Monday, May 22, 2017

Kitty Keene, Inc.

KITTY KEENE CAST: In this old family album group are the principal members of the cast of Kitty Keene, NBC dramatic serial heard Mondays through Fridays over the NBC-Red network at 4:30 p.m. CDST.  Left to right, front row: Carlton (Charles Williams) KaDell, Gail (Kitty herself) Henshaw, Particia (Jill Jones) Dunlap, Bob (Bob Jones) Bailey, Loretta (Pearl Davis) Poynton.  Back row: Phil (Jefferson Fowler) Lord, Director Frank Dane, Peggy (Clara Lund) Hillias and Stanley (Neil Perry) Harris.

-Radio Varieties, September 1940

Kitty Keene, Inc. was a 15 minute soap opera about a former showgirl turned detective.  It ran for four years, 1937-1941.  Four episodes survive.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Little Old NEW YORK


Stacy Harris, the intrepid G-Man on Jerry Devine's This Is Your FBI, is a man without an existing birthplace.  The tiny lumber settlement in Canada where he was born disappeared from the map two years after that event.

-The Morning Herald (Uniontown, PA) July 27, 1948

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Lyons Den

By Leonard Lyons

With only five hours' notice, K. T. Stevens substituted for Margaret Sullavan in Voice of the Turtle.  Before the curtain went up, producer Alfred de Liagre announced the substitution, with the usual money back if you want it offer...Small groups in the theater immediately began to confer: "It's almost 9 o'clock...what other show can we see now?...etc." In a seat up front sat Stacy Harris, Miss Stevens' boy friend, who recently was decorated by De Gaulle. He heard theater seats snapping up, and the shuffling of people's feet.  "I don't care how many walk out," he vowed grimly, "I'm staying."  He sat tensely until someone tapped him: "Better stand up, too mister.  That's The Star-Spangled Banner they're playing."

 -Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 11, 1944

The daughter of director Sam Wood, K. T. Stevens enjoyed a long and successful career in acting.  She died in 1994.

Leonard Lyons was a Pulitzer-nominated columnist based in New York.  He died in 1976.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Target Practice

Those frequent gun shots on The Adventures of the Thin Man have finally had their effect on actress Elspeth Eric--she's acquired a 22-calibre rifle and is shooting it out on her own.  Another radio refugee from the whodunits, Stacy Harris, gifted the rifle to Miss Eric, and the two can be seen out on the countryside these fall mornings, taking pot shots at tin cans, rocks, and assorted vegetable and mineral targets.  "No birds or animals," says Miss Eric. "Too gruesome!"

-Harrisburg (PA) Telegraph Nov. 9, 1946

Born in 1907, Elspeth Eric was a successful radio actress and writer.  She died in 1993.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cheers Grow Dim and Colors Fade for Artist-Athlete, Critically Ill

Artist-Athlete Is Losing Hope
A serious illness has almost stripped from the heart of Stanley D. Harris, 20 year-old Roosevelt High School graduate, the will to live.  Until a few days ago young Harris, who lies in critical condition in Swedish Hospital, was taxed to find the time to do all the living he wanted to enjoy.

Artist and athlete, Harris is a curious combination of robust directness and quiet subtlety.  In high school, he alternated between playing football and lying on Seattle docks, sketching ships in quiet moods.  On other occasions he spent hilarious, voluble moments as Roosevelt's cheer leader.

He didn't like leading leather-lunged students in wild cries.  He felt it was "sissy."  But he found nothing "sissy" in several outlets of his artistic nature, carving figures in soap, and during the winter, in snow; making sketches and paintings.

Physicians at Swedish Hospital planned today to give the youth a little milk.  Recently he had been fed through the veins.  The youth's mother, Mrs. David Harris, 7803 W. Green Lake Way, took heart at that news, she said.

Only last Monday her son said to her: "Mother, I don't think I want to live.  I want to kiss you good-bye."

The hopeless tone in his voice, the tired look in his eyes, discouraged Mrs. Harris.  It sounded so unlike the virile son who used to stride about the house in his corduroys, eager for whatever he planned to do next.

Parents do Leading

If Stanley Harris isn't interested in life anymore--if the zest has been taken away from him by the long, dreary twenty days since his operation after he suffered a burst appendix--Stanley Harris' parents are doing the cheer-leading and cheering for their sick son.  They've taken a houseboat along Westlake Avenue, where bright sunlight streams across the decks of dozens of ships that would make fine subjects for the youth who likes to sketch and paint them.

Young Harris learned to draw and paint without instruction.  He engaged in art work, swimming and amateur acting with equal enthusiasm.  He graduated from Roosevelt last year, and since then has been doing whatever he could find in the way of work.  Stanley Harris may face another operation in a few days, but he doesn't know it yet.  That is best.  He is already too indifferent to his future for his physical good.

-Seattle Daily Times Apr. 16, 1936

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dragnet, April 26, 1954

Stacy Harris pops up as a used car dealer in the Dragnet comic strip dated April 26, 1954.  
This time the artist is Mel Keefer.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Actor Moved By Applause

HOLLYWOOD--Sixty cast and crew members on 20th Century-Fox's Return to Peyton Place set paid Stacy Harris one of the highest tributes an actor can earn when they broke into spontaneous applause for his dramatic performance in an emotional scene.

Stacy, playing Leslie Harrington in the daytime NBC-TV drama, was deeply moved.

"I starred as a Broadway actor, won a New York Critics' Award, have 20 motion pictures to my credit and appeared in 350 television shows," he said.  "But never have I received such an ovation from my co-workers."

-Abilene (TX) Reporter News Apr. 8, 1973

This article was published posthumously.