A Surprise Quiz

07 Dec

The following image is from ?

Clue No. 2 – Posted 7:55 AM December 7

Clue No. 3 – Posted 12:34 PM December 7

Clue No. 4 – Posted 1:34 PM December 7

Who’s that with Greta? He’s involved.

Clues No. 5, 6 and 7 – 14:20 PM December 7

Clue No. 8 – 3:22 PM December 7

Clue No. 9 – 9 PM December 7

Clark Gable did the same exact show, at the same exact venue, almost exactly two years earlier. on December 10, 1939 (five days before the World Premier of Gone with the Wind in Georgia.)

Clues No. 10, 11 and 12 – 9:45 PM December 7

It was one of the days mentioned in Buster Wiles’ My Days with Errol Flynn:

— Tim


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  1. barb

    December 8, 2020 at 2:58 am

    OK, Tim, I think your clue number 9 did the trick. I googled Clark Gable, CBS (since it looked like a CBS microphone), and December 10, 1939. The wayback machine came up with the CBS Radio program, Silver Theater, and a production titled For Richer, For Richer. That explains the silverware photos at least. Then I googled Errol Flynn and CBS Silver Theater and to my shock came up with your first photo. He’s with Conrad Nagel, the production is For Richer, For Richer (which also fits clue number 9), and the broadcast date was … December 7, 1941. Yikes. All this was totally new to me, once again. Another little nugget, Tim.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    December 8, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Breaking news! This in from a world authority!

    “Same (Gable) script used for Flynn program.

    According to The New York Times, 6pm ET was the scheduled broadcast time. At approximately 2:30 John Daly (veteran newscaster, of future What’s My Line fame) reads text on the air of first reports of “an attack” on Pearl Harbor-. And as more news continues to break comes the announcement: “CBS will continue to interrupt regular programming to update as necessary.” SO, very likely, in all the excitement of the unfolding story, that this particular show was NOT transcribed to disk even if it was being broadcast live as Buster Wiles relates.

    * They certainly weren’t playing the soaps (even if the players were still performing as if it were being broadcast) as the news of the JFK assassination (1:30 east coast time) was breaking, right?



    • barb

      December 9, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Is it typical for a radio production like that to be repeated within a couple of years? Was For Richer, For Richer all that popular back in the late ’30s/early ’40s?

      • Gentleman Tim

        December 10, 2020 at 5:56 am

        I was wondering and asking the same thing, barb! I don’t know why Errol would have been asked to do the same exact script only two years later. Perhaps it was that good? I don’t know. Getting both Clark Gable and Errol Flynn to do it suggests it must have been a terrific script. Here’s Clark, the biggest thing in the world, until Errol came along..…

        • barb

          December 10, 2020 at 5:23 pm

          I’d certainly never heard of For Richer, For Richer before researching your quiz. I’ve tried to figure out what the story even is about and stumbled onto the script! The entire script is at… It starts at page 56 of the PDF and apparently is a comedy where everyone lives happily ever after.

          • Gentleman Tim

            December 11, 2020 at 1:24 am

            WOW, barb! You are sensational! What great research! Thank you!

            What a script! Clark (and Errol’s) fortune-hunter character has some of the most humorously over-the-top politically-romantically-incorrect lines I’ve ever read! An exceptionally well-crafted script. No wonder it was highly-regarded.

            May I present an Olivia ad featuring the “Adoration” silverware set mentioned by Conrad Nagel midway through the program…


            • barb

              December 11, 2020 at 4:12 am

              Actually, Tim, I only was trying to find a few paragraphs summarizing the plot and instead stumbled onto that link. I never did find any synopsis. Kudos to you for reading the script!

              I didn’t realize that that was the significance of the Olivia ad clue. I thought it simply was “silver,” as in Silver Theatre. That’s amazing that that specific brand or model is mentioned in that play.