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Mystery Play Internet Radio has been broadcasting old time radio on the internet for over 17 years. MPIR has evolved from simple playlists of mp3 formatted radio plays to sophisticated live stream programming to net casting on various listening devices. Clyde J. Kell the owner and operator of Mystery Play Internet Radio has only one purpose and passion. To enable as many people as possible from all over the world the ability to listen and share old time radio. My creativity now extends to creating works of visual art in water color and illustrations.


Lurene Tuttle on MPIR

Hello MPIR Fans, for the first time ever, a Lurene Tuttle tribute! Across all the streams are now playing the radio works of this outstanding radio actress.

Lurene Tuttle (August 29, 1907 – May 28, 1986) was an American character actress and acting coach, who made the transition from vaudeville to radio, and later films and television. Her most enduring impact was as one of network radio's most versatile actresses. Often appearing in 15 shows a week, comedies, dramas, thrillers, soap operas, and crime dramas, she became known as the "First Lady of Radio".

Tuttle's radio debut came in 1936 when she appeared on Hollywood Hotel with Dick Powell. Despite having never performed before a microphone, Tuttle's audition won her a three-year contract with the program. Thirteen years later, one newspaper columnist called her "quite possibly the most-heard woman in America."

On radio's The Adventures of Sam Spade she played just about every female role, as well as Spade's secretary Effie Perrine. She appeared in such shows as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a role that testified to her vocal versatility: for while playing Harriet Nelson's on-air mother, she concurrently appeared on The Great Gildersleeve as the niece Marjorie Forrester, a character twenty years her junior. Tuttle had regular roles in such shows as Brenthouse (a soap opera, as Nancy), Dr. Christian (as nurse Judy Price), Duffy's Tavern (as Dolly Snaffle), One Man's Family (another soap opera; various roles), The Red Skelton Show (as Junior's mother andas Daisy June, roles that she shared with Harriet Nelson), Hollywood Hotel, and the soap opera Those We Love.

Tuttle worked with Jack Webb, Jeff Regan, Investigator, and Pat Novak for Hire. Lux Radio Theater, The Screen Guild Theater and Suspense, in the episode "The Sisters", with Rosalind Russell. In The Whistler, she played good and evil twins and used separate microphones to stay in character for each twin.

Vincent Price once said that he couldn't look at Lurene while acting because of the many contortions and facial expressions she made during a performance of a character. She played 10different parts in a radio play they were rehearsing. Everytime he looked at her, he would crackup! Included in the playlist is a show that has Lurene Tuttle playing seven different characters. The Columbia Workshop “The Man Without A Shadow”.

I also found some of her film and television work on YouTube and made available for viewing in the MPIR Theater >>  In the movie "Ma Barker's Killer Brood" 1960 the movie acting and plot is really sad. However Lurene Tuttle as Ma Barker is over the top, a she portrays a real evil lady!

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