Can You Imagine That?

Performances of surprising newspaper stories, from 1940
from archive.org

Can You Imagine That is a show that features strange and surprising stories from newspaper columns from across the country. The stories are presented as a combination of docudrama sketches combined with vignettes about odd news items and historical oddities.

Lindsay MacHarrie, who both wrote and directed the production, as well as acting in many of the vignettes, had been a prolific producer while at stations KHJ and KMPC in Hollywood. He also acted as host and narrator for the entire run.

The 15 minute episodes were broadcast in 1940, usually on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

  1. Aunt Mary's New Tooth (13.6Mb)
  2. Grog in 1740 (13.5Mb)
  3. Clam Chowder (13.5Mb)
  4. Bits of Bread (aka Napkins) (13.6Mb)
  5. Tom Molineaux (13.5Mb)
  6. Parliament Buildings (13.5Mb)
  7. Tin Can Tied to Dog's Tail (13.6Mb)
  8. First Car of Funeral Train (13.6Mb)
  9. More Married Men (13.5Mb)
  10. A Girl Changes Her Mind (13.5Mb)
  11. 44 Year Old Quarrel (13.5Mb)
  12. Two Million an Hour (13.5Mb)
  13. Building Rises from the Sea (13.6Mb)
  14. Two Days on a Streetcar (13.7Mb)
  15. Ostracize (13.6Mb)
  16. Boy Battles Eagle (13.5Mb)
  17. Sneezing for 21 Days (13.5Mb)
  18. Stone Giant (13.5Mb)
  19. Number Two Is Unlucky (13.6Mb)
  20. Frightened out of Speech (13.6Mb)
  21. Chimp Language (13.5Mb)
  22. 1788 War Prediction (13.5Mb)
  23. Animals' Field Day (13.5Mb)
  24. Two Billion Dollar Bet (13.5Mb)
  25. Funeral Fire (13.5Mb)
  26. Explosion Heard Three Thousands Miles Away (13.5Mb)
  27. Five Men Swindled (13.5Mb)
  28. Not English (13.5Mb)
  29. Reward Nineteen Years Later (13.5Mb)
  30. Joan of Arc (13.5Mb)
  31. Marriage Customs (13.5Mb)
  32. Black Cats (13.5Mb)
  33. His Brother's Father (13.6Mb)
  34. Babies and Weather (13.5Mb)
  35. Detective Stories (13.5Mb)
  36. Ape Saved Key Possession (13.5Mb)
  37. Angel of Death (13.5Mb)
  38. Motion Pictures (13.5Mb)
  39. Victim Arrested (13.5Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.