing in that time period until the following year. In 1938-39, it was heard at 11:15am, moving to 4:30pm (1939-51), then to 5:30pm (1951-54), concluding the series run at 5:15pm (1954-55). From 1937 to 1949, the sponsors were Phillips Milk of Magnesia and Bayer Aspirin, followed by Procter & Gamble (1949-55).
The show was scripted by Ted Ferro (who also collaborated on the Barnaby comic strip in 1946-47) and his wife, Mathilde Ferro. The announcers were Don Lowe, Norman Sweetser and George Putnam. Directors included Stephen Gross and Ernest Ricca. This show is widely acclaimed in the novel In Country.
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Lorenzo Jones 40-01-15 Lorenzo Jones Collapsible Ladder
Lorenzo Jones 40-01-16 Lorenzo Works For Contractor He Hired
Lorenzo Jones 44-06-07 Lorenzo Reads High School Yearbook
Lorenzo Jones 44-10-26 Buster And Bell At Lunch
Lorenzo Jones 45-08-10 Lorenzo Accused of Robbery
Lorenzo Jones 48-06-07 Claire Foster Is a Secret Agent
Lorenzo Jones 48-08-10 Sulphur Water
Lorenzo Jones 48-09-21 Lorenzo Plans Model Town
Lorenzo Jones 49-02-22 Lorenzo Angry with Belle
Lorenzo Jones 50-10-30 Lorenzo Thinks He Is Going to Inherit
Lorenzo Jones 52-03-05 Edgar Graling Has Found Lorenzo and Plans to Control Him
Lorenzo Jones 54-12-23 Handwriting Expert (Fragment)
Lorenzo Jones 55-01-12 Poison in drink
Lorenzo Jones 55-01-13 Lorenzo Still Has Amnesia
Lorenzo Jones 55-01-14 Belle carries knife
Lorenzo Jones 55-01-xx Lorenzo Loses Money
Lorenzo Jones 55-06-24 Roger Craxton's Murder
Lorenzo Jones xx-xx-xx Bell Takes Piano Lessons
Lorenzo Jones xx-xx-xx Belle Gets Arrested
Lorenzo Jones xx-xx-xx Claire Foster
Lorenzo Jones xx-xx-xx Invention Turned Down
Lorenzo Jones xx-xx-xx Lorenzo Makes Speech at Women's Club
Lorenzo Jones xx-xx-xx The Aptitude Test