Step behind the scenes at a busy department store. Mr Featherstone the manager has his hands full as he has to orchestrate the show behind the merchandising. As a gimmick, a special prize of anything in the store will be given to the millionth shopper. Can it get worse? Santa claus reports in sick. Mr Potter is a floor manager, with his eye on a special gal who works in the cleaning department, and has a little boy named, Jackie. Will making sales win out over the traditional nativity scene that has always been displayed in the show window? Mr Potter is already on the outs with his boss for the extra expenses that are being racked up for the store promotions. He takes the matter into his own hands to deliver a message of the real meaning behind Christmas. As the millionth customer crosses the threshold, will Mr Featherstone's worst fears about giving away an expensive fur coat come to be? Will the measures he took as a safety net against losing $4000 work out for him? A story that portrays a little of the traditional Christmas story, and the merchandising monster that commerce has made it. Bonus Track: Florence Henderson, as Carol Brady, sings - O Come All Ye Faithful.
Cathy waits with the house keeper for her mommy and daddy to return from their trip. As Cathy's anticipation builds, it's up to Greer Garson to be the stabilizing force. Greer plays Buffy the housekeeper, but it becomes more difficult for her when a bad report is hinted at over a phone call. What might have happened to Cathy's parents? Can Buffy keep the news a secret from Cathy? Maybe a walk downtown for some shopping might distract the eager girl. A visit with friends doesn't even raise her spirits. Can things get worse? During the battle of patience, Buffy discovers that Cathy is missing. Cops are called, and it isn't until late in the evening on this Christmas before Cathy is found. Will her Christmas prayers at the church help bring her parents home? Stay tuned to the suspenseful end for a reading of the well known poem, The Night Before Christmas by Buffy. Christmas prayers have a way of proving that it isn't the materialistic things under the tree that matters as much as having loved ones to share the day.
Rogue goes into flashback mode to tell how his date with Liza was interupted. His crooning to the gal ends when a phone call draws him out to see a client. Mrs Burgess is young, hot looking, and rich. She also suspects her husband of cheating on her with his secretary. The mundane and boring case of getting evidence to support a divorce trial is nearly brushed off. Going to confront the husband, Harvey, things get serious fast. There's a scream, and a thump on the head. It's time to get the cops on the case, but Rogue leaves the crime scene when he thinks he knows where to find the killer. Things seem a little too convenient when Helen, the secretary, is found dead from a suicide. The rainfall of the day provides the clue that clenches the case for Rogue, and gives him the hard evidence to confront the real killer. As he turns the crooks over to the cops, he explains it all. What about his date with Liza that he told to open the story? Even more puzzling, how can a guy as smart as Rogue is, manage to get thumped on the head so much?
On a calm Summer day, Sade and Russel share some lazy conversation. Topics meander from Christmas to their sleeping neighbor, Mr Donahue. Vic arrives in a burst of energy with important lodge news. Visiting dignitaries are coming to town, and Vic recruits Russel in memorizing opassages of greeting from his lodge manuals. Sade gathers Vics robe, and he has to rush off to manage the rest on his own. Will they be able to return to their lazy front porch swing again? Especially after all that excitement?
Taking his duties as Air Raid warden seriously, Lum has bought an old train porter's uniform. He's still delivering pamphlets for Diogenes, and tells a little of his embarrassing story after he and Abner thought the package contained a bomb. Lum now has a special job for Mousey Gray. The soft spoken night watchman enters to apply for the new job of Airplane Watcher. We learn for the first time what Mouseys real name is. Learn even more about Mousey as he and Lum go over his job application form. Diogenes arrives to bestow another mission on Lum, his Harold and Harbinger of Truth. Will Diogenes discover the incident of the soggy package?
Jonathan and the Man on the Moon encounter Tiddle, and wink. The silly pair warns about the sleeping king, who is a lion. what new troubles will the Lying lion be as he lays there lying? It turns out to be no problem at all when King O'Jigraph. invites the gang home for dinner.
Jim, Judy, and Cinnamon Bear get the good word from Queen Melissa. The Silver Star can be repaired. They are now on a quest to find the Wishing Woods. They first have to get past a cantankerous crocodile who eats their magic instructions. Note: You can get the whole collection all at once by visiting: Times Past Old Time Radio Archives: Cinnamon Bear (OTRR Certified).
The power of the press is a flaming sword. Use it wisely. Reporter Steve Wilson is on a quest to spread justice across his city. Racketeers pay a visit to Anna and Mike. After Mike is gunned down, his blind sister Anna goes to Steve with her story. If the men who killed Mike knew the only witness against them is a blind woman, they might let her live. Using the fact that they aren't aware of Anna's blindness, Steve Wilson and Lauralai hide Anna, and set a trap to catch those murderous gangsters. Steve falls into the hands of the gangsters, but even after taking a beating he won't talk. Can his cabbie friend, Harry, rescue him? When Lauralai shows up, will the thugs believe her when she claims the warehouse is being surrounded by the cops? By now it's too late, the gangsters have already shown their hand, and guilt is no longer hanging on the testimony of a blind witness.
Jack talks to Rochester as they ride downtown for some Christmas shopping. What was Christmas like when Jack was a boy? Mary joins Jack in the store. Jack goes to the credit department to apply for a card. Elsewhere, Dennis is shopping for his parents. Phil sweet talks a Southern belle as he picks up a special gift for Alice. Phil and the band play a peppy tune. Jack and Mary encounter the race track tout, and Mr Kitzel as they shop for flowers and gifts. The Sportsmen pose as wind up toys to sing the sponsor's message. Elliot Lewis is the loud salesman at the perfume counter. Mel Blanc is the crazed salesman who goes off the deep end after remembering his ordeal last year when Jack tried to buy shoe laces. To close the show, Dennis sings a Christmas medley that includes: O Little Town of Bethlehem,
A man from a charity fund, sponsored by the Daily Sentenal, talks with Miss Casey about a list of poor families to help for Christmas. Certain ones who have been on the list for years have mysteriously hit it big, and no longer have a need for charity. Flags are raised, and Brit Reed takes a closer look into the matter. How could destitute families suddenly elevate themselves out of poverty? Hey, leave them alone to enjoy their financial security. It's probably just hush money to keep them from having a loved one hurt by organized crime. But no... It's the principle of taking dirty money, instead of making an earnest living, or in letting Brit Reed get an ego boost in providing care for his destitute families. But I'm beginning to rant, back to the story. Is there a pattern to connect those who have made good in the past hyear? Brit spots the activity centering around a certain nightclub owner. Now he needs to deliver solid proof to the cops to see that any injustices are dealt with. To get it done, Brit relies on the unorthodox methods of the Green Hornet and his side kick Cato. Sure enough, the flood of cash to the needy families is hush money, paid on account of the man in the family being in prison, and having knowledge of gang operations related to Spencer, the nightclub owner. When the Green Hornet begins doing his own extortion from the families, he hopes to bring down Spencer and all his dastardly gangland deeds. With the grease removed, will the wheels begin to squeal to the cops? Of course, the Sentinal will kick in with honest charity funds to support the destitute families.
In order to rescue Santa Claus from being kidnapped, Jonathan Thomas and his new friends have had to face the witch of Rumplestitch. She has tossed a lot of trouble their way, but charms have been granted to overcome each obstacle along the way. As whiskery Bill the squirrel tries to bring back the red red rose, he finds that the ice covered river has cracked, and he can't swim. Still, swimming is just the thing that walruses do. Sir Algernon the walrus has caused the witch to find new evil spells to cast. The red rose does its magic, and Jonathan is awakened from the cave of dreams. For now, all the witch can do is make threts as Jonathan and his friends continue their march.
After a narrow escape from the Wintergreen Witch, the Silver Star has been recovered. Tragedy strikes when the Crazy Quilt Dragon accidentally breaks the star. They decide to take their broken star to Queen Melissa to see what she can do to help. Note: For more Christmas serials try visiting: Christmas programs | First Arkansas News (FAN) - reporting from across the Natural State. Besides the Cinnamon Bear, you'll also find Jonathan Thomas and his Adventure on the Moon, and Jump Jump the Elf and the Ice Queen.
As Vic and Russel are in the middle of a tournament of playing Rummy, Sade enters with a dose of neighborhood gossip and wants to be dealt in on their game. A little reluctantly, the guys deal her a hand, but her gossip keeps her distracted, and she can't seem to get started playing her hand. Sade is too preoccupied by the news of her day, and keeps thinking that she has played already, she rearranges the cards in her hand, but never actually plays her cards. The guys quietly wait, and try to politely urge her to make her play. Sade doesn't want to be rushed, and begins to take offense when the guys aren't taking much interest in her flood of juicy news. To add agony to the delayed card game, a phone call comes in, which Sade is quick to answer. It's a wrong number, but the gossipping keeps on when Sade returns to the game. Is it still her turn? Was it ever not hers?
Rapidly gaining the confidence of Diogenes, Lum has a growing confidence that he's a good bet for the reward for the honest man contest. Today Lum talks to Abner about a new civic office for Pine Ridge. Lum has already held offices as Justice of the Peace, Head of the School Board, and others. Now he's to be an Air Raid Warden. Lum tells about the patriotic duty, and the night time obligation of watching the skies for enemy aircraft. The nights of Pine Ridge are full of activity with Mousey having a job as night watchman, Cedricworking at the defense plant, Diogenes printing pamphlets all night, and now Lum watching for airplanes. Squire Skimp drops in the store, but how much should our friends tell himm about their secrets? Squire has a deposit for the new Victory boxes with scrap material for the war effort. He may be a shady character, but he's a patriotic sneaky rival. Word of espionage and sabotage are shared, but a spirit of brotherly unity prevail in Pine Ridge. A shadow of doubt begins to cloud the minds of both Lum and Abner. Might the packages that Diogenes wants delivered contain a bomb, or some other terrible thing? What's that ticking sound?
whiskery Bill had to get a ruby from the rainbow bridge, because all the briar roase could make were white roses. Today Bill and his new friend the walrus sing as they march back with their ruby. Now it's up to the brambly rose to do her magic. It looks as though whiskery Bill will be off to keep his promise, but the witch and her magic mirror are making plans to put some obstacles in the way.