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Miss Liberty

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Miss Liberty

Feb 09 1953



CAST:

ANNOUNCER, Marvin Miller

1ST TRAVELER

2ND TRAVELER

CONDUCTOR (1 line)

NBC ANNCR (1 line)


HORACE, naïve Midwesterner (GORDON MacRAE)

MONIQUE, innocent Parisian (VIRGINIA HASKINS)

BENNETT, irritable newspaper publisher

COUNTESS, Monique's cultured grandmother

MAN IN CROWD (1 line)

VOICE (1 line)

and a singing CHOIR




ANNOUNCER

Ladies and gentlemen, "The Railroad Hour"!


SOUND: TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ... LOCOMOTIVE ON TRACK


ANNOUNCER

And here comes our star-studded show train!


MUSIC: THEME (QUOTES "I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD") ... ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR ... CHANGES TO FAST RAILROAD RHYTHM ... THEN BEHIND ANNOUNCER--


ANNOUNCER

Tonight, the Association of American Railroads presents the great Irving Berlin musical "Miss Liberty," starring Gordon MacRae and his bright young guest Virginia Haskins. Our choir is under the direction of Norman Luboff and our music is prepared and conducted by Carmen Dragon. Yes, tonight another memorable musical play is brought to you by the American Railroads -- the same railroads that bring you most of the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the fuel you burn, and all the other things you use in your daily life. And now here is our star Gordon MacRae!


MUSIC: THEME (QUOTES "I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD") ... ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR ... UP AND OUT


SOUND: APPLAUSE


MUSIC: FOR "LET'S TAKE AN OLD-FASHIONED WALK" ... SNEAKS IN BEHIND--


MacRAE

Thank you, Marvin Miller. Good evening, everybody. Virginia Haskins and I want you to come to New York with us to the days before there was a Statue of Liberty in the harbor -- when the streets were lit with gas lamps and when the streetcars all had horses prancing out in front of them. But when you really wanted to get some place in style, you said--

(SINGS, WITH CHOIR ACCOMPANIMENT)

Let's take an old-fashioned walk;

I'm just bursting with talk--

What a tale could be told 

If we went for an old-fashioned walk!


Let's take a stroll through the park,

Down a lane where it's dark,

And heart that's controlled 

May relax on an old-fashioned walk.


I know for a couple who seem to be miles apart,

There's nothing like walking and having a heart-to-heart.


I know a girl who declined,

Couldn't make up her mind--

She was wrapped up and sold

Coming home from an old-fashioned walk.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES ... FILLS A PAUSE ... THEN GENTLY OUT DURING FOLLOWING--


BENNETT

Say there, young feller!


HORACE

Uh, yes, sir?


BENNETT

Are you a photographer?


HORACE

Horace Miller and camera, at your service. Heh! We're from Prender's Falls, Indiana.


BENNETT

Well, I'm a newspaper publisher and my photographer didn't show up to cover the big shindigs at the City Hall.


HORACE

Oh, I've - I've already got a newspaper job, workin' for Mr. Bennett on the New York Herald.


BENNETT

I'm Mr. Bennett of the Herald!


HORACE

Huh?


BENNETT

You must be my photographer who didn't show up!


HORACE (EMBARRASSED)

Well, er-- I - I was there, Mr. Bennett, but I - I didn't see much to photograph. Just the mayor and a lot of celebrities. (CHUCKLES WEAKLY)


BENNETT (DISBELIEF) 

Just the mayor!


HORACE (UPBEAT) 

Say, I got a real picture! The first photograph of the Statue of Liberty fresh off the boat from France!


BENNETT

Let me see that picture!


SOUND: RUSTLE OF PHOTO SNATCHED


BENNETT

Huh! Why, this is just a lot of packing cases!


HORACE (DEFLATED) 

Well, how do you 'spect they got the Statue of Liberty across the Atlantic? She didn't swim.


BENNETT (SNIDE)

If she had, you'd have missed the picture! You're fired, Miller!


HORACE

Fired?


BENNETT (MOVING OFF)

I don't ever want to see your face again.


MUSIC: FOR "A LITTLE FISH IN A BIG POND" ... IN BG


HORACE (DEJECTED, TO HIMSELF)

Aw, gee whiz. Fired my first day. I'm sorry I ever came to New York City. I - I guess I should have stayed in Prender's Falls.

(SINGS, WITH CHOIR ACCOMPANIMENT)

A little fish in a big pond 

Has plenty of room to swim,

But swimming around are big fish 

All ready to pounce on him.


Back to his little pond 

He starts to roam;

The little fish spreads his fins 

And begins to swim back home.


That's me, 

A little fish 

In a big pond, all wrong--

That's me, 

A little fish 

Where a little fish don't belong.


A little man in a big town 

Gets butterflies in his dome--

I'm ready to spread my fins 

And begin to swim back home

To the little pond--


CHOIR

To the little pond--


HORACE

--where a little fish--


CHOIR

--where a little fish -- 


HORACE & CHOIR

--and a little man belong.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES ... CONTINUES IN BG


HORACE (SUDDENLY DETERMINED, TO HIMSELF)

No, by golly! I can't go back home to Prender's Falls until I've done something important and - and worthwhile.


MUSIC: TINY ACCENT ... THEN OUT


HORACE (CALLS)

Hey! Does anybody know how much it costs to take a boat to Paris?!


MUSIC: SPRIGHTLY TRANSITION ... THEN SLOW AND SHIMMERING, FOR THE BALLAD "PARIS WAKES UP AND SMILES"


CHOIR (SINGS)

When the sun goes down, 

Paris wakes up,

Fills up her cup 

And smiles.


When the lights are low, 

Paris is high,

Lights up the sky 

For miles.


HORACE (SINGS, WITH CHOIR ACCOMPANIMENT)

When they stop playing shop on the Rue de la Paix,

Count their stock and they lock up their styles,


When the busy town 

Goes home to sup,

Paris wakes up 

And smiles.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES ... CONTINUES IN BG, BUILDING TO MONIQUE'S ETHEREAL RENDITION OF THE SONG


HORACE (TO HIMSELF)

So this is Paris! Paris, France. Boy, this little fish sure took himself a big swim.


MONIQUE (SINGS, WITH ECHO, IN DISTANCE)

When the sun goes down, 

Paris wakes up,

Fills up her cup 

And smiles.


HORACE (TO HIMSELF)

Say! Who's that singing?


MONIQUE (SINGS, ECHO DECREASES AS WE MOVE CLOSER TO HER)

When the lights are low, 

Paris is high,

Lights up the sky 

For miles.


When they stop playing shop on the Rue de la Paix,

Count their stock and they lock up their styles,


When the busy town 

Goes home to sup,

Paris wakes up 

And smiles.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES 


COUNTESS

Very pretty, my child. You know, the acoustics underneath this bridge are better than the National Opera.


MONIQUE

I know, grandmother. But wouldn't it be nice if we could have a house to live in?


COUNTESS

What's wrong with living under bridges? We have a view, plenty of fresh air, running water.


MONIQUE

Mm, just the same, wouldn't it be nice to have a home? And, oh, grandmama, I'd love to do what all the American girls want to do. 


COUNTESS

And what is that?


MUSIC: FOR "HOMEWORK" ... IN BG


MONIQUE (SINGS)

Homework, 

I want to do homework--

Instead of an office

I want to work home.


Staying 

At home and crocheting

And meekly obeying 

The guy who comes home.


A cozy kitchen 

To be in there pitchin',

That's the thing I'm longing to do;

To be there learnin' 

When a steak needs turnin'

And just what goes into a stew.


Homework, 

I want to do homework--

A genius who sits and plans 

With pots and pans at home,

A genius who bakes a pie 

That keeps a guy at home.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES 


COUNTESS

Dear Monique, I think the time has come for you to say the magic word.


MONIQUE

The magic word?


COUNTESS

But it must only be used on an American. Preferably from the U. S. A.


MONIQUE

What is the magic word, grandma?


COUNTESS

The magic word is, er--


MONIQUE (IMPATIENT)

Yes?


COUNTESS

Yes!


MONIQUE

Yes?!


COUNTESS

Say "yes" to the right American and all our troubles will be over. ... Well, I'd better go out and peddle my flowers. (MOVING OFF) Remember what I told you, child.


MONIQUE (THOUGHTFUL, TO HERSELF)

Hmmm. Only the magic word.


HORACE

(HUMS "A LITTLE FISH IN A BIG POND"; THEN IMPRESSED, TO MONIQUE)

Well! Hello, there. (NO RESPONSE) What's the matter? Can't you talk?


MONIQUE

Yes.


HORACE

Say, you're a French girl, aren't ya?


MONIQUE

Yes.


HORACE (AWKWARD)

I - I guess you'd probably guess that I was an American. (CHUCKLES) I guess.


MONIQUE (CHUCKLES, VERY INTERESTED)

Yes. ...


HORACE

Gee whiz. You're - you're pretty.


MONIQUE (SHY)

Yes?


HORACE

Would you like to know what I came over to Paris for?


MONIQUE (PLEASANT)

Yes.


HORACE

I'm looking for the girl who posed for the Statue of Liberty.


MONIQUE

Yes?


HORACE

You wouldn't know who she was, by any chance?


MONIQUE

Yes!


HORACE

Say! It wouldn't be you by any chance?!


MONIQUE (EAGER)

Oh, yes. Yes! Yes! ...


HORACE

Well! Holy Toledo! Talk about lucky, I - I find the girl I'm lookin' for right off the bat. Hey, can I take your picture?


MONIQUE (WHY NOT?)

Yes.


HORACE

Oh, wonderful. Now, stand just like you did for the statue, one arm up in the air. Ha! That's it. And - and this book in the crook of your elbow.


MONIQUE (PUZZLED)

Yes?


HORACE

Good! Now -- watch the birdie.


SOUND: CLICK! OF CAMERA 


HORACE

Oh, boy, oh, boy! This is historic. Oh, wait till Mr. Bennett sees this.


MUSIC: LIVELY TRANSITION ... THEN IN BG


SOUND: CLICKETY-CLACK! OF TELEGRAPH KEY ... BEHIND HORACE--


HORACE (DICTATES)

Straight cablegram to Mr. James Gordon Bennett, New York Herald. "Have found the girl who posed for Statue of Liberty. Send one thousand dollars--"


BENNETT (OVERLAPS WITH ABOVE; READS)

"--one thousand dollars at once to bring her to America. Greatest publicity since Stanley found Livingstone. Signed, Horace Miller." 


MUSIC: UP, FOR A LITTLE ACCENT AND OUT


BENNETT (TO HIMSELF) 

Now, who the deuce is Horace Miller? No matter. If it's true, it'll double my circulation! (CALLS) Clerk! Cable five hundred dollars to bring Miss Liberty to America!


MUSIC: LIVELY BRIDGE


HORACE (CALLS)

Hello? (NO ANSWER) Hey, where are you, Miss Liberty?


MONIQUE (APPROACHES)

Are you calling me?


HORACE (RELIEVED)

Oh, gosh. Gee whiz, for a minute, I was afraid you'd changed bridges. (CHUCKLES)


COUNTESS

Monique, who is this improbable young man?


HORACE (TO MONIQUE)

Here's your boat ticket to America.


COUNTESS

America?!


MONIQUE (TO HORACE)

Oh, grandmother has to come, too!


HORACE

Well, okay, I'll - I'll get a ticket for her, too.


COUNTESS

Monique, how did this happen?


MONIQUE (QUIET CHUCKLE)

The magic word. I just said yes!


COUNTESS

But what in blazes did he ask you?!


HORACE

Well, do you want me to explain why I'm doing all this?


COUNTESS

Pray, do.


MONIQUE 

Why are you being so sweet to me? And to my grandmother?


MUSIC: FOR "JUST ONE WAY TO SAY I LOVE YOU" ... IN BG


HORACE

Well, you see, in America, we do everything fast. Why, we even fall in love in a hurry.

(SINGS)

I love you, I love you--

There's no other way,

Just one way to say 

I love you.


I love you, I love you,

And try as I may,

That's all I can say--

I love you.


MONIQUE (SINGS)

Much more could be said if I thought with my head,

But I only can think with my heart.


HORACE & MONIQUE

I love you, I love you

And yearn for the day,

The day when you'll say

I love you.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES 


SOUND: LONG LOUD BLAST OF SHIP'S HORN ... HARBOR BACKGROUND (CROWD MURMURS, ET CETERA)


HORACE

Well, all aboard, Miss Liberty. America, here we come!


MUSIC: SNEAKS IN ... BEHIND--


COUNTESS (ASIDE, TO MONIQUE)

Monique, why does your nice young man keep calling you "Miss Liberty"?


MONIQUE

Oh, Horace thinks I'm the girl who modeled for the Statue of Liberty.


COUNTESS (INCREDULOUS)

Modeled for the--?! (SPUTTERS AND COUGHS)


MONIQUE

Why, grandmama, what's the matter?


COUNTESS

When he finds out the truth, I just wonder if he'll still want to sing that song.


HORACE (SINGS)

Much more could be said if I thought with my head,

But I only can think with my heart.


HORACE, MONIQUE & CHOIR

I love you, I love you

And yearn for the day,

The day when you'll say

I love you.


MUSIC: ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR UP FOR A BIG CURTAIN


SOUND: APPLAUSE


ANNOUNCER

In just a moment, we'll continue with Act Two of "Miss Liberty."


SOUND: MOVING TRAIN BACKGROUND


1ST TRAVELER

One of the things I like best about riding a train is sitting here in air-conditioned comfort and watching the landscape rush by the window. Wonder how fast we're going.


2ND TRAVELER

Oh, that's easy. I just clocked it. We're going sixty-two miles an hour.


1ST TRAVELER

How do you know that?


2ND TRAVELER

Well, it took us just fifty-eight seconds to travel from one milepost to another along the right-of-way -- and this chart here shows that a mile traveled in fifty-eight seconds means that we're doing sixty-two miles an hour. I clipped the chart from a handy booklet called "Quiz on Railroads and Railroading," published by the Association of American Railroads.


SOUND: TRAIN WHISTLE SIGNAL


1ST TRAVELER

Say, uh, does the quiz also cover train whistle signals?


2ND TRAVELER

It sure does! That whistle you just heard is a warning signal, indicating that we're approaching a public crossing.


SOUND: MOVING TRAIN UP AND OUT


ANNOUNCER

Yes, the answers to the questions of this traveler and to hundreds of other questions that you might ask about the railroads are answered in the colorful, informative "Quiz" booklet. For instance, "Quiz" has a section on the fascinating history of railroads. Another covers the ingenious methods and facilities which make possible the dependability, efficiency, and economy of railroad operations, and the unparalleled safety of railroad travel. And it is crammed with exciting photographs of railroads in action. Yes, "Quiz" contains the answers to many of the things you may have wondered about concerning the railroads. You can have a copy of this interesting booklet, free of charge, by merely dropping a postal card to The Railroad Hour, Transportation Building, Washington, Six, D. C. "Quiz" is the most popular booklet ever written about railroads. More than three million copies have been received by people everywhere. Thousands of Railroad Hour listeners have already received copies. So be sure to ask for your free copy of "Quiz on Railroads and Railroading." Tonight, send your name and address to The Railroad Hour, Transportation Building, Washington, Six, D. C. I'll give you that address again at the end of this program.


MUSIC: LIVELY TAG ... THEN OUT


ANNOUNCER

Now here is Act Two of the Irving Berlin-Robert E. Sherwood musical "Miss Liberty," dramatized by Lawrence and Lee, starring Gordon MacRae and Virginia Haskins, with Hanley Stafford and Gloria Gordon. 


MUSIC: FOR "MISS LIBERTY" ... IN BG


CHOIR (SINGS)

Liberty, Miss Liberty,

We welcome you here to our shores.

Liberty, Miss Liberty,

The key to the city is yours.

Liberty, Miss Liberty,

With banners and streamers unfurled,

You're not just the symbol of 

A statue that we love 

But the most beautiful girl in the world.


HORACE

Would you like to dine some evening with the Astors?


CHOIR

She'd love to!


HORACE

Would you like to play a week at Tony Pastor's?


CHOIR

She'd love to!


HORACE

Would you like to come to Trinity on Sunday?


CHOIR

She'd love to!


HORACE

Would you like to launch a battleship on Monday?


CHOIR

She'd love to!


CHOIR MEN

Here's some orchids fresh with dew from the President to you.


CHOIR WOMEN

Here's some winter flannels from the nation's mothers.


HORACE

Here's a ticket for a ball--

You'll be welcome at the hall.

Here's a cough drop from the famous bearded brothers.


MONIQUE

I thank you, I thank you, I'm grateful to be sure,

Like money in the bank, you have made me feel secure.

Your Congress, your Senate, your President, so dear,

But mostly Mister Bennett, the man who brought me here.


HORACE & CHOIR

Liberty, Miss Liberty,

With banners and streamers unfurled,

You're not just the symbol of 

A statue that we love

But the most beautiful girl in the world.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES


SOUND: CROWD LAUGHS AND MURMURS HAPPILY ... THEN MORE QUIETLY, IN BG


BENNETT

Miss Liberty! Let me welcome you to our shores. I'm James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the New York Herald.


HORACE (LOW, NERVOUS)

Be nice to him, Monique. He's paid for your trip.


MONIQUE

Oh, dear Mr. Bennett! I am charmed. Have you met my grandmother, the Countess DuPont?


BENNETT

I'm honored, Your Ladyship.


COUNTESS (VERY DRY)

I hope you stay that way. ...


MAN IN CROWD

Speech, Miss Liberty!


SOUND: CROWD SHOUTS AGREEMENT, CALLS FOR "SPEECH! SPEECH!" ... QUIETS BEHIND--


BENNETT

Please, Miss Liberty! Will you favor us with a speech?


MONIQUE (A SPEECH)

Well, I simply love New York and I'm so glad to be here! But I think there's just one teensy-weensy thing that I ought to explain to you--


COUNTESS (LOW)

Pssst! Monique?


MONIQUE (LOW, PUZZLED)

What is it, grandmama?


COUNTESS (LOW)

There's a new magic word. Shut up. ...


MUSIC: BRIDGE


HORACE

Monique, you're wonderful. You know, all of New York is in love with you.


MONIQUE

I don't care about all of New York. How do you feel?


HORACE

Oh, I feel fine. And, you know, Mr. Bennett not only hired me back on his paper, he gave me a two-dollar raise.


MONIQUE

Oh, congratulations, Horace.


HORACE

Why, if this keeps up, in fifty years I could be editor of the paper. Just think if I hadn't discovered you, I might have gone back to Prender's Falls and never amounted to nothin'.


MUSIC: FOR "A LITTLE FISH IN A BIG POND" ... IN BG


MONIQUE (LAUGHS)

You know what you are?


HORACE

What?


MONIQUE (SINGS)

A little fish in a big pond 

Has gotta have lots of heart,

For swimming around are big fish;

But if he's the least bit smart,


Back to his little pond 

He doesn't go--

The little fish spreads his fins 

And begins to grow, grow, grow.


That's you, 

A little fish 

In a big pond, all right--

Me too, 

A little fish, 

But we gotta stand up and fight.


A little man in a big town 

Don't have to get out and roam--

Stop taking it on the chin 

And begin to feel at home

In the bigger pond 

Where the bigger fish 

And the bigger men belong.


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES


HORACE

Yep, I guess I'm a pretty big fish now.


SOUND: DOOR BURSTS OPEN


BENNETT (FURIOUS)

You!


SOUND: DOOR SLAMS


HORACE (LIKE A BIG FISH)

Oh, hello, there, J. G.! (CLEARS THROAT) How's tricks?


BENNETT

You scoundrel! You buffoon! You nitwit! You scapegrace of a nincompoop!


HORACE (BEAT, LIKE A LITTLE FISH)

Something the matter, Mr. Bennett? ...


BENNETT (FORCED CALM, TO MONIQUE)

Miss Liberty, may I ask how old you are?


MONIQUE (INNOCENTLY)

Why, I'm twenty-three.


BENNETT

The New York World, my chief competitor, says you're a fraud.


HORACE

What?


BENNETT (ACIDLY)

It seems the statue was carved more than twenty years ago. May I inquire, mademoiselle, if you posed for it in your cradle?


MONIQUE

Oh, I didn't pose for the Statue of Liberty.


HORACE

You - you - you didn't?


MONIQUE

No.


MONIQUE

But you said you did.


MONIQUE

Oh, no! You said I did! (MATTER-OF-FACT) And I just didn't say I didn't.


BENNETT 

Young lady, you and the so-called "Countess" will be shipped out of the country on the next boat!


HORACE

Now, wait a minute, Mr. Bennett, you - you can't do that.


BENNETT (EXPLODES)

Can't I?! Why don't you go down to the Bureau of Immigration to see 'em off?! 


MUSIC: SAD BRIDGE ... THEN BUILDS TO "GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR" IN BG


SOUND: HARBOR BACKGROUND


VOICE: Deporting passengers, prepare to board ship!


MONIQUE (TEARFUL)

Please don't be sad, grandmama.


COUNTESS

Who's sad? I'm surprised we got away with it as long as we did.


HORACE (APPROACHES, CONCERNED)

Countess? Monique? Are they really going to deport you?


MONIQUE

Any minute. The boat's almost ready to sail. (WEEPS, IN BG)


HORACE

Well, it isn't right. Even if you didn't pose for the statue, you're still Miss Liberty. And how can we send Miss Liberty away from the United States? It's - it's all wrong. Well, you know what it says on the base of the new statue--

(SINGS)

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


CHOIR

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,


HORACE & CHOIR

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES ... THEN BUILDS TO "LET'S TAKE AN OLD-FASHIONED WALK" IN BG


MONIQUE

I love you, Horace.


HORACE

Monique? I have an idea. Look, if we get married, you'll be an American citizen -- and they can't deport you.


MONIQUE (SIGHS HAPPILY) 

That's wonderful! Oh, but what about grandmama?


COUNTESS

Don't worry, I'll get back in. Nobody could say I was too young to pose for the Statue of Liberty! ...


HORACE

Oh, Monique! You know, I'll take you back to Prender's Falls. 'Course I don't have any money, so I don't know how we'll get there.


MONIQUE

I know, Horace!

(SINGS)

Let's take an old-fashioned walk;

I'm just bursting with talk--

What a tale could be told 

If we went for an old-fashioned walk!


HORACE

Let's take a stroll through the park,

Down a lane where it's dark,

And heart that's controlled 

May relax on an old-fashioned walk.


MONIQUE

I know for a couple who seem to be miles apart,


HORACE

There's nothing like walking and having a heart-to-heart.


HORACE, MONIQUE & CHOIR

I know a girl who declined, 

Couldn't make up her mind--

She was wrapped up and sold

Coming home from an old-fashioned walk.

An old-fashioned walk!

An old-fashioned walk!


MUSIC: SONG CONCLUDES 


SOUND: APPLAUSE 


MacRAE

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Lovely Virginia Haskins will be back in just a moment. And our hearty thanks to Hanley Stafford who was Mr. Bennett; Miss Gloria Gordon who was the Countess; and to our entire company. "Miss Liberty," with music by Irving Berlin and book and lyrics [sic] by Robert E. Sherwood, was dramatized for the Railroad Hour by Lawrence and Lee. The Railroad Hour is brought to you each week at this same time by the American Railroads. Marvin?


ANNOUNCER

Behind the giant locomotives of today is a fascinating history of constant change and improvement from the teapot kettle engines of more than a century ago. And you can trace this dramatic development in a pictorial history of locomotives -- only one of the many interesting features in "Quiz on Railroads and Railroading." This attractive booklet, answering hundreds of questions about the American Railroads, can be yours free of charge by just dropping a card with your name and address to The Railroad Hour, Transportation Building, Washington, Six, D. C. That address again: The Railroad Hour, Transportation Building, Washington, Six, D. C. 


MacRAE

Thank you, Marvin. Now, folks, here again is our guest star, vivacious Virginia Haskins.


SOUND: APPLAUSE 


HASKINS

Vivacious Virginia?! Well, thank you, Gorgeous Gordon!


MacRAE (GOOFY, PUNCH-DRUNK VOICE)

Please, I only use that name when I'm wrestlin'.


HASKINS (LAUGHS)

Then tell us -- what's on the card next week, champ?


MacRAE

Well, it's quite an occasion, Virginia. A few weeks ago, we presented "My Romance," the last Broadway show written by the late, great Sigmund Romberg, and next week we're doing his first New York show, "Blue Paradise." Nadine Conner'll be here from the Met to sing the top line, and we hope you'll tune us in.


HASKINS

Ooh, I wouldn't miss it, Gordon. Goodnight!


MacRAE

Goodnight, Virginia. You were wonderful.


CONDUCTOR

All aboard!


SOUND: TRAIN YARD BACKGROUND


MacRAE

Well, it looks as if we're ready to pull out. And so until next week, dear friends, this is Gordon MacRae saying, "Goodnight."


SOUND: TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ... LOCOMOTIVE ON TRACK ... TOPPED BY--


MUSIC: THEME (QUOTES "I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD") ... ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR ... CHANGES TO FAST RAILROAD RHYTHM ... THEN BEHIND ANNOUNCER--


ANNOUNCER

Gordon MacRae can soon be seen in the Technicolor production "The Desert Song." Our choir is under the direction of Norman Luboff and our music is prepared and conducted by Carmen Dragon. This is Marvin Miller saying goodbye until next week for the American Railroads. Now keep tuned for your Monday night of music on NBC.


MUSIC: THEME (QUOTES "I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD") ... ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR ... FOR A BIG FINISH


SOUND: APPLAUSE ... OUT FOR--


NBC ANNCR

Tonight, "The Voice of Firestone" features Cesare Siepi on NBC.


MUSIC: NBC CHIMES


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