Omnibus

Season 3 Episode 1

Treadmill to Oblivion

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Aired Sunday 4:00 PM Oct 17, 1954 on CBS
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Treadmill to Oblivion
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Host Alistair Cooke starts the third season with a little help from Fred Allen who provides an animated preview of his forthcoming book. Fred entertains with the telling about his "Treadmill to Oblivion", the story of his radio career, so that it really turned into a flashback to some of the activities which made him famous at the microphone. Nostaligic look at the radio performers you've heard now seen on "Allen's Alley", including "Portland", "Ajax Cassidy", "Senator Claghorn" and "Titus Moody" Absent from the list is "Mrs. Nusbaum". It was sheer delight to recall the moments when Allen was one of the bright things to come along to relieve the smog created by such dreadful bores of the heyday of radio as Joe Penner, Jack Pearl and Eddie Cantor. In addition to Fred's play there was a demonstration of percussion musical instruments, an 18-minute airplane zip around the world and the subway escape of two Hungarian dancers from East Berlin, Nora Kovach and Istvan Rabovsky, who perform a ballet number.moreless
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