Damon Runyon Theater

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Damon Runyon Theater

Damon Runyon, a celebrated writer and newspaperman, composed humorous stories set in less-than-affluent areas of New York City. He wrote about colorful characters who always managed to sort out the most peculiar puzzles and in the most creative ways. The funny, lovable, city-bred “Broadway” hosts and narrates each story that inevitably revolves around a scheme, a legal (maybe illegal) fix, or doll troubles of members of the good natured gang. Audiences loved Runyon, laughed at his stories and adored the characters he created. Listeners today understand why.

Damon Runyon Theater fans gathered ‘round the radio from 1949 through 1950 to hear the stories that were adapted for audio productions. Some of radio’s most respected actors brought the endearing, funny and memorable gang to life, something that may never have happened if Runyon hadn’t been expelled from school in sixth grade. His father put him to work in his printing business, which introduced young Runyon to newspapers, and by the time he was 15, he was writing news stories for the Pueblo Evening Press. At least 20 of his stories were adapted for movies, including the classic treasures, “The Lemon Drop Kid,” “Little Miss Marker,” and “A Slight Case of Murder.” A television version of Damon Runyon Theater aired from 1955 to 1956, a decade after his death in 1946.

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Damon Runyon Theater: Romance in Roaring Forties