The Adventures of Maisie
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Country of origin||United States|
Syndicated by MGM (1949-1953)
Arthur Q. Bryan
|Announcer||Jack McCoy (1949-1953)|
|Written by||Samuel Taylor (1945-1947)|
|Directed by||Tony Sanford (1945-1947)
Arthur Phillips (1949-1953)
|Original release||July 5, 1945 – 1953|
The Adventures of Maisie (aka Maisie) was a radio comedy series starring Ann Sothern as underemployed entertainer Maisie Ravier and a spin-off of Sothern's successful 1939–1947 Maisie movie series, based on the Maisie short stories by Nell Martin. (An article in the Fall 2016 issue of Films of the Golden Age said that the concept for the Maisie series came from the story Dark Dame by Wilson Collison.) The series was broadcast on CBS Radio, NBC Radio, the Mutual Radio Network, and Mutual flagship radio station WHN in New York City.
Sponsored by Eversharp, the first series ran on CBS Radio from July 5, 1945 to March 28, 1947, airing on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. during the first two months, then moving to Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. (1945–46), then Fridays at 10:30 p.m. (1946–47). The supporting cast included Hy Averback, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hans Conried, Virginia Gregg, Peter Leeds, Johnny McGovern, and Sidney Miller. John "Bud" Hiestand was one of its many announcers, Harry Zimmerman and Albert Sack supplied the music, and John L. Greene produced. Tony Sanford directed scripts by Samuel Taylor and others.
The series was heard on the Mutual Radio Network from January 11 to December 26, 1952, and it was syndicated from 1949 to 1952 with Pat McGeehan as Eddie Jordan. Bea Benaderet and Elvia Allman portrayed Mrs. Kennedy. The supporting cast included Averback, Conreid, Leeds, McGovern, Lurene Tuttle, Ben Wright, Sandra Gould, and Jeffrey Silver. Harry Zimmerman led the orchestra with John Easton and Jack McCoy announcing.
The show popularized the 1940s catch phrase, "Likewise, I'm sure."
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