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Strike Up the Banshee

Camel Caravan 

Strike Up the Banshee 

Mar 14 1935



CAST:

O'KEEFE, host

VON ZELL, announcer

JACK, who enacts various roles

FROST, the same; might be female

SORIN, Noo Yawk Jewish accent

GIRL (1 line)

MAN (1 line)

MAN 2 (1 line)

HUNT, Southern accent (2 lines)

VOICE, of banshee; Irish accent

and two singers, Annette Hanshaw and Kenny Sargent




COLUMBIA BROADCASTING SYSTEM


CAMEL PROGRAM NO. 40


THURSDAY MAR. 14, 1935

9:00 to 9:30 P.M.


CUE: (COLUMBIA BROADCASTING SYSTEM)

     (_________30 seconds_________)


MUSIC: SMOKE RINGS 


O'KEEFE: (AFTER EIGHT BARS) Gangway neighbor...here comes the Camel Caravan again brought to you by the makers of Camel Cigarettes and Prince Albert Smoking Tobacco. This is Walter O'Keefe my dear customers...and may I greet you on behalf of the Camel crowd, the petite Annette Hanshaw and Glen Gray and his Casa Loma orchestra. Well, I've had a hard day over the washtubs...so I'm going to sit down while the boys play: "Love Dropped in for Tea." 


MUSIC: LOVE DROPPED IN FOR TEA (ORCHESTRA) 


O'KEEFE: AD LIBS TO 


MUSIC: THE TOP OF THE MORNING TO YOU (WALTER O'KEEFE)


MUSIC: I MAY BE WRONG (ANNETTE HANSHAW) 

       (O'KEEFE AD LIBS INTRODUCTION OVER MUSIC) 


VON ZELL: When people say "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," they have in mind the fact that Camels contain costlier tobaccos. The makers have spent millions of dollars more to insure that Camels are made from finer, more expensive tobaccos -- Turkish and Domestic -- than any other brand. For smokers, this means a flavor that is smooth, rich and mild, that doesn't tire your taste, a firm flavor, that never gets flat, even when you're smoking an extra amount. You'll notice, too, that Camels give you a "lift" when you're tired. That's Camel's famous "energizing effect" -- scientifically confirmed, and reported by lots of Camel smokers too. Be sure that Camel is your cigarette. Enjoy Camel's finer tobaccos freely. And remember: "They never get on your nerves." 


MUSIC: SITTIN' ON A LOG (ORCHESTRA & HANSHAW) 

       (O'KEEFE AD LIBS INTRODUCTION OVER MUSIC) 


O'KEEFE: Well, ladies and gentlemen...St. Patrick's Day is only five days away and so in honor of the Ould Sod we present tonight a playlet of the Irish countryside...It has to do with ghosts...or as we call them in Ireland..."Banshees". The title of this little slice of folklore is "Strike Up the Banshee." Now while Timothy O'Von Zell sets the stage I'll fill up my jimmy pipe and dust off my shillalah... 


BIZ: ORCHESTRA PLAYS "WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" 


VON ZELL: The scene...a thatched roof cottage where the River Shannon flows...the time...the present...starring Walter O'Keefe in the role of Pugnatius Ignatius Aloyisius O'Hoolihan. 


BIZ: MUSIC UP AND OUT


(AT OPENING WE HAVE LOUD HEARTY NOISES...ACCOMPANIMENT AN ACCORDION AND VIOLIN PLAYING A WILD IRISH JIG...SOUNDS OF DANCING AND YELLS OF MERRY MAKERS...MERRIMENT DIMS DOWN...) 


JACK: (ACCENT) Well Michael...tis a grand party...and so polite they do be bein'...


O'KEEFE: They do be polite...there hasn't been a fist fight in five minutes. How about a drink? 


JACK: I've got a bottle but there's no bottle opener... 


O'KEEFE: Phwat d'ye need with a bottle opener...Here...I'll break the neck off the bottle... 


BIZ: BOTTLE CRASH


FROST: Oh Mr. O'Hoolihan...make Timothy sing a song.. 


O'KEEFE: Quiet you people...would you like to hear Timothy O'Toole sing a song? 


BIZ: START VOCALIZING. AD LIB CRIES...AYE...WE WOULD...GWAN TIMOTHY! 


O'KEEFE: Maybe you could sing better Tim if you took the bottle out of your mouth... 


JACK: (SINGS) When Irish eyes are happy 

              Sure it's like a morn in spring 

              And when Irish eyes are smiling 

              Sure they steal your heart away. 


BIZ: EVERYBODY BOOS 

     KNOCK ON DOOR 


O'KEEFE: Ahhh...that must be old Michael O'Toole knocking at the o'door...Come in...


BIZ: DOOR OPENS AND SHUTS

     EVERYBODY SAYS "HELLO MICHAEL"


O'KEEFE: Hello Michael...how are ya? 


JACK: (JABBERS INDISTINGUISHABLY) SWELL. 


O'KEEFE: And how's the missus... 


JACK: (HIGHER AND MORE EXCITABLE JABBER) 


O'KEEFE: Ohhhhh...ye don't say!.. 


FROST: Phwat? 


O'KEEFE: Phwat?


FROST: I said "Phwat did he say? 


O'KEEFE: He sez he's got a kid a year old and the kid can talk as well as he can... 


FROST: Oh Mr. O'Hoolihan...Mr. O'Hoolihan...I want you to meet a true son of Old Erin.


O'KEEFE: Shake hands...I'm glad to know yez...The top of the mornin' to ye... 


SORIN: Hello hello hello...Mr. O'Hoolihan ... 


O'KEEFE: So you're a son of Old Erin, are you? 


SORIN: Old Aaron Rosenberg..of course, of course ...wurra wurra begorra..Hoot mon!


O'KEEFE: Hey McGillicuddy...this is Irish...not Scotch...Tell me ...how are you going to spend St. Patrick's Day? 


SORIN: Right in the middle of the parade...I'm taking no chances..


JACK: Tell me O'Hoolihan...what became of the widow O'Toole...I raymimber...she was always thinkin' she was sick..Does she still think she's sick? 


O'KEEFE: No...now she thinks she's dead.. C'mon now...the party's gettin' too quiet...the neighbors are complaining...we'll have to be having a song or a fight...and I'm ready for either... 


SORIN: Well, if you're insisting ...I'll play to you a little folk song from the County Bronx...enteettietittled "Ireland Must Be Heaven Cause My Mother-in-law Comes from Scotland." 


BIZ: JACK AND O'KEEFE JABBER...ACCORDION PLAYS IRISH JIG...AND SEQUES...BOOS AND HISSES


O'KEEFE: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen...we'll continue with our Irish play "Strike up the Banshee"...and meanwhile the Casa Loma Banshee will play "My Dance" and Kenny Sargent will sing "My Dance." 


MUSIC: MY DANCE (ORCHESTRA AND SARGENT) 

       (O'KEEFE INTRODUCES SARGENT OVER MUSIC) 


VON ZELL: We talked the other day with Craig Wood, outstanding golf competitor. The question of smoking came up and Craig Wood had this to say: "When the strain begins to tell on my game, smoking a Camel will refresh me, ease the tension, and quickly build up my energy so I can go on with renewed zest. I get a 'lift' with a Camel as often as I wish." We agree with Craig Wood. He knows his golf, and he knows his cigarettes. And here is what some more folks say, who also feel the same about Camels. Miss Georgia Engelhard, well-known mountain climber:


GIRL: "A Camel 'picks me up' in just a few minutes and gives me the energy to go on." 


VON ZELL: H.L. Vough, expert tree surgeon:


MAN: "The first time I ever smoked a Camel, I 'fell' for that rich, mild taste. Camels help to relieve tiredness after a hard day's work." 


VON ZELL: George F. Stafford, store manager: 


MAN (2): "I call a Camel 'the smoke that cheers.' Whenever I smoke a Camel, my energy revives." 


VON ZELL: Just a few, from among the thousands of people who smoke Camels for increased energy, for flavor that doesn't tire the taste, and for extra value. It's a fact, as tobacco men know, that Camels are made from finer, more expensive tobaccos -- both Turkish and Domestic -- than any other popular brand. These are the costlier tobaccos that never get on your nerves.


MUSIC: PARDON MY LOVE (ANNETTE HANSHAW) (O'KEEFE AD LIDS) 


VON ZELL: And so, ladies and gentlemen...that famous group of Irish actors...the Gabby Players now continue with the second act of our Irish Jig called "Strike Up the Banshee."...starring Walter O'Keefe in the role of Michael Pugnatius, Ignatius Aloysius O'Hoolihan... The scene is still in O'Hoolihan's cottage and the party is just breaking up... 


BIZ: IRISH JIG PLAYED BY ACCORDION AND VIOLIN


O'KEEFE: Well Timothy...it's too bad you've got to be goin'. Twas a fine party... 


JACK: The missus will never believe I've been to a party...me comin' home without a black eye.. 


O'KEEFE: I'll give you a black eye...Here...Turn your face around a little to the left...Wan...Two...Three... 


BIZ: BLOW AND THUD OF BODY 


JACK: Thank you, Michael.


O'KEEFE: Not at all...get up off the floor and I'll give you a drink before ye go. C'mon now...drink it up. 


BIZ: CLINK OF GLASS 


JACK: Well...here's mud in yer eye and hair on yer chest...and the back of my hand to you. 


BIZ: SOUND EFFECT...GURGLE OF DRINKING 

     KNOCK ON DOOR 


O'KEEFE: Come in... 


BIZ: DOOR OPENS 


HUNT: The top o' the mawnin' to you all Mr. O'Hoolihan...suh...wurra wurra begorra bejabers...How you all?


O'KEEFE: Hey Pee Wee...you're talking Southern... 


HUNT: I know but I'm from the South of Ireland...I just saw a ghost...The Banshee of Bannigan's Barn.. 


O'KEEFE

& JACK: The Banshee...the ghost... 


O'KEEFE: Get O'Connell...Get O'Toole...Call O'Shea...Call O'Brien...and tell them I'm on my way to the O'Barn to meet the O'Banshee.. 


BIZ: AD LIB "COME ON" ETC...DOOR OPENS AND SHUTS 

     ORCHESTRA PLAYS MYSTERIOSO MUSIC...SEQUES INTO WIND MACHINE

     SHUTTERS BANGING 


JACK: O'Hoolihan...whist...ain't that the shutters bangin'... 


O'KEEFE: No...that's my knees knockin'...Hey McGillicuddy...are you afraid of ghosts... 


SORIN: Who me? Afraid of a ghost...Hah ha...A ghost is just a joke to me.. 


O'KEEFE: Well then ...look behind you and you'll laugh your head off... 


BIZ: SOUND OF GHOST 


SORIN: (CRY OF PAIN) If you'll excuse me gentlemen...I must be going...Begorra...I forgot something...


O'KEEFE: You forgot something...and phwat did you forget?


SORIN: I forgot to stay home... 


O'KEEFE: Well...come on...let's go in the barn...Are you there, O'Toole? 


JACK: (JABBERS) 


O'KEEFE: With a voice like that you should be in the barn...Come on... 


BIZ: CREAKING OF DOOR HINGES...SLAMMING...WINDOWS BREAKING... AND THEN JACK ON FILTER MIKE


O'KEEFE: Shhh...quiet...listen...there's the ghost now...


JACK: (DOES GHOSTLY CRY) 


O'KEEFE: Ladies and gentlemen...that was Kenny Sargent singing "This House is Haunted." 


JACK: (JABBERS) 


O'KEEFE: Stand back everybody...O'Toole is going to lay an egg.. 


VON ZELL: (DOES SHADOW LAUGH) 


SORIN: Look...I'm dying and he's laughing already...Come on... O'Hoolihan...talk to him...make him a proposition... 


O'KEEFE: Hey...are you the ghost... 


VOICE: (IRISH ACCENT) I am...


VON ZELL: (SHADOW LAUGH) 


O'KEEFE: Well come on...say something...Spook to me... 


VOICE: I haven't got a thing to say...So I'll sing "Sweetie Pie".. 


BIZ: FEW BARS OF "SWEETIE PIE" SUNG 


O'KEEFE: Hey, we did that on the program last week..


VOICE: Don't blame me I haven't got a radio here in the barn..


BIZ: EXPLOSION 


JACK: Wurra, wurra, phwat happened? 


VOICE: Who threw that? 


O'KEEFE: Nobody threw anything. The stove blew up and McGillicuddy went with it. 


JACK: Poor McGillicuddy...it's up to you Michael to break the news to Mrs. McGillicuddy...after all no one has the gift of gab like you have...you can unfurl your lip and uncurl your tongue and roll out the worst news in the wurrld in a gintle dilicate manner. 


O'KEEFE: Well come on...I'll go over and break the news in a nice way to Mrs. McGillicuddy. 


BIZ: SOFT MUSIC  FUNERAL DIRGE

     KNOCK ON DOOR


JACK: Break it to her aisy... 


BIZ: DOOR OPENS 


O'KEEFE: Does the Widow McGillicuddy live here... 


FROST: She does not...I'm Mrs. McGillicuddy...and I'm no widow... 


O'KEEFE: That's what you think...wait till you see what I've got in the basket...


BIZ: ORCHESTRA PLAYS "WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING"


O'KEEFE: And so, ladies and gentlemen, we end our Irish playlet and now the Casa Loma Band strike up the Banshee playing "The Shiek of Araby."


MUSIC: SHIEK OF ARABY (ORCHESTRA) 


VON ZELL: The Camel Caravan is presented by the makers of Camel Cigarettes and Prince Albert Smoking Tobacco -- R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Prince Albert, you know, is that cool, long-burning pipe tobacco that gives so much pleasure to so many millions of men. Good old "P.A.!" It's a secret blend -- first quality tobaccos only. And there's a special process -- used only by the makers of Prince Albert -- that removes any trace of harshness, or bite, from the National Joy Smoke. If you're a pipe smoker begin using Prince Albert right away. 


MUSIC: SMOKE RINGS 


O'KEEFE: Well, ladies and gentlemen...once more the Camel program goes up in Smoke Rings and we wander out of your life until Tuesday at ten o'clock Eastern Standard Time...when we will return with Annette Hanshaw...Glen Gray and his boys and Ted Husing...And now for a few words from Mr. O'Toole...who forgot to say goodnight...(JACK JABBERS)..step outside and say that...this is Walter O'Keefe saying "Good nate and gwan to bed"...


THEME UP AND OUT 


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