[Chicago]: H. W. Kastor & Sons Advertising Company, Inc. Radio Department, 1942. Three volumes. Quarto. Bound up in somewhat worn and soiled undistinguished buckram. Mimeographed typescript, printed on rectos only. Internally very good to fine. With the bookplate in each volume of Anne Nichols. A substantial, but broken, run of continuity scripts for this sequence of the long running radio program, including episodes 1 - 27, 28 - 53, and 80 - 115. The scripts vary in pagination, but generally run 8-12 pages, and some are comprised of the Kastor & Sons prefatory and terminal matter under their letterhead (consisting of promotional material and commercials), wrapped around the actual CBS script for the show, and others are identified as associated with NBC -- the Welch Grape Juice Company appears to have been the chief sponsor and the unifying thread for the format of the scripts in this sequence. Nichols (1891-1966) was a moderately prolific playwright who saw many of her full-length plays adapted to radio and film, most famously the critically panned but commercially immensely successful ABBIE'S IRISH ROSE (2327 performances, 1922-1927, followed by film and radio adaptations). There is a small handful of scattered manuscript notations and revisions in a couple of the scripts. Irene Rich was the primary star of the series, which began its long run in 1933, and concluded in 1944. As would be assumed, the present sequence is set partially in the context of the US entry into WWII. We are unable to absolutely confirm the probability that Nichols's cowriter, Rip Van Ronkel, is the same writer who, under that name, later achieved fame for such screenplays as DESTINATION MOON (1950, in collaboration with Robert Heinlein) and DESTINATION SPACE (1959). Laid into one volume is an unsigned note to Nichols from visitors who seem to have missed seeing her. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76066)
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