The Story Of Vic & Sade

The Story Of Vic & Sade

by Bill Idelson


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Paul Rhymer's creation of VIC AND SADE began on radio in 1932 as a two-character play featuring Art Van Harvey and Bernadine Flynn. Bill Idelson was eventually added to the cast, as nine-year-old Rush, and Idelson is the man behind this fascinating book that tells the story of one of radio's most relished programs. Over 1,800 scripts are housed at the University of Wisconsin and thanks to Idelson, we now get an idea of the early "lost" episodes. For old-time radio fans who claim this series was a pre-curser to the SEINFELD TV series (the radio show made fun of nothing), and are forced to enjoy the very few episodes known to exist in recorded form, Idelson has opened the door for you.


"The gold of this book, acknowledged by Idelson, are the complete and excerpted scripts from the mid-1930s episodes of "Vic & Sade," which illustrate the gamut of Rhymer's humor, from trenchant satire to human comedy, all with an uncanny familiarity with the bizarre side of day-to-day familial and small-town politics."
- Brent R. Swanson, Crooper, Illinois

"Idelson provides background information on Art Van Harvey (whom he calls Van) and Bernadine Flynn (Bern) but especially for Paul Rhymer. The most surprising thing about this book is what Paul Rhymer was really like. One has a certain image of what a man who writes about a small Midwestern town might be like. Paul Phymer is not that man... If you're a man of radio drama, you'll like this book. If you're a VIC AND SADE fan, you'll love this book. I definitely recommend it."
- Barbara J. Watkins, Sperdvac's Radiogram, January 2007 issue

"One of the few books I have ever written that was an amusing read. I try not to judge books by their cover, but in this case, I did. Thankfully, the book is worth the read and recommended."
- Martin Grams Jr., author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593930615
Publisher: BearManor Media
Publication date: 03/26/2010
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 1,012,037
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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The Story Of Vic & Sade 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Greyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vic and Sade may have been the best comedy of them all from the days before television replaced radio in the living rooms of the nation. The show aired in one form or another for over a decade, usually five or six days a week, with every script written by the brilliant but barely remembered Paul Rhymer. Although more than 3,500 shows were produced, many of the scripts and all but 358 of the original recordings have been lost or destroyed.Author Bill Idelson, who along with Art Van Harvey and Berdardine Flynn was a principal character in the stories taking place in "the small house half way up in the next block", would seem to be in an ideal position to shed light on this almost forgotten gem, but sadly fails to do so. The book consist mainly of reproductions of Rhymer scripts, with only a smattering of memories and very few "backstage" tidbits. These are interspersed with letters from Rhymer as well as ribald jokes and comments the creator of the show was apparently known for. While occasionally amusing, they render the book unsuitable for the younger reader, which is unfortunate given the broad family appeal of the original material of Vic and Sade. Careless (or, possibly, no) editing makes it difficult to tell at a glance whether a particular paragraph exists in an original Vic and Sade script, or as a note on the back, or whether it is in fact the work of Rhymer or Idelson. All in all, a disappointing effort, suitable only as an introduction to the neophyte ADULT fan, or those whose hunger for information about this classic show is simply insatiable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago