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The Star for A Night Radio Program

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Adam Hats spot ad for 'Star for A Night' from January 12th 1944
Adam Hats spot ad for 'Star for A Night' from January 12th 1944

Adam Hat spot ad for 'Star for A Night' from January 1944
Adam Hat spot ad for 'Star for A Night' from January 1944


Background

Adam Hats Crest

From the December 11th 1943 edition of the Williamsport Gazette Bulletin:

 
RADIO CHART LISTENING POST
 By RALPH W. BARNES
 
     The cab driver, the welder, and the waitress, long harboring a secret yearning to become great stars, will have the chance to fulfill their ambitions and win a major award of $1,000 cash besides, in "Star for a Night," new variety show to be launched over the BLUE Network, Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 10:30 to 11:00 p.m., EWT.
     "Star for a Night" will present young hopefuls each week, cast opposite a name star of stage, screen or radio in a skit designed to give them equal opportunity to display their histrionic ability.  The innovating series will be heard over a nationwide network of 138 stations.
     Presiding at each "Star for a Night" performance will be Paul Douglas, popular man-about-the-microphone, officiating as the "Paymaster of ceremonies."  Douglas' many tasks will include casting and coaching the finalists who will be chosen each week, and paying the $1,000 award--1,000 one-dollar bills.
     Selection of the starry-eyed amateurs who, like Cinderella, will bask in fame and fortune for a night, will be governed by the reactions of the studio audience to their individual performances.  The participant meriting the most applause will be given the major award.  There also will be several lesser awards.
     The opportunity of becoming a "Star for a Night," appearing opposite a name star and earning a star's salary, is open to everyone.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Audience Participation Contests
Network(s): The Blue Network
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 43-12-15 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 43-12-15 to 44-03-08; The Blue Network [WJZ]; Thirteen, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: The Blue Network
Sponsors: Adam Hats
Director(s):
Principal Actors: Paul Douglas, Patsy Kelly, Willie Howard, Laird Cregar, Billie Burke, Lucille Ball, Benay Venuta, Phyllis Brooks, Gene Kelly, Wendy Barrie
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): Hugh James [Announcer]
Paul Douglas [Emcee]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
13
Episodes in Circulation: 1
Total Episodes in Collection: 1
Provenances:

The Billboard review of the Star for A Night
The Billboard review of the Star for A Night
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Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The Star for A Night Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
43-12-08
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43-12-08 Zanesville Signal
To replace its Sunday night 15 minute gag series, That's a Good one, the Blue on Dec. 15 is introducing "Star For a Night" for amateur actors. Participants will be selected from the studio audience to appear opposite professionals. The National Radio Forum, which occupied this time, is being moved to Monday nights, 9:30 CWT.
43-12-15
1
Title Unknown
N
43-12-15 The Lima News
The cab driver, the welder and the waitress, long harboring a secret yearning to become great stars, will have the chance to fulfill their ambitions and win a major award of $1,000 cash besides, in "Star for a Night," new varitety show to be launched over WJZ Wednesday, from 9:30 to 10 p.m., EST.
43-12-22
2
Wuthering Heights
N
43-12-22 Cumberland Evening Times
BLU--10:30 Star for a Night, amateurs.

43-12-22 Findlay Republican Courier
Three more young hopefuls will show their talents opposite Patsy Kelly over the Blue network Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on "Star For a Night broadcast.
43-12-29
3
Title Unknown
N
43-12-29 Charleston Gazette
10:30--Star for a Night, Amateurs--blue
44-01-05
4
Jane Eyre
N
44-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): young amateurs try out for prize money in scenes from "
Jane Eyre," opposite comedian Willie Howard.
44-01-12
5
Title Unknown
N
44-01-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): amateurs compete for prize money. Guest, Patsy Kelly, screen comedienne.
44-01-19
6
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Y
[First half only]

44-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--A Star for a Night (WENR): three amateurs try for prize money in Robert Louis Stevenson's "
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," Laird Cregar, guest. 44-01-19 Lima News - A four-star version of Robert Louis Stevenson' classic horror tale "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," with slick movie menace Laird Cregar as guest star and Paul Douglas in his regular role of "Pay-Master of Creemonies," will feature the "Star for a Night" broadcast over WJZ Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., EST.
44-01-26
7
Title Unknown
N
44-01-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): amateur actors in drama of the Golden West, with Patsy Kelly, screen comedienne.
44-02-02
8
The Murders In the Rue Morgue
N
44-02-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): amateurs compete for prize money; Billie Burke, guest, in
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allen Poe. 44-02-02 Lima News - "The Murders In the Rue Morgue," Edgar Allen Poe's mystery masterpiece, slightly expurgated to bring out the talent as well as the goose-pimples of the trio of amateurs who will vie for the $1,001 major award, will be the vehicle used on the "Star for a Night" show, Wednesday, at 9:30 p.m., EST, over WJZ.
44-02-09
9
Du Barry Was A Lady
N
44-02-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): Lucille Ball with three amateurs in scenes from "
Du Barry Was a Lady."
44-02-16
10
Romeo and Juliet
N
44-02-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): Benay Venuta and amateur contestants in "
Romeo and Juliet."
44-02-23
11
Silver Spurs
N
44-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): Phyllis Brooks and amateur contestants in "
Silver Spurs."
44-03-01
12
As Thousands Cheer
N
44-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): Gene Kelly and amateur contestants in "
As Thousands Cheer."
44-03-08
13
Anthony and Cleopatra
N
44-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Star for a Night (WENR): Patsy Kelly and amateurs in "
Anthony and Cleopatra."
44-03-15
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44-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 Top of the Evening --WENR






The Star for A Night Radio Program Biographies




Adam Hats
Sponsor
(1937-1951)
Founded: New York City

Radiography:
1937 - 1941
Madison Square Garden Boxing
[Blue]
1943 - 1944
Star for a Night
[Blue]
1943
That’s a Good One
[Blue]
1944 - 1945
Strange Dr. Weird
[Mutual]
1947
The Big Break
[NBC]
1949 - 1951
Drew Pearson Comments
[ABC]

Adam Hats metal sign
Adam Hats 'The Major' spot ad
Adam Hats window display
Adam Hats Gift Box
Adam Hats Storefront
Adam Hats Matchbook
Adam Hat Stores produced a 'value' line of hats throughout The Golden Age of Radio. In the 1940s you could buy a fine quality Adam Hats fedora for between $4 - $8, when a comparable Stetson or Borsalino would be between $10 - $18 for similar quality and materials.

Adam Hat Stores operated a national chain of 98 stores, 31 of which were in New York City. The company also distributed its hats through 116 independent retail stores in cities and towns that did not have one of its chain stores. In 1939 Adam Hats had $7.14 million in sales, spending $151,000 on magazine and radio advertising.

Adam Hat Stores sponsored several popular radio programs, including Drew Pearson, and The Strange Dr. Weird. Adam Hat Stores' sponsorship of the longer running Drew Pearson Comments program 'drew' some flack from no less than the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy himself, naming Adam Hats in open session, and challenging Adam Hat Stores to immediately cease sponsorship of Drew Pearson's radio program. Indeed, Adam Hat Stores withdrew their sponsorship with a 1950 full-page ad in the New York Times, repudiating any connection between the timing of their disassociation with Drew Pearson and McCarthy's denunciation of Pearson as a Communist. What a notion . . . denouncing anyone who challenges the party in power as un-American. Who could imagine such a thing in our lifetime? Which party would stoop to that level in the first place?

Indeed it was almost certainly Pearson's late 1940s challenge of U.S. Congressman John Parnell Thomas' tactics as Chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities that led to McCarthy's retaliation. Pearson's exposé of Congressman Thomas was instrumental to Thomas' eventual conviction of conspiracy to defraud the Government for hiring friends who never worked, then depositing their paychecks into his personal accounts. Pearson was an ceaseless opponent of McCarthyism, and was one of the few journalists to stand up to the demagoguery of the senator from Wisconsin.

Pearson's revenge was karmicly apropos, ultimately acquiring Lee Hats as one of his longer running sponsors.



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