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James Montgomery Flagg's 1940 illustration for McGarry and His Mouse
James Montgomery Flagg's 1940 illustration for McGarry and His Mouse

The Billboard first teased McGarry and His Mouse with this notice in its issue of April 13th 1946
The Billboard first teased McGarry and His Mouse with this notice in its issue of April 13th 1946

46-07-24 Spot Ad for McGarry
KDYL spot ad for McGarry and His Mouse from July 24th 1946.


KSTP spot ad for McGarry and His Mouse from July 27th 1946
KSTP spot ad for McGarry and His Mouse from July 27th 1946.

Bristol Myers' promoted Ipana toothpaste and Vitalis hair tonic during the NBC run of 'McGarry and His Mouse'
Bristol Myers' promoted Ipana toothpaste and Vitalis hair tonic during the NBC run of 'McGarry and His Mouse'

46-09-04 Spot Ad KVOA
KVOA spot ad for McGarry and His Mouse from September 4th 1946

Caption reads - 'In real life she's Shirley Mitchell.  In radio, she's the 'Mouse' of the 'McGarry and His Mouse' series broadcast on WGN every Monday at 7 p. m.'
Caption reads - 'In real life she's Shirley Mitchell. In radio, she's the 'Mouse' of the 'McGarry and His Mouse' series broadcast on WGN every Monday at 7 p. m.'

Background

Debuting in September of 1940, Matt Taylor's 'McGarry and His Mouse' series appeared in 'This Week' magazine inserts in newspapers throughout America. The initial series was illustrated by no less than James Montgomery Flagg, famous for the iconic patriotic images of 'Uncle Sam' throughout the era.
Debuting in September of 1940, Matt Taylor's 'McGarry and His Mouse' series appeared in 'This Week' magazine inserts in newspapers throughout America. The initial series was illustrated by no less than James Montgomery Flagg, famous for the iconic patriotic images of 'Uncle Sam' throughout the era.

Matthew 'Matt' Taylor launched his hapless, but loveable character Detective Danny McGarry in 1940 with a series of short stories that appeared in "This Week" news magazine inserts syndicated with the Sunday newspapers of the era. Quickly rising in popularity, Taylor's amusing tales of rookie detective Danny McGarry and his clever girl friend, Kitty Archer--or "The Mouse" as McGarry lovingly referred to her, McGarry and His Mouse continued to captivate North American Sunday readers throughout the World War II years.

As the War began to wind down, McGarry and His Mouse caught the attention of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). NBC thought enough of the franchise's potential to order a 1945 audition of "McGarry and The Mouse." Featuring William Gargan as Detective Dan McGarry and Ruth Warrick as 'The Mouse,' the audition--and project--languished until the Spring of 1946. Apparently Bristol-Myers thought enough of its potential to buy the series from General Amusement Corporation and renamed the commercial series back to Taylor's original "McGarry and His Mouse."

Dan McGarry and his'Mouse' take to the airwaves over NBC

Debuting on June 26th 1946, McGarry and His Mouse initially featured Wendell Corey as Detective Dan McGarry and Peggy Conklin as Kitty Archer. A Summer replacement for its popular The Eddie Cantor Show, Bristol-Myers promoted its Ipana toothpaste and Vitalis hair tonic lines throughout the NBC Run. Supporting Wendell Corey and Peggy Conklin were Betty Garde as Kitty Archer's mother, Thelma Ritter as Kitty's best friend Bernice and Arnold Robertson as Dan's uncle Detective Inspector Matthew McGarry.

46-06-16 NBC Promo for McGarry and His Mouse

By the fifth installment of McGarry and His Mouse, durable character actress Shirley Mitchell replaced Peggy Conklin as Kitty Archer. By at least the seventh installment, rugged character actor Ted deCorsia replaced Wendell Corey as Dan McGarry.


46-12-01 McGarry and The Girl Fullback This Week Newspaper feature

McGarry and His Mouse move to Mutual for General Foods

LIFE ad of March 17th 1947 promoting the Mutual run of 'McGarry and His Mouse'
LIFE ad of March 17th 1947 promoting the Mutual run of 'McGarry and His Mouse'

The NBC Summer series not having been picked up for its Fall lineup, McGarry and His Mouse languished for the remainder of 1946 until the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) picked up the series for sponsor General Foods and it's Sanka Coffee brand. While the concept remained the same, Roger Pryor replaced Ted deCorsia as Dan McGarry with Shirley Mitchell continuing in the role of Kitty Archer. While Ted de Corsia had been slated to star in the MBS run, a Hollywood film project kept him too busy to take the role. The series almost lost it's costar, Shirley Mitchell, as well, owing to her recent marriage. But at the last minute another project called the newlywed couple back to New York, providing Mitchell the opportunity to continue on in the role of Kitty.

Premiering over Mutual on January 6th 1947, the Sanka-sponsored series ran for thirteen episodes, leaving the air for good on March 31st 1947. But that wasn't quite the end of the line for McGarry and His Mouse.

From the March 10th, 1947 edition of the Canton Repository:

"McGARRY and His Mouse," a comedy program (Mutual 8 p.m. Mondays) in which everyone breathes very hard, is an almost perfect example of how a radio program should not be put together.  Innocent as I am of any knowledge of radio production, it seems obvious to me that sponsors or advertising agencies ought to look for a few basic comedy elements before putting a new series on the air and in this case they appear to have been looking the other way.

     A comedy series--and you can correct me at any time here--ought first to be based on a situation sufficiently flexible to permit infinite variations on the same theme.  "The Man Who Came To Dinner," for instance, funny as it is as a play, hardly would do for radio since sooner or later Sheridan Whiteside would get well and then where would you be?

     NEXT, THE CHARACTERS ought to be reasonably plausible, likeable enough so that several million people would want to tune in once a week, but, above all, diverse enough so sparks fly whenever one rubs against another.  These are all, I realize, fairly elemental rules but they're violated with such frequency that it won't do any harm to restate them.
     "McGarry and His Mouse" meets none of these requirements at all.  There are so many things wrong with this program that a few of the scripts should be preserved to show neophytes what to avoid.
     Let's start at the beginning.  "McGarry and his Mouse" is the story of a dumb city detective, "brave as ever, handsome as ever and confused as ever"--to put it in the words of the announcer.  The mouse of the title is his girl, not his pet rodent.  They are both Irish to a degree which even the professional Dubliner might consider excessive.

     BESIDES THESE TWO, there are McGarry's friend and fellow detective, Droop, who is even dumber than McGarry; Bernice, a Brooklyn accent who is dumber than all the foregoing put together; and her husband, Joe, who reaches depths of stupidity not even suspected by McGarry or Droop.
     In fact, Joe never says more than two words, usually the same ones.  "Ya believe in the sanctity of the home and all that stuff?" asks his wife.  "Yeah--stuff," says Joe.  "To my knowledge, Joe has never said more than "yeah" plus the key word of the last sentence, a device whose comic possibilities are limited, to put it mildly.
     Simple dumbness is no worse a laugh-provoker than Jack Benny's stinginess but four stupides in the same comedy are three too many ordinarily, and in this case four too many.
     To provide any contrast with McGarry, Droop must make noises which are scarcely human.  Stuck with a collection of dimwits like that, George Bernard Shaw couldn't write an entertaining script.  The conception was faulty to start out with.

     I FORGOT to mention that, along with their stupidity, they have in common hearts of gold, an admirable virtue but scarcely one to stimulate laughter.
     Since the characters are of little help, the authors resort to a superfluity of plots, which might best be described as spastic.  There was one about a mannikin, which Joe carried into a hotel, leading Bernice to suspect that he was fooling around with someone else and . . . well, never mind.  From there it galloped off in 14 directions.
     Let's see, anything else?  Oh, yes, the dialect, I take it, is supposed to be Brooklyn--Flatbush not Greenpoint Brooklyn but just isn't.  "This is terrible revoltin.'  Maybe we ought to give him the knuckles."  Offhand, I couldn't say just what's wrong with that but it just isn't right.

     THE GAGS are at best painful:  "Whoever heard of a person dyin' of a cold."
     "My uncle did.  He was crossin' the street and he sneezed in front of a fire truck."
     And last, "McGarry and His Mouse" suffers from plain ordinary wordiness.  Sight unseen, I'd be willing to bet the scripts are half again as long as, say, Fibber and Molly scripts.  But then maybe it just seemed that way.

Dan McGarry and 'The Mouse' make the jump to TV . . . almost

Matt Taylor's delightful little franchise had pretty much run its course by the Summer of 1947. But in 1957, an opportunity to air the series over Television presented itself. Hollywood Film star couple Virginia Mayo and Michael O'Shea agreed to star in a pilot for the proposed television series in December of 1957. The couple filmed the pilot--proposed for a Fall 1958 series--beginning on January 6th 1958, but by the time 1958's Fall season rolled around, McGarry and His Mouse was sadly absent.

But the fact remains that Matt Taylor's endearing Dan McGarry and his Mouse were still strong enough in concept to attract Film stars Virginia Mayo and Michael O'Shea to their first screen performance together in over fourteen years. Kitty Archer would approve.

Series Derivatives:

McGarry and The Mouse [Audition]; The Great McGarry; The Misadventures of Dan McGarry
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Detective Mystery-Comedy
Network(s): NBC; Mutual
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): 45-10-18 [Aud] The Secret Stakeout Mission
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 46-06-26 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 46-06-26 to 46-09-25; NBC ; Fourteen, 30-minute programs;

47-01-06 to 47-03-31; Mutual ; Thirteen, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: General Amusement Corporation [Audition]; CBS; Mutual
Sponsors: Bristol Myers' Ipana Toothpaste and Vitalis [NBC]; General Foods [Sanka Coffee]
Director(s): [Audition]: Thomas Freebairn-Smith [Producer/Director]

[Commercial run]: Robert Lucas
Principal Actors: [Audition]: William Gargan, Ruth Warrick, John Brown, Eddie Marr, Sydney Miller, Sara Berner

[Commercial run]: Wendell Corey, Peggy Conklin, Ted de Corsia, Shirley Mitchell, Betty Garde, Thelma Ritter, Arnold Robertson, Roger Pryor, Patsy Campbell, Carl Eastman
Recurring Character(s): Detective Sergeant Dan McGarry [Wendell Corey/ Ted deCorsia / Roger Pryor]; Kitty 'The Mouse' Archer [Peggy Conklin/ Shirley Mitchell / Patsy Campbell]; The Sarge [Ted de Corsia]; Inspector Matthew McGarry, Dan's Uncle [Arnold Robertson]; Bernice, Kitty's best friend [Thelma Ritter] ; Kitty's Mother [Betty Garde]
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Matt Taylor [Creator]; Jack Roche, Jack Nyrne [Writers]
Music Direction: [Audition]: Charles Dant

[Commercial run]: Peter Van Steeden and Orchestra
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): [Audition]: Del Sharbut

[Commercial run]:
Bert Parks
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
28 [including the audition]
Episodes in Circulation: 5
Total Episodes in Collection: 5 [ includes one AFRS]
Provenances:
Contributor Jerry Haendiges.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The McGarry and His Mouse Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-10-18
Aud.
The Secret Stakeout Mission
Y
[Audition for 'McGarry and The Mouse', starring William Gargan and Ruth Warrick]

46-06-19
--
--
46-06-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 NBC Eddie Cantor Show
46-06-26
1
To Catch A Counterfeiter
N
[NBC Premiere; AFRS only]

46-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WIBA):
premiere of comedy program replacing Eddie Cantor, featuring rookie detective, Dan McGarry and his girl friend, Kitty Archer; cast includes Wendell Corey, Peggy Conklin, Betty Garde, Thelma Ritter, and Arnold Robertson.
46-07-03
2
Title Unknown
N
46-07-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
8--WMAW--McGarry and His Mouse [N].

46-07-03 Gloversville and Johnstown Morning Herald
McGarry and His Mouse, the detective series--was another one that took over in the Cantor NBC spot at 8 for the summer does its stuff with the acting help of
Wendell Corey, Peggy Coklun, Betty Garde, Thelma Ritter and Arnold Robertson. In this instance the Mouse is the feminine assistant of McGarry, who amateur detects.
46-07-10
3
The City Departments Glee Club Contest
N
[AFRS only]

46-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 NBC McGarry and His Mouse
46-07-17
4
Marrying Off Uncle Clarence
N
46-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WIBA):
McGarry attempts to marry off Kitty's uncle.
46-07-24
5
The Westmore Bank Job
N
[AFRS only; Shirley Mitchell replaces Peggy Conklin]

46-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WIBA):
McGarry rounds up some crooks, but winds up in jail himself.
46-07-31
6
The Crippled Boy and His Dog
N
46-07-29 Canton Repository
Shirley Mitchell has replaced Peggy Conklin as "Kitty Archer" in the NBC comedy series, "McGarry and His Mouse."

46-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WIBA):
McGarry has a hard assignment when he is sent to collect a crippled boy's dog; Shirley Mitchell takes over role of McGarry's girl friend.
46-08-07
7
Title Unknown
N
46-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WIBA):
with Ted DeCorsia and Shirley Mitchell.
46-08-14
8
The Vacation Crimefest
N
46-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WIBA):
a vacation turns into a crime-fest.

46-08-15 Mexico Independent
As a special concession to Wendell Corey, who had the week's starring role in "Goodbye, Again" at the Yardley, Pa., summer theater, the company omitted a recent Wednesday night performance. That made it possible for Corey to get to New York for his "McGarry and His Mouse," NBC air show. The concession wasn't hard to arrange--the owner of the theater is--Wendell Corey!
46-08-21
9
McGarry and the Movie Star
N
[AFRS-only; Still features Wendell Corey]

46-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:00 NBC McGarry and His Mouse
46-08-28
10
Engagement Party for An Old Flame
N
46-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--The Great McGarry (WIBA):
accepts invitation to engagement party of an old girl friend.
46-09-04
11
Title Unknown
N
46-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 The Great McGarry
46-09-11
12
The Case of A Warning To Veterans
N
46-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 NBC McGarry and His Mouse; 7 p.m.--The Great McGarry (WIBA):
"The Case of a Warning to Veterans."

46-09-11 Bluefield Telegraph
McGARRY AND HIS MOUSE
Dan McGarry and Kitty try to solve the housing problem for newlyweds in WHIS's via NBC "McGarry and His Mouse" program tonight. An ex-GI and his European bride arrive in this country and turn to McGarry, the rookie detective, and his mouse for aid in their frantic search for an apartment. Ted de Corsia plays the title role. Rupert Lucas produces the program, for which Jack Roche and Jack Nyrne write the script.
46-09-18
13
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
N
46-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 NBC McGarry and His Mouse; 7 p.m.--The Great McGarry (WIBA):
gets into trouble doing a favor for a friend.

46-09-11 Bluefield Telegraph
M'GARRY AND HIS MOUSE
Dan gets in trouble with Kitty when she finds a rough draft of a love letter he is writing for a policeman buddy, on "McGarry and His Mouse" show tonight at 8 over WHIS. McGarry's friend, corresponding with a pen-pal girl friend in another town has fallen in love with her picture. He asks Dan to write the letter, telling her of his love and asking her to come to his town to be married. McGarry starts the letter and then does a little investigating that reveals the surprising identity of the "girl."

46-09-25
14
Title Unknown
N
46-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 NBC McGarry and His Mouse

46-10-02
--
--
46-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Mr. And Mrs. North






46-12-30
--
--
46-10-24 Livonia Gazette
All summer Ted De Corsia's voice made friends for him, when he starred on NBC's "McGarry and His Mouse," replacement for "Duffy's Tavern." Then he got an urgent call from Orson Welles and departed for Hollywood for a featured role in Welles' newest picture, starring Rita Hayworth. It is Ted's first movie role, and folks predict that tall, dark and affable Ted may be sensational.

46-11-14 Waco News-Tribune
Out of the Ether
by Jay Kaye
"McGarry and His Mouse" has been bought as a winter program. Eddie Cantor's summer replacement is in for a lot of changes, to my way of thinking, if it's going to buck up against our wintertime shows. The story fell flat all summer long and turned out to be a hotch potch built around the doings of a dull-witted detective who had no redeeming features. His gal continually pulled him out of the hold into which he inevitably tripped and that made up the plot which was neither particularly funny or clever. A fasterpacing or a surprise ending might have helped but missing out on both these counts, as well as all others, the script fell flatter than a pancake. Unless it's a completely different setup, I can't see it as a fall show.

46-12-29 Richmond Times Dispatch
McGarry and His Mouse will premiere over the Mutual Network on Monday, January 6, at 8 P.M. McGarry and His Mouse is the storyof Denny McGarry, a none-too-bright plainclothes cop who always seems to become involved in the most perplexed and baffling murder mysteries. His "mouse" is Kitty Archer, an alert inquisitive girl who never fails to extricate McGarry from the unfortunate situation into which he gets himself. The stories of McGarry and His Mouse are written by Matt Taylor and syndicated by This Week Magazine. Ed downs directs McGarry and His Mouse and music is by Peter Van Steeden and his orchestra.

47-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Crime Club WGN

47-01-03 New Philadelphia Daily Times
Monday, "
McGarry and His Mouse," a comedy about a detective and his girl friend, plays on Mutual listeners, 8:00 p.m. (EST), recorded repeat for the Pacific zone at 7 p.m. (PST).

47-01-06
1
Title Unknown
N
[Mutual Premiere]

47-01-06 Cumberland News
McGarry And His Mouse Program Back On Network
By C.E. Butterfield
NEW YORK, Jan 5--
Remember that McGarry and His Mouse summer replacement? Well on Monday night it is coming back on the air as an MBS 8 o'clock program. In its summer replacing category it was on NBC. It is a murder mystery with a comedy element, McGarry being a policeman in plain clothes and the Mouse his girl friend helper.

47-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WGN):
premiere of comedy mystery stries, starring Roger Pryor, Shirley Mitchell.

47-01-13
2
The Crooner and the Con Man
N
47-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WGN):
McGarry arrests famous crooner instead of a con man; leading roles by Roger Pryor and Shirley Mitchell.

47-01-13 Canton Repository
McGarry and His Mouse" at 8 (Mutual-WHBC)
A trip to the airport to pick up a notorious con man results in rookie Cop Dan McGarry getting mixed up and arresting a famous crooner instead.

47-01-13 Cumberland Evening Times
One week prior to the debut of the MBS feature McGarry and His Mouse, we were informed that Ted De Corsla and Shirley Mitchell would co-star the series. However, Ted who recently returned from movie making in Hollywood, was forced to relinquish the role to actor Roger Pryor. This was due to picture committments which may call him back at any time.

47-01-20
3
Baseketball Can Be Murder
N
47-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--McGarry and His Mouse (WGN):
attend a basketball game and get in on a murder.

47-01-20 Cumberland Evening Times
Shirley Mitchell, former "Widow Ransome" on the Great Gildersleeve, may now be heard in the role of "Mouse" on McGarry and His Mouse over MBS Monday's Married a few weeks ago, orginal plans included a residence in the south, but a last minute transfer to New York prompted Shirley again to take up radio activities.

47-01-20 Knickerbocker News
She gave up a wonderful radio career in Hollywood for a husband in New York! That's Shirley Mitchell's story — Shirley, the blonde, blue-eyed beauty who is the Mouse" on "McGarry and His Mouse" - at 8 tonight over WABY.
Most listeners have heard Shirley, although they probably didn't know it was she. Recently she was 'The Widow Rahsome'' on that popular comedy show. She's also done stints with all the other top comedy shows out of Hollywood. And she chucked everything over for her husband. Dr. Julian Fried, whose professional commitments keep him in New York. Mrs. Fried wasn't in New York long before she was nabbed for the "Mouse" role.

47-01-27
4
Title Unknown
N
47-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Dan McGarry WGN

47-01-27 Albany Knickerbocker
There's a fine new comedy show on the air, and WABY is privileged to carry it. Program is "McGarry and His Mouse." It tells of the day to day life of McGarry, a befuddled cop, and his Mouse, known also as his wife. The show is heard at 8 tonight on WABY. McGarry is played by Roger Pryor, whose background is as fascinating as the story itself. His father was the famed bandmaster Roger Pryor, who was also the son of an early day bandmaster, Sam Pryor. When war came, Pryor became a flying instructor. In the trade he's considered a foremost actor, one of the best of our time.

47-02-03
5
Kitty and The Film Idol
N
47-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Dan McGarry (WGN):
sees his girl kissed by a movie lover.

47-02-03 Waco News-Tribune
Out of the Ether
by Jay Kaye
I'm glad to hear that the producers of "McGarry and His Mouse" have decided to change scripters and are trying to step up the show. McGarry has been a weak sister ever since it first came to the networks last summer as a warm weather replacement for Eddie Cantor.

47-02-10
6
Title Unknown
N
47-02-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
7--W-G-N--McGarry and His Mouse [M].

47-02-12 Ruthven Free Press
Thelma Ritter had a fine reason for ommitting playing "Bernice" on a recent "McGarry and His Mouse" broadcast. Last Thanksgiving she played a small role in "It's Only Human," starring Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gqwnn, when some scenes were shot in New York. When the film was developed in Hollywood her comedy scene was so funny that her role was enlarged, so she flew to the coast for new scenes.

47-02-13 Angelica Advocate
Thelma Ritter had a fine reason for omitting playing "Bernice" on a recent "McGarry and His Mouse" broadcast. Last Thanksgiving she played a small role in "It's Only Human," starring Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn, when some scenes were shot in New York. When the film was developed in Hollywood her comedy scene was so funny that her role was enlarged, so she flew to the coast for new scenes.

47-02-17
7
Title Unknown
N
47-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Dan McGarry WGN

47-02-24
8
The Love Triangle
N
47-02-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
7--W-G-N--McGarry and His Mouse [M].

47-02-24 Pulaski Southwest Times
FOR DAN McGARRY
Twenty-two hundred and fifty years ago, Euclid, the geometrician established the axiomatic principle that the angles within a triangle
have a sum total of 180 degress. But he didn't figure on Mutual's blunder-full, mirth provoking rookie copy, Dan McGarry who, not knowing the Euclid dictum, sets out to prove that the love traingle has many more angles than called for in the books
.
And this he does well on "McGarry and His Mouse" tonight (8 to 8:30 p.m., EST).
Dan sets out to help his married friend, Joe, whose wife "caught" him joy-riding with a lovely young lady. The lady, however, is a waxen dummy . . . a synonym to McGarry, where his "Mouse" Kitty is concerned. Roger Pryor is heard as Dan, while Shirley Mitchell protrays his Mouse.

47-03-03
9
Kisses for Votes
N
47-03-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
7--W-G-N--McGarry and His Mouse [M].

47-03-03 Findlay Republican
"Kisses for Votes" is the campaign slogan as, much against her will, Detective Dan McGarry's girl friend, Kitty "Mouse" Archer, is entered in a neighborhood popularity contest during Mutual 's 8 p. m. "McGarry and His Mouse" broadcast.

47-03-03 Albany Knickerbocker
COMEDY HIGHLIGHT: The "McGarry and His Mouse" show is every bit as unique as its title, which, incidentally, came out in "Variety" recently as "McGarry and His House," the linotype operator apparently saying to himself, "there just ain't no such thing as a guy and his mouse." However he might have reasoned, fact is he probably tuned in "McGarry" because show is simply and plainly funny. It's a Sanka coffee production at 8 tonight over WABY.

47-03-10
10
Title Unknown
N
47-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Dan McGarry WGN

47-03-12 Sandusky Register
Turn the Dial
NEW YORK, March 12 (AP)--Another trio of network shows will depart from the air, all upon decision of the sponsors, bring currently slated goodbyes to around 10. The MBS departure is McGarry and His Mouse, a detective drama revived last Jan. 6. Its finale is March 31.

47-03-12 Auburn Citizen Advertiser
Radio Day by Day . . . The MBS departure is McGarry and his mouse, a detective drama that was a summer replacement on NBC last year and which was revived only last January 6.
Its finale is March 31, coincident with the end of a 13-week cycle.

47-03-17
11
Title Unknown
N
47-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Dan McGarry WGN

47-03-17 Albany Knickerbocker
VERSATILE VOICE:
Most of the cast for "McGarry and His Mouse," at 8 tonight on WABY, appear in single roles, moving on and off mike as the script directs. But that's not the case with Carl Eastman, who's a busy little character during each broadcast. Besides playing the meek little yes-man husband to the character Bernice (Thelma Ritter), Eastman also doubles as a cab driver, desk sergeant, butler, waiter, newsboy and any other character called for. This is the family type comedy with plenty of action and laughs crowding every minute.

47-03-24
12
Title Unknown
N
47-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Dan McGarry WGN

47-03-31
13
Title Unknown
N
[Final program in the series]

47-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Dan McGarry WGN

47-03-31 Annapolis Capital
MBS — 8 McGarry and his Mouse,
finale;

47-04-07
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47-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 Scotland Yard WGN

58-03-13 Long Island Star-Journal
Speaking of Television: VIRGINIA MAYO and Michael O'Shea (Mr. & Mrs.) filmed an audition of "McGarry and His Mouse."






The McGarry and His Mouse AFRS Radio Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
46-06-26
1
To Catch A Counterfeiter
Y
[NBC Premiere; AFRS only]

46-07-10
3
The City Departments Glee Club Contest
Y
[AFRS only]

46-07-24
5
The Westmore Bank Job
Y
[AFRS only; Shirley Mitchell replaces Peggy Conklin]
46-08-21
9
McGarry and the Movie Star
Y
47-01-27
[AFRS 4]
Title Unknown
N






The McGarry and His Mouse Radio Program Biographies




Wendell Corey
(Det. Sgt. Dan McGarry)
Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actor
(1920-1968)

Birthplace: Dracut, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1944 Arthur Hopkins Presents
1944 The Sportsmen's Club
1946 McGarry and His Mouse
1947 I Walk Alone
1948 Steve Canyon (Audition)
1949 Family Theater
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 Screen Directors' Playhouse
1951 Lux Radio Theatre
1952 Cavalcade Of America
1952 Inner Sanctum
1953 Best Plays
1953 Stars Over Hollywood
Wendell Corey as Det. Lt. Tom Doyle in 'Rear Window' (1954)
Wendell Corey as Det. Lt. Tom Doyle in 'Rear Window' (1954)

From the November 9th 1968 Edition of the Coshocton Tribune:

Wendell Corey Dies
Friday In Hollywood
 

     HOLLYWOOD (UPI)--Wendell Corey, versatile actor of stage, film and television, who could play a hired killer or a homicide detective with equal skill, died Friday at the age of 54.
     Corey, star of NBC-TV's "The Eleventh Hour" series, succumbed to a liver ailment in the Motion Picture Country Hospital in nearby Wood Land Hills.  He entered the hospital Friday morning.
     Friends said Corey had complained about not feeling well since he returned to the United States from an acting engagement in Europe two weeks gao.
     Corey's career on Broadway and in Hollywood was an uninterrupted string of acting successes.  An off-stage flair for politics and practical affairs gave him another dimension.
     He was a past president of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences--a job that saw him take the stage at Oscar award shows--and a former member of the academy' board of governors.  He was a director of the Screen Actors Guild and a national trustee of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.
     In 1965 he was elected to a three-year term on the city council of Santa Monica, where he lived with his wife, Alice, and their four children.  He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Congress in his home district in 1966.
     Core was born in Dracut, Mass., in March, 1914, the con of a Congregational clergyman.  Stage struck in his 'teens, he worked his way up in summer stock and road show productions.  In the late 1930's he scored his first major hit on Broadway as a cynical newspaperman in Elmer Rice's "Dream Girl."
     In Hollywood he appeared in more than 30 movies.  He was a homicide detective playing opposite Loretta Young in "The Accused," a paid killer in "Loving You," and starred with Bob Hope in "Alias Jesse James."
 



Edward Gildea 'Ted' De Corsia
(Det. Sgt. Dan McGarry)
Stage, Screen, Radio, and Television Actor
(1905-1973)

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1934 Time Marches On
1939 Cavalcade Of America
1939 The Shadow
1939 What's My Name?
1940 Columbia Workshop
1941 Joe and Mabel
1941 Great Plays
1942 Suspense
1943 The Adventures of Ellery Queen
1943 Treasury Star Parade
1944 Columbia Presents Corwin
1945 Treasury Salute
1946 McGarry and His Mouse
1947 Theatre Guild On the Air
1947 Crime Club
1947 Casey, Crime Photographer
1948 Cavalcade of America
1948 Ford Theatre
1948 Gang Busters
1948 The Big Story
1948 Inner Sanctum
1949 My Favorite Husband
1949 Pat Novak, For Hire
1949 Let George Do It
1949 The Whistler
1949 This Is Your FBI
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 Lux Radio Theatre
1949 Escape
1950 T-Man
1950 Pursuit
1950 Famiy Theatre
1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1950 The Adventures Of Christopher London
1950 Hallmark Playhouse
1950 Night Beat
1950 Screen Director's Playhouse
1950 The Adventures of Maisie
1950 Mr President
1951 The Adventures Of the Saint
1951 The Line-Up
1951 The Silent Men
1952 The Pendleton Story
1952 The Railroad Hour
1952 Wild Bill Hickok
1952 Errand Of Mercy
1952 Guest Star
1952 That Hammer Guy
1953 Stars Over Hollywood
1953 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1953 Dangerous Assignment
1953 Romance
1954 The Six Shooter
1954 Crime Classics
1954 Broadway Is My Beat
1955 You Were THere
1955 The Lone Ranger
1955 The Adventure of Captain Courage
1955 The Freedom Story
1955 By the People
1957 CBS Radio Workshop
1958 Frontier Gentleman
Ted DeCorsia circa 1955
Ted De Corsia circa 1955

Ted De Corsia (far left) appears with Harry Von Zell as one of the ensemble actors for Time Marches On (1934)
Ted De Corsia (far left) appears with Harry Von Zell as one of the ensemble actors for Time Marches On! (1934)
From the April 12, 1973 Edition of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

Villain actor Ted De Corsia dies 

     Character actor TED De CORSIA, whose career included stints in radio, motion pictures and television died Wednesday at 69 in Encino.  Death was attributed to natural causes.
     Known best for his portrayals of villains, the veteran actor held radio series roles in March of Time, Ellery Queen and the Hallmark Theater.
     His movie credits include roles in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Naked City," "Lady From Shanghai," "The Outriders" and "Folsom Prison."
     De Corsia played Mike Hammer in the 1950s in the "Mickey Spillane Mysteries" television series.
     He is survived by two daughters, DIERDRE De CORSIA of San Francisco and MRS. WILLIAM SHIRK of Santa Barbara.

We remain huge fans of Ted De Corsia's body of work over the years. We'd even take issue with the above obituary's characterization of Ted De Corsia as a 'Villain'. Though most of his Film credits were indeed as mostly heavies, we found the greater majority of De Corsia's Radio and Television work to be a wonderfully diverse mixture of characterizations.

If we have any regrets over Ted De Corsia's myriad characterizations, it's that he didn't appear in more series' as the lead. He certainly had the voice, talent and presence to command more leading roles. In all likelihood he was simply a victim of his own remakable success in portraying literally thousands of heavies or other gruff, blustering stereotypes over his long and distinquished career. Ted De Corsia had lead roles as Detective Dan McGarry in McGarry and His Mouse (1946), as Inspector Peter Black in Pursuit! (1950), as Mike Hammer in That Hammer Guy (1952) and as Captain Christopher Courage in The Adventure of Captain Courage (1955).

De Corsia's performances over both Radio and Television remain our overall favorites. Ruggedly handsome and imposing, when his millions of Radio fans finally got the opportunity to 'see' his visage in Television the voice clearly matched the 'presence.'

We've highlighted his work in many of our other articles, including 26 by Corwin, The Adventures of Maisie, Bold Venture, Boston Blackie, Columbia Workshop, CBS Radio Workshop, Christopher London, Dr. Kildare, Escape!, Frontier Gentleman, Great Plays, Hallmark Playhouse, Let George Do It, Line Up, Molle Mystery Theater, Murder Clinic, Mystery In the Air, Night Beat, Pat Novak for Hire, Pursuit, Richard Diamond, Rogues Gallery, Secret Agent K-7 Returns, The Silent Men, T-Man, That Hammer Guy, and The Saint.

Ted De Corsia had one of those voices that remain almost instantly recognizable, much in the vein of Jackson Beck, Raymond Burr, Robert Strauss, Bill Conrad, Marvin Miller, and Paul Frees. The type of 'register' that invariably gets the woofer vibrating well beyond the norm in anyone's home theater system. With that barrel chest, those piercing eyes, hands like hamhocks, and a neck like an ox, Ted De Corsia's presence in any medium always made itself known.

A life-long Brooklyn Dodgers fan, Ted De Corsia even went as far as to ask the announcer of one of his regular programs--Joe and Mabel (1941)--to announce on air The Bums' scores during relevant performances. During the New York broadcasts of The Adventures of Ellery Queen, Ted De Corsia owned a poultry farm near New York, often selling his eggs to other members of the Ellery Queen cast and production crew.




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