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Lighter Than Air

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Take my hand and waltz with me through a very special episode dedicated to the world’s greatest musical-dance-comedy team, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire!

I’ll be reviewing three of their movies, as well as presenting a gallery of clips, some of the finest music to have ever featured in a Fred and Ginger movie, a double helping of radio appearances by the duo, AND my personal Top 5 Fred & Ginger Supporting Players!

All this and lots more in this bumper-sized, lighter-than-air edition of Attaboy Clarence!

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Sunshine And Psychopaths

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In this week’s show…

…who knew cigarettes could be so refreshing?

…advice on how to make yourself irresistible to the opposite sex?

…sublime music from Jo Stafford and Tommy Dorsey!

And reviews of two movies! One’s a battle of the sexes set around rival cab firms and the other is a tense noir-thriller about a cold-blooded killer on the rampage!

Radio entertainment comes from the Theatre Guild On The Air.

So welcome to Attaboy Clarence, welcome to summer, and welcome to the new episode!

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Is There A Doctor In The House?

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This time it’s a deep dive into one of the greatest film series’ from the Golden Age!

Yes, the Dr Kildare series from MGM provided audiences then and now with a collection of the best stars, the best scripts, and the best stories, all from the hand of Kildare’s original author, Max Brand.

But why exactly did it work so well? And why did it come to a sudden and abrupt end? Find out inside…

There’s music from The Andrews Sisters, alcohol advice from a man who considers himself VERY harassed, and a radio entertainment double bill!

Come on in…

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The Hundredth Episode!

It’s a very special CENTENARY EDITION of Attaboy Clarence!

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What a thrill it’s been to make one hundred of these shows, so let’s celebrate in the only way I know how, namely to tell you about some amazing movies, to present a wonderful piece of old-time radio, to snap our fingers to some classic music, and…

TIME TRAVEL back with me to some of the highs and lows, including my best impression of a 1970’s radio DJ, and the review that caused me to almost collapse…

…endure… I mean enjoy a CANTERBURY RETROSPECTIVE!

… come along for the moment that I met Brook Darnell LIVE IN PERSON!

…hear the Top 5 ads that kicked the advertising obsession off, PLUS we’ll dust off an old friend in order to make it through a lulu of a bra advert!

…hear the song that HUMPHREY’s covering these days!

SOOKIE’s on hand with her own tribute…

…and for the first time, a review of a movie that isn’t an actual review…

It’s all here in this very special HUNDREDTH EDITION OF ATTABOY CLARENCE! Can you believe we made it?

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Poison Ivy

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It’s Episode 99… goodness me…

Well, having clambered across ninety-eight episodes of the podcast to get here, let’s see what’s inside…

There are some CANTERBURYS to dish out!

You have an all-new EXCELLENCY ear worm!

There’s music from SIR LANCELOT, and THE INKSPOTS!

The QUESTION POT throws up some brand new queries!

Plus two movie reviews! One’s a college comedy starring the fabulous Susan Peters, Herbert Marshall and Mary Astor. The other is a wickedly black thriller set at the turn of the century…

Radio entertainment comes from Radio’s Outstanding Theatre Of Thrills…

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Romancing The Joan

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In this week’s show…

There was a meet-up in London, and people came!

Imagine, if you will, that you are a struggling musician… And imagine if you will, the tune you’d write to make you immortal…

I have podcast recommendations for you!

We’re diving into the Question Pot!

I have the funkiest song in HISTORY! Plus a gorgeous bop from Jo Stafford!

And today’s reviews are all dedicated to the eternal Joan Fontaine. Three movies featuring Saint Joan, but are they all worth catching? Hear what I think of 1938’s Maid’s Night Out, 1944’s Frenchman’s Creek, and 1941’s Suspicion!

Radio entertainment comes this week from Lux

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Episode 97: The Light Fantastical

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In this week’s episode…

Sookie drops in to tell us about her week!

The Question Pot is open for business!

There’s music from Doris Day and The Andrews Sisters!

AND we’ll be taking a look at two supernatural films that aren’t out to scare you (although you may find yourself eeried out…), 1945’s The Enchanted Cottage and 1948’s Portrait Of Jennie.

Radio entertainment is from the Lux Radio Theatre

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Episode 96: Black Bette

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In this week’s episode…

We’re touring the world with the help of a very special guide book!

There’s a whole bunch of thank-yous!

There’s a very TUMS remedy to consider!

And then we’ve got a dive into some unconventional noir…

The first is a Jules Dassin classic set in and around the endlessly winding alleyways of London’s Soho, and the second is a date with Bette Davis in sweaty Singapore for a very moral dilemma…

Plus music from Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald!

Radio entertainment comes from Lux Radio Theatre

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Episode 95: I Wouldn't Say That

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Welcome back to a new season of Attaboy Clarence, edging ever closer to the 100th episode…

In this week’s show…

Sookie has made a chart!

Jim has got B.O!

Bing Crosby has some advice!

The Merry Macs have got it in for my spellchecker!

There’s a real over use of exclamation marks!!

And then… there’s a trio (A TRIO) of radio adventures with one of Adam’s favourite old-time characters, followed by reviews of all four films that span off from his series!

It’s a bumper edition, so leave your cares outside and let’s start the new year off right with Episode 95 of Attaboy Clarence…

…!

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Episode 94: The Scream Queen

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In this week’s show…

SING along with a Mexican stereotype!

Do you have enough BLADES?

Tap your foot to music by Charles Trenet and Freddy Martin!

And THRILL to the tale of Universal Horror icon, the “Queen Of The Screamers”, Miss Evelyn Ankers!

There’s also news afoot!

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The Aaaargh-ttaboy Clarence Halloween Special!

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Wooooooo! (That’s a ghost noise, by the way…)

It’s a spookfest this time round, with ghoulish reviews of three classic chillers, including a mad doctor with ice on the brain, a mad doctor with a murderer on his hands, and a mad doctor with a secret in the basement…

There’s eerie music from Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Mary Ann McCall!

Brook Darnell returns for an inside look at one of horror’s greatest icons!

There’s a dip into the Question Pot!

The winner of the Jamaica Inn competition is announced!

Sookie’s been getting into the Halloween spirit…

PLUS there’s a classic slice of Halloween radio…

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Episode 92: Come On, Inn

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In this week’s episode…

A glimpse of the FUTURE courtesy of Admiral!

Alka-Seltzer reinvents the ALPHABET!

Talking DONKEYS!

The Dr Crespi remix refuses to DIE! (Just like the film…)

Three new CANTERBURYS!

Music from Sir Lancelot and Charles Trenet!

Reviews of three movies! Two troublesome movies from 1932, starring Marian Marsh and Warren William, AND Alfred Hitchcock’s maligned British thriller set on the Cornish coast!

PLUS enter the competition!

Radio entertainment comes this week from Suspense!

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Episode 91: Ready, Eddie, Go!

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In this week’s episode…

There’s a lovely new Sherlock Holmes book to investigate!

A new Canterbury!

The winner of the Audrey Hepburn competition is announced!

Advice for all you white-shoe-wearers!

Gorgeous music from Cab Calloway and Bessie Smith!

And…

A whole show dedicated to Edward G Robinson! A quartet of movies to tell you about, including the tale of an actor who takes revenge against a villain using a VERY OBVIOUS TWIST, a racketeer who makes the worst beer in the world, a crusading doctor who’s out to stop syphilis, and a dapper crime boss who joins a monastery!

It’s all inside, PLUS a visit to the Old Gold Comedy Show for half an hour of classic radio!

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Episode 90: Auf Wiedersehen

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Attaboy Clarence is back!

In this episode, hear the most (un)impressive song that ever sold a beer!

There’s a brace of musical delights from Benny Goodman and Johnny Mercer!

The Question Pot throws up more queries…

There’s a rather huge announcement!

Enter the Audrey Hepburn competition!

An icon of horror pops in to send things viral!

Sookie has a plan!

PLUS…

Reviews of two classic movies from 1932, both of which feature one of classic cinema’s greatest pairings, William Powell and Kay Francis!

Radio entertainment this week comes from the Lux Radio Theatre

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Episode 89: Murder On The Air

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In this week's show...

Gift ideas! FASCINATING MUSICAL gift ideas!

A dive into the murky QUESTION POT (featuring all new Canterbury... 😱

Musical interludes from Sir Lancelot and Dinah Shore!

The improbable conversations between Terry The Fly and the victim of his cruel practical joke!

And MOVIE REVIEWS of 1949's 'Thieves Highway', 1935's 'The Crime Of Dr. Crespi', and 1934's 'Death At Broadcasting House'

PLUS... radio entertainment courtesy of Suspense...

Welcome along to Episode 89 of Attaboy Clarence!

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Episode 88: All About Myrna

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This week's show is dedicated to a very special lady...

Myrna Loy remains one of the Golden Age's most beloved stars. But do you know how she got her start? And what can the marvellous Brook Darnell dig up about her from the Library Of Congress in this week's edition of 'Brook's Inside Looks'?

There's also music from Bob Hope, as well as a flying visit to the Question Pot!

Reviews this week are of four Myrna movies: I Love You Again (1940), The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), Too Hot To Handle (1938), and Libeled Lady (1936).

Radio entertainment this week comes from the Lux Radio Theatre AND Suspense...

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Episode 87: Hoods In The Woods

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In this week's episode, some belated thank yous, gorgeous music from Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly...

PLUS...

Reviews of three movies... 1947's 'When The Bough Breaks' (most definitely NOT a psychological thriller), 1948's 'Here Comes Trouble' (most definitely almost a David Lynch film), and perhaps Adam's new most favourite film ever, 1944's 'Timber Queen' starring Richard "Grumpy Russell "Russ" Evans" Arlen, Sheldon Leonard, and the best character names ever! Oh and the best fight ever! And the worst plan ever! And... you'll see...

Radio entertainment this week comes from Suspense

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Episode 86: Gumshoes And Gentlemen

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Welcome back to an all-new series of Attaboy Clarence!

In this week's show, the benefits of fanfares, the most romantic song ever about a food product, more chances to guess at 'Who The Hell Is That Hollywood Legend?', PLUS...

News of a brand new FILM CLUB...

An ANNOUNCEMENT! (kind of...)

Another dive into the QUESTION POT...

REVIEWS of three classic movies, 'Jim Hanvey - Detective' from 1937, starring Donald Tru... Guy Kibbee! 1939's 'The Amazing Mr Williams' starring Joan Blondell and Melvyn Douglas, and 1938's 'The Baroness And The Butler' starring William Powell and Annabella!

Radio entertainment this week comes from the Lux Radio Theater

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Episode 85: CENSORED

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In this week's episode...

The "clever mademoiselle" herself, Miss Brook Darnell returns for another edition of 'Brook's Inside Looks'...

There's a new Canterbury, courtesy of Smokey from Rated H...

The competition winner is announced. Have you won?

The Question Pot throws up three new classic movie queries...

Gorgeous music from Sophie Tucker and Fred Astaire....

And a trip into the darker side of classic cinema, as we take a look at three movies from the Golden Age that were BANNED! 

Radio entertainment comes from The Screen Director's Playhouse

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Episode 84: Look At The Stars

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In this week’s episode…

MUSIC from Doris Day, Billie Holiday and Jimmy Dorsey!

Reviews of two movies! A lesser-seen Universal Horror movie starring the Queen Of Camp and The Master Of Lumbering! And a romantic comedy featuring a war between astronomy and astrology starring William Powell and Hedy Lamarr!

ALSO…

How do you advertise oil by talking about outdoor clothing?

Who has a name that feels like ice-cream for the soul?

What ranks as “10” on the Doggie Compliment Scale?

What does the newest member of the Canterbury Pantheon sound like?

How on earth do you enter the new competition to win a book full of classic movie star posters?

The answers are all inside the new episode of Attaboy Clarence, so come on in and find out...

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