Rhymer evidently felt some pressure from the sponsor's advertising agencies to include more romance and human interaction into his scripts, like the other daytime dramas on the air. He complied by adding ridiculous touches his romantic lead, Dwight Twentysixler, always speaks with his "mouth full of shingle nails"! Sprawl, the frail old man who dotes on "peanuts with chocolate smeared on the outsides".
Vic and Sade went off the air September 29, but was brought back several times. In , the cast was augmented to include many characters who were previously only talked about. In it was a summer replacement series, now in a half-hour format and played in front of a studio audience.
Later that year it became a sustaining unsponsored feature on the Mutual network. In three television episodes were made with only Flynn remaining from the original cast , using an elaborate set that included the whole house as well as the front and back yards; the three episodes aired as part of the Colgate Theatre anthology series.
In a series entitled The Humor of Vic 'n' Sade ran for seven weeks, returning to the original three-character format with minute episodes, a multi-camera setup and a small, stripped-down, bare set. Part of the magic of Vic and Sade is that all of the action, all of the people and all of the places in the town were created strictly through the dialogue. Listeners heard just the voices of the three, later four, principal speaking characters, embellished with very few sound effects.
This effect is lost as the series progresses and more and more voices are added. The following characters were not portrayed by actors until very late in the show's run and rarely even after that but were frequently discussed by Vic, Sade, Rush and Uncle Fletcher. The town in which Vic and Sade live is named only once, in passing through a humorous credit in one episode "Sade's gowns by Yamilton's Department Store — Crooper, Illinois" , over the course of the entire series, as far as it is known from existing scripts and recordings.
In the June 20, episode, Rush says of his school's principal, "Mr. Learn how your comment data is processed. Newspaper Heroes on the Air. Skip to content. Gook of this city was absent on business last week.
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Verified Purchase. Delightful look behind the scenes at an all-but-forgotten radio show which was once the toast of the airwaves, and reputedly FDR's favorite. This book is an insider's remembrance of the show - the author played the boy of the family, Rush Gook, leftmost on the cover. Caution - there are a few bawdy moments as he recounts jokes and stories.