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PRES~'.NTEII TO STUDIO AU~DI~hNOE BUT NOT BROADCAST 0V?R TH~ AIR ......... ', .......... DUE TO FOURTH 7~AR LOAN DRIVE. RUTHRAUFF [4 RYAN ;t c. ADVERTISING RADIO DIVISION AMERICAN C. & C, COMPANY CLIENT: PALL FALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT PROGRAM: ROBERT L. RIRLEY NEV. 1 2ND 1/i7/4 BROADCAST: MON. MUTUAL DATE: 9:15-9:30 P.M. E.W.T. NETWORK: MUSIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC: RIPL~7 : (SIGNATURE - "}Uqh"fiNG SONG" - CUE A) NELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern D~gn presents... BELIEVE IT OR NOT ....... BOB RIPLAS: Here's the m~n whose whole llfe is a constant, world-wlde hunt for facts . The man who makes his living by telllng the truth. The man who knows the places nmkir~ news today...knows them because he's be~n there. Yes Bob Ripley has been there...been in more than two hundred courLtries, traveled over a half mi21ion miles...~lways seeking, always hunting for fects. Fact~ that put ~ou right with him in a front row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT .... IT'S TRUE....SAY~ BOB RIPLEY: (THEME..."A HUNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR...) (APPLAUSE) I k~iow Greetings, everybody, and ~Icome. , ~ost of you listen regularl~ to Gabriel Heatter and his keen analysis of the prooa ely i~ news, You ~a~ have heard him dast night. If you did, Fou know that ............ (N S TO FOLLOW) f~] NO! 023"1283
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RIPI~Y NI'k'IS SPOT: PROGPJ~M NU~ER ONE: JANUARY 17, 1944. R~Tg. Greot~n~s everybody and welcome, I k~ow most of you llsten ~egulP~rly to Oabriel Heatter a~£ his kee~ analysis of the news. Ycu p~obably heard him tocight. If yeu did, you knew that tonight the T~easury is laucchlng its FourthWa~ Bond Drive ~nd we're all goi~ to put it over the top. I~ these days cf war - bi]]~o~s have becomo the common,lace in our thought, but in my h~t for faots I havo feund a true incident that tops all estlmates of wealth ~ the h~story of th~ wo~!d. ~{e was A~hurbanipal of Assyria, tho ~ichost man ~ho ever lived. ~[e was wort~ a t~llioa and a half ~ollars - 79 times a~ much gold ~s is held by the U. S. Treasury. Yet ao~ther ho no~ h~ son ha~ the c~ut~o~ or tho so~s~ to ~so th~s woa]th for their D~ot~ct~o~. So It was easy for the ~d~s and tho Pors[a~s to i~vade AssyPia ~d e~lav~ it~ and when defea~ st~re~ h~m ~n the face - Ashu~ban~pal in uttor t~rro~ built a t~emondo~s ~latform of pollshod woo~, On it h~ heaped all of h~s ~ealth - 2,500,000 brick$ of ~e!id Ze]~, eac~ one valued at $50,000. It formed a pyramid i00 feet h~gh. And i~ ~t he, placed ~ii h~s je~,.e]s anti h~ rersonal be]onglnz~ - ~is 485 w~ves on ~o]den bed~ - his many children, ~ven his pet dog. And ~hen - oll was pou~ed o~ the ~yram£d, and it wa~ set on fi~e anti Ashurba~ipal threw h~mself i~to the flam£n~ ~yre. And ~c ended the Empire of Assyria. Now surely there i~ no %ette~ example of the us~l~ssness of we~ith- ~hen ~ot employed for th~ unlv~rsal good... Bel~ev~ It Or Not~ 6C~" NO 1 023120,~.
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/, MUSIC : H~J~COCK: I~US] C : )lAP, COCK MUSIC : NIPL~: -~- #i (PLAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE, C) Bob Ripley will be back in ~ust a moment. (PAUSE) Smokers, you can trust your e~ to glve you th~ facts about PELLMELL'S Modern Design. The evidence is clear. The minute you look at a PELL MF~L you see PE~L ~LL'S greater length. ~lat's Modern ~s~. And when you i~ght your cigarette, yOU can se__~e that FEIIoMELL'S greater length travels the smoke further, over a twenty per cent longer route of PELJ, ~i~/~L'S tradltional~, flne tobaccos. PELL MELL'S greater length filters the smoke naturall2_- d~ninisbes heat and bite on the way - glv~s you a cooler, smoother, better-tastlng smoke, l~dies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PEIL MEI~ gives you vlstb]e ~ of its advantage to smokers. Your e~ tells wh~. PELL~LL'$ Modern D~slgn filters the smoke - gives it that coo]e__~r, smoother taste that means PELL MELL, (PLAY-OFF - "HUNGING SONG" - CO~, D) And here again is Bob Ripley - the~mn who makes his l~v~ng by hunting for fects~ (SCENE SETTER .... FADE FOR...) There is nothing in the WO~]~ more exciting than constantly hunting for facts. I have travelled &ll over the World in this hunt ~-I have had manN thrills. But there's no thrill llke s~amlng into New York harbour and seeing, the statue of Liberty. Yes, it's great to be an Amerlcan,.,and the great,st prlvilege of being an American is being able to - Vote~ (MO~) PII'~O I 02312~5
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f~] PLEY : (GOH'm) SOUND: BANTA : EVANS : SOUND: }~VANS : BANI'A : SOUND: }~7AN 5 : BANTA : RAY: CR~VD: RAY : 9NAN$ : You ma~ be indlff~rent about o~ Pight to vote - you i~ay tbl~k, "Oh, what difference doez my one ~otc ~ke." W/ell, IZ may be your one vole %her wi~s an clcctlon. ]'he ~mport~nce Of lust on~ ~ote c~ntt be over-esti~tod. ~u~, li~a: M~ Believe It Or Not for tonight ~s one of the most an~zln~ s~orle~ I have found in my sma~ch for truth~ Now - on with %he Hunt. The t~e, the ~vear i8~0. %~no place, the to~n of Veva~, ~n the oount~ Of_ $~l{,F,e~lan~, Indl~na. In the courthouse Rard, a scaffold has been erected. A ~n is about to bc h~nged. His ne~.e is Thonms E~ans. He is welkti!~, up crude pine steps to the platform. (SUBDUED }[UBBUT8 OF CRCWD AND FOOTSTEPS IN SLIGHq ECHO) ~]hoi[ms ~bans, ~o ~lou wish to sax. anTthlm~ before I do mN palnfu9 dut,~? (FOR~HRIGI{?) All I can say is that I 6m innocent[ .... ] (HUBBUB UP...FAD~ FOR... ) ] ~m weary of repsatlng it to people who won't believe AS sheriff of this count~., I can but do my duty. Now - the blindfold, (FADE IN HOOg~EATS OF TWO HORSES) (LOUDLY) I am ~-nnooent! (OFF SHOUTING) Stop[ Stop the hanglr~{1 ,We're just in tlme, S~,riff~. Yes' (FAD],]S FOR.. ) Th orm% s Evans? R]'MOI 0231286
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CR~D: RAY: ~qANS: RAY: EVANS: RAY: EVANS: KEI~O: E~f@IS: KEiSO: RAy: ~IANS: 8RC~D: R]PLE~: EVANS: ~RTtIA: -5- #~ (~XCIAMATIONS OF SURPRISE AND THEN.. ~DEAD SILENCE) Thomas Evans, do you know iD~ whose Dresence you stand? You're Governor Ray, aren't you? Yes. There are oal~ two powers in the whole wor]d who could s~ve ~ou from hanging by th~ neck unti] you were dead. One is the Great God of the Universe and the other, myself, Governor Brown Ray, Chief Magistrate of the State of Indiana... Praise be, sir. Thomas Evans - you are pardoned: And for this you have to th~nk the ~n who came here with ~e - Daniel Kelso, newly elected District Attorney. Nemember that name, Danie ~ Kelso: I~n~e~-K~T. Yes, Governor, I wlll remember. I--wer~L~o~e~Mc~-eese,-~ B~ans-~ : I believed ~ou -ir~ioce~t, :&~-yO~.swore yo~ Were. At my-reguest ~b6-, Coy erno~ =has- pard one(~-~. I shall never forget you, I~nleI Kelso; i Wanted to see justlce done,~ thBt--is-a4~. Evans--~ou ow~u-you~, llfe _~Q-~h~,s one n%~n, ~nie3 Ke~so.~ I sha~l always remember, sir., Tbls ~s a miracle' ( PUNCTUATION ) Twelve years after this amazing deliverance fro~ d~ath, f~nle3 Kelso ran for the State Senate. In his home, Thomas Evans, once oor~der~led to hang, w~ on his sickbed. He called his wife. (W~]AKLY) ~Jrtha' ~artha: Land~s sakes, Tom, what do you want now? £1',~01 0.. 1.,8,
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EVANS : MARTIIA : EV&N~% : MARTUA: h~fANS : MARTHA : h~fANS : MUSIC : RIPLEY: SOUND: CHAIB~ : VO] CES : -6- #~ Today's election day, Martha. Hdt~b--tbe--~em-~-4-he Now Tom, you're not going to set foot out of tNls house-- (WEAK-BUT-QUF~DI~N.S~-Ma~tha-- I~ ~e got to gc to t~- ~nd votes H J , What's so irr.portant ~bout voting, today? l~niel Kelso. The pollin' place is just two miles away. Set me there, ~rtha, ~ me there' NOW Tora, yO~ C&D_' t -- (GASPING) If it's the last thing I do, 7'11 vote for ~4n~el Ke]so. He ~aved my llfe. Hitch the team, ~artha, hitch the team. ( PUNCTUATION ) I~q constan~ ~for,~f~ots,- I found that Thomas Evans did cast hi.~ vote, and Daniel K~Iso won the election fo~ State Senato~ by one vote. Thus Tbom~ Evans re~a~ hie debt of gratitude-to Daniel Kelso. T~t--ye~r-- Unlt~%ta%e~ ~Zenator~s ~e~e e~ecte~ bF %he State Semata~__ Later, Ke]so backed & man for the Senate. That man was Edward A4~ Hallegan, an~--He~eg~ae~was elected to the United States Senate by/~ne vot~ - I~nie~.Ke]so,s-~ot~{' Then - on February ~8, 1845 the United States Senate f~¢e~a momentous decision: (OAVEL) Gentlemen, we have before us today the question of whether or not the State of Texgs shall be admitted to the Union' (AD LIB: ) ~ ]'~0'1 023"1288
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CFIA] RMAN : V0]CE : S}IERIDAN : VO]CE : r4EREDITH : V0] CE : CU] ,PEPfER : VO] CE : GHADY: CHAIHMAN : VOICE: VO]CES : HANNEGAN : C}L%IH~AN : HANNEOAN : SOUB'D: CHAI]~ : MUSIC: -7- #~ ORDER - Oent~m~n,--o~@~. You've heard the arguments. We've h~d a vote befor~ - resulting in a tie, deadlock. Now we wlll take another vote. Gentlemen - the roll call. The Senator from~ A1aba~.., Aye. The Senator from Ooorgla, Nay, (B0mm FADE) The Senator frcml VJrglnia... Aye. The Senato~ from 14~ry]and. Nay. The vote Js complete. The total.., The ~¢su]t ~,b. Cha~.rman...~s twent~-s~x to twenty-~ix.. ( }{UBBUS ) Mr. Ch~ir~Lnt The chalv rscognizes - Senator Haanegan of Indlana... (DEC]N£~TORY) ~lr. Chai~an, I herewith change my vote f~OFL - nay to aye... By changing his vote from - nay to aye...Senator Hannegan has broken the tie, The United States Senats has voted twenty-seven to twenty-flee to a~nJ.t to the union - the State of Texas~ (PLaY-O~') [::I]" NO I 02312139
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]{IPLEy~ N~S]C : RIPLE~: }b~NCOCK: -8- #l '" ~'~- cavaic~de of coincidence certainly show~ us t,he importazlce of one~ote. First - qho~ms ~ns was sa~ed f~om har~ing by L~nlel Kelso, Twelve years deter - that same Thomas E~sns ~ose from his deathbed to vote for Daniel Ke]so for the State Senate of Indiana. KelsO was elected by one vote. Then by virtue of Kelso's vote - again - enevot_~e, Edward A~Ham~egan was elected to the United States Senate.~ Then, when the Senate voted on whether o~ mot Texss should be admitted to the union - the one vote of Edward A~4a~Hannegan brought into this nation the great and glorious state of Texas...Belleve It Or Not~ (FUI]~ pIAY-OFF - "HUNT]'NG SONG" - CUE Z) (APPLAUSe) Now here's ])on }]ancock~ i I~dies and gentlemen, the next time you see a PFY~L ~[L smoker t~y to light an old-fashloned, sho~t c~garette - watch what he does. Unconsciously, he ho~ds the flame a good half inch ~ the tip of the short clgar6tte. He's ]ooklr~ for somethir~ that isn't there. He's ~ooklng for PELL ~f~LL'S Modern ~,s~. Modern Design means FELL I~YLL is longer. Modern Design means FELL ~i~ is smoother, coole~. From the very first puff, -- P~I~iL~Z greate~ ~ength t~a~el~ the smoke fu~ths~ - d~mln~shes heat and bite on the w~y. PELL MEAL'S greater length filters the smoke natu~ally over a twenty per cent lo*~er route of PELL MELL'S traditionally fine tobaccos. That's Modern Desi_~ -- PELL MELL'S Modern (MORE) RI~O'I 02~ l..-gt
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jL&NO OCK : (tOrn'D) ~US]C: I~qCOCK: HANC 0CK : -9- gl FELL M.ELL filt.ers thie smok__ee - gives it that coo]=-r, smoother taste that means FELL ~I,L. ("ALL FOR ONE" - Cb~ Y' - FADE FOR) All for one and one for a1~. Yes, that's the way we're going to win the War. Over here, ~ii together wor~In~ for Victor. Over there, ~]l together fi~tln~, for Victo r~. ] am sure we a~ i wonder what our boys on the fighting fronts from Ita]y to the South Pac~fi~ do in ~uch little s~are time a~ they have. ~lell, cn~ thing tLey do ~s write Bob Ripley V-~.IL letters about the things they talk about an@ argue about. Bob g,~,t-s-~- And so - for those boys over there - here are Bob R1pley'~ arLs~e~.s to their V-MAlL letters, Thank you, Don. W~'3! -.nswer our V-,~\IL in iust a ~oment. B~t flrst~i nmy ! remind yo~ to write to o~r bo~s and gi~is in the Armed Forces. Don't put it off~ do in p,g!! Send a good, news~ V-~IL letter to the boys and ~iy, ls i~i ~r~iforn %960 are out there doing their, best to b~Jug us a final VictoPy, th-~ 7i?~ )Ey s}~hc] Jz{}d by th~ ]ettor "-'" - th~ S~,m"~ ~ !t-~" .:~ ~ ytu ~e9 OF- th~ o=.ck of e';~r~ ;aekage of ~our FELL \'-~- ...*L Cigarettes. Right you are, Bob. And now, here's our V-t/AIL letter for tonight. It comes from Corporal Dan Pa~umbo of Fort ga~. Eouston, Texas ~ho wri%e~ in to ask wh~ ~ s~lOr is ca]le~ a "gob". Well, Bob, I~ your hunt for Facts have you Sound the answer to that one? ~ 1"}401 0,~31~9 I
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~Ub]C. BANCCCK: MUS]C:, IlANCOCK: B]PLI~: -lo- #1 We]], Dor_~1, when the Am.arleen Coast Guard was fil~st foundoJ,, ~t was given $ French name, "Garde de 1'eau" - which means Water Guard. Not being able to pronounce ,h~ French lan~uags ve~'y Well, the cnllsted men soon began to call it Gobbp LOg. Natural,l~, tlhJs was soon shortened to gobb~ - and then to "Gob", em~ "Gob!!~ ,i~%er~dop~ b~-all.-the~nav~--s~rvice~.-- originaZL~-~ppl-leJ-~.to th~~<~mb6~r~- of the Coac~ , f;~:..Belleve It Or Not: ......... i = - CUE O) ( mJh _N: 50N~'' Bob will ~e back in just ~ moment: (PAUSE) Smokers, wh~.~e~ you buy c~garettes, remember - PELL ' '~' ~odern Design gives you two important benefits. Firs$ PELL ~LI'S ~st~r !cngtb travels the smoke furth=~., dim~nlshes b_ea~ ~nd b~=~ on th~ wa~. Second, pELL ~%LL'S greate~ ]~n~th flit .. the s~ok~, gives it that cooler, smoother tasto that is~ans PELL ~LL, That's why, wLere;, er r~.rtieular~DD]~ .... con__ [~, .~©o'~.t~ ..... yOU SO~ PELL ~Y2~.,17, - in th~ smart red ~. ( HU,~ _ ~ONG" - 3UE H2) And now, Bob, I think ~o'd all like to have a BELIm~.YE IT OR NOT that w~e can take a cr_ack at. ~o~ ~, Have you got a BELIEVE. IT OR NOT question like that in your pocket tonight? We've all hearfl of the Seven Seas~,t ~Can ~ou name them? RY:401 022"1292
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]iANCOCK : }: I PLEY: MUS 70 : HANCOCK: MUS I C : ANNR : -ll- #l Name th9 ~vell 5eas? Why that's a c~nch; Let me see ~ow. qhore's o~e r- two -- t~)~ee, .. j ..... Keep trylr~, ]]or,, but ] want to warn you that the question J.sn~t as easy as it sounds because, ~'ve never ~, met a sallor who could name the Seven Seas - BELI~E IT OR NOT... (THENCE - "A HUNTING~I - CUE~ J - FADE FOR) This is Don Harlcock re~,i~ding you to listen in tomo~l~9;,~ nlght, when PELL ~ELL Famous Cigarettes~ the cigarette of Modern Design, wlll ag&Jn Dresent the man whose whole llfe Is a constant hunt for facts - ~]ELI~YE IT OR NC~...BOB RIPLEY: (T}IEME - " A HUNTING" - UP TO CUE) THIS IS ~JTUAL. R]'~O~ 029"129S
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RUTHRAUFF [4 CLIENT: PROGRAM~ RADIO DIVISION [W~RICA~I C. & C. CO~PA]~ PA]~ MALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT RCBZR~ L. RIPLE7 RYAN ADVERTISING BROADCAS~INAL P~J. #2 TUGS. l/l~fiC~ DATE: MUTUAL N ETWORK~ : 15-9:30 P.~& E.?LT. ZUSJC : IIANC CO K: }IANCOCK : ~US]C: 1~] P],,~Y : (SIGNATURE - "HU}ITING SONS" - CUE A) PELL VJ~LL Famous Cigarette% the cigarette of Modern IJesi~n, presents.,, BELIEVE IT OR NOT ......... BOB RIPI}TY[ Yes, here~ the ~n whose whole life is a con~tant~ worl@-wlde hunt for facts. ['he man who ~kes his living by telling the truth. Th~ man who knows the places • £klnff news today -- knows them because hers been there. Ye~ -- Bob RiDle~ ha~ baen there - been Jn more than two hundre@ countries, tr&velZe@ oveT ~{ half ~lllion miles -- ~ll,~&ys seeking, aIw&ys hunting for f~cts. Fa~ts tha~ Dut you right with hit-] in & front row se~t of world _~,}~L!EVE IT OR NCC'..IT'S TBUE ...... SAYS BOB DIP<TY~ (~L~ ~ .... '~A .... '~ - hU~±,,G CUE ]2 - FADE FOP) ~, (~?fL~USE) re~ularl~ t~ Gabriel Heatter and hi~6n anal~sis of ~he news. ~ou Drcbab;i~ hear~ h~m tonight, if ~ou did, ~6u know that ...... (NE'¢,5 SPOT TO FOLLO%5) R~,~OI 0231294.
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P~CJSIG : RIPLEY PROGP~M ~BF~ TkTO: 191!4. Oreet~Y~gs everybody ar~ we]come. Eost of you listen re~u]ar]~ to Gabriel Heattor and hi8 keen analysi~ of tho nevJs. You probably heard h~m tonight. If you did - you know that he ~pokc about - Dictators and the ~rgcntlne, Ropubllc. ~ell, in my hunt for facts I fou~! that ~ A~gentLn~gave us the first of the modern 6~otators..the imfa~,~ous Raw,fez, in ]$II~, and ]ator Manuel RoBa~ i~. Rosa~ never went to school so he 0 s[ruste~,~m~/hated educated ~eople. He established Storm Troopers arid lJ~e }I~t]er abol~shed f~ee, do~i of th~ pros~ and dissolved par]~a~lent. " ~ .If /~en~ ~. He or~nlz~ his own ~esta~o, tho ~azo~o~% ~ith orde!?,~ ~o kill s~ven thotlsar~d p~ople & ~,~a~ for no reason at all, Rosa~.~a~e~-~_ce~e %o.~orsh~-o~,pa!~< d~a~. ,klaster of' cruelty and ~las~ ~l~der~ Ros~ was the most o tt~r]~ hat~$, a~ th~ f~rst of ~e modern dictator~..,Beli~ve It Or Not~ f, PPIAUSE) PlAY 0~:~HUN~?ING SONG~- CUE C) ~9 Y}{O'I 023129~-g
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~<JSIC : HAI;CCCK : HI FLL7 : -3 - #2 (PLAY gEE - "}FUq]TING SCNG" - CUE C) Bob RiDle~ will be back in just & voii~nt. (PAUSE) Smokers, even with one e~e ~hut, ~zou can see PELL r~LL'S Vo6ern Ds~sl@lt~. The minute ]{ou look at a PELL ~LL you ~.~Jt FELL ~2LLt$ ~:reater length. That's Moder~ Design. And when you llght ~our oig~r@tte ~ 7ou can see that FELL I~ELLr5 g~eater length travels th~ smoke further -- over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL r~LL'S tr~tuitlonallz fine tobaccos. PELL i~JLL~S gre~ter length f]lters the smoke n atqrally~- diminishes h os_.t and b i_t£ 011 the v&y - ~ive~ ~o~ a Cooler~ smoother, bct~er-tastlr,? m~oke. L~die~ an6 gentlemen, belleve the evi~once of ~our o~n ~. PELL ,.:,]7, givea ~u visible Drgof of it~ a~vanta~o to smokers. Your eY~ tells ~hy. PELL ~CELL'Z l,~odern Desigc filters th8 smoEe - gives Jt that cooler, smoother taste that ~:eans PELL [,fELL. (PLAY OFF - "HIE]TINO SONG" - CUE D) Ar,d here ag&in is Bob Eipl~ - the ~r~n who makes hls lJvJng by huutit~ foi" facts! (SCENE $~TER -- FADE FOR) There Js ~othlng ~n the ~orlc] ~oro excltln~ tt~n ~on~t~ntly huntlnE fo~ f&~ts. ]'<~%k~ travelled ~ll Over the Worl-] Jn this hur~t, I have had r~any thrills,but there's no ~hrJ I [ llke ~ilir!g into ],;sw Yo~k h~rbour and seeing the Statue of Liberty. Yes, it's great to be an American...and the greatest privilege of bei~,~ an Ame)~ican ~s being able to - Vot~! (~ORE) ~]'g01 02~1296
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(CON'm) SOUND: I~ANTA: gIANS: SOUND: ]{VANS: BANTA: i WANS: FAy: CROWD: ~}AY: EVANS: -4- #2 You ~y be indifferent about o~ r2ght to vote - you < / m~y think, "0h~ what difference doe~ my or.e vote m~ke. WOZI, Jt n~y be that your one vote will win an eleclion. And the ~iport~noe of ~u~t one ~ote can~ t be over-estlm~ted. My Believe It Or Not for tonight 18 one of the ~o~t al~9~ing ~torie~ IA{~ found in !~y ~earch for truth~ Tho time~ the ye~m 18]0. The plece, the town of Vevay in In@ia~. Ir~ the courthouse ya~d~ 8 ~eeffold hs~ been e]',eete~. A mah i~ about to be h~nt.,;ed. K~ ns"c~e ]~ Tho~ta~ ~van~. He is w$1k~ng up c~ude p~ne ~t~p~ to the platform. (SUBDUED HUBBUB OF CROWD AND F00TSq%P$ IN SLIGHT EOH0) Th[m~s Ev~ns, do you wi~h to say snyth!ng before I do my painful duty? (FOR~9{RIOHT) All I ten say is that Z sm innocent~ (~UBBUB UP...FADE FOR.. ) ] ~m weaI'y of repeating it to people who I.:on~ b~]iev6 ]]]@ • As 8hemiff Of this ¢.ounty~ I ¢~n bul do my dufly. Now - the blindfold. (FADE ]~4 }{O09~[ATS 09 TWO HORSES] (LOUDI.y) I am innocent! (0F9 SHOUTING) Stop! Stop the honging! (HUBBL~ UP) ( "iT~s q~iE GOVE~{0R..ETC.") ~ADF$ FOR,, ) Looks like we're just in time, Sheriff~ Thomas 9~8ns? Yes ! RI'~O~ 023129P
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rY~Y: E~ANS: RAy: FVANS : RAy: EVANS: E'v ANS: b~S]C: RJPI~Y: YVANS: >~RqHA: -5- ChotT~8 Bvsns, do you kr*ow Jn whose presence you stand? You're Governor Ray, aren't you? Yes. There ~re only two powers in the who]e worl~ who could gave ?ou from hanglng by the neck until you were dead. One is the Great Ocd of the Univeree ~nd ~h= other, ~self, Governor Brown Ray, Chief ~gietrate of the State of In~isn~... Proise be, slr. Th(~nas Evan~ - you 8re pardoned! And for lh].e you have to thank the rrsn who ca~e here with me - Daniel Kdso, newly elected District Attorney. Remember that name, Daniel Kelsol Yes, Governor~ I will remeraber. I sh~11 never forget you, Daniel Kelso! I only wanted lo see justice done. ] shall alweys remember, si~. I owe my life to you. Thl~ i~ a mlraele~ (PUROTUATION) Twelve years after thi~ ~r~zing escape from death, Daniel Kel~o ~n fo~ the State Senate. ]in his home, Thorpe ~wns, once eon~emned to hang, is on his desthbe~ He ealle~ his wife, (~'fFAKLY) ~rth~! Narthsl I~nd~ sskes, Tom, what do yo~ want now9 F]T }{0 1 0231298
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i'~ANS: >tANS: EI~NS: ~US2C: R]PLEY: SOUND: CHAIRMAN: VOICES: #2 -6- Todayre election day, ~rtha. j. yz/ What's so J~portant about voting today? D~niel Kelso. The pollin' place is just two miles s~Je . Oet ~e there, ~rtha, ~ me there! NOW TOm, you oenlt -- (GASPING) ]if ~tls the last thing I do, I'll vote for Daniel Kelso. He saved my life. H~tch the team, ~.l~rtha, hitch the team. (PtWCq~UA~110N) In my CoNstant bunt FoP feet$~ I Foun~ thst Tholr~e Evan~ did ca~t bJ~ Vote, ~nd Daniel Eel~o won the election fop State SeNator by one vote. hster~ Ko]~o b~cked a man fo~ the Senate. That ~u was Ed,t~a~d }bnnegan, who we~ elected to the United Sts~es Senate b2 ]}~niol Keleols .on~ vo%e. TheD - oi~ February 28, 1845 the United Zt~t~ Senate faeeN a momentous deci8ionl Gentlemen, we have before U~ today the ques~3on of whether or net the State of Texas ~hall be admitted to the Union!
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CHA IR~AN : VOICE: SH~IDAN: VOICE: ~REDITH : V,'0ICE : CULPEPPER: VOICE: ORADY : CHAIBYAN: VOICE: V01C~S : HANNEGAN : CHAIRI~AN: EAN]~EGAN: SOUNDI CHAIRMAN: r,~SIC: -7- #2 Youlve heard the ar~ui~e]~tB. WeI~e had a vote before - res~Tltin6 in a ti% a deadlock, Now we will take anothe~a vote, Gentlemen - the roll call. The Senator from Alabama... Aye. The Senator from Georgia. (BOARD FADE) ~ ~ ' ' The Benato~, from Virgir~ia... Aye. The S~aator from ~,(a~yland. Nay. The vote is complete. The total... ~e result, ~. Chairman...is twenty-siz to twenty-six.. ( ISUBBUB ) ~r. Chairman! ~, ~ The c~mlr recognizes - Senator Earmlegan of Indiana... (D]~ZCIA}AATCRY) Mr. Chairman, I herewith change my vote from - nay to aye.,. By char~ng his vote fro~ - nay to aye..Sen&tot Hannegan has broken the tie. The United States Senate has voted twe~%~,~nty_~A~._to admit to the 'onion - th~ State of Texas! FJ I'XO "I 02L~ 1300
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~IPLEY: R I PLEY : }L%NCOCK: < Sumely that series of events ce~tainly sho~s us the ~mportanee of one vote. First - Thomas ~ar~ }lag sa~e4. from hanglnE by Daniel Kelso. %]~elve years later ~ that same Thomas Evans ~ose frown his deathbed to vote for Daniel Kelso for the State Set.ate of Indiana. Kelso ~,~as elected by one vote. Then by virtue of Kelso's wote - a~ain - one ~ote, ~dward H~nnegan was elected to the Un~ed States Senate. Then, when the Senate voted on whether or not Texas should be a&~,littc<l to the union - the one vote of Edward HanrLegan brought into this nation the Ereat and Elorlous state of Texas. So you see the importance of Oust one vote can't be over-estimated. ~, your one vote mi~t ehar@e the w~ole cour, se c£ /~-~ hunmn events ..... Believe It Or Net[ NOW here's Don Hancock: ]~dies ~nd gentlemen, if you're still smoking old-fashloned, sho~t cigarettes, here is an interesting thing to do. See what happens the first time you ldght a PELL MELL. Unconsciously, you hold the ~teh a half inch clOser to your face than you have to -- a good half inch inside the tip of ~our PELL N~. That m~ans you've discovered Modern ~ -- something a short cigamette can' t oosslbly give you. No~ smoke that PELL MEIL -- see what Modern Design does for you. From the very first puff, PELL MELL'S greater length travels the smoke ~urther -- diminishes heat and blt.__~e on the way. PE~LL ~ELL'S E~eater length filters the smoke naturally over a twenty pe~ cent longer route of PE~L MEIL'S t~aditionall~ fine tobaccos. That's Modern Design -- PELL M~LL'S Mode~n Design. It filters the smoke - gi~es it that coole_~r, smoother taste that means PELL MELL. RIM( I 0231301
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HANC OC K : (CO~'D) ~EUS 1O : HANCOCK: RIPLEY: Tha~ ~-~ern ~ -- PE~ iV~LL'S Modern. Da~lgn. fELL ~LL fltter~_-th~:~65~e - gives it that cooler, / ~th~-r taste that means PELL ~ELL. ., ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) Atl for one and o~e for all. Yes, tho, fi~s the way we're going to win the war. Over her~j all together worklu...~ for Victor~. Over there, all together ~ for ~. I am sure we all wonder what our boys ~< the fighting fronts from Italy to the South faciflc ~o-;~" • such little spare time as they have. T~II, one thiu~ they do is write Bob RIDle~/ V-MAIL letters about the things the~ talk about an~ argue aboot. Bob gets a great many of these V-MAIL letters an~ he thought you might llke to know what our, boys are thinking an5 saying. And so - for thDse boys over there - here are Bob Ripleyrs answsr~ to t"31r V-r4A~L letters. Thank you~ Bo~. ~e~li answer OUr V-I,~AIL in just a mot,'~ent. But first ladies and gentlemen, ~y I remlu~ ~,ou to ~,;r~to to our boys and gipls ~n fihe gr~ed Foree~. Don't Due it off, @o it now~ Sen~ a good~ nowsg" V-?JAIL letter to the boys and glris in uniform who are 3ut th~ @oJng their best to bring us a final Victory, the Victory sgmlbol~ze@ by the letter "V" - the same letter "V" ~ou see on the back of every package of your fELL ~LL Cigarottes. ~1~01 0231902
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HANCOCK: RIPLEY: RIPL~: ~JSIC: I~NCOCK: -lO- e' t ~n you are Bob, And now for the V-Ma~L Department, Tor,~ght we have a letter fr,~ Seaman First C~ass A.P. Bou~dette, U. S. Coast Guard, who writes: "Dear M~. Rip~ey, AS a result of a little argufnent aeonG the keys, a,e ~IOU~d like an ansvJer to this ~uestion: V~hat fatuity in the United States has the largest number of sen~ u~- the Armed Forces?" ~,~ell, Bob, in youD hunt for Fac~s, have you found the answer to that one? / Ye% Don, I have. The honor of being the onl~ ~e,~ to g~ve more ~ to the ~egvice of ~r country ~'~- i ~_~n anyone else beloDgs to ~mgsi~.~-~----~ > ha~ t,.,~;',,~ childron in the service. , z belongs-go $~s. -~os~i-of--Lo~ -gr~a ~.~ac s e e]ev en~m aus .~ o ~od the- ar~,~e~ -f.o~ as- of--tl~.2/n~d ~ - Bslleve It Or Not! ("NU}~TING SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be back in just a moment! (PAUSE) Smokers, ~9~enevsr you buy cigarettes, r~ucmber - PELL V~LL~S Node:on Desi[_r~ gives you t~,~o i~nportant benefits. First PF/Z, NELL'~ greate~ length travels the smoke further, dim~qlshos h~a__~t and bit__~e on tho way. Second, P~J~ YELl,': greater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler., smoother taste that means PELL MELL. (MORE) 02 '1:30:9
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3(iAIIOOOK: CONTD) MUSIC: ~ANCOCK: }LANCOOK: RIPI~Y: MOSIC: }~NCOCK: MUSIC: ANh~:, ,l~Jatls why, wherever particular people congreLate, you se~ PEiL ~ELL - in the smart red paoka~_~ ( rIHJNTINO SONG;' -OUE H2) And now, Bob, I think we~d all llke to ha,/o e D:?iI~q~ IT OR NOT that ~ can take a crack at. Have you got a BPLIEVE IT OH NOT Question llke that in your Docket tonight? yes, Do~ I have. And here it is. We~ve all heard of the Seven Seas, but can you name them? Name the Seven Seas? Why thatrs a cinch! Let me see Dew.4 ,, ,~he~e~s the #~t2antie,~ the Pacific.., Keep trying, Don. /Iill give you the answers tomorrow ui~t, but I warn you the quest!on Isn't eas~ because ITve never met a sailor who could narae the Seven Seas - BZLIZ~7~ IT OR l~.. (TkI3]VIE - "A TE~TTI?[I" - CU~5 J - .I~:,D,3 :~DR) (APPLAUSE) This J.s Don Hancock ~emlndJm~ you to listen in tomorrow nlght, when FV-/L N~LL Famous Cisarettes, the cigarette of blode~n Deslg~, will again present the a!an whose whole life ~$ a constant hmlt for facts - B~IP,~E IT OR NOT..BOB RIPLEY~. (TH[~ - r'A HU~ITING" - UP TO C:~,) ~T}{O~ 023'1304
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RUTHRAU RADIO DIVISION CLIENT: PROGRAM: RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING ~ERICAN C. & C. C~P&~Y BROADCAST: FINAL REV. P~LL ~L DATE: WED. 1/19/~ BELIEVE IT CR NOT ~TDAL ROBERT L. RIPL~£ NETWORK: 9:15-9:30 P.~. , F.W.T. ~.USIC: (SIGNATURE - 'I~0N~mI~G SONG" - CUE A) HAECOOK: FELL ~ELL Famous Cigarettes, the clgarette of ~oOe~n Design, p~e~er, ts...,. RELIEVE IT OR NOT ..... B0B RIPLEY~, (APPLAUSE) hunt fo~ facts. The man who makes his 11vlng by teSlir~g the truth. The ~an wh~ know~ the pl~e~s makir~ ne~s today--knows them becauae he's been the~e, Yes, Bob RlpleF has been there - been in more than two hundi~ad countries, traveJ led over a half million miles - s~ways seeking, always hunting fo~ facts. Facts that put you might with him in a front ~ow ~sat of wor16 events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT -- ITI$ TRUE -- SAYS BOB RIPLEY, (TH~E - "A HUFFING" -- CUE B -- FADE FOR) (APFLAUSE) Grttfifir,~¢ c':~r MoRt ~f 7Ou listen regula~l~ to Gabriel Heatter and his keen a~a1~eis of the news. YOU probabl~ beard him tonight. If you di~, you kr~ew that... ~'L~a~lee ~d gentlemen, weire sorry to tell you that Mr. is Ripl~y ~t home ill ° b~t he has sent us all his Believe It Or Nots for tsuIght s broad- east a~d he has requested that we go on with the show, so here is M~ndel Krsmer who wi~l read ~. Ripley~s part. ,/ ~I"HO I 0231305
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N~S SPOT for Wednesday, Janaary 19, 1944 BELIEVE IT OR NOT Prosram Greetings everybody and welcome. ~ost of you listea regularly to Oabrlel .~eatte~ and his keen ~r~lysls of the news. Yo,a p~obably hear& him tonight. If you di&, yeu know that he mentioned ~nlmgrad. ~n my endless hunt for facts~ I vtalted Leaia~ad soveral yea~s a~o. While there, i was taken to t~ summer palace which h~d besn the reslde.~_ce of the ~m~ress - Ca~herln~ the second of Russia. ,My guide took me i~to the Empres~I~ flower ~arden, ~ow a p~bllc ~k. There ~e shewed ~e a moaument lu the flower garden which had eagraved on it these words: "¢n this spot grew - the famous sprln~ violet.~ Sensln~ a story, I n~turally huuted for t~e facts, lere is what I fouad. The Russian Revolution started in !enln~rad in 1917 ~nd when Len~n was Install~d as ~ste~ of the cou~try a soldie~ wa~ noticed ~tandlr_~ o~ ~cntry d~y at the very s~t ¢f the f~mous violez~ Asked why he W~ there the sentry re~l~ed he ~z~c't kaow. So the Soviet authorities investigated and discovered that 152 years before, in 1765, to be exact - Empress C&therine had s~atioued sentry at that spot to ~aard that first violet of the Spriag. The order was never resclnd~d for ~ full 15T years, aad a seatry ~t~olled that spot fo~ 55,~80 day~- in fact every day f~em 1755 untll 1917. (APPLAUSE) AI'NO'I 0231~06
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A MUSIC : ~NC 0CE ; MUSIC : ~ANCOCK: MUSIC : KRA~R -3 - #D (FIAT 0~F - ~fN]~T~3 SONG" - Cb~ C) you will hear Bob Rip- ~ ....... D~ ~__~ ._'~ ~ h~ck ~n just ~ mome~it [ ~eY'1 s(PAUsE)BelleveNotlt 0rdram~ Smokers, PELL I'.~1~rS Modern Deslgn [s about the easiest tbin~ in the wcrld to s~, T~e m~nute you look at e, PELb Y~7~ ~ou so% PELL I,i~L~/S ~r,~ate~, l~u~t~, That% M d p~ s~.~. And when you liEht your c~garette~ I :, I you c&o see tha$ ~LL ,,~IL S greater length travels the smoke f~Jrth~P -- ov~P a twenty per ceo.t len~er P~LL ,~LL S ~e al ine to,h~cccs. PELL ~LL'S ~ee~ter length filters the smoke ~t~,,~ - diminishes hea_~_tt anti ~ on the way -- gives you e cooler, s~.ootn~r, bette~-t&stlng smoks. Ladies a~@ gentlemen~ believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL ~LL ~ives you visible proof of its a~vanta~- I,o ~mokers. Your ~ tel)s ~. PELL ~ELL'S ~ode~n £~sIZn filtePs the smoke - %ires it that ccol~r, smoother that moa~.s ~ ~L ~ ~U, (PLAY OFF - "~-~ ~ ' .... -U ..... o.NG - O[~ D) el~eve It 0r Not drams for to- @~-~e'-.~e ~.S Bc) ~iple~s ....................... s~ night Ir~ my constant s~arcn :'or facts~ IWe unearthed mm, r.y a~azing Believe It Or Nots that stem from the present war. But in all my experience live never found or.e any ~oro a~zi~g thaD_ the one i'm ~oi~'g to sketch for you nc~. For it tells ho~ the h~nd of fate r~eached across two centuries of' time. NOW - ON WITH T,~ ~CNT! 8T%01 0231302
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KRAMER (COHTD) SODND: HARRIS: SOUHD: HARRIS: SOUND: SATTERLBE : HANRIS : SATTERLEE : HARRIS: SATTERLEE: }~RRIS: -3A - #3 It was during the Battle of Britain -- when Nazi bombings were at their height--that Stephen Harris, a F~,fe~sor of English history employed by the British Museum, voltmteered fo~ extra duty and was given the job of placlng sandbags around the historic mon~nents in Westminster Abbey. One pitch black night during a heavy is alr-raid Harris~ hard at hls work in the King Henry the Eighth chapel of the Abbey. With him is hls assistant - a cockney named Satterlee. (BOMBS FALLING--ACE-ACE ETO. SLIGHTLY OFF. OONTI~UE THROUGH SCENE) (TO HIMSELF) Let's see, now. One more bag of send right here ought to fix things nice and snug. Up you O ol~e j nOW, (IMPACT OF ONE BAG ON t~NOTHER) that do s it. (FO(~fSTEPS O'/ER FLAGSTONES. OFF..C0~ING FAST...uv}~f STOP SUDDENLY) OH (OFF) ~4--t2~4a~, Guy,norI. Guv'nor, ~hcrc ......... Yes O~ Satterlee. What is it? (CfNING INTO MIKE) Look what I just found behind that stone that ma~ks the grave of Charles the Second. -L~tcm~e~ You fo~and a letter bebind the grave? That I dld, Guv'nor. Here let s -~e ! ca~_ '-'~c my t~h end ~e'!l have a look at it. A]'NO I 023130~]
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~SF • 71 ~, SA. TERLEE. }{ARR]S : SATTERLEE: HM~IIS: SATTERLEE : HARRIS SATTERLEE : HARRIS : SATTERL~E: HARRIS : SATTERLEB : HARRIS: #3 .~.~-?~'s addressed to a Jer~m~ V~atelv at Vine Street next ~oor to the Golden Lion. I never hear~ of ~o such Dlaoe. Thatfs uDd@~sta~dabl~. YOU see, they ch&n~ed the name of it ion~ before ~our time. They catI ~t Romney Street now. Oh. Look, th~ i~ ~zrt ~ ........ th~z & Ictttr ~ ....... this is pJeo~ of D~D~r with the address written on the out~id~, Bnt, by George, come close ho~t Do you see these seals on it? %~at about them? Thos~ s~als show that th~s r~oss~ge ~s at least two hundred years old! How ~o ~ou know? I work. I.ve seen dozens l~ke them at the Museum where And h®re's &~othe~ ~t~nge ooinoi~e~ce. ("~o~E) P3T','401 0231309
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HARRIS : HARRIS: ~fllATELY: HARRIS: W}[ATELY: HARRIS: -6- #3 Please do. (READING) St. James Street, Februar~ 12th, 1734. Dear V~ate ly, He that Js fo~ WiDe shall have wine. An ODDO~tHD@ conslgntt~nt of I~[msa~ has Just reached me from foreig~ shores. A hu~tlng congress including drinking, garrulity and joviaiity will be held at the above address. H%rrlngton, Waldergrave, Newcastle and lIarvey have DrOmlsed to attend at seven, night the coming Saturday. Will you offer me the honor to be of the ra~rr%r COmDaDy? With all t~%nner of wishes an~ with utmost s~noerlty+ Well, ~,'~ately, there can be no ~oubt about this m~ssage now. V~iDole ~s the SI~ Robert Walpole who was Prime Minlster of ~ngland in [734, and the others me~tloned were members of his c~blnet. The orl~Inal Jeremy ~tely must have been aD ancestor of yours. Yes. AS a ~atter of fact I'm r~med after him. But what is this about ~imsay? ~61~say is a sweet, heavy SDsnish wine that %~as very DODUlar with t~DDlers in Old En~iand. b%Lioh, of course, r~9~linds ~e therets a wl~ery just around the cor~er. Would you c~r~ to joi~ me in a sDot of bert9 T~%t's a most apDroprlate suggestion, old man. %~ ancestor missed h~s Invitation two hundred years ago, and it wouldn,t be r~ght to h~ve that sort of thing happen twice. (LAUGHS) Oood~ Come along, then. R ]'NO'I 0231310
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~(UND: ~HATELY: HARRIS: ~ATELY: SOUND : WHAI'ELY : HARRIS : SOUND: HARRIS : WHATELY : HARRIS : ~NATELY : ~CS IC : KRA~iER -7- #3 (DOOR CLOSES...FE~I' WALK ALONO UNDER DIALOGUE) ] sa~ how do ~ou l~gln~ that message fou[Jd it~ ~ay behln~ Kins Charlas~ grave? I can't be sur~ of course, but It's t~13~ ~ue~s that the messenger who ~va~ sent to dellver it Dockete~ h1~ fee and then ~ispo~ed of the message. ~/ootminctcr q~bci," - Se I've hesr~. I ~uess }[ou~ve hit on the logical explanation, 511 right. ' " • . " (TERRIFIC EXPLOSION SLIGHTLY OFF) Or¢at heavens, ~[h~.t is that? ...... rGS,~E & hG&'z O~',G: Come on -- ~-/~ll eee] (RUNNING FEE'f .... THEY STOP SUDDENLY) Look, ~,~ately! Your bo~s~ It's gone~ 0oo@ lor4~ do you re.~ilze what woul~ have h&DDe~e@ to US if We'@ beeL still standing there? that delayed action bomb would have blm'm us to bits! (PLAY OFF ....... FADE BACK FOR) Yes, la~ies ar.d 9entlemon, in all the ~e~,rs I've so~nt hur~tln~ fol~ facts that suroass th~ itr~ination, this is ode of the most a~tou~dlng true ~xoeriences ~ have ever sncounter~4. ~o~ a Nazi tlm~ bomb had actually exDlo@~ at the ver~f eDot where Ste[,h@r~Harrls arid Je~emy ~atel~- h&~ been standln~ just a moment before. An@ if they bB.J not "~d ~ho letter - and then d~cld~J to have & bit of wine - something Whately,s ancestor mlsse4 - they would have been blown to pieces. (Mo ) ~'~ ]" ~'~0 'I 0231311
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f ........ -- ...................... KRA~ER: I~USIC: KRAMEH: }~NOOCK: MUSIC: -8- #3 So, ~, lette~ which had been written by the Prime Minister of England to Jeremy 7~tely's ancestor mcr~ than two hundred years ago, reache~ ~cross the centurSe~ to save the present day Jeremy Whately and his frlendj Stephen F~rrls, from certain death, BELIEVE IT OR NCT.z (APP~USE) (FULL PIAy OBF - 'r}YJNTING BORG"~ CL~ ~) Now herers Don Hancock with 8 message from our goverr~ent. The great, DFCISIVE battles still lle ahead. A~ ~1~nd~..~ou~, doll~s mo~t help win ~hem! Bu~ing Bond~ now with every do!l&1~ not needed for necessities will holD SAVE LTfES in the huge offensives at hand: Because Bonds build stockpiles. And the higher the ~to~k~i~s, th~ mol,o ove~whe]n~Ing the puw~ ODin a~mies will have to CRUSH the enemy. So let's r;~tcN the gtepped-up tempo of invasion by speeding up your Bond pu~chs, ses. L~t~s m&tch in some me~su~e the Sacpifices of our men by ~acrlflcing everything but essent~l~ ~'~urselves.I Let's buy at least one ~TRA HUNDRED-DOLIAR 7~%R B0~q9 during the Fourth %~A~~ Loan Drive..mo~e if hu~nl} possibles' Remember..Bonds are a safe, p~ofitahle investment to helD secur~ your post-~r future. Let's ALL back tbe Attack! Let's all LET I~d HA~/E IT' ("ALL FOR 0~" - CUE, F - FADF FOR)
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/. }{ANCOCK: --R-}gWFA%~. KRAMER : HANCOCK: KRAZ~ER : -9- #3 A~I for one - ~nd one for ai~. Yes, that's the way we're going to win the war. OVer hero, all together, ,*,o_~kin~ for Victol~. Over there, all together, 5: ..... n~ for Vict_~! And for those boys over the~'e...here are Bob Rlpley's answers to their V-~ll letters. W,~ll, Don before we get into the V--~il department, ] w~nt to remind our listeners that those boys out on the far-flUng fighting fronts need a~l the cheer and ~nsplration they can get. Yo__uu, on the home front, can give it. Yes, just sit down mnd write ~ letter - tonight - to the fighting man ~ou knc~, Th~'~ f1~thting to bring you Victory -- the Victory symbeJlzed by the letter V - the same letter V you see on the back of every p~ekage of ~ PELL MELL elgarettes. Bight you are, Bob. ~ow, here's a letter from says, "Dear Mr. RiL!ey: In your IBell~ve It O~ Nots' l~ve heard you say 'the shortest distance between two points is ~Lot a straight l~ue.' W~It, when I studied geometry they taught us that a straight line i~ the shortest distance between two points. Can you straighten his me out on thls?" --Well, ~ in ~eeh'~ hunt for Facts Nas Bob --4~four~d the answer to that one? ~es ,~, DOD~. The ~nswe:' is th~,t the st~aight~r line is - the more crooked it is, rea]l~.. The ideal straight line is an Jlluslon because it is based on the apparent levelness of the earth's surface. But the surface of the earth is not level at a11, it's curved and th~ ~hort~st distance between an~ two points on the earth ~s a curve. Believe It Or Net' ~T~WO1 0231~1~
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~USIC : JANCOCK: r~TJSIC : YANCOCK : KRAMER: ~ANCCCK; Rg44~+~: KKAMER: 3ANC OOK: KP, A~F]R: ("_@3NTING SCNG't - ~U~ 0) in Just a moment wet11 be back with the last nlght)s Believe It Or Not. (PAUSE) Smokers; whe~ever you buy cigadettes, re~ember -- y~LLN~IJ~'S Modern ]3~sign ~ives you two impotent benefits. First P~LLMEIL'S greater length travels the smoke further, dlmL~ishes ~ and b~ o< t~e way. Second, P~LL yZLL'S ~reater length filters the smoke, zives it that cooler, ~_~ t~aste that means P~LL MELL. That's why, ~~~ ~, you see PEIL ~ELL - in the s~art red Dackase. ('J'~UNTING SONS" - CUE 19) And new for the answer to last niEht's BELIEVE IT OR r, . NOT. Reme.nDer, Bob, ~ said: "There are Seven 8~ Can you name them?" Ri~ht, Don; ~h~t %~u~ the question. And here %hey are. The Seven Seas are the ?{erth Atla~tlc, South Atlantlc~ ~orth Pacific~ South Paclfic, ~ndlan~ Arctic end Antarctic. Yes~ B~t - ~ob~ {~v~t abe(it the , edlte~raae~d Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the 3eDing Sea. Well, Don, those so-called seas are margi[ml or "inter-land seas. Properly spe~king, the word ~'sea~ applies only to the seven oceans. Believe It Or Not - It'~_~! Die ~ Bob, ~you ~ene for us to struz~le with tonight? Well, Do~, let's see if you can c~me the seven senses. ,~ 7 ,-~0 '1 02212~?,~(
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/ :4ANC OCK : KRAMER: MUSIC: ANNR: -i1- #3 Name the seven senses~ }Iey- ~hen I ~ent to school, ~e ~ust be ~TO~#m I w~8 taught there wer~ only five. ~G :c ;;rc=~, (IAUGHS) Well, Don, you have till tomorrow night to thir~k of the other two - because there really are seven #~Bob said he never senses, I don't want to discourage you, ~ I've ~coc~ met a doctor who could name the seven senses - BEL£~/~ IT OR NOT~ (TH~E - '~ .~L~TING" - CUE d - FADE FOR) This i8 Don lancock reminding you to listen i~ tomorrow night, when PELL~LLF~mous Cigarettes, the cigarette of ~odern Design, will ~gain present the man whoso whole l~fe is & co~sta~t hunt for facts - BELI~qE IT OR NOT ...... BOB RIPI~Y~ (T~ - '~ aTrNTING" - UP TO CIYF) THIS IS ~TUAL. ~1Y ~0"1 023131S
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RUTHRAUFF RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING AV~RICAN O. & C. C0~A~ CLIENT: PALL r~ALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT PROGRAM: ROBERT L. RIPLEY RADIO DIVISION 2ND FINAL RLV. #4 BROAD CA~RS. 1/20/44 DATE: ~JAL NETWOR K~:15-9:30 P.M, E.W,T.~ MUSIC : HANCOCK : }V~NCOCK : ~USIO: HANCOCK: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING S(~Gl' - OUE A) PELL MEI~ Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern DesiGn, presents... DE!.~LWflE IT OR NOT...BOB RTPL~'Y~. (APP~USE) Yes - Bob Ripley is the man whose whole life is a constant wor]d-wide htLut for facts. The man who m~kes his living by telling the trath. The man who knows the places making news today--kn~s them because hers been the~e. Yes, Bob Rlpley h~s been there..been ku mere than two hundred countries, travelled over a half million miles, a].~ 95s seeking, always hunting for fact~, Fact~ that put you risht with him in a front row seat of world events. BELI~/~ IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE - SAYS BOB RIPLE2f: (T[[F~4~] - 'iA I~TINGi' - CUE B - FADE FOR: ) Ladies and gentlemen, wo ~e~ret t1~t Bob Rlpley Oa~ ~ot apDeal• ~q pol'so~ to~li{tht becailse of i3-1ness. ~{~ ~s requested that, WO ~io on ~vlth the ~how and h~ ~s sent u~ all of his Believe It Or Not~ fo~' tonight's b~oadoa~t. So here's %~nde]~ Oramcr who frill te/<e Mr. Rlploy's part. Rl',~O 1 0231316
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~WSSPOT S PEAI~R : - RIPLEY PROGRAM: JANUARY 20, 1944 #~ Thank you Don. Most of you listen ~egularly to Geb~le] Heatter and his keen analysis of the news. You p~obably heard hlm tonight. Zf you did, you know that .... Berlin has adm~tte~ ~oslng Novogorod, mighty bastion of Hitler's Russian 31~e. You heard Gabriel Heatter point out that American and Britlsh courage in delivering the goods through Mu~mansk and A~chauge] were decisive in thia great vlctory. In his hunt for facts~ Bob Ripley traveled the entire length of the Murman Coast fro~ the Norwegian bo~der to Cape Sweetnose, a~d he knOWs Murmansk and Archange~ very well. Bob Riple~ visited Mu~r~ansk during the winte~ months of perpetual nlght - when the sun never rises. But in the sky, there was the blazin~ beaut~ of the aurora borea]Is, a~d Bob re~embered that the a~clents worshlpp~d the northern lights as the Goddesses of Sprlng. Their name fo~ it Was "~ostra" - and from that na~e we get • the title of our most ~?~,tant Christian festival - F~ste~. But of a~1 strange and unbellevab~ things b~tween Murmansk and Archange~ is H~pncti:~ ~%ke. Bob tells us If you keep watching this iake it w111 lull ~ou to sleep. The waters of Hylnotlc Lake are fresh and drlnkab~e, but the fish living In it a~e saltwate~ fish. You may drink its waters. But if you apply a match to it, it will blaze with a bright fiame. Light objects thrown Into it Will sink to the bottom, but heav~ objects will¸float on the surface and ths water of this lake will melt all salts and metal. If you bathe in it ~ou will emerge from it completel~ dry. The lake never freezes, even when the temperature reaches fifth-five degrees below zero but the temperature of the water ~creases the deepe~ ~ou go, and as Bob Ripley says, "BELIEVE, IT OR NOT." f~ ]'~0'1 02313;12
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h. ~ 17<Y. -i A- #4 T~mnk you, Don. Most of you llsten regularly to Gabriel Hcatter and his keen analysis of the news. You probably heard him tonight, If you did, you know that... (N}~JS SPOT TO FOLLOW)
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HANCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: R~PL~Y: -3- #4 (PLAy OFF - '~[UNTING SONG" - CUE C) In just a moment you will hear Bob Ripley:s Believe It 0m Not drama, (PAUSE) Smokers, you cankt fool you~ e~ T~o minute you look at a P~LL MEIL you se2s PELL Y/~LL'S greater length. That's Modern Deai g~. And when you light your cigarette, you can Se_~e that PhLL NELL'S greater length travels the smoke fumther -- over a t~onty per cent longer route of PELL N~LLrS traditionally fine tobaccos. Pk~L r~,[~LI,,S greater length filters the smoke naturally - diminishes heat and bite on the way -- gives you a cooler, smoother, better-tastlng smoke. Ladies and gentl~en, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL ~FI~L gives you visible proof of its advantage to smokers. Your o~ tells wh~ PELL ND~LLTS Modern Design filters the s~oke - gives it that ~ sm)othe~, taste that means PELL N~LL. (PIAy OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) Here is Bob Ripl~yls Believe It Or Not drama for tonight. (SCENE SETTER - FADE FOR) Many times It_his never-endlng hunt for facts, Bob Rip]eyhas tried to imagine the most agonizing ordeal a ho~len being could expel, lense. ~9-e-- "oT-~eth~~~____~j~. Probably many of you think that a ;nan could do without food or water for five, ~maybe ten days. Well, listen to this truee story of a man whose experience dwarfs all records of human endtr~ance. t~]'~O't 0231319
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RIPI~f~ (CCN~) 2ND VOICE: $ OIleD: MUSIC: RIPI~Y: f2 ................ No~ - on ~ith th~ Hunt' ' The time - eleven o,elock in the n~,nin%, };ove~ber 23, 1942. The place, the tossing, turbulent South Atlantic - abos~ the gallant little freighter - the Ben Lon~'.c~t¢~ en route from Ospetown South Africa, to Dutch Guinea! SOUND: (SFA SOUNDS: UP FULL AND FADE BEHIND) Y~TE: Poon Lira...Pooh Lira... LIM: (OFF) yessirl MATE: You~e wanted in the csptairP~ quarters. ROUND: -~B@~ SOUND: (TORPg~O HI'IS: ~i~FA~DOUS 9IXPLOSION) MATE: (VOICE AS IF ~-.:~; ...... ~) Right smidshlps~ VOICE: (OFF) Tor[~edo st~',uek en~idships...ongine rooml Sinking fast! (OFF) All hands abandon ship. All hands abandon ship. (UP TO SHIP'S C~L~0KING UP) (W~PES IT OUT) In less than three minutes, ths Ben Lohmo*~ broke in two ~n~ sank. " - ~ ~ ~Um.-~he--~ ~,r-x~=~ but one lone hesd bobbl[~ on the ~u~face of the ~es. Nearby was a life ~aft - a sn~ll raft, seven feet square. SOUND: (SURGE OF SEA yN SWELL IT UP SUSTAIN B~IND: SOUND OF S~D~I~G) 81H01 0231320
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LIM: MUSIC : LIM: SOUND: ]JM: SOUND: LIM: MUSIC: RIPLS~; MUSIC: LIM: ~JSIC~ RIPLEY: MUSIC: (STROK~S OF SWIPING) Ah..I pull myself abc~rd...Ah., (BREATHY, EXHAUSTED) float got food. ,.water...flashlight... (SNEAK IN AND ESTABLISH MONTAGE THEME: AGAINST DIALCGUE AND Ob~' ON CUE) (SWELL UP AhD FADE FOR) 3~9 ~/~/~ ~ m 2 The days passed by...ten days...twenty daFsae~/~- (Sh~LL AND FADE TO UNL~]ESCORE) Has been thirty days...water going...food gone...Poon L~T~ got to get...food...d~.ink,,.(GASPS) drttlk...dpink.. <~.=<~) (S%~LL UP AND FADE FOR) Pooh Lira [sade a fishhook and with a small ~ope aboard the raft - he made a line. He caught a fish. But he was thlrst~...thlrsty...and se~euty days passed. (SWELL AND FADE AND UNDERSCORE)
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, LIM: SOUND: L]M: MUSIC: LIM: MUSIC: LIM: ~JSIC: LIM: MUSIC: I{IPL~Y: -6 - #4 Need...d~Ink,..need drink, dl~ink... (SWEEP IN TROPICAL RAINSTORM...SUDDEN AND HEAVY) (ALMOST WHIMPERING) Rain...oh rain,..sweet raln..I catch rain in canvas...rain... (BABBLES IN H!rSq~LRICAL HAPPINESS) Rain...to drink...rain to drink. (SWELL AND FADE) One hundred and ten days,~. (SWELL BRIEFLy: TO pUNCTUATE) Onehundred and twenty da~s...q~-cerrUb ~t~,nd I~ "--~- (SWELL AND FADE AND UNDEF~CORE) (k~e hundred and thirty- three days - what's that - ~ ~e~'~ ~ ~,: b~c;.. Boat see Poon Lira. (HYSTERICAL BABBLE) Pooh L~u is saved...saved..saved.. ( IN~IO SO~S> (TAKES IT AWAY IN PLAY-0FF) i~e,e ee~tew~i~--o f--t he~ cn - Lo~ond ~v~s~ r ~ue~by-,a never heard of a more astounding record of endurance. Tonight, standing here beside m9 is that ve~ man... POOh Lim...herolc surv~vor of th~ most Eruel]Ing ordeal ~ver experienced bF ~ s~aman in the history of the sea. Ladies and gentlemen. Poon Lim. e]] .WO 1 029~322
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L]M: RIPLEY: @L6,N : RIPI,EY: (2L~N: RIPLEY: CHAN: RIPLEY: OHAN: RIPLEY: - 7 - #4 (APPmuss) t Tcar~k yot~^ aLd ~ccd evening, evgrybody. Peon Lira hss not m~:E~eeed enough of our lan~usg? '. , intervlewod. However, hi~ very good friend -- Professor Chen of the Ohlneeo Sesmsnt~ Inetltute has graciously volunteered To represent Peon Lim. Professor Chart. Good evening, P~ofessor Ohan. In the hletory of the era - there have been other notable true ~toPie~ of endurance of ~hipwrecked seamen. But Peon Llm, in h~ one t~n ~urvlvsl on ~ llfe ~ft alone for one hundred and thlrty-three dsy~ i~ the longest known to maritime hie tory. Right, ~,nd cez, tainly t~o most heroic. ~oe~- And fop the record, l!e t~ust rer~li~d o~r li~t~P~ thst Peon Lim'e food ~ve out of tee the flr~t fifty-five aays. Yes. T,%et~ he imoroTiscd ._saie.,~ t~ckle o,~t of a epring in a fleehl~.ght and a piece of ~ope - 84e~- ~,m, Peon Lim showed an 8mazin6 capacity for survival, t'~T HO 1 023'1323
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CKtN: RIPL~: OHAN : RIPI~: CHAN : RIPLEY: L]M: MUSIC: -8- #4 Ye~. The Chinese will never give up, a~ witness our ~land against the Japanese aggres~ore for the l~s~ ten ~earP. (APplAUSE) , ~ : ~ ,~, ~ Professor Chan- I see Pooh Lim i~ wearlng~wo.-~Ibbons~ &~--L~--%~e-44~s-B~A444~b-E~@$re~ It was bestowe~ on Poon Lim personally by King George himself in London reeent2y. Bravo! ~e--e4-be~-~e -^the United State~ Meechant ~8rine Combat bar with one star ...... ~ ~ ..... ~-~,,~ .... i~n~-4~ne--~es¢- I think the citation that goe~ with ~t would certainly bear repeating: The citation read3: survived one hundred "Poo~ Li~ 8 native of Chins, end thir~y-th#ee days on a #afi after hz~ ship wa~ torpedoeg in the Atlantic. His courage and fortitude will be ~n enduring inspiration to ~ercha~i ~eamen of ~ii the United Na1~on~ " a A fitting tribute'to the ~;rea!e~t feat of him:an endurance ever recorded. And to you -Pocn Lim...our ~alute for gallantry - ~ .... Thank yOU,very ~uch! (APPLAUSE) (s m}s) RTN01 0231324
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RIFLET: ~SIC: RIFI~: }L~NCOOK: -9: #4 Tonight as a hlgh-polnt in Bob R1pleyl8 endless and exolt~ hunt for facts, it Was our honor to present the gallant merchant sea~kqn, Poo~ L~a,-e~Ba$~%~.<4e~<~2~ ~7~£ne~n~ e-~e-~tor~--oT-the- m~st-~inazlng -l~was able to be here tonight In person because after one hundped and thlrty-three days alone on the turbulent sun scorched South Atlantis..he llved~ Believe It Or Not~ (APP~A~BE) (FUIL PIAY OFF - '~L~TING SONG" A CUE E) G,~_~ Now here's Don hanooek~ Lad~es and Bentlemen, ~f youlre still smoking old-fashloned, short olgarette8 youill be amazed by this simple test. See what happens the first time you l~ght a PELL ~EXL. Unoonsclously, you hold the ,retch a half inch closer to your face than yOu have to -- a good half inch ins_ida the tip of ~oom P}~/~ N~oL. That means youWe discovered Modern Design --something a short cigarette can't possibly give you. Now smoke that PELL~LL--see what Modern Design does for you. From the very first puff, UELL~I51S greater length travels -- the smoke fumther--dimlnlshes heat and blt_~e on the way. P~Z~L ~LLIS g~eater length filters the smoke natunall/f over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL MELL'S trad~tion~ll7 fine toabcco~. That's ~¢odern De~I~n-- PELL~L~S ~odern Dosi~q. It filters the smoke--glves it that eQole~ smoother taste that m~ans p~uLN~I%. ~1"~01 0231325
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HANCOCK: RIPLEy: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: -lo- #4 ("ALL FOR Ohm." - CUE F - FA~ FOR) All for one - and one for all. Yes, t~tls the w~y for ~. Over theru all together ~ fom Victor~. And for those boys over there ... hel~e are Bob Ripley's answers to their V-Mail letters. Thard< you, Don. Before we answer the V-Mail letters tonight, I want to ~emind otto listeners thorets a big lift they can give the boys on all the land, sea, and air-fightlng fronts. Just v~ite them a letter - tonight' They're fighting to make our. Victory certain - the Victory symbolized by the letter V that you see on the b~ck of every p~o~ge of ~ PELL ~LL cigarettes. Right you are. anew, our first V-Nhil letter tonight is from Corporal Notary L. ~rsh~ll, e~g~-af~th~ ..."Which is the f,'~stc-~t running an~r~l in the World? crdoTq We~ve got a bet on its Bob, so give me an asslst~ if possible." Well, J/~ his built for facts did Bob Ripley find the answer to that ene? Yes, he did Don ~nd-thc--llst-ra~y~m~i~e-y~,~ th~t~s~zi~d ~ , - ( MORE ) ATNO~ 0231326
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4, ~t R I PLEY : (OONTD) MUSIC : }{ANCOCK: MUSIC ; HANCOCK: RIPLEY: ,i~o u.2_.=_ar~l_ .t.b e~ .,i~- ~.@l~.e o---~ t..he--s e eer~ ~- - ~ea,s t es~. ~4ma~-Ne~, the fastest four-footed animals are the cheetah ~nd the Virginia deer - OD the f3agtail. The~" o~n ru~J forty-f lye ~iles an hour, and they've actually been cl~Oked at that sp~ed,. ,Believe It O1, ~et', ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) [~_ j,~st a ~tc:no:~t '~e'li be 'J~,zk 't~flt!-~ %he aas,.~er to ~ast night's Believe It Or Not. (PAUSE) Smokers, whene~er you buy cigarettes, remember - PELL N~LL'S Modern Design gives you two important benefits. First, PELL ~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further, d~inlshes heat and bite on the Way. Second, };gLI, MELL'S greater length filters the smoke, gives It that coorer, smoothe[ tast~ that m:~.i]s }~LL ~LL. That's Why, wherever ~&rticJ~e% [-.:ir}~e con~, you see PELL ~LL - ~n the slna~t red ~_:~a~,. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE_. }I~) And now for the arswer to last night's BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Remember, Bob lald this one in our )aps. His Question was: "~/nat are the Seven Senses?" Well - I ha~e to admit I could think of only f~ve. Well, I>on, that's a prett}, good average, because it's generally believed that there are only fi~e ss%ses. But there are actually seven and hero they are - count lem. Sight, Bearing, Taste, Smell, Touch, Temperatume and ~uso~la r • R I"~,<0 'I 029132F
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HANCOCK: MUSIC: AN~H: #4 This is Don Hancock reminding ~ou to listen In tomorrow night when TEiL ~ Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern ~sign, wi1~ again present the man who~e whole ilfe is a constant hu/~t fo~ facts -- BELIEVE IT OR HOT ... BOB RIPLEY% (THE~ - "HUNTING SONG" - UP TO OUE) THIS IS MUTUAL. F~I"~O I 0231328
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" RUTHRAUFF RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION 2ND FINAL REV, AMERICAN C. & C. CC~4PANY ,@~ PALL t~ALL BROADCAST: FRI. 1/21/4~ BELIEVE IT CR NOT DATE: MUTUAL 9:15-9:30 P-I~I - ROBERT L. RIPLEY NETWORK: E.W.T. MUSIC : .HANCOCK: HANC 0OK : MUSIC : HANCOCK: (SIGNATURE - "f~L~TING SONG" - CUE A) PELI,~LL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, presents... BELIerS IT OR NOT,,.BOB RIPLEY~ Ye3 - Bob Riplay'~ the man whose whole life is a constant wc~ld-wlde hunt for facts. The ~aa ~ho makes his living by telli~q the truth. The ~an who kncws the places ~aklng news today--knows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Ripley has been bhere..beea In more t~u two hundred coautries, travelled over a half mLlllou milas..always seeking, always hunting for facts. Facts that put you right with him ia a fro~t row seat of world events. BELI£VE IT OR NOT - ~T'S TRUE - SAYS BOB EIPLEY~ (TH~E - '% ~TUNTING': - CL~ B - FADE FOR:) (APPLAUSE) ladies and gentlemen, ~e regret Bob Ripley ca~ ~ot appear i~ perso~ tonight because off illness. He has he requested that we go ca with the show andahas sent u3 all of his Believe It Or Nots for toalghtEs broadcast. So here's ~udell Cramer who will take ~r. Ripley's part. ~T~OI 023"~329
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RIPL~ PROGRAM N~@BER FIVE JANUAPJ< 21, 19~4. Thamf< you, Don, ~ost of you listen r~gularly to GahrJs] H~tter ~ his keen anal~sJ.s of th~ news. You prcbabl~ heard h~-~., tonight. If ycu dld~ you heardhim te~l ~cu that..~h~ battle of Ber~i~ ha~ l~ft th~ Ger~a~ ~t.~- their- capltcl in rui~s -- their great city a ~ss of f~ames. And so Be~lln -- built by war -- ~.s being d~stroyed by war. ~ety-nine per cent of ~e~ent-d~- ~rlin was built with the billion dollars Germar~ exacte~ from France lu Cr~e War of 1~70. lu h~s hunt for facts, Bcb RiCkey Zast v~skted Ber31n iu 1933, shortly after H-~.tler ros~ to ~o~r. 7~hi~ there, he vlslt~d the old Mor~1~tal Ch~ch wh~r~ aD~ ~r~osia~ Ki~g~ a~e buried. In t?r,e sub-basement he saw eighty-~ven Royal cofflns. Great orderod thi~ c~ffln left e~!pty and a plaque put J~szde its ~id. The p!a~ue ~ead: "This cofflu is r~erved as ~ 3~st a]~d vo~'mr, ta~y ref~o for him ~o throu~ cussedness or ornerimess w~ll h~ve brought the gre~t~st disaster ~pon th~Jqappy ~q~r~&r~.~' No~, hoar~n~ %~.at ~t~err3 own chancellory had be~ ~mashe~, Bob Ri~eca]~ed a~ ol~.-fa~hicned pe~ ~toleu fro~ the desk of ~i~pcre~ Fran~ Jose;~ ~i~e~t Hitler took Vierma. This p~r~ a~ays lay on Hitlerls desk a~ tu~questionably~ h~ &~d nct kn~ of t~e ~t~'a~-Z~ cur~ attached to thi~ pen. It was first used by Maxlmill~am of ~exico, ~lho signed h]~deathwar~ant ~±th it. Next, Crown P~Luce Rudolph used it to wrlt~ hi~ suloide message. (MORE) AI'X01 0231330
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-2 A- Empress Elizabeth had it in her ~ndbag when she was killed by an esmassin, W~t~-is pen, D~peror Franz Jcse~h signed his Declaration of War on Serbia, which started World War Nuc~er @ne,~Now Hitler Js the owner of th~s accursed Den..,BELIE~/E IT OR ATe01 02.~ I L~ 2. I
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MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: RIPLEY: -3- #5 (PLAY OFF - "HUh~ING song" - DUE 0) In just a moment Fou will hear Bob Ripley's Believe It O Not drama~ (PAUSE) Smokers, FELL MELL'S Modern Design is visible to your eyes. The minute you look at a FELL MEiL you se__ee PELL MELL'S greater length. That's Modern ~s_~. And when you light your cigarette, you can see that pELLMELL'S greater length travels the smoke further - over a twenty per cent longer route of PELLMELL'S traditlonallF fine tobaccos. PELL~V[ELL'S greater length filters the smoke natura~ - diminishes heat and bite on the way - gives you a cooler, smoother, better-tastlr~ smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of Four own eyes. PELL MELL gives you visible proof of ~ts advantage to smokers. Your tells whw. PELL N~LL'8 Modern Design filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother taste that means PE%LMELL. (PIAY OFF - "HUNTING SONg" - CUE D) Here's Bob Nipley's Believe It Or Not dra~r~ for tonight. (SCENE SETTER...FADE FOR) ';There is a tide in the affairs of men - which, taken at the flood, leads to fortune; omitted, al] the voyage of thalr llfo is bound in shalSows and Jn miseries." Shakespeare said thet, and it's true~ Bob Ripley's hunt for facts proves it and this remarkable BELIEVE IT OR NC~ w~31 demonstrate how a Basmh~iy unimportant event ~n the ~Ife of one man changed the course of human progress for centuries to come. (MORS) R'I'K01 0231332
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RIFLer: (C0~TD) SOUND: BILL: AL: BIIL: AL: BllJn AL: BILL: AL: BILL: AL: BILL: AL: -4- #5 Now - on wlth the Hunt! Back in the yea~ 1$6t - Sn Louisville, Kentucky, a bitter, disillusioned nlneteen-year-old boy trying to make his way in the world - finally opened a small bookstore. Late one afternoon - he was sitting alone behind the counter -- (DOOR 0PEN3 AND CLOSES - O~~ ) (001{ING) Hello, AI, are you alone? l~m ~.ione mos% o~ the ti~. Yes, B~II, I~m alone. A T2na~2~.~t*i-I~F t~o~b'l~ . ~eg,b~of~e ~tlme~:~,Poopl~, see~,~o shun =this ;sto~e .... ~a s~ -th oug~-It,<had ~the,°plagu~.-' Business is bad, huh? Worse than that. My creditors are going to close me up if I can~t pay my bills tomorrow. And X can~t. " (WITH SYMPATHY) Gee: Bill, wharfs the matter with me? I've tidied gardening, selling nc~spapers and candy - and now this store. And I just canIt seem to make a go of anything I teckle. t~ouble isn't with us, It's this eotLnt~y we llve in. ~h~tts what it is. America? 61"I'XO I 023'1333 i
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BILL: AL: BIIZJ: AL: AL: BillS: AL: BILL: AL: BILl, MUSIC : SOUND : BILL : AL : -5- #5 (BITTERLY) Yes. The land of the free and the home of the brave~ Well, r.laybe it was once, but not no~. Fellows llke you and me haven't a chance here any more.' (SIGHS) I guess maybe you're right. Sure I'm right! And that's what I came to talk to you Here1~ about. Look ~~a schedule of boat sailings. And it shows there's a ship called tt~e Friday "Loch Lomond" leaving New 0r]eans on&April 13th bound for Brazil: (WITH INTEREST) B~azil? T~e~d~wt~. Yes, Brazil~ There's a country for you. Like the United States used to be. Plenty of opportunities for eve~ycne. We could ~ake our fortune there. DO you ?eally think ~c? I'm sure of it. LOOLL George Moran and Y are going to get on that boat and v~ork our passage. C'moa and join us, But New Orleans is 3even hundred miles from here. A[~d we'll have to walk. We'd never get there in time. Sure we will if we hurry. Come on, wtmt do you say? I ess I Well,^~ere s not much use in staying here. Sure A1 - C1mon - Lefts go] (IN FOR QUICK BRIDGE. FADE BACK FOE:) 8"1" HO '1 023133,$
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BILL : MUSIC : S 0U~D: AL: BILL: GEORGE : BILL: AL: GE0}OE : AL: SOUED ; W0~AN : AL: WCWAN : AL : WOMAN : -5- #5 Gosh~ is that all? Wetve got to move faster or welli i miss the boat. (GOING) Come on, fellows, hurry.~ ~arPy~ // (~'ELL8 BRIEFLY, FADES BACK FOR:) , (FEET ON BOARD W~,LK. CONTINUE UNDER) We'~e in the outskirts of New Orleans now~ aren't we, / Bill? / Uh-huh'. 0nly got about ten miles more to go. Wetll ' / make it ~ust shout in time. / . / Gee, I do~n't want to hold us up,"but I'm 8o hungry / I a horse, 2/ / Me, too, Maybo We 96uld get something to f e~t quick houso ju@t ahead of us. / There's no hat in askig~. Who wants to knock at r the door and t You ~o ahead, look a than Bill and me. All rizht. Yo u/~ait (ONB raiN / ~ooK o~ DOOR. DOOR lltt]e mo~e presentable then. wALK - UP 0~ PORCH. AFTER BRIEF PAUSE) ( I beg but to eat. boys there with maTam, they are. I guess I can fix a cord of wood around if you could ~ive for you - but tmve to chop first. Ftr~o 1 0231335
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AL: WOMAN : AL: W O~LqN : MUSIC: SOUND: BILL: AL: G:,3OROE : AL: SAILOR : AL: SAILOR: -7- #5 A~ord of wood! But, ma'am, we have to catch a boat - and if we'take the tlm~ to - . .'~" (BKEA~NG IN) "S~"yO.'/ aren't will~ng"1.o work, eh? It ~sn't that. llones~1~i~n4~. It's just that - (B~n~Q IN) ~l ~'~h~t It i~. I ~o~. out oT here,~u~o~ hear me? Get ont~ (WITH R~SING (~ELLS WITH SPEECH. T;~UN FADES PACK FOR:) (BELLBUOY. CONTIrCJE AT I?~TERVAIS L~{DER DIALOGUE) Thore it 18, boys. There's the wharf. Wstpe here Butwhere~8 the "Loch ~ ,~,r, ,~,l -o.,nd I don~t see her. Dontt worry. She~s here somewhere. Let's ask that sa[lo~ s[ttln~ on the pilings. ,_~y, be-,~he~ (CALLS) }[i~ mister, where can we find bh9 "Looh Lo~ond?" W~ll, lad, she's somewhere out on the Atlantic bound for B~azil. (FRANTIC) But she can't be~ She isn't s~pposed to sall till today. This is April 13th. Aye, that's jost it. ~er c~ptaln is superstitious and thought it would be ~d luck to sail on the Frid;;y ti~e thirteelltil too - thirteenth, i\ So he sailed yestepday, a day ahead of time. 0231336
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.T,: ~!LL AND ,.~GEGE : SAILOR : AL: SAILOR : BILL : GEORGE (IN UTTER DEJECTION) Yesterday; Oh nol What will we do now? What will we d q? (AD LIE EKCIAMATIONS OF DISAPPOYNZ4ENT) Would you lads mind telllng me why you're so all fired anxious to go to Br&zil? ItTs the land of opportunlty.~ There's no more opportunity her~ in the United States. (SNORTS) No moro opportunity, Indeed~ Now you listen to me~ all of yoa. Thirty years ago T stood on this very spot, feellng just about the way you do now. l--~t~-~gC~5~Te-~61"d~ ~t he e n d~2,_the~Ln~ew~ a~o--bi~md~ ,see ~the ,gold,~ht~e'~ndeP,my~fe~ SO : sailed away - and it took me many years to learn that these United States are the most blessed bit of sod hh~ t God ever plat.ted on earth. Why,,~-t~ey~.~Ofk_, ,~Ight. ~vhLc ~, D~.~nl~,4 ~st ,~beg, un~to~ow .t h~"way ~o ho~D,.for &L~.ht~s~a[~9~. Go b~ok whops you Came fPo~i, lads. Some day you'll thank the ~oo0 I~rd you listened to me. (SOTTO) Don't listen to him, A1. The old boy is balmy. ~T~01 023133?
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AL: SAILOR: AI,: ~JSIC: RIPLEY: RIPLEZ: -9- ] No, fellow~, I believe thle geutlem~n /e right. My I ark your name please, ~ir? ~y flr~t n~e i~ Peter, My ~ocorld name doesn't m~tter. And who n~y you be, lad? Well, ~y friends call me"Al". Thatl~ short fop Alva. But my resl r~me is Tom - Thom~ Alva Edl~on. (PLAY OFF...FADE BANK FOR) Yes. That boy w8~ Thom~ F~i~on who ws~ to do more for his eou~try ~nd for the entire world tt~n almost any other yen. His two comp8nion~ sailed on the next bo~t~ but 811 h~nlty c~n be thsnkful thst Edieon heeded th6 old sailor's 8dvice and did not go with the~. For ~eltheP the "Looh LomoAd" ~or the oth~P ~hlD Wel~ ~veP heard fpom again. Thom8~ Alv~ Edison ~teyed in Americ8 and w~s ~aved for the world. OiviN~ ~s the i~any inventions whioh hsve been a b$on to sll r~nkind. The phonograph, the electric light, the motion picture, yes, and the microphone - which ~kes possible all rsdlo brosdcasiin~- snd over which my voice comes to you tonight -- Believe It Or Not! (APPLAUSE) (FUM, plAY-OFF - "HDZJTING SONG" - CUE E) Now here~ Don H~ncock! 4 A1~01 0231338
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}D\IICOCK: iV~OCCK.' RIPLE~: -Io- #5 L%dies ~ud ~cntlemen, when ~% PELL ~I~5 smoker trios to light c,n ol6-fashionod, short cigc, retto ~ queer thlr,~, k?.ppons. Unconsciously, he holds the f]~me a good ~if ir~ch ~ the tip of the short cigarette. Hcls l,o~king for ~omethi~g t!~,t isn't there. He looking for PETL "~LLIS ~!odcrn Design. ~odo~n Desi~n~ mco.ns FELL ~,~LL is ionge~% Modern Dosig~ me~ns FELL MELL is smoothe~,, cooler. From tho vor~~ first puff, FELL ~4EL~,*S g~oater length %ravels the s~:~ckc further--diminishes heat snd bdt~ on the ~. FELL ~LL, S grcgtor length filters th¢~ s~r~oko r~tur~).l[ over ,% twenty pcr cent Iongop route oF PELL ~LLIS tr?dltion~l]~ flr~o tobaccos. Thztls ~odorn -- PELL ~I~LIS IJcdern Dcsi~. FELL NZLL filt~rs the smoke -- gives it th%t cooler~ smoother to.sic that neans FELL ~LL. I"ALL FOE ONE" - OL~ F - FADE FOR...) All for one - ~nd one For all. Yes, that's the ~ay wc~'o going to ~in this war. Over hero, all together, ~.;o~kln~ For ~: Over there, all together, ~in~ for ~! And fo~ thosc~ boys ov~r thsro,..horo ~re Bob Riploy~s answers to their V-N~il letters, TY~ you, D~,n. NC~'~ b~fore we get to the V-~il answors, here's a spec~l word to everyone l~stonin~ tonight. Folks, there's not ~.,~ch ft~ In a foyJ%olo snd the boys who are do~l~ our flght~$ for us need all th~ h,~lp from hoz~e they czn get. Do yotu~ bit - end do it tonight~. Sit do~,m and %~ite to the fighting m~n you ~ow' Ho~s fighting for our Victory - the Victox,y symbolized by the letter V 7ou see On the back of every pacMzgo of o~ PELL ~ELL CIGARETTEs. AI'~O I 0231339
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< RIFle]Y: MUSIC : :~ANCOCK : MUSIC : ~ANOOOK: -11- Right you ere.s Now here's a letter f~om PFC H. Sqln.~er, APO 510, Postmaste~b New Ye~k. ~e says: '~ould it be possible for you to tell me P~hlch state has the most lakes...Minnesot-~ or Flo~ida? I'd llke the ans~er as soon as Desslble, please, because I have a little ket here 6t o~mp.': Well, in his hunt for ac~ - did Bob RiDley find au ~nswe~ to treat one? Yes, ~31. The wlnngr is -- F r~ I hope yo~ wlu your bet, soldie~. Here's the count. Minnesota i~m approximately ten thousand lakoss, While Florida has app~cxi~r~tely thirty thousand - or three times as many. Believe It Or Not! ("}~b~TING SONO" - '3L~] O) In just a moment we'll he back with the answer to last ni£ht~ Believe ~t Cl~ ~[ot. (PAUSE) ~okers, ~henever you buy cigarettes+ !.omembe~ - pELL MELL;S ~odern Design ~ives you two imDcr.taut benefits. FiPst, PELL ~4EI.L+Z ~reater length tr.avels the smoke f~r.the~, diminishes heat and bite on t~%s way. ~ccoad, F~f~L f~LLPS gDeater length fi~te~8 tile smoke, ,~tves it that ~ that mea~is P~LL ~LL. That's Why, ti~ o~ ~, you see PEZL ~LL in the ~ ~ ~. ("-~TING SONG" - CU~'~ {~) And now fo~ the $nswer to last night's BELIEVE IT OR NOT. As I ~emembe~, Bob left us with this knotty little p~oblem. (MO~)
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HANCOCK: ~IPLEY: RANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: MUSIC: "~at is the only country in the world whose first ruler is truly the father of his country because every one of its five hundred thousand inhabitants are actually descendants of that one man"? And, that one has me completely stymied~ We]l, then, Don, here's the answer. The country is ca]led " " Budkey . It's in Afrlca~ and its first ruler was a man named Mushldi who was actua]]y the father of twelve hundred children~ Twelve hundred~ -% That's rlght~d every inhabitant of that country today is directly descended fmom those children. Believe It Or Not - It's true~ Well, did Bob give yctl another one for us to work on over the weekend? Yes, George WashluEz i~, of course is known as the father of his country. But can you te]~ me what nation, within the last fifty years, had a ki~ bN the name of George Washin~ton? "What nation within the last fifty years had a king named George Washington?" Oh, come now, take It eas~ There actually IAs such a ~ation, Don, and we'll tell you where it is Monday night, because in .his hunt for facts - Bob Hipley has been there m~ny times - BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ (THEME - "A HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR) (An'LAUSE)
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}Vd~COCK: ,~USIC : ANNR : -13- This is Don H~ncock reminding you to listen In Monday night, ~vhon FELL ~LL Fzmouse Cigc~rettos, tho cigcrcttc of Modorn Dcslgn, will ~g~iu prcscnt the ~u whose wholo lifo is c ccnstaut hunt for facts - (THEME - "A HUNTING"- UP TO CUE) THIS IS ~I]TUAL. ~THO~ 0231342
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/, RUTHRAUFF RYAN Inc. CLIENT: A~RICAN C. & C, COMPANY PALI, I~ALL PROGRAM.. ADVERTISING RADIO DIVISION BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L, RIPLF/ ~/. #6 BR OAD CA~T,~N. 3/24/4~ DATE: ~,~UAL 9:.15-9:30 P,~4. NETWORK. E.W.T, MUSIC: HANCOCK: t~USIC: RIPLEY: (SIGNATURE - "HUN~ING SONG" - CUE A) PELL ~{ELL Famous Cigarettes, the clgarette of ~ode~ Design, presents... B~LIEVE IT OR NCT....BOB RIPLEY! (APPmUSE) Re~el$ the Ir~q~ who~e whole life i~ 8 COnStant, world*wide hunt fop .facts. The u~n who ~kes his living by tellinc the tPuth. The r~n who know~ the places [~kiug news ~oday - knows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Ripley has been there - been Jn more than two hQn~Ped countries, travelled over a half million mile~ - always seeking, 81ways hunting fOP fac~. ~ that put you right with him in 8 front row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'_~S TRUE - SAYS BOB RIPi~Y.. AND HERE HE ISi (THEME "A HUNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR) everyone and v<elcome. ?4o~t~f you listen to Oabrlel He@tter end his keen analysis of u probably hsard hlm tonight. If you f~l"~O 1 0221343
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N]T~S SPOT - MON~%Y, JAI,~ARY 2%th ~eeti~s evoryone...gre~tlr~s evoryone and welcome. I know most of you listen regularly to C-ab~lel Heatter and his keen ar~l?818 of tho news. You p~obably heard him tonight, if you &Id, you kno~ that he gave you thrillin~ ne~a of the ~2nv~io~ of It~l~J ~u~t Zou~h of Rome. No~l I kno~ you'll be interested to kmow that when place named after Neptum_e, they wer~ greeted by this iuscription on the old temple of Neptune now cal3e& the Color~ Palace. The inscription ~eads: ~;This realm 13 dedicated to you se&~goi~g mariners and to your death def~ir1_g chariots. And nearby in the region of the , invas~o~ is ~ to~n of Ansio where the two g~eatest Hitlers of ancient t~es, C~ligu~ ~d Nero were bo~n. In my hunt for fa0t~ I found here the church which ~as £or, merly th~ p~,l~ce ,_~ th~ ba,2barianj King Adolf the first, &ft~r t£<c!~ Hlti~r w~ r~med. The Da~e mea~s the Kin& o~ the ~clves. i~ ~,~as g~e&t ne~s to ~ of our soldiers crossing the Pontine ~shes. In 1.595 when I ~'~ last there I thiuk I fo~n~ the solutiou of that @r~at mystery to all hi~to~ians, the question of why the Romau ]]T~giz~ ~erlshed. ~'~]~n this pl~ce b~e a nm~sh, sw&rms of mosquitoes arose froth: the bottomless bo~ and these mosquitoes Car~led m~1~ri~ into th~ ~on~n oJtles, uu~mining the health of the Roman popul~tion so ~hen the ha~barlans ca~e, the Ro~-%~s were so slok ~ith r,~l~r~ the~ succumbed easily to the invaders. And I understand that...that now the Germans a~e now attempting to flood the Fontlne ~rshes but too late. Even the mos~uitoe~ won't help them nou, Z~LI~ IT OR NOT. ~TM01 0231344
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HANCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: #6 (PLAy OFF "HUNTING SONG" CUE C) Bob Ripley will be beck in Just a moment! (PAUSE) Smokers, PELL~.~LL'S ~1odel,n DesJgn is as plsin as day to see. Yes, yOur own eyes give you the proof of PElt, MELL'S sdvsntage to crackers--your e~ tells w~h , Ycu can~ PELL EELL'S greater length. That's Modern ~ And when you light your cigsrette, you can se_~e that PELL N~LL,S greater length trsvels the amoke furthers-over e twenty pep cent longer route of PELL i~ELL,S tr~ditionslly fine tobaccos. PELL ~LL'S greater length filters the smoke~s!tuP~llv -- diminishes he~t e~d blte on the way -- glves you e CooleP, smoother better-t~ting ~moke, Ladies end gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL,~$]LLgives you visibl_e ~ of Its advantage to smokeDs. Your eXq~ tells w~yh. PELL MELL'S Modern l~sign filters the smoke--give8 it that coo le~,, smoother taste that ~ea~ PELL NELL. (PLAy OFF - 'rHb117INO SONC"- CUE D) And here again i~ Bob Ripley--the man who t~kes hi~ living by hunting fo~ faete~ (SO~E S~PTER - FADE FOR) Al'~O 1 023134S
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R!PLEY: SOUND; R~JOLF: pROFESSOR: Rt~]0LF: PROF~'SSOR: R~]OLF: PROFESSOR: RUDOlf: PROFRSSOR: -4- #6 In my exciting hunt for fects, clocks have a~waye Jntereeted rile. But Qf all the e]oeke I have ever hear~ about ~ none wes the conter of e tele of t~ickery, daath Bnd intrigue ~ny more fe~clnatlng than the clock ~n the story I~i going to ~ketoh for you tonight! Now on with the Hunt! The time .... just after Czechoslovakia ~as overrun by the horde~ of Razl Germany. The place - the quaint historic home of Professor Otto Sedlacek, in Brunn, Moravla. The professor and hi~ servant..~BF~-ggL-_ ~,~ .~;.,) Rudolf 8re unusual busy cleaning one of the mostA ~ " oollectlon~ of clock~ in the womld. (CLOOKS: UP AND FADE ~0R: HAVE ONE STRIKE THE QUARTER HOUR: WESTI~INSTER CHIMES) Thie ie indeed e ~ed d~y, ~m~ter. (RESIGNED) Yee, Rueolph, but it had to come. Ever since the hated Nazl~ enslaved our count~, we knew they ~,/ould come here. Aye, elf. Thcj could hardly overlook ~he finest collection of h~etorJ.c clocke in the ~;orld. (B]TgERLy..~'~£EV~NT) Yes~ ~nd then carefully ticket them tom their t~etere in Berlin...Himmler, Hess, that ~et pig GoemiD~, an~ (SPI~< Hitleri Rudolf - you know the big gr~ndfather'e clock? Th~ one In the corner there? Yes - of all my collection, I prize it most. ft 1",~01 0231346
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PROF}]SSOR : RUDOLP : PROFESSOR: RUDOLF : PROF}JSZOR : RUD0]7' : PROFESSOR : RUD01~ : Yes - Rudolf, that clock w&s the center of a little comedy of erro~s~ pl~}ed o-~t in the Czar~s palace...In the Czar~s household a gene~tlon ago - there was a Prussian Gener~l..8, Oern~n..attached to the Czar"s pe~soD~l ~u~r 6., A ger~n, in the RussL~n P~laoe guards? Yes. His name w~s -~ Ganer~l yon Richter. This C~neral yon Richter made an inferrm.l r~%chine out of that very grandfather's clcck }ou see there... ~., .that clock.. Yes...the General set the explosives in the clock... tim~d it tc explode at exactly one o'clock. That was the time for the Czar'e famil~ to dine, I see. ~. ~hen -. ~t five minutc~ co one - ~or~ Richter r~.shed in -, ~topped the bs.r~s of the clock ¢~d sho~es the Czar how he had saved h~s lif~. Etch! a Ctu~q~-n4'! O~r~lir~ indeed ~o t~,¢p his enemies uho ~ere closer to th~ Czar then he. Four~ecn J-~nocemt met, were hanged. And they dle¢. v~ith a cur~e or. t<'cxl" lip~ fo-r -- Gcncrml yon RJ chter. Th~ German swine. RTH01 0231347
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'" < #5 ~0UND: SOUND: FROFESSOR : RUDOLF : SOU]<D: }{ICHTL~ : FI{0FESSOR : RI 0}Y£9~] : (CLOCK ST~:S ~EE) (}L%RSH, AUTOCPv\TIO I~{00KING ON T}~ DCOR) Rudolf, o~dr gu.ests. Let them in~ YCS j Z~aste~• (L~0R OPLN AND CLOSE: HARSH F00TS~PS, ENDIHG IN L~]L CLICKS) (OFF: FADING IN:) Where is ~our ~'mster. I Am i%@~e~ sir. l[eJ] Hitle'.~. R]'~01 0231~g8
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PR0~SSOR: RICHTER: RUDOIF: ~EITZEN: PROFESSOR : RICHTER ; RUDOLF: P~]ITZEN: RICHTER: PROFESSOR : RICHTER : RUDOI~ : RICHTER : P~]ITZEN : SOUND: RISH~,:R: PRC~SSOR: SO[~D: -?- ~S wilt m~y I ~c.for you? Silence. By order of der Feuhrer you will crate all these clocks and send them to the Berlin Chamber of ~rt and Culture. Herr But~Colonel, there are... Silence (IN FCRY) You can't do that to my master. (STRIFES }{l~ WITL{ CA~TE, ACROSS T~{E FACE, T~{REE TI~ES) Quiet! In the presep.oe of the Herrenvolk you will stand with head bowed. (DIGNITY) You cannot whlp my servant. He has~ Now - Professor Sedl~cek - there is one speci~l clock here that I shall have removed for myself. not Professor - do~alet them - (STRIKES HIM AGAIN) Silence! The clock I mean to have is the famous clock that belonged to Czar Alexar~der...Ah..there it is..a Beauty. It is the f'ine~t clock in the collection. Yes. not No..ne..sir..do~let him have it. Lieutenant, thro~ that idiot - out. (FO]I2~V SCUFFLE OFF AND 0b~...BLCW'S 0f CANE, ETC.) Out you pig - dog - out you inferior swine. (DOOR 0P~{...MAN FALL~[G DCWN STEPS., .DOOR CLOSE) Let's sge if it works.. Now - professor -Astart the clock. Wind it. A pleasure...sir. (WIND!NO OF SRANDFATHF/~'S CLOCK) F] 1"~0 1 02~I~49
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N] CNTER~ : SOUND : PH0~I$S ON : RICHTER : SOUND: SOUND; SOUND: NIC?~ER: SOUND~ MUSIG: RIPLEY: -8- ~< (DEEP TICK TOOK) It is - going... Move the minute hand to the hour. I ha~e not long - let it strike. (RACHET LIKE MO'/E~V~]NT OF HAND BEING PUSHED F0~TARD) (TICK TOCK UP...PIAY BEHIND) (CLOCK STRIKES 0~...DEEP MELLOW BOOM INTO) (OVER) Ah...It strikes. Beautiful! (TREMENDCUS E~XPLOSION..,INTO) (PIAY CFE) So when the clock struck one, death and destruction came to the house of Professor Otto Sedlacek, I doubt e~e~%~ ~And ~n my constant hunt fo~ facts,~hav eve found a mo~e beautifully ironic story. BeCause that grandfather's Clock, .~d~ ii~t~ an i~~e ~i~z~.~, achieved a singular destlny of destruction, when the very hand of Fate reached through the years an~ brought death and retribution. For, the Ger*~an officer blo~l up in the Professor's shop, by the infernal F~chino built by General yon Richter, was Colonel Yon Nlcht@f, the Gen~rai's own son -- Believe It Or Not! RTH01 0231350
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MUSIC: RJPLEY~ HANCOCK: ~USIC: ~L%NCOCK~ (APFLmSE) (FULL pLAy OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE E) Now here's Don Hancock' Ladies end gentlemen, if you' re still sr~okln~ old-fsshloned, h~ cigarettes here i~ ~ test thai will give you the facts 8bout Modern De~.n. See what happen~ the first time you light a PELL N~LL. Uncon~c~ou.~ly, you held the notch a half inch closer to your face th~n you have to - a gocd hglf ~uch InsL~e the tip of yeu~ PELL ~V, LL. Thgt means you've discovered t4odern Design - ~ometh]ng a short ciggrette can't possibly give you. Now ~moke that PELL N~?LL~-see whet !,1odern Design does for you. From the very first puff, PELL MELL~B greeter length travels the ~moke further-- dimlnishe~ heat end bit_~e on the way, PELL ~LL'S greater length filter~ the s.Voke ngtur.slly over a twenty per cent lenger route of FELL MELL'S rradltlongll~ine tobaccos. That's Modern Design. P~ NEILL'S ],,!odern Design~ It fil~ers the srI~oke -- gives it that coolem smoother taste that means PELL ~LL. ("ALL FOR ONE" Cf/£ }~' - FADE FOR) All for one end one for ~iI. Yes, that's the way we're going to win tile wsr, Ove~ here, 811 together workln~for VlotoPx. Over there, ell together fom ~. And fo~ those boys over there-- here a~e Bob Ripley~s a.~swePs to their V-NL~IL letters. £T~01 0231351
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RI PI~,IY : HANCOCK: ~NCOOK: Thank you, Don. We'll get to our V-I~AIL in just a laaies and gentlemen m~aent. But fi~st,^l want to urge all of you to write to our boys ia the Service. A letter may be a very little thing in XP~ llfe - but it's a very big thing in the llfe of every boy who is fighting to wln a final Victory - the Victory symbolized by the letter "V" you see or~ the back of every package of ~ FELL ~LL cigarettes. tonight's V mail letter is from Right you are, Bob. Well,Ai~ Private First Class A. C. Fuller, A.P.0. ~5, New York, ~~ --- °i "Dear. Nr, Ripley - Here's a problem that has me and the rest of o~r eutflS~mped IA nlaD. driven fro~ his home to hls of floe . ._" ~at forty miles an hour.~ there gets ~ oae minute late, But, if he drives at forty-f lye miles au h~ur he gets there one minute early. The question is hew far is it from his home to Have his office?''~ Well, Bob, in your hunt for faotsA~ fcund you ~athe answer to that one? I ave Oh Yes, ~ ~ut the for~ula used to compute the answe~ is give over the i leng and oompllcated to&~~. However~ too anyone listening u~y have a copy of this formula by se-~ding a stamped, self-addressed envelope to "Believe It Or Not, ~m~Ripley bm care of the Mutual Broadcasting System, New York. That's swell, but how about the answ~r, Bob? R "I H C1 0 2 31"~ = '~o :.'. ~.
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Rl PI~Y. MUSIC : HANCCCK; MUSIC: AN~R: Ill PLEY : ANNR: -11- Oh, THE ANgeR. Well, Don, the answer is that the man drives exactly twelve miles - BELI~/E IT OR NOT~ ("HUNTING SC~G" - CL~ 0) Bob will be back in just a moment with the ans~er to last ~'~elteve It Or Not. (PAUSE) Smokers, whenever you buy clg~ettes, remember -- PEI,I, MEIL'S Modern Design gives you two important benefits. PELLMELL'S greater length travels the smoke further, dimialshes he~ and bite on the way. Second, PELL MELL'S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that co~, ~ taste that means PELL MELL. That's w~y, wherever t~o~~ you see PELL~LL - in the smart red c~ e. ('IHONGING SCNO"- CUE H2) And now fo~ the answer to last Friday's BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Remember, ~ob, you b~ffled us with this: '~hat r~tion within tk%e last fifty years had a king by the Nell p~me of George Washington?" ~That one ~ea]ly got me, Bob. All ~ighL, DoD_, here's the &nswer. The oation is... It seems Siam, I~ow known es TI~%il~nd, ~An old r~ler of this Countpy WKS a gre&t ~dmi~er of 0merge W~shington - so he ~med his son Trinoe George Washington. Whenta~ boy asGended the thpone in 1872, he became known as , w s fled Kin~ 0eerie Washington, the First. And his ~Ifea~ 4~artha Washington - P~]LIE~ IT OR NOT, IT'~S TR~ Well, Bob, have you ~one we can work o~ into the wee hears of the morning? ~I~0 ~ O23 135~
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ANNR: RIPI~]Y: MUSIC : HANC 0OK: MUSIC : ANNR : ~r~ ........ n.w Yes, Don, hereTs one you can klck around a little. Tel me A4~here in the world do all ~locks have the correct time, regsrdless of whether they are fast or slow - or not r~unin~ at all?" No~'~here in the world do all clocks have the correct tlme3 regardless of ~hether they are fast or slow - or nct r~nning at all?'IA~b~ Itls hard enough to find any two clocks that have the same time. Are you sure you're not kidding about this? ~b~o~, Don, ~ I'll be back agai~ tcmorrcw night to tell you where it is -- and that there actually is such a place -- ~BELIS~]~ IT OR NOT~ (Ti~ -'~ HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR) This is Don Hancock reminding you to listen in tomorrcw night, when PEI~ N~LL E~meus Cigarettes, the clgaPette of ~odePnl~slgo, will again present the man whose whole llfe is a constant hunt for ~ - BELIEVE, IT OR NCT ..... BOB RIPIEY[ (T~I~ - "A qUOTING'I - UP TO CUE) (i~rAus~) THIS IS ~JIUAL. f~'lU401 02~ 1354
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/ RUTHRAUFF 69 RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING • RADIO DIVISION"~ & C. COMPANY /~,t'q[.iqU~N C. BROADCAST£UF3. 1/25~7/~ CLIENT: PALL MALL MUTUAL BELIEVE IT 0E NOT DATE: 9:~5-9:30 P.M, PROGRAM: ROBERT L. HIPLEY NETWORK: E.W.T. MUSIC : HANCOCK: HANCOCK: MUSIC: RIPLEY: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, presents... BELIEVE IT OR NOT .... BOB RIFLEY~ (AVPLA S ) HePe'8 the ~ WhOSe wbole life is ~ constant ~orld-wide hunt for facts. The man who makes his living by telling the truth. The man who knows the places making, news today - knows them because he's hesn there. Yes, Bob Ripley has been there ... been ]n ~ore than two h~nd~ed countries, travelled over a half million ml!es .,. always seeking, always hunting for facts. Facts that put you right with him in a fro~t row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE - SAYS BOB NIPLEY%Imd here he is! (THEME. - "A P?UT~TING" - CUE B - FADE FOR) (APPLAUSE) Greetings everyone, and welcome. Most of you listen regularly to Oabriel Heatter and his keen analysis of the news. You probably heard hL~l tonight. If you did, yol~ know that .... (N~WS SPOT TO FOLL~I) b~'l" ~0 '1 023'1.455
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Ik REV. hn]~'S SPOT FOR BEBIIA~E IT CR NOT ~-9L%. JAh]]APX 25, ]944 }<[PLLY: Greetings everybody - and welcome. ~lost of you listen regularly to Gabriel Heatter aud his keen analysis of the news. You probably heard him tonight. If you did, you kr._cw that he mentioned the battle of Cassino in italy may well be one of H~story~s decisive battles. Ir my hur_t for facts, I visited this "town - a~d there or~ top of t,~t. Cassino is one of the most famous monasteries in the world...and in it our doughboys will flr~d the most favorable omen of the war thus far. The~, Will see the first flag in histo~,y whSoh has the letter '~V" e~.b]azoned on it - the r</, that has been adopted in this way to symbolize Victory. The f_lag Is marked v, ith the letter ~" iu memory of Pope Victor the Third it_ i~.e ~].ev~nth cent'ary. But,. the most .,~nto-~'esDing thJ.n£, in the ~:!onastery is a large ~ah~ting, dat~mg back to ~i~o sJateenth century, This ~alnting re,~)Tesents the ar~cie~t Biblical stru4~gle between Acrc~nam ar_d L'/clfer. The strangest, part about it Js t?z.t the face of Abra~, painted four hundred years a~o ~s an absolute replica of one of the ~reatest o~2~npior~s Of the liberties of ~a~l - o[ua oi~n ~artyred President - Abraham Lhuco!n - BELI~]E IT OR NOT!
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~IUS IC : HANCOCK : MUSIC HA~C OCK : MUSIC : {7 (PLAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - OVE C) Bob Rlpley will be back in just a moment. (PAUSE) Smokers, Four e~ give you the true story of PELL NELL'S Modern Deslgn. The minute you look at a PE.LL ~ELL you see PELt }~L~B greater length. That's ~odern Design. And when you dight your cigarette, you can see that PELL ~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further - over a twenty per cent ~o*~er tradlt~ona1.~ fine tobaccos. filters the smoke naturally - route of PELL ~L'S PELL ~D~L'S greater length d~linlsbes heart and bit_~e on the way - gives you a cooler, smoother, better-tastlr~ smoke. /~dles a~d gentlemen~ bedleve the e~idence Of your own eyes. PELL MELL gives you vislble ~ of its advantage to smokers, Your ~ tells ~h~. p~LL MELL'S Modern Design filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, s~oother taste that !~{,a~s P~I~,MFI~L. (PLAY-GFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) again is And here~ABob Ripley ~ - the [~n who makes his flying by hunting for facts% (SCENE S~EER .... FADP~ FOR) In my hunt for truth in ~ore than two hundred countries on tbls earth, ~ have found :l&Ity astounding true llfe dra~s in which people h~,9 faced seemit~ly eertaln disaster. Yes, danger and excitement I've found in plenty, but I think you'll agree that the "D~LIEVE. IT OR NOT" I'm going to sketch for you ~g~ on~ of the most outstanding of ~II. NOW, On wlth the Hunt% (MO ) III!
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. . ? ....... ~ ...... -- ................ RIPLEY : (COI~TD) SOUND: SERGEANT: MAJOR: SERGEANT: MAJOR: MAJ ON : CAPI'AIN : MAJOR: CAPTAIN : SOUND: CAPTAIN : MAJ ON : SOUND: -4- #7 The time - January 19]~ - during the first World Wart The British are flght~r~ for possession of the Hol~ 16nd, A battalion of six hundred nlen are engaged in a grim delaying action as hen beat a torturous retreat through the rocky cliffs of:~. Hopelessly outn~nbered -- the enemy r~ght on their heels - the column pours through a narrow ~ desperatel~ seeking escape, (BATTLE - MACHINE GUNS - EIFLE FIRE - HICHOCHEfl'INU BULLETS - RNkROHING MEN (THIS FADES IN UNDER lAST F~W WORDS OF SPEECH ABOVE) (FADING IN FAST) ~jor Spenee, slr~ ~]or Spence~ What is it, Sergeant? Speak up, ~n~ The enemy - they're right on top of us, slrt What about the rear guard we left at the mouth of the '~ ravine? Fightl~£ desperat~!~ sir, but they can't hol~ out much longe~. We'll have to hurr~ o~ they'~l cut us to ribbons, pt ~ , Yes slr! Order th~ men to advance on the double - there's no time to loser E~ght, Sir. (SHOUTING) (,omo=ny .... on the double...~t (MEN RUNNING UP AND FADE OUT THEN IN AOAIN) Look there, ~jor Spence - straight ahead~ Yes - sheer cliffs. (SHOUTS) Battalion haiti (MEN HALT) P, Y,'~O 1 0231358
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IST O/~DE~IY : 2ND ORDERLY: ~5- (FADING IN AND BREATHLESS) left, sir% (FADING IN AND BR~THLEB5) slr% #7 There's no outlet to the There's none to the right, 3RD ORDERLY: And it's a sheer blank wall ahead, sir% CAPTAIN: Look - there in that cliff wall - can that be a pass~m~ MAJOR:0'mon~ Let's look! SOUND: (RUNNING FOOTSTEPS) CA}~'AIN: ~ our only chance - if we can ~ly -- MAJOR: 0hlt's no use, Captain - - it's just a shallow cave. Looks ~ike this ~s it but we'll hol~ them off ~s ~ong as we can &nd go down fighting. Tell the men to dep~oN against the rooks. men CAPTAIN: ~-~ " find what cover ~ou cana- meke evsr~ bul~et count~ SOUND: (BATTLE UP) ~ST SOLDIER: OAR% St~led - that's what we are - 2ND SOldIER: Not a blinkln' ctmnce - caught just llke ~n~aals in a trap - m~-after orossir~ the desert - through all that heat - no water - (HYSTERICAL) all ~'gh% OHAPIAIN: All right, bo~A- s~ad~ on~ 3ST SOLDIER: He'll be all right, Chaplain. CHAPLAIN: I know - it's a bit of a mough go. Oh N~jor% Major Spenoe% £]'~401 0231359
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-6 - /,7 MAJ 0}',: Yes, Chap3ain? CHAPLAIN: It looks serlous, Ma.~or. MAJOR: More than that, Chaplain. It's hopoless...~ CAPTAIN : .~ Ju ~ A~emember these words from the Bible. For thero is no restraint to the Lord to save by n~ny - or, few .... (TO HIMSELF) That's it; (SHOUT) Major: Let me see your map: MAJOR : Here. CHARIAIN: (BREAKS IN FAST) Look N~jor - right in front of us - Mount MicbJmach: FAJOE: Yes. And to the right MOLUqt Ros. CAPTAIN: And o~e~ there, to the 3eft, Mount Gebel. 011APIAIN: (FZ<OITED) Major...I hays an idea: MAJOR: What is it9 CHAPLAIN: 0~ORE ~XOITED) Here in my Bible...(!~IF9~-~$ PAGES) Judges...Ruth...Samuel... 2here...in ~JOB: (IN ALA~)& Back .... Chaplain .... Look ogt~, BOUND: (~ZCHINE GUN FIRE IN VERy CLOSE:) CAPTAIN: Another minute and they'll have point blank range...we've got to go back further'~ CHAPLAIN: ~tWalt - look - here in ~ ~ (R~IDG) "AND BETWEEN THE PASSES BY WHICH ,yO}~T}La/~ 3OUGHT TO GO 09~R TO ~{E PHILLISTINE'B GARRISON, THER~ WAS A ROOKY CRAG ON ONE SIDE AND THE NAME WAS BOSES - AND A ROCKY CP~G ON THE OTHER - AND THE NAME WAS SENAH/' CAPTAIN: Why we're standing on the very spot: ~JOR: Of course' There's Boses ~nd there's Senah: RYe01 0231360
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CHAPIAIN : OA~G~AIN : MAJO}{ : CA~'AIN : CIIAPIAIN : OAI~fA]N : V0]~ES : SOUND: MugIc : RIPIA~y: MILF$ : RIPLEY: -7- #7 Yes - yes..the very place where the Israelites were tre~ppcd. But listen to this, T~The pass~ by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistlneb garrison.. {~ that pass should be right hera. Right! There, ,~ust e.hea~ of usl How could ~ve have mJ seed it? Never mind how~ Let's get going! P~alse be,.we~re saved. C~mon men - this ,~y - we're savedl Cornel Some on! "~tls gO boys"...'~'z~ sa, ve6~"..."O'mol]~ this is itS" (BATTLE EOISES UP -PLD~NING FZbTJ - JANGLING OF EQUIPMJgNT) (TR]UMPH&NT CRESCDNTO TO BLWTON UP DRA[~A) \ aa~es and gentlemen In my hunt for faets^I have found no par~llel to that escape! Thirty-two hundred years ago the Israeiites were surrounded by the Philistines in exactly the same exactly the same ~nner as those Brltis~Idler V& lley and in ~ere trapped. And the Bible alone led to the escape of that entire batallion of six hundred British soldiers, After hunting continuously I finally found a British 3ergeant who was a member of that self-same Batall~on. I found him in ia Grange, Georgia.~iadles and gentlemen - here he is I~,r. T. Stuart Miles - forme~,ly Staff Sergeant with the ^ B~itish Army~ (APPLAUSE) Goog ewnlng everyone and thank you, Mr. ~iD~Dy. Ser, geant Miles - you were actually a member of that British Datrol? ~Y~O~ 02~36~
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R]PI~Y: MI L~ : RIPI~Y: MILES : RIPLEY: MI] ~ : MI LF~S : RIPLEY : MILES : know we were tr~pped by superlor enemy i And thatls when wor~ came to you about the Dae~ Yes] You see - we merely heard shout~/t~t we were saved...that a pass~ had been found. It waE only when we were ~ the pass~ t~t the Chaplain tolO l u~ the truth of how we had escaped. you might ~ay then, Sergeant Miles, that ~ou o~ve 7our very pre~ence here tonight to the Bible..~ Yes, Mr. Ripley, that is unquestlo~]ably true. % ~]'}gO~ 02~362
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[,!UZ] C : RIP!tIT: }{ANOOCK: ~(USIC: .t[ -9- • :,.7 'ika~k you, Sergeant Mile,% for coming here tonight - ~,3~th ~ true story. Ladies and gent]emen..for~er' Staff Sergeant Miles, of the British Army~ tracked t,~Jth six hundred men in the 0udean Hills was dellv~red ur.to safety by a verse in the Bible - the very sam~ verse ~hat shewed the escape route of the Israelites th~ty-two h.~nd~ed yea~s before..SE[~IEVS IT OR i,,TC~ (}U~ I]~Y-OFF - rHUNTING SCKG" - CITE E) (APPLAUSE) c~, No'~I here~ s Jc.~ Har.cocld Lad~es a~ gentleme~b her.e ic what happens when a ~M2 ..... L sktcker tries ~o lig~qt an o]d-fashioped, short ,citarette. Dr.consciously; he holds the flame a ~ood hal -~nch ~ the tip of the short cigal, ette. Hers Icck_~ng for sontethi~g that isnt t there. He~s locking For ~'E'J~ ~,~!I~S ~,{oOern Zesz,~-n. ~,{odern Design ~eans PEK% i~LL is longer. Kcdern Des ign ~neans PELL KELL. is ~mocther, cooler. Frog gee ver, y first puff, FELL ,~.L'6 [j'c'=ter ]enstL travels ",he smoke further - diminishes ~no bite on the way. PHIL %~.L~S greater length ff.]<ers ~he S..ok.~ ~ _ r~tu~ally eyed a twenty [er )ent ~ons~~ ]"o_i~,e cf rF-- ~ ~ I~ • ~ ..fELL ~ traditionally fine tobaccos. Tb~t~8 "' ~ ~ -- .E].~ CJ.]. ~ [,fode~n Design. FFJ~L MELL fflt~r's the smoke - gzTes ~."~ thai, c eoler sr:~cther taste ,.~mt means PKIL D~LE. ( "ALL ~ " ' F(R ~.E - CUE F - FADE FOR] ~T~01 0231363
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J A~ HANCOCK: R l PLEY : HANCOCK: RZPLEY : MUSIC: }~NCOOK: -lO- #7 All for one - and one for all. Yes, that's the way we're going to win the war. Over here all together ~orkir~ for Victory. Over there, all together, fi h~ for Victor x. And for those boys over there .... here are Bob Ripley'e answers to their V-Xail letters. Thank you, Don. Now before we get into the V-Fall department tonight, I'£ llke to pass the word along to all ou~ listeners that our boys cherish above all else the V-Ya~I letters they get from home. They're fighting ~ilich is to bring you Victory -AsFr~bollzed by the letter V - the same ~etter V you see on the back of every package of your PEll, MELL Cdgarettes. Right you are, Bob. Now, here's a letter from Private Richard Kratka~ Station Hospital, A.P.O. 510 ~\, ~Tites c/o Postmaster, New York. He ~: "?;here did the \ expression 'Between the devil and the deep blue sea' originate?" Well, Bob, in your hunt for facts, have you found the answe~ to that one? You know Yes'.Yes, I have, Don. A0n the hull of every ship there's a ~horlzontsl wooden strip known as the "devil." In order to paint the hull the sailors are suspended between this which is as you eight imagine strip and the sea.~.a very precarious perc~ From this came the expression "Between the devil and the deep blue sea" .... BF~I~TE IT 0R NOT~ ("}{U~21NG SONG"- CUE O) Bob will be back in just ~ moment with the answer to 3ast night's Believe It Or Not. (PAUSE) Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember - rELL~/J~LL'S Modern Design gives you two important benefits. (MORE) l~ 1"/,,I01 023'1364-
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HANCOCK : (CONTD) MUSIC : ANNR : N IPLEY : ANNR: RIPLEY: ANNR: RIPLEY: ANNR: RIPLEY: ANNR: HIPLEY: -ii- #7 First, PSLL ME%L'S greater length travels the smoke further, diminishes hea__~t and bite on the waN. Second, PEI/JNIF/L'S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler smoother taste that means PELf NV~LL. That's why, wherever particular eo~ ~, you see PFAk MELL - in the smart red ck~. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE H2) And now for the a~swer to last night's Believe-It-0r-Not. Remember, Bob, .. you baffled us w~th this: "~ere in the world do all clocks have the correct time regardless of whether they're fast or slOW - or not running at all?" Yes, Don, ~ou know that's one spot where the song "My Time Is Your• TitLe" would be very appropriate. Right you are, Well, what ~ pl~ce is it? ~A here's the answer. Either at the North Pole o~ the South Pole. You see, there is no t~r~e at the poles because that's where all time originates...BELIP~!: Iq OH "~ 31, PT'S TRUEI Well, Bob, have ~ou another one for us to puzzle over tonight? ~m~'h~w" "0an you tell me where iu the world the sun olclock the always sets at twelVeAm~dnight all~ear round? Gee, ~ou think I'd learn not to stick my neck out~ Yo~isaid: ~%Jere in the world does the sun always set at twelve midnight all Near round ? h 's i ht tomorrow I'll gi~e you the lowdown because there is such a place - Believe It Or Not~ R'~ NO 1 0231365
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MUSIC : }]ANOOCK: MUSIC : ANNR : -12- /,'7 (~g - "A HUNTING" - CUE J...FA~ FOR) This i8 Don Hancock reminding you to listen In tomorrow night when PELL ~EL.L Famous Clgar.ettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, will again present the man whose wl,o]~ 11fe is a constant hunt for facts -~ BELI~NE IT OR NOT....BOB RIPLEY: (THE~] - "HUNTING SONG" - UP TO CUE) THIS IS MUTUAL. ATH01 0231366
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RUTHRAUFF RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION A~ICAN C. & C. COM?A~ B~rE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPLEY FINAL PEV. #8 BROADCAS~. 1/26/h~ DATE: ~JTUAL NETWOR ~ 15-9:30 P.14. E.W.T. I~SIC : HANCOCK: HANCOCK: N/SIC: RIPLEY: (SIGNATURE - 'rHUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PF/LL ~ELL Famous CigaTettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, presents.. BELIEVE IT OR NOT..BOB RIFLEY~ (APP~USE) Herel8 tile ,~&l~ whose ~'hole life is a constant woPld-wlde hunt for facts, The man who makes his living by telling the truth. The man who knows the places making news todny..knows them because he~s been there. Yes, Bob Ripley has be~n there..,been in more than ~,~o h~Lndred countries, .travelled over a half miS]Jon mileso.aiways seeking, a]~ays hunting for facts, Facts that put you PJ~ht wlth him in a front row seat of vlorld events. BELIE";E IT OR NOT - IT:S TRUE - SAYS BOB RIPLEY! ~n~ he~'~ h~ ~sl (THI~E.."A HUNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR: ) (APP~USE) Oreotlngs everyone ard ~Telcome. Most of you listen regularlR to Gabriol Heatter and his keen analysis of the n~,~s. You probably heard him tonight. If you did, you know that... (m~]~ SPOT To FOLLOW) F~ I"~O I 023136?
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-3- #8 ! MUSIC: (PLAY OFF "HUNTING gONG" - CUE 0) HANCOCK: Bob Ripley will be back in Just a moment'. (PAUSE) Smokers, you can se_~e how Modern Design m~kes }ELI MELL different Prom old-fashioned, short cigarettes. Yes, your own eyes give you the preof of PRLL I~-~LIS advantage to smokers--your ~e~tells wh~ You can see PETL MFI~JS greater length. That,s Modern Design! An~ when you light your elgarette, you can sere that PEL~ MELL, S greater length travels the smoke fu~,ther--over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~E~L'S traditionally_ fine tobaccos. PELf MEIL~S greater length filters the smohe rmturall~--dlminishes heat and bite on the way-- Gives yeu a cooleD, mnoother, better-tast~g smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your o~In eyes. PELL MELL c~ves ycu vislb]e ~ of its advantage te smokers. Your ~ tells w hX. PF~2L ~. rg Modern Design filters the smoke--glves it that cooler usmgother taste that means PELL MILL. ~USIC: (PlAy C FF - "HUNTING SONG'I - CUE D) ain i~ And here~ Bob Eipley~ - the man who makes his ] ivLng by hunting for facts. (53UNE SETTER ... FADE FDR~) In the twenty-five years I P~ve spent hunting for facts, I have checked and w;rifled many astounding true life dramas. But when you hear the Believe It Or Not I~m going to sketch for you now~ I think you~ll agree with thi~ ~te that ~ is one that vlt~lly affects every fighting ~an In our Armed Forces! (~!OR~) ~1"~01 023~369
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! RIPLEY (CONED) P~NETTE: FATHER1 P~NE~TE: PERNETTE: FA~IF2 -4- #8 Now - on with the hunt. The year is 1784; the place, Waterford, Ireland. William Henry Valentine - a w~lthy Irish land owner, has just learned that his daughter, Pernette, has f~llen ~u love ~ith a fo~ei~a adventurer. AS our scene opens, Pernette aud her father are engaged ~u b l t~ e~ i u~~tle, a ]~ argumentA J (FADE IN) I will net D~ve Itj Pernette, I II~11 not have st all it. ~ young ssoundrel ~ou~ve met cares nothlng^for you. It gs your money he wants. (D~IANTLY) That is not so, father. He loves me. I knom it. (SNORTS) ~ . ~l~ve .~-~-a~e~ "-a~Who 18 this man? Tell ¢~e his name. I demand it. And I refuse, . , . I want no ha~~'~ to Befall him. yo~g whipper-s~,~s~ - I shall never consent to ~ou~ marrying hlm~ Do you hear me~. (ICILY CAIn) Ye~, father. I heap you, have already chosen the man w'no is te be you~ husband. You knew that. ~1"M01 0231320
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/ PERNETTE: FA~: PERh~TTE: FATHER: PF~h~YTE: FATHER: D~NI8 : FA~{ER: DENNIS: FAT}~R: DENNIS : SOUkD: DENNIS : FATHER: DEbrIS : FASS~R.. Ah -5- #8 A man I have not e~en met, f. m~u v~hose very name I do no t know, You will PJ, ow - in good time. In good timeT. You £orget, father, these are not the middle ages. , ...... -~.~ ~ ~ry, hhqough of your impudence~. Go to your room. Ge-~t~ ,~- and stay there until I tell you you may leave~ Very veil. (GOING) But nothing you may say or do will alter my intention to uarry the man I love~. Weill see e,bout that~. ~'ll see about It, (CALLING) DennisT. Dennis, where are you? (OFF) Here in the dining hall, sir! Leave ?lhat you are doing and come here. (COMING) Yes, sly, r~Ifht away, ~r,! Clmcre D~nn~s 4N - . k~eel~_Me~ OW, listen to ~e D.crz~is, " ~ ~ ~e~eh-e~l. If a letter should come fo2 my daughter, you must iutercept it and bring it to me. Do you understand? Yes sir. I understand~ ~, (BRIDGE IT. FADE BACK FOR: ) (CHURCH BELLS OFF CONTI~TSE DT~DE~ L~IOGUE) (OFF COMING) Igr. Valentine, sir, Mr. Valentine. Yes~ Dermis~ ~hat Is i~! I ha~e ~ust intercepted this letter addressed to your dau~]te~. I thought you'd want to 39ok at it before you'd lefb for cht~-ch. m~ Good~m~n! Give it to me. Quickly! -t* R1H01 02313,--'1
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DENNIS : FATH~, SOU/tD: I~ST4ER: PF2NETTE: FAS~h P~RNETTE: FA~ER: PENN~E: ~DSIC: SOUND: -6- Very well, sir, her.e it is. (GOING) in the dining hall if you need me, ryes. Now... (~D HIMSELF) yes.,.yes.,' Now ~e shall see! (IXIT~ BEING OPENED) Hm~a~n{ (READS) "My dearest love - since your father seems intent on remaluing heetile to our. ma~rlage, th~.e is but one thin@ fer ue to do. We must elope. I will meet you at the little garden house Just inside the stone wall of your castle at ~, midnight, tonight. If this plan is agreeable t9 you, wear a white roec on your gown when ~'eu go to church this morning, I shall b~ watehlng from a w lndow as you pass. With all my heart - Ben," The blaokgus~d! A white roga~ ~t it? Very well then.., a whlt~ rose It shall b~ (OF~ COMING) Itls noa~.ly t~e fop church, father. Are ~rou ~'eady? ~e Yes~ child, ~ ~ -~. My what a pretty child gown. ~ lovely my ~. But wait, you hoed a rose - ~ a whlte roset. Go into the garden and pluck one befo~'e we ~o. ThaDk you, father. A whlte rose wouldbeeome this gown. ,) . (BRIDGE IT. FADE BACK FOR:) (NIO~T SOUND$. ORIOKETS CHIRPING, ETC.) #8 I shall be 9TN01 023~322
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• DENNIS : FATHER: DENNIS : • FATHF~: DE~IIS : FA~R: DENNIS FA TRER : SOUND : BEN: FA THEN: FATHER: BEth • FATHER: BE~: FA~|ER: BEN: -7- #8 It's al~Lost midnight - Mr. Valentine' j Dennis, you are sure my daughter is sa~&t her aunt,s? Good. Hand me my plstol. / Here it is, sir. (BHF~KING IN) N~v may leave ine. Hurry - and be quiet - very (GOING) well, air. Goodni~ht. ') Now then, if the yoong scoundrel is on (FOOTSTEPS STF~LTHILY OVER GRAIL PATH) (COMING CALLING SOFTIX) Pernette! Pernette~ v;here are you..itls I - 9on~ (ALOUD) Stand where you are! DenTt move! ~ho are you? Pernettels father -- and you, I assume, are the rascal who plans to elope ~glth her. yes, sir - I do. ~. In the first piece, you should know that my dau~Iter i8 promised iT marriaLe to another man. But~ I love her, slr. ~Rot~ You are an adventurer only after her fortune. ~Loek here. I will give you ten thousand pounds if you promise never to see her again I do net want mo~ey..her mone~ or ~o~, ~en~y. f~'J" HO 'I 023"13 P3
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9[JSIC: HANCOCK: ~JS10: HA~00CK: RIPL~: -3- #8 (PlAy OFF "HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) Bob Eipley will be back Ja~ just a momentI. (PAUSE) Smokers, you can see how Modern Design wakes I~ ~/L different from old-fashioned, short cigarettes. Yes, your own eyes g~ve you the proof off PELL N~/L'S advantage to smokers--yarn, e_~tells wh~ You can see PEI~L ~L,S greater length. Thst~s Modern Design! And v~han you light youz. olgarette, you can see that PEIL W~IL~S greater length travels the smoke fu~ther--over a twenty per cent lon~er route of P~L MELL~S tr8dltionally fine tobaccos. PEL~ NiE~I~PB greater length filters the smoke naturaR~--diminlshes heat and bite on the way-- gives you a cooler, smoother, better-tasting smoke. Ladie~ arid gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eros. PEIL MELL gives you visib_ ]e ~oroof of its advantage to smokers. Your ~ tells whiz. F~LL ~LLIS Modern Design filters the smoke--gives it that cooler, u ssmoqtheF_ taste that means PELL ~%L. (PIAY OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) a ,~in is And here~ Bob Ripley~ - the man who make3 hls l~virLg by hlmting for faucets. (o~:~, SETTER . . . FADE . ~R, ) In the ~enty-five years I havo spent htu%tillg fo~ facts, I have chocked and vorifled many astoundi~Ig true life dramas. But when you hear the Believe It Or Not l~m going to sketah for you now, I think you'll agree with this me tl~t ~ Is one that vitally affects e~ery fighting ~mn in our Armed Fo~ces! (,MORE)
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RIPI~Y ( CONTD ) FA~ER: PERNETTE: FA~TER: PF~%~TTE: PERNEI~E: FATH~: PERNETTE: FATHER -4- #8 No~, - on slth the hunt. The year is 1784; the place, Waterford, Irelar~. William Henry Valentine - a wealthy Irish land o~ner, has just learned that his daughter, Pernette, has fallen in love with a foreign adventurer. As our scene Opo~3 Pernette and her father are engaged in bitter in~~ a ~ argumentA (FADE IN) I will not ~ve it, Pernette, I ~I~ not have at all it. ~ your~ scoundrel you've met cares nothlngafor you. It ~s your money he wants. (D~IANTLY) That iB not so~ father. He loves me. I know it. (SNORTS) ~ Wl~ ~hii ~om'~a~eve?~--Y~e~ -~ill ,, ,~LI3@T anaa~O is this man? Tell me his name. I demand it. • And I refuse. You aye L~ ~ u~X$ u~@, I want no P~p~A to befall him. yotu~g whipper-~e.~!)c~ - I shall never co~se~t to you~ marrying him' Dc you hear me! (ICILY CAI~) Yes~ father. I hear you. I have already chosen the man vmo is to be your, husband. You know that. ¢~TMO'I 023~325
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P~h~TTE: FATI4~R : p~hrE~£E: P~IER: PER~'~E: FN/HER: DENNIS : FA~ER: DENNIS : FATHER : DE~NI S : NUS 7C: SOU~IO: DENNIS : FA THEN: DENNIS: FA'I~IEE: Ah -5- #8 A m~n I have not even met. L man ~hose very name I do no t know. You will ~Low - in good ti~e. In good timeT. You forget, father, these are not the Bough of youl, impudence! GO to your room. Go-t¢~ ~.- and stay there until I tell you you may leave. Very yell. (GOING) But nothing you may say or do will altel, my intentlo~ to uarry the man I love~. Welll see about that! Welll see about it. (CALLING) DennisI. Derails, where are you? (OFF) Here in the dining hall, slr! Leave what you are doing and come here. (COMING) Yes, sir, rIE:ht away, ~r~ Ct mere Dennis ~Now, llst~n to me Dorn~s. -~ ~a~e~-ea-~l. If a letter should come for my daughter, you must i~ter.cept it and bring it to me. Do you understand? Y~s sir. I understand~ ~ (BRIDGE IT. FADE BACK FOR: ) (CHURCH BELIS OFF OONTII~ D~.~E~: D~ALOGUE) (OFF C0~ING) Mr. Valent]no, sir. ~. Vslentine. Yes~ Dermis, what is it~ I have just intercepted this l~tte~ addressed to youm daughter. I thomght you'd want to look at it befor'e you'd le~t for church. rde Good,man: Glve it to me. Quickly! ~1"~01 02313?6
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DENNIS : FA TEER : SOUND: FATHER: PERNETTE z TERNETTE: P~NETTE: MUSIC: SOUND: -6- #8 Very well, sir, here it Is. (GOING) I shall be ~n the dining hall if you need me. ,y~s. Ngw... (TO HI,F/2) Yes...yes.,' Now ws shall see: (I~TIG~ BEINg OPEN~) ~m' (READS) ff~ dearest love - since your father seems intent on remaining hostile to our marriage, there is but one thing for us to do. We must elope. I will meet you at the little garden house ~ust inside the stone wall of your castle at ~ midnight, tonight. If this plan is agreeable to you, wea~ ~ white rose on yo,Ja~ go~n when you go to chtu, ch this mor,nlng. I shall be watehlng from a window as you pass. With all my heart - Ben." The blackguard: A ¥:h~te rose, it it? Very well if%el%... ~ white ros~ it ~hall be] (OFF COMING) Itts nea'~'ly time for church, father. Are you ready? mo Yes2 child, ~;-~.~. ~ what a prettv child gown. Y~ lovely my ~. But wait, you need a rose - ~ a whit~ rose: GO into the garden and pluck one before we go. Thank you, father. A white rose would become this gown. T~ (BRIDGE IT. FADE BACK FOR: ) (NIGHT $OU~. CRICE~ CHIRPING, ETC. ) ~TM01 02B13p?
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DEN~ JS : FATHER: ' FA~ NER: DENNIS : FA'J}[ER: DENNIS : FATHER: SOUND: BEN: FAq}[ERI BEN: FA E}~R: BEN: FATHER: BEN: -7- #8 ItIs almost midnight - Mr.. ValentineT. /I/ me~nie, yol~ are ~u~e ~ly d~u~hter I[~ ~afel~ ~tt~he~ ~un~,s? YeS, Sir'. ~"~ ~ Good. Hand me my pistol. // Here ~t is, sir. / /, (BREAKING IN) N~,~u tr~y leave me. Hurry ~ GOd be ~ulet - very et. (~/~SEL~~) NOW then, if the young scoundrel is on (FOOTSTEPS STEALTHILY OVER GRAVEL PATH) (COMING CALLING SOFTIX) Pernette! Pe~nette, where are you..itTs I - >en: (ALOUD) Stand where 7ou are! Don~t move! ~LO are you? Pe~nettets father -- and you, I assume, are the rascal who plans to elope with her. Yes, sir - I do. In the first p]~-ce, Vou should kzlow that my dau[~hter is promised J'~ marriage to another man. But{ I love her, sir. ~Rot~. You a~e an adventurer only after her fcrtu~e. ~,~iLook here. I will give you ten thousand pounds if you promise never to see her again. I do not want money,.her money or your money. 0231 ape
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.FA~{ER: 80UhD: BEN: FAS}[ER: BEN: FA ~IER : B~ : FArIHER : BEN : FA 7}t~: Bg~: FAqHFA: BEN: FATH2~: SOUND: FA~][ER : BEN: FAq~F~ : #8 Ve>y we]] then. (~u~ coc~) ~o..~o{ DonEt shoat. Zicase, dcu~ t shoot! Thenyou ~ll take the money~ At the moment it seems I have no choice. ?fnere is In ~hat desk~here But the iesk is looked, thq Use ~ hea,ry stick t~ and break it opera. I sic, no thief3 sir! YO'a wJIl be - in the eyes of the world.,rHave you a wallet with your pe~sonai papers irl it? Yes. Then ~]ace ~t on the f!~or hy the desk. What for? So t~at when the ro;'.c2 and Pernetto co~L% I can yo'41re a ~hief. Non, sc:-qsh ~hat desk ar~ be quick about i~! (Rm~SIG~DLY) Very ~;~ii. (D~SK S[IASN~,~, SCATTERING OF COINS) You focl! You've scattered everythiug all about. ~'~eil 'I~it h you Pick 9p those...AZ'n~t's _i matte~' What are you The - the medal~, That half of a silver medal lying there.... Zell What about it? AI"~01 02313?9
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FATII~ : LI ,N. FATHI~ : BEN : BEN: FAT~ZR: RIPI~: MUSIC: -9. u I have the other half of tl~t meO~l, My father gave it to me. See~ here it is. A lieut, father gave it ~o you! l:~c .is ~,,ou~ father: His r~me is Stephen l~.four. 3teDhen Dufou~ who served in the SwJ ss Guard Reg~r,ents of the King of France twenty yearsaso~- ~" The very same. son, dh. have~zou ~ rr~entioned his An6 ~Cu are his ]'cu gave me no cpportur~ity; sir. ~e lad LJ 9ter~.twe~t~ yea~$ ~g3 ~ctLr father s&ved ~y life. And we agreed that if ~e ever P~d chilc~en~ they sheuld ~;e¢. In si~ Of our ¢=!~ct, we s.hared the silver ~ed~l ~c~r ~ther received f~2 s~vi~g ~y l~fe. So~ ~r~l a~e the ver~[_~r~ m~,¸ c:~:Y~:ter is prom~sed to. (TAG iT. I,~DP P?": :~::) Yes, i~dles and. ~ " • ~ tl~t is ~,~ oeL~ ~e~,~e. ~ true. Benedict Dufoul~ ~r.d P¢l'nette Valentine were ~.arrieC. They }lad a son and that son beca!~e ~~-- the greatest Swiss of modern tJ]lles ,- Gel]era] Willi&la Hel~l,¥ Dlfo~r, f~,ther of Swiss }]eutr~.lity ~nd four_de~ of it~ Ar]uy. Zut what ~de Gener&] Dufotur truly i1~nri'ta3 is the /'act th~t he gavB , ., • ~ res eote e d~ igned h S~igs fla{ t~e World -- lt~ ~!osu ~ s~jT~bol~. ~&v~ ~o d then 30 years laterI e rav~rsed the colors ~n a]~ humanity the flag ~.c%~n wherever mercy~qs not been / barred from the h~9.n heart -. the fl~g of the /~Atc~.~ti3:~]- Re('. Cress -- BELIEV[~ IT OR NOTE (FUI~ PIAy OFF ';H~[TING SONG~ -. CUE E) R "f",~O 1 0231380
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}~I,PJ ~JY: HAI~-CCCK: HANCOCK~ RIPLE~: -lO-. #8 N¢~'4, hereT s Don ~.noook~. L~,die~ ~rf. ger.tle~gr~, are you still ~moking old-fashione~2 '~h22~t~ e~garettes~ Tf so, you will ~¢ant to make this ¢o~vi~cir, g test, -co what happens the first t,~ne yat~ 3 i~ht a PELL b~. Unoonscieulyj you. hold the match a half inch closer to yo'a~ face than you have te---a F~ocd half inch inside the tip of your P~L ~LTI, That mear=s yoa~ve discovered !<odern_D~s~. -- sor~ething a S~o_rt cigarette 0anI t possibly ~ive you. Ne~ smoke that fI/~L Y/~L -- see ~.ihat ~odern Desigr~ does fol, you. Frcm . ?~ t~LL~S greate~ length travels the very first u~ff, ~ the m:,oke furthe~ -- dinlnishes heat and bite on the way, }~J~ ~L'S greate~ length filters the smoke naturallZ o~er a twenty ~e~ Ce~t longer route of PEIL ~LL~S traditior~ll~ fJ.r~e t-~baccos. TF~t~ s ~odern Deslgr~ -- P~JII, ~,~S Modern-.es_ ~ ~"-.. It filters, the smoke -- gi~s ~t that 9oo2 e~:~other taste that means PELL bf~LL. - rr~ - FADE FOR:) All fIcr on~ - and oze f¢~; al~. Yes, tha~ the way vJe~r9 gclr~ tc vii~ the %vet, Over here all together wcr'xinK for Victor~ Over there, all together for [~ictorv. And fo~ ihts3 boys over there...here ~re Bob Ripleyls answer~ to ~'~" ~-'~ Thank re'a, Don - befoz, o ",e read the V-Mall letters let [qe in ~em~nd everyone listsnin-ZAtbat a]] of o~k~ boys will fro~ you we3.oome V-~ail lettePs~more t~n anything else in the ~,o~3d~ ~hey~e fighting to brlr~ you Vlotory-- symbolized b~ the letter V, the same letter V you see on the hack of every peckage of you/, PEIL ~LL Cigarettes. 4-- ~1"~01 023'1~'1
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HANC(CK: RIF~: HANCOCK: ~CCS~C: Rljht you arej Bob. )cw here's a letter fz, om Cold,oral Kain N Comnalley,@~m-~e~N~r~h.~i~th~- ~. He asks: "7~ere is the fa~test trclle~y in the wo~!d?" :'~ ~,~-l, Bob, in your hul~-t for Factsz have you found the answer to that or_e? I hav~. Ztfs Yes, Donh ~ ~treet ca~ b~tween Falrmont and Clarksh.>2g}~Iies~ Virgir.ia.~ the fastest street car Ln the wo~id. The tJr~,etables k~@~-~e~':ar Drovid~ fcr a~. ~ve~age o~I s~eed of forty m~le~ an hour. a% And i top speed ~ sJ~ty miles an hour. BELiEFE IT OR NCT! ( ~'HU~T~G SONG"- C~LD* O;' Bob will be back in just a moment with the answer to last Light's Believe It 3r Not~ (PAUSE) Smokers, whenever you buy c~ ~arcttes, reme~aher - PELL y~LL'S Mo~Jer~ Design gives yoa two important benefits. First, PELL If£LL~S greater ier~th travels the smoke further, ri~.ini~hes b.ea_~ a::~l bite cn the way. Second, PELL R~LL'S greater length tilters the smoke, gives it tb~t cooler~_ sr~co~her t~ste that ~ean~ FELL ~ALL. ~mt~s ~,~hy, wherever partieu!ar people cor:~regate you see PELL ~JLL - in the Sm&rt rE'~. oackaze. - H-; ( 'H6NTING SONG" Cb~ O AT:~O 1 O23"13B2
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~L%N000K : ,IflL±. HANe0CK: RIP]if:]Y: }~DICOCK : RIPI}]Y: 15qN00CK: T'{ T p" I~]NGCCK: Nr0$IC : -12 [{-C ,~nc¸. ,_~w for the answer to last ni6htEs LI~LI]~ I'f CI{ NOT! :.~s~ nl~kL j~u left us with bhe iteln~ 'Uhere 4ces the s'~u~- ~lw&~s set ~t twelve nliCdlight ~ll th~ year pou]~6? ~ ~ l~df~-tY~:~• • .We]l~ the ~newel~ is]~ / J -j . j -f-J in }~rabia all ~iohamsed{Ln ~-~. When the sun sets~ ~ml clocks are put fori'~'grd to ~ midnight thu~ begipming a r.ew ~y. The ¢lecks rur~ on tE.til the next sunset @t which time bhey are s, ga)n: s~t for twelve mich~ight, Believe It 0r Not - It's true. l e]]~ Bob} hay9 y<u an:them one. I'm goJ.n~ to get one el these prett3 soon. you ~ee]~ %]'zing now. I };now All right~ You re~,d ohe papers a lot, Don, so you can th~'~erican armed forces probably tell r!e [ : ..ow ~mzn~; war £ronts6are ~ f~ghti~%? l~il bet I can r~me them all. alld I'll give /ou tLle ans?,er tomorrow night I'ii take ~b~t DonA an(. I~Ii also bet you that you ~,~,on,t even come within te~: of hashing them correctly..B~L±~ IT C~ NCq! ('f~VJI,,T~ ;A ~L~ITING" - CT.F~ J - FADV FOR:) ]'his is Ik~n Hancock Yoi~iLding you to l~sten in tomorrow nig~2~t~ uhen PELL ~LL i, amouse Cigarettes, the c~go~r,ette of ~:cdern Desi~-~1, will again present the l,~n whose whole life ~s a constant hunt for facts - THIS IS ~I'TUAL, 8]H01 023"1383
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..... ~ ............ ~ ~z~.,~~ RUTHRAUFF ~ RYAN I,=, ADVERTISING RADIO reVISION AMERICAN O. & C. CCMPANY PALL yALL B~LIEV~ IT OR NOT ROBENT L. RIPLEY CLIENT: PROGRAM: FINAL REV. DATE: ~TUAI NETWORK: 9:15-9:7,0 F.:~!. E .W .T. rJUSIC HA]~C OOK : ~S IC : R I PL}~f A1"~01 02313~
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NOT - ROBERT L. RIPLEY- NEWS SPOT - JANUARY 27, 1944 Greetings everybody, and welcome. Most of you know thst Liberls has declarefl war on the Axle, Now, in My hunt fop feot~, [ have visited Liberia, ~hioh i~ the only nation in the ~o~Id [~r~ed after Liberty. Its eepltol is celled Monrovie, named after our Preeldent James Mrnroe. The first president of Monrovla was ~eshlngton, 8 nephew of OenePel George Washington, and e professor of Harvard wrote its oonstitutlon and Liberia's proud flag bears llke our flag...the ~ters and stripes. Libepie fascinated me by its beauty - and the endless number of its "Believe It Or Nots'~, Notable among these ere its t~ees, the Stxe~est of which i~ the talking t?ee. ~hen the ~i~ rustles the leaves of this tree, you ~oul@ think that you could heap h~r~n voices in oonversatlon. And in Liberia, they even live in anthills, not llke the ones we knew, these litt]~ ones, but anthill~ forty feethigh and these can easily be converted into thres-ro~m] apartments, with walls of such thickness tMT they are cool in the hot ~eeson and ~8~ in the ~iny season. BELIEVE IT ON NOT. $,h p3 l':KO 1 02313e5
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q } D'~I<CC C,K : ~SIC: }~NCOCK: [ UblC: -3- #9 II (PLAY OFF - H~I~TING SONg'* - Otr£ C) Bob Ripley ~iii b~ hack in just a moment{ (}'AUZE) Smokers, quick as a flash you~ eye notioes PELL ~ T~ U.cdern Design, That's because Modern Design- is easy to see. The minute you lock at a PEL~ b~LL you see EEI~ .V~IT~,S greater l~ngth. That's I~odern Des~%n. Aria ,,hen you light your clgarett~,' you can se_e that ~glL ~vlc~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further - over a twenty pe~ c~r.t Itrdge~ ~o'ate of PEIL VP~LL~S traditicna!l~ tobacccs. ~ELL Y~LL~S greater length filters the smoke r, ato~ally - d~aini~he~ heat a-ad bite on the ~ay--g!\'e~ you a ccoler~ smoother, better-tasting smoke. Ladies and gentl~aer,, believe the evidence of yo~±r o~n eyes. PE~J, ~]{LL g~ves you visible ~roof of its advantage to smokers. Your e~y~ye tells ~ PELL ~LL'S I~!odern Design fi].ter~ the smoke -- gives it that qooler~, smoother taste [~IAy - OFF - "[<bq, Tl~g SONG" - CUE D) And here again is Bob Ripley - the man who makes his iivSr~g by h~mtin[, for fact~! (SC,:E,, SETTER. FAD~ FaR ) } I ~e spert most of my life hunting for facts, and it~ e fasc~.atlug buslness. W-bLen yet, hear the Believe It Or Not I'm going to sketch for you tou~ght~ I~¢. soae ~ou~II agree with me ~hen I ~ay it~a m~e of the most thrlllirag true-life stories I ~ave ever found. Nml ~ on with the h~t! The time - 193~. -~re~Doree Viau, a youz_g and Pari~ born come ~,o Olove~sviiie, N. Y t~ aopea' , P~I" ~01 023131~6
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SOUND: HAl,: DOREE: HA]J: DORF$]: HA]: }L~L: D0}tEE: MUSIC: RIPLEY: SOUND: DUTCH: DOREE: SOUND: -4- #9 ( APTLAUS]%~YING OUT. N IGHTOLUB BACKGROUND. BEt IN TO %. IN~D~WORDS "IT WAS IN 1931 THAT FRF~CH SNEAK THIS ETC .") "~ (OVER..COMING) Doreel ~i Do~e, can I a minute~ Sure, Hal, whatls on your. l~ve booked another spot for Where are you sending me? To the Elms in Glovers You ¢ Monday. Oloversville? Uh-huh. It'~ great town. You're set 8t ththkElvs forEl~rs for a two we run. 0key by you? k J~Hsl; you' re the doctor. '~:her~ has .- ' ~ she^met be~y - 8 popular ~oung buslnes~ Iron whol~ over2~c~e- it. C!C':'~.~',III~ celled "Dutch". They fell in love and NOV were ~rled. ~Two days before Christmas ~n 1934 they were walking home f~om a shopping trip - thei~ ar~is full of bundle~. (FEET ON PAVEmeNT) (CHUCKING) Doree, you look just like a Christi[ms tree. All you need now is ~ little tinsel end a silver star on your hat. (L$,U3HS) You've 6or quite an B~ful yourself, Dutch. Oh! (BODY FAIJLS...BUNDLES SCATTER) RTX01 02-~1.187
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DUfCH : DOREE: DUTCH: DOREE: DUTCH: DOREE: DUTCH: D~RRE: N~USIC: SOUND: MUSIC: SOUND: M.C: ~JSIC: SOUND: tonight ~n~ give them the be~t ~how of ~y life! (BR~EGR IT,,FADE BACK FOR) (0VgR) An~ now, la~le~ and gentlemen, we present our lovely little 8encing ~tar, Do#ee Viau in her eeneatlon~] tap dance, (APPLAUSE) ("8~EET SUE") (~ILITARY TAP F~EOT TO "~ET SUE"..TAPPING SUDD~LY FALTERS AND STOPS) f~l"~O 1 0231388
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CAST:. CAST: MUSIC: RIPI~Y: MUS]C: IDI~]E: DbWCH: ~SIC: DORBE: FINCH: DORhT,: FINCH: DOPJ~E: MUSIC: -6- #9 Look~ She'~ fslle~ to th~ floor! What'~ the iiBtter w~ih her? (AD LIBS "SHE~S FAINTED"..."CALL A DOCTON"..Z~0 ~ (0]FEN) Is there 8 doclor here? Is there s doctor in the house,-~ asc~or... (AD LIBS UP) (SZ~,LS AND S~O~S TO DRAMATIC THE}~. SL~UE SHOULD START UNDER ABOVE DIALOGUE ON WORDS "LOOKI SHe'S FALLEN TO THE FLOOR". FADE FOR BACKING AND CONTINUE UNDER DIm%~UE. ) Unable io move her legs, parSlyz~d from the waist down, Doree Vieu wss taken io a hospilsl. There her condition grew rapidly Worse. ) (SZ~LLS BRIKFLY..FADES FOB BACKING) Well, Doctor Finch? I have bad new~ for you~Mrs. Regal. You are ~uffering from infantile p~r~lye~. No. No! I ~on't believe it. I'm sorry, But i~ ~rue. (HYSTERIOALYY) It isn't true. It isn'i Irue! It ~sn't true! (S~LL~ BRIEFLY AND FADES BACK FOR) AI'NO 1 0231389
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RIPI FY: SOUND: DORFE: BOBBLE: DOREE: S0[~{D: DORFE: DT3] CH: BO~BIE: D~fCH : DOREE: ~JSIC: RIPLEY: -7- #9 But it wa~ true. ~@~for nearly four years Doree Regal was hcpe!esely rar~lyse~. Then came the night of June 1s llth, 1938. At seven-th-rty in the evening Doree lying on the couch in the llvln~ room of her home, Her :.its ~ nu~s%~Bobbie ~iaeaic8 i~ with her. Dutch..,-~ in ~n~:,~ ~ -=~. (}{~2AVY THUNDER STO~4 - INCREASING IN ~IO~,z C~) A~e all the wlndo~s clo,~ed, Bobble? Now donlt worry. The stor~ ~III soon pass over. lh:1 not worried. It's Just that the 1,1ghtning end the - (TERRIFIC CLAp OF THUNDER. CRASH Ao~ I,I~H~NING~W STRIPS) (SCREA~4S OVER SOUND OF 0RASH) DO!" ~6 (C0[4ING) Doree! ~! ?~'i=[ .... [ka[£ What happened? (GASPING) A bolt of ]i~.htnJng. It - struck Doree. Struck Doree! Ct3 lord, B~! Looki She,s moving! She~a gettin~ up! (UNCERTAII~LV) Dutch - look! I (~n wslk. (JOYOUSLY) Dutch, I can walk! i oan ~ik~ I can walk!! (S!.@~LLS TO TAG /~ND FADES BACK FOR) Yes,~ledies and gentlemen, that is true. .&~4-~t is one of the most astounding Bel~eve It Or Nots i've found in the r~ny years I've .-~ent huntin{ for iec~s, For that bolt of iZghtnir~ which s+ru¢,k Doree ReE~I actually euru0 her of par~lyais.°+She,s right here beside me now.~4% ] want you to meet her. Here she is - ~rs. Doree Regal o~ Clover~vill% New York, (AP£LmSm Mrs. Regal, I~m sure our audience would like to know hol,,~ it feels to be str.uck by lightning. Wo~id you mind telling us? R Y,WO 1 0231390
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I)ORP~ : RTPLEY: DOI~;E : RIPIF~Y : I )0~ tF, E : RIPIEY: ~USIC : -~- #9 Well, Mr. Ripley~ I didn't fool anything at all. It just seemed as though a big sheet of flame came up out of the floor. ~t stunned me for a mlnQte~ &~d when I came to, I knew I could walk. I just knew it. 6~ve you been able to walk in a nor~r~l manner ever since? Absolutely~ In fact, I have never been sick a day in my llfe slnoe the lightnin~ struck. Then I suppose yea res~r.ed your career as a dancer. No, Mr. Ripley, I did not because I have everythln~ in llfe I really Want. My husband -- m y~e ~nd my friends, ~a~ies 6rid ~i~Ii%z~en ] ?ell, l'Lo coul~ ~,i~a f~r .~ore, [4~. Rega[L~-- .... ~--- ohis ~joi' te~.~ 1~e s(Ich a remarkable recovery as ~. ~What do the doctors say aboat it? There is no explanatlon for. it in medical history. They say It's a miracle. ~It truly is a miracle, Mrs. Regal.~-Thank you fop comin~ here from Oloversville to tell us your true story, l~dles and ~entlemen you have just heard M~s. Defoe Rezal who was hopelessly baralyzed for almost four years. Then she Was st~ack by a bolt of llghtning Which ~ and p/~rZ~tls_ntl~ tilted her. -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT1 (ATP~US~) (PLAy OFF "HUNTING gONG" - CUE E) ~)'I'NO 1 0231391
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R] PL~Y: HANCOCK: Now herels Don Hancock~ Ladies and gentlemen, itls interesting to notice w~mt happens when a PELL ML~L smoker tries to l~ght an old-fashloned, short cigarette. Unconsciously, he holds the florae a good half inch beyond the t~D of the sho-~t cigarette. Hers looking for something that isn't there. Hers looking for PELL Y~LLtS Modern Design. Zoderu Design means PELL [~L is longer. Modern ]Design means PELL ~:~,LL is smoother, cooler. From the very fi.r~t puffj P~L MELL'S g~eater 3ength travels the smoke further -- d~r.inishes hee, t and bdt~e on the ~:~y. PL~L MELL'S gTeatel, length filters the smoke ;~turally over a twenty pe~. cent longer route of PELL ~LLIS t~aditio~ally fine tobaccos. That's [4odern Design -- Pe~L ~, ,~LL'S Modern Design. PELL I,~ELL filters the smoke -- g~ves it t~mt cooler, smoother t~ste MUSIC: HANCOC~ RIPLEY: ("ALL FOR Ohm" -- Ob~ F - FADE FOR) All for one and one for all. Yes, that's the ~y wetre going to win the ~. Over here, all together workin~ for Victory. 0vet there, all together fighting for Victory. And for those boys over there - here are Bob Ripley~s answers to their V-[#~il letters. ~;ut Thank you Don. ^Before we eden our V-14~l for tonight, 5'~OS~ listen" • i I want to stress thls f~tct~ ~eur V-4e[~Y ~etters mean more that to OU~ boys than almost any ~ thingjou can send them. So make It a point to ~ite every day to the boys who arc out there giving evePythlng they've got to win a final Victory . symbolized by the letter '~" - the same letter "V" you se~ on the back of every package of you~ PFLL ~[~LL Ci~rettes. q~ t~T)401 02313.
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HANOOCK. SIFI~: !';~ ] 1 ~USIC : HANCOCK: rrJ,.lo. -9 - 4!o Right you ar~, Bob. W~j and he~oel8 a questJcn from Private First glass Joseph Potter.. " ' " I Mr lie ' ires: "Dear Mr. Ripley - Will you please answer this question - ~If an office boy got one cent the first dsy he went to wo~k, and his sal~%ry z~s doubled every day for thirty days, how much would it amount to at the end of the A~ in your h~nt fop facts, did you dig up the answer to that one? Yes, Don - I did. If the office boy's salary starts at one cent a~d do,lbles every day, at the end of the month his total pay would a~ount to ten million, seven hundred fifty-seven Lhousa~.d, four hundred e~ghteen dollars and twenty-three cents - BELIEVF IT OR NOT! ("HUNTING SONG" - 0DT G) Bob will be back in Just a momen~ (PAUSE) ~mokers, whenever you buy olgarettes, r~lember - PELL ~LL:S re.odern Desi~ gives you two ~,portant benefits. First PEU~L MEndeL'S greater length travels the smoke further, ~minishes heat and bite on the ~y. SeccnS, PELL ~LL'S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler, p o}!~re._~{t:9, you see, PELL ~ELL - in the .§!~it red p99-~,(~e (:L::~TING SONG;: -. OW_.. ~_~)
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ANNR : RIPLEY: ANNR: RIPLEY~ ANNR: RIPLEY: ANNR: RIPL~Y: -io- #9 And now for the answer to last night's BELIEVE, IT 0R NOT. within ten of the oorrec~ nm~er ~f~fronts[ come T}~,sRight, Don. ~ - whatls your score? (ELABORATELY CAgUAL) Oh, I figured out flfteen~ Fifteen, Don? W~9~, ~ ~ t~. You didn't even come within fifty of the correctS. Because the latest count i8 s~venty-fouy~ Ye~, we're flghtlng on seventy-four actual fronts...BELIEVE IT OR NOT --- IT'S TRUE~ (WHISTLES) Where are the~, Bob? Wel~, ~_~n, maybe our listeners might llke to know that, ~, so I've had a llst printed up. Anyone who wants it may h~ve it by writing me care of the ~utual Network, New York City, and enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope. That's a great idea, Bob. ~Remember, folks, if you want a list of the sevent~-four actual fronts where our boys are fighting for Victory, just wrlte Bob Ripley - care of ~utual. And now, Bob, have ~eu azother one to keep us aw&ke tonight? "611 Can Fou tell me what is conceded to be th~ original source of all musical ~nst~uments? I~TN01 0231394
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KUSIC: HANCOCK: KUSIC : hNNR : -I u - #9 k-~, i~he cow t~,d a horn ~Qa know, and -- You're not even close~ Do__~n, But think it over and i~ll toll you the answer tomo,~row night because there is one defllilte orlglr/~l souroe of all i!~t[sle~l !ll.~tl, i~rtents -- BFLIEVE IT ")~ NOT.~ - • ~bql~l.,-- - CL~/~ J - F~IDE FOR) This is I)cn Hancock remindi[*g you to listen in tomorrow night, when Pm-~LL ~:_~7~L Famous Ciga[.ettes, th~ c~garette of Modepn Desi~.~ will agalo ~resent the n~n whose ~Jhole llfe is a constant hunt for facts - BELI~ZfE IT OR NiT,..BOB RIPLI~I (,~ PPIA~Iss ) (l~J~l~, - 'A ~/.I?i!3" - UP TO CU~) Ti{IS IS MUTUAL. ATe01 0291395 lib
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RUTHRAUFF RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING / CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION A~RICAN C. & C. COMPANY PATL %fALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L, RIPLEY C- ~ND FINAL D?,WISE #[o BROADCAST:FRI. i/2S/44 DATE: VV~UAL ' 9:15-9:90 P.!L NETWORK: ~.w,T. HANCCCK: ~USIO: (SIGNATUE]~ - "HUNTING SONG" - CU~ A) PELL ~LL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern /~ s i~,,n Dr6sents.. BELIEVE IT OR NO_~...BOB RIPLEY! (APPLAUSE) H~Y~S the ~ whose whole Worl~-wlde hunt for faots. by telling the truth. The t~n who know~ the Dlaces ~klng news tod~y..knowe them because he's heen there. Yes, Bob Rlple~ ~k%s b~en there..been in moro th~n two hundred countrle~, trevele~ over ~ h&if-million ml]es.. always ~eeking, alwa.~ hunting fo~ fact~. F~cts that Dut you right w~th him in a front row seat of world ~vent~ , B~LI~qE IT OR NOT..IT'S TRUE..SAYS BOB RIPLEY~ ,~D h~ER~ HE IS ! (THE~ ........ "g kq}~TING" - CUE B - FADE FOR.,. ) llfe is a constant, The man who makes his living fg~R01 023~39g
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NE~ SPOT BELIEVE T~ OR NOT - BOB RIFLEy J/u~UARY 28, 1911;~ Greetln@s everyhodT, and welcome, I kr~ow ~ost of you listen re~ula~l~ to Gabrle~ Heatter and hi~ keen anal~is of the new~. You p~obab~ he~r~ him tonight. I£ ~ou ~i~ ~ou know that he referred to the Y~r~hall I~lands. We~l the ~r~ll I~lands befora the war were Inh&h~%ed by the ~ost unusu&1 &n~ Intel~ting people on 8a~th. ~o~ Instanoo, the wo~n of the ~r~hall Isl~nds &re endowed with so~thln~, th&t no o!her worsen in the wori~ Dos~e~s - a ~w1vei elbow. • I ~an - tho~ ~&n £urn their e[bow~ COmDlet~ly &round - in a circle Inw&~ &s ~ell as outward. And In the ~Azrsh&ll Isl&nd~ the Wome~ t~e&r huge earrln~s. The,~ Die~oe the e&Plobes~ then the~ han~ heav~ we~ght~ on them unt~l the hole~. a~e very ~e an~ a Ma~sh~ll I31~nd wom~n i~ not considered styllsh unt~l she can put her head through the~e e~la~e~ lohe~ o£ her e~s. But the ~re&test m~te~y of the ~r~ha, lls ~s th~ Nan ~t~l - the ~u~ns of a c~t~ a~ la~e as Ne~ Yor, k whlch ~ere built b~ & race lon~ s~noe th~ mlst~ of antlqult~. Th1~ Was a g~eat T~C8 e~Gt~e@ withllntelli~ence, but It~ fate r~n~ns one of the ~re~t m~tePie~ of al~ %~ms, There 18 no ~ecor~ &8 to why or b~ whom ~th~s ~e&t c~t~ of N&n ~tal w&~ bul~t - BELIB~'E IT OR NOT~ ~, 'I'XO 1 0231392
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t4CSIC: HANCOCK: ICCS YC : HANCOCK~ ~L;S IC : RIPLEY: -3- #1o (PLAY OFF - "?L~TING SONG" - CUE 0) Bob Ripley will be back in just 8 moment! (PAUSE) Smokers, take e look. That's ell you need do to get the f~cts about P~HLL ~LL,Z Modern Design. Yes, your own eyes give you the proof of PELL MgLL'S advantage to ~mokers - your e~ tells why. You can see PELL hZ~LL'S greate~ length. Thstls Modern De~! And when you light your cigarette, you can see that PELL ~rA~LL.S greate~ length travels the ~moke further - over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~!ELL's t redltionsllx fine iobaccos. PE/.L MELL,S greater length filters the smoke naturally - diminishes heal and bite on the way - s~ves you a coole~, smootherj bettez~iesting smoke. Ladies and gentlemen; believe the evidence of your own eye~. PELL ~LL gives you visible proof of its 6dvsntsge to smoker~. Your ee_y~ tells ~. PELLN~KLL'S Modern Design filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother ts~t_~e. (PLAY-09~ - "HLlqTING SONG" - CUED) And here egsin i~ Bob Ripley - the ~mn who makes his living by huntir~ for f~ots~ (SOLVE. SETTER ..... FADE FOE.. ) q'~{bE There is a 18tin quotation that says: "It is @~ because it is impossible". And the years I have spent • n my hunt for facts have proved to me how very true t~mt statement is...for I have found and verified II~ SDre and of them all, not one^surpasses the&~a~,a~4.@ Believe It Or Not I am going to sketch for you tonight. (~ORE) 81"~01 023'1398
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]~I PI.EY ; (tuN'n)) SOUND: MATE: SHANICK: MATE: SHAN]CK: MATE: SHANICK: SHANICK: SOUND: MUSIC: SOUND: WOMAN: SEANICK: -4- #to Now, on with the HuNt! In the year 1837, William J. Mc~r&itt sailed from London on the schooner "Harriet COWDer~ boun~ for Hong Kong, China. A month out then ran into a terrific 8to2~n. (BRINO UP A}!D ~TABLISH STORM) (COMING) Captain Shanlck, sir! Captain Shanlckl Yes, Mr. Go~Jon. So~e of the cargo has broken loose an~ Dunche~ & hole Jn our ~ide just above the water iit~e, }!ave you started the pumDs? Yes slr! We're doing All we can, slr~ but we c&nlt hold o~t much lODger. Very weil~ Break out the lifeboats~nd ~ee 5h~ ~.h.s. L!ack is ill i~ COaL DVU~ ~he si~e. A~e, ate, Si~. (CALLING) V~n the lifeboats and preD~re to &tandon shlD, (FADE VOICE) Man the lifeboats and Drepare to ab~n4on shin. (ST0~,4 SV~ELLS TO FULL FURY. F~JES 0N CUE) (~LL5 WITH 5ODND. FADE~ BACK FOR> (OARS CREAKING IN LOCKS) How far are we from fan@, CsDtaln? I~s, Bl~ck Well, ~, es I figure it, the nearest lan6 is about a thousand miles to tho southsast. ~1"~01 0231399
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CAST : SHANICK; WOMAN S}D~NICK; MOO RA ITT : S}~NICK: SOUND: CAST: MCGRAITT: CAST : SHANICK: ~4US ]D : RIPIEY: SOUND: -5- #zo (AD LIB EXOLA~TIONS) We might r~ke it in a Month - if we're luckyL And our provisions? Food?~Weter~ ~n~ ~r'e ~,~ ~i:~g ~o ao? Enough for three week~ if we ration ea~eful!y. Two biscuits - three ounces of water a day for everyone. CepSaln, what are ou~ chances of being picked up by another ship? ~hip~ are few and far between in the~e watePs. All we can do i8 hope for the best. 5 EXCLA~ATIONS AND HUBBUB. CONTINUES UNDER .," Look! our'~lght. A great column of f~re and smoke! ~" The sea! Look at ~ea! It's raging and boiling~ (An LI S ur) • (OVEN) Come on men, pull ~e oars. (BRIDGE IT. FADE BACK FOR) When the llfeboet reacher/the hePe the huge / column of fire and s~oke had shot up o t of the ocean everyone tabbed t~ir eyes in amazeme~)r there, rising up £ift~'feet out of the sea - now s ~%r~ngely / becalmed -/~ter the great tidal wave - was an%l~isnd. k They beeo6ed their boat and went 8shore. FIT:401 0231400
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~)UNE: U;ST: .~USIC: RIPLEY: ThaNICE: HCCf:AIJ'T: C~5"T: SHANICE: T_ _ITI( 7HPGLTI,)I:. $T~ • ~ ]If, _XGI~L,=.TI3~,3 .~llf HULkUf CDNTIISUhS U';J El 5L,LOGC]t. Lookl Off t&~r~ t~¸ ~ Pi~. Th~- o!~lu~i:l of ripe az~. s~oke. The )e~.Z ~='o:'. at ~e SeBI J[tts ua61ng an~. b~i~n~. it "~ere on fire! AD T IFS JP. 9VIIC~ 5,~t': fed ~l i tn~r9 lIc~ly. Co:~e on~ beD, tall ol ~r~ose o~r~! P~iL on tnos~ oars~ Vher the iif~,o%.t f~uO~ ~ Gf~e $.uO1 . nar~ ~SO n~ COIUXJ~ of Sire enu smoke Ii~ $~0D 9~ o~ of %~e ocean, Ln~;7! ~il rubb o the~J eyes i~ ~m%zem~n~. ~o~ D~er~, ricing lifty fe=-t oi,5 o~ ~ite se~ - no~ st~-~r~?~]y becalmed afte~ m g.-~a% tidal .~(~ve v~as ~n islgnd. (HI>0.D F,D!) They NO~, Cal'~fu~, I~l'S. ~-~cz. h~t :le help yo~. The.~e roc<s ~.r~ ~ill v ry ~oD, e)'~'iI~%i] .~ the ;Jce~Y. L~6 ~OO thPe% this isx~.no u~ ou~ of Lie aea. Yes - Jb ia ~n90~ ~h¢ vO~idlS l'aros~ p.~i!nO.lena ~nd nev~" "~ ~: J.~±~nd mo~e O[,!Ol'~L~ly $02290 SO I S~l~ge~% ~ ngl.e It "T[,lely I-~i~t.~i". Ail rign~j ~nen - "~i~ly [slhnd it is. BRIOG~ IT. F~.DE ~.CF FOR: RTX01 0231401
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SHANICK: MSGRAITT : CAST : SH~ICK: I~]S] C : R I £LEY : SOUND: MCORAITT : SRANICK : MCGRAYTT : ~SIC : R]P L~/: • 5- . #10 Th'is .is the work of a volcano which expl£ded'-in the ocean be@ and "t]nrew thls ~sland uD.~ut of th~ sea. Ye~, it Is one of the World~s rarest ~henor~na ~nd never was an ±slan~m6re opportunely formed, So I suggest we n>%~'~t "Timely Island",, (AD LIJ~9~ RIGHT0" "THAT'S THE NA~ FOR IT!~ ETC) (BRIDGE IT. FADE BACK FOB) The castaways had been on the IslarJd less than two an boat days, when ~ English ~4~F/' havln@ seen th~ column of flame and smoke~ came to ~nvesti~ate. The~ r~zcu~d and took them I '~W~/L-~ surv~vors^off the island an0 ~alled ar,~i r:s~' ~ find awa~ Caotalu Bhanlck and [~cG~itt ~ standing ~]oflg~ o~ kh~ ~'escue ship the r~llawatoh~ng "Timely Island" fa~8 Into the horizon. (GREAT EU}~BLING ROAR AND EXPLOSION. OFF) Look, CaDtain, look. The l~land~ It's ~ne, Dleappeare~! (SOI,E~[Ly) ~es, CaDtaln, it has gone~o~c~: u,~ bz,~ sea ~i~ich guve ~L "oil'oh~ (PLAY OFF. FADE BACK FOR) Yes, ladles and gentlemen, that Is true! And for a full report on thls &maz]n~ occurrence ~ou ma~ of [ondott. I have certainly" i1evel- consult Lloyd's Registry. I~ ~y hunt for facts ~- found a ~,re timely rescue for Dne lovrs of nat~'e in my endless hunt for f~-cb~. TMO'I 0231402
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qTPI,EY~ (CCNTD) ivlUSIC: HIPLE~: }~NCOCK: -7- #lo A submarine volcano erupted on the ocean bed - thrust up 8n island from beneath the ~08 just in time to save the survivor8 of the "HsPrlet Cowper", And st the 8eme ti~e, the smoke and fla~e created by this rare event geological~had formed a gigantic S.O.S. signal which brought the rescue ship, ~ to the scene.~-Then, when all had been t~s~bo~rJ, "Timely Island" disappeared beneath the Waves whence it h@d come - BELIEVE IT OR NOT! (FULL PLAy OFF - "HUNTING SONG~' - CUE E) (APPLAUSE) Now here,s Don Hancook~ l~dle~ and gentlemen, here is a convincl~% te~t for el1 of you who are still ~moking old-fashloned, sho~t clgsrettes. See what happen~ the f~rst time you light a PELL ~T~L. Unconsciously, you hold the match s half inch olo~er to your face than you have to - a good half inch inside the tlp of your PELL ~L. That means you've discovered Modern~ -- ~omethi~ ~hort cigarette can,t possibly give you. Now smoke that PELL ~LL - see w~mt ~odern Design does for you. From the ver~j f~rst puff, PhLL t~LL~S greater length trevels the smoke further- di~inlshee heat and bite on the way. (MORE) ATH01 0231403
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HANCC~K: MUSIC : .~tlJCOCK E i pL!i,~. : HANCOCK: -8- #1o FELL ~LL~S greater length filters the smo~{e r~azu~Z~ over & twenty bet cent longer route of PEEL r~LL'S traditlom&il~.fine tobaccos. That's Modern Design -- FELL M~LL~$ Modern Design, It filt_ eers th___e smoke - gives it that cooler~ smoother taste. ('~ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All for one - and one for all. Yes, that,s the w~y we re going to win the war. Over here, all together, workln~ for Victor~ Over the~e, alt to~ether ~ for Vietor_~v! And for those boys over there..here are Bob Rible!~Ts answers to their V-~all letters. Yes ~, Do_ nn - before we read the V-Y~il tonight, I~a like to remind everyone listening that all of our boys will welcome a V-Malt letter from you more than anything because else in the worlda They'r~ fighting to bring you Victory - symhoiize~ by the letter "V" - the same letter "V" you see on the back of every package of y~ur PELL ~ELL Cigarettes. Right you are, Bob, When our boys are flght~ng the ~r, they ao~rently indulge in that strictly A~.erlcan brlvilege - the right to beef - an@ to argue. It's a swell American custom, and this first letter - from P~C Al Milus..Apo #79, says; "Deal, Mr. Ribley: Would you be kind e~ough to settl,~, %n argutnout - n&s that ~ been keeplng all of B Company .... and most of the three hundred and fourth Engineers awake nights? ~z ~-~.~ t,~tgr.~ ..... t~~n'~• 5hu ,qT~01 02314-04
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ANC00K: ]~C O!'ITD RIPLEZ: ~SIC : }I;~{C 0C K: ~U51C F[A)IO COK : -9- #to ~ it possible t~t one ocean is higher than the other?" Well, Bob - in your hunt for Facts have you th~s? found the answer~ to ~? FaG]fie oce&n &t h~gh tide ls 8,~tuallz from fou'r t3 3~;~ fe~t higher than the At iantlc~f--t~h~-~. ,I Thereals -~no such thing as sea level - there &re p&~ts of feet the ocean where the surface is one hundred ~ abov~ ~'ea level..BELIEVE IT OR NO]~. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) In .~ust a moment ws~1.1 be back with the ~,nswer to last night's Believe It Or ~ot. (PAUSE) Smokers~ wh~rtov~r you buy cigarettes, l~membel, - FELL ~LL~S Z[odern Design gives you two important b~neflts. First, PELL I~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further, dJmlnJshes heat and blt~e on the way. Second, FELL I,~ELL~S grgater length fltters the smoke, gives it that cooler, smoother taste. ~" ~' why wherever ps,r.ticular ~____~eople con r~ ate__ you see PEII~ I~ELL - in the ~n~,rt red pac~e. ('"HUNTING SONG" - CUE H2) A~d now for the answe~'to last night's BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ Bob, you asked - what is conceded to be the original source of all muslcaI instruments? ( ouE) Al'~O 1 0231405
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~x~,o ,,o,. *so, ,io.4~ RUTHRAUFF RADIO DIVISION CLIENT: AMERICAN C. & C. COMPA~ PALL MALL BI~LI~WE IT OR NOT PROGRAM: ROBERT L. RIPLEY RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING BROADCAST:MoN. 1/31~ DATE: ~JTUAI NETWORK:9:lS-9:90 P.M. E,W.T, MUSIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC: RIPLEY: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTINC SONg" - CUE A) P~J~ ~ZJ/LFamous Cigarettes, the clgsrette of ~odern Design p~esents.,. BELIEVE IT OR NOT..,BOB RIPLEYI (APPLAUSE...FADE FOR) Here's the ~n whose whole life is 8 constant, WOrld-wlde hunt for facts. The ~mn who ~kes h~ living by telllne the truth. The man who kno%~ the places nmklng news today..knows them because he's bee~ there. Yes, Bob Ripley has been there...been in more than two hundred countrles, traveled ove~ a half million m~les..alwaye seeking, always hunting for facts. Facts that put you right with him in e front row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT...IT'S TRUE...SAYS BOB RIPL~f! AND HERE HE IS~ (THEM~..."A HUNTING" - SUE B - FADE FOR...) (APPLAUSE) Greetings, everybody, ~nd welcome. Most of you listen regularly to Gabriel Hestter and hl~ keen analysis of the news. You ~nay have heard him lest night. If you did, you know that .... (NEWS SPOT Tg FOLLOW) F~ Y,WO 1 0231406
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N~S SPOT RIP] L~ : BEL~ l~I 0R NOT - BOB RIPLEY JANUARY 5] ,]91~!I Greetlugs, everybody, and welcome. Most of you listen to Gabriel Heatter and his keen analysis of the n~'is. Ton probably heard him tonight. If you did, you knoi.~ that more than fifteen hundred U. S. planes heavily bombed B~u~s~ick, Ger~any~, ~th~ hot~le of the Nazi Messerschmitt plg~s. In my hunt for facts, I found that B~un~v~iok i~ a ~y unuBual to~na. The town of Brun~jick gave us the pretzel. Yes, I ~aid t~e PHET, ZEL. Fol., it was the Emperor Charlemagne h~self who originated the pretzel. F?nen he captured the town ~n the year 780, he forced the heathen inhabitants to adopt Christianity. He made them ba~e all their bread in the form of a cross. But when they diJ, they looped the ends of the cross together and from that came the pretzeJ. N~, six years ago when Hitler visited Brunswick he promised the citizens that he would wipe out a]] of Charlen~gne~s customs, But all he h~s acc6mpllshed so far is the wiping out of the town itself. '¢~en this war broke out, Hitler hoped to defeat the Allies ~ith s secret WeKpon, the V~gnetic Mine. But ~hat Hit~er did not know was that one hundred years before, 5~oth~T Oey•rn~n, ~ise from B~unswtck, four~d ~ way to . l,ender the magnetic mine harmless. It Was the DeGaussing device...tnvented b~ a German oame~ Gauss who lived in Brunswick. NOW this device i~Aused by ail AlJied shlps.C~ has b~en a most important factor in winning the sea war .... BELI~/E IT OR NOT: ~IZ01 023'|~02
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}L~i,ICOCK: ~dSIO: HANCOCK: MUSIC: R IPL~/: -3- #11 (PI~%Y-OFF - "_HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) Bob Ripley will be back in just a moment. (PAUSE) Sn,okers, just looki~g at PELL N~LL'S Modern Design tells you its story. Yes, your own eyes give you the proof of PELL MELL,S advantage to smokers -- your e~ tells Zb.Y. You can see PELL MELL'S greater length. That's ~ De~! And when you light your clga~ette, you can see that PELL N~X/~'S g~eater length travels the smoke further -- over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL NELL'S trad~tionally fine tobaocoa. PELL NF~LL,S greater length filters the ~moke n~tu1~llz--diminishes hea~ and blte on The way -- gives you a cooler, emoothe~, better-tasting smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the r~f of its advantage to smokers. You~ eve tella w~h. PE%L ~LL,S [4odern Design filter.s the smoke -- gives it that ~, ~moother taste that mean~ PFLL MELL. (PLAY-0FF - "HUNTLNG SONG" - OU~ D) And here again is Bob Ripley - the mort who r~kes his living by hunting for fscts~ (SC~E SEC~ER,..~DE FOR...) V,le all know that "what's one ~n'e ~ :is another~ ft:?et ~ ;-r:r2:". And I've found, in my hunt for facts that what seems funny to you or me, can be quite tragic to someone else. Just how true that is, is pointed out in a most 8r~SZID~ way by the BELIEVE IT OR NOT I'm goin~ to sketch fo~ you tonlght. Now - on with the Huntl ( ~ORE ) f~Y><01 023 1408
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Pd PI~Y~ CATALINA: PHILLIPS: CATALINA: PHILLIPS: CATALINA: PHILLIPS: It's the $~rinc Of i$53~-~Phil]ip Oiarke, importer #II ~nd the b ~tif "i Gu%~liI~ ~u~e~ of i~xv&~a~ CuIlti ~er~ mapried ~&~e~l~la~e~¢ hart t ~ a~age~,.-i n 4 he - ~mpo-~L and ~ea~4..tm.~esi~e~b~.ma~j~Ing hie sweetheanG= .th~.beaut{ful after their marriage, the shadow ofa.t~Gge~y derkenez~ their flyer. Cetellna~s pet monkey, ~mlch she hS~ brought from Cuba, falls ill end dies. . - ( ORYING ~UIh~Ly ) (~N~FFLING) ~, Phill%p~ ~ little Figaro ~e~ ~K.~o,~s~ee t,~...a ~ -d~t~g,.~,~c~ ~(~qAth~N@~ -.Oh ~~ ~t-a~ a.o ~un~pp~" I kNo%% @eer, ~ ~ow. ,~ yOU I~tnlt C~PPy O~ BO. ( BRIGHTLY I ' I 1 Mt own ~,~ vcr;- =Inutc and write a letter to m~ Peter yon Son,beck ~n Batavia. I'll ask him to buy one or two menkeye for my account aod ship them to US on the flr~t freighter. There now - how,~ that? £1-Z01 02314.09
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CATALINA: PHIIJOIPS: ~IUSIC: BOUND: CATALINA: PHILLIPS: CATALINA: P}{ILLIPS : CATALINA: PHILLIPS: SOUND: CATALINA: L , P tkk P SOUND PHILLIPS: CATALINA: PHILLIPS: PHIILIPS: ( SN I~'FLING ) but my poor little Figaro. Ohhhhhz (OVEN) Now, darling! ~, darlIDgl (SWELLS FADES BACK FOR) (DOOR 0P~S AND OLOSF.5 OFF) -5- #11 Itls vepy thoughtful ~, Phillips. But - (STARTS CRYING AGA!~ ~, darling! It's probably from er about the monkeys. f~T~O I 0231,%10
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,:i (READING) Unfo~tunetely I could W find n~ne hundrrd anti elghty-nlne. ~W6"[~fidg"8~'~'Thi~te~ PHIU>IPS: (GROANS) CATALINA: In accordance t~ith ~ instructions, 9-W~am~ Indemnlfied I; i I myself ~ letter of draft ~ Honorable August Belmont, United State8 h~inister Resident sum of fourteen thousand, Six hundred end eighty-one 'dollars end twelve cents. Oh,I Ohl /" (RFAD~NG) "~shlpped ell the monkeys on the ~~>fr~ighteP "Seven Provinces" which left Batavia Nov embe~ eighteenth. ~W~/>-~,~hey.~e,__.__.__, ~ or, the ~ay! CATALINA: (RFADING) " - l~-z~m~-y~n~6-h~ hope I have given you full setisfection and thet you w~3~ again soon hone# me with youP velusble o~Jers. Yours - Pet#us yon So~sbeok." A thousand and two ~-~---~_.~.__/.,. - ................................................................. ~L.-~ PHII~,IPS: I didn't~ I ordered one or two monkeys. Look - ,I~ _i~% o-- copy of the lette# ! wrote. !t~ so~D; F~I'~01 023'14L11
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-7- #11 PHI]~.].PS: ~ ,.- See? There,s the figure one. There,s the "0 - R", and there's the figure two. ~,Z~: ~von Sonsbeck mistook the "R" for a zero. He thought '~,~ ~..^½t ~I ~--it wae o~e - O - O - two~Oh, whst will we .do~ J have les~ then five thousand dollar8 in my account ItTs all I have in the wor]d~ We~ll be ruine8 ~- OATALINA: ,Monke~s..~l,l~e~.@be~pl~r-*~1~nd~ed~f-o.t~et~! ~. - MUSIC: (BRIDGE IT WITH COMEDy THEME.,FADE BACK FOR) SOUND: (D00RB~LL RINGS.. ,OFF) CATALINA: (OF~-) "~I" ~-~l~r~we~~. PHILLIPS: "( I)N9"<2 ~n1~y~1~ ~. SO~D: (DOOR OPENS OFF) }IENR]: (OFF) Good after~.oon. ~~-fnT- H~NRI: ~ Mr. Henry Ven Bohlen of the Dutch East India CATALIN A: ~-4~en~-~~r~. ---T*~9--t ~ke~ ~,ra% ~,. • SOUND: (DOOR CLOSE8 OFF) Al"~Ol 023"1412
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-8- #n '-~as t, India_0Dm~ PEIILIP8: The Dutch F~st Ind -. (SOTTO),*~e~,~e~b4~iu~h~e~ monkeys. J~. -b~-~re~e~I (CALLING)~om~e in please, Mr. Van Bohlen. HENRI: (OFF..COMINO) Thank you.~%You are ~4r. Cl8~ke, I assume? PHILLIPS: Yes -~-~nd thi-- iz .t'.=-~,,(~l~gee. CATALINA: HENRI: ~'~t~ ) speak to me about the monkeys-~ HENRI: That is co,rest. '~I'm af~id I have some bed news for you. PHILLIPS: Bad news? my government ha~ instructed me to inform you that the enttre consignment of apes has been lost. PHIILIPS: Lost 1 HENRI: Yes, Mr. Clarke, The freighter "Seven Province~' ~~e~Db~h~ w~s attaoked ~ by Madagasca~e pirates in the ~ndian Ocean. CATALINA: How dreadful~ HENRI: ~In addition to a valuable cargo of tee and silk, there were some fifty women and ehlldren~&~K~aboard. The pi~tes were just 8bout to swal~m ~ when the Captain ~. R1"~01 0231413
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PHIHrJPS: HEMRI: PHIILIPS: H~{RI : CATALINA: HENRI: CATA] ,INA: H~RI: PHIH,IPS: P}[II~JIPS: HENRI : CATALINA: -9- #1i o~dered the cre~ to Peleoso the monkeys~ ~l.~he oomblnation of darknes~ and the screams of the scamperln~ apes so terrifed the pirates ~ they fled in confusion. (IN A HUSHED VOICE) ?~3ot - what happoned to the monkeys? Every 3ast one o£ them jumped overboard and swam for shoi~e - land WOe only a few miles away. Isn't it wonle#fu]: Whet tld you say, Mrs, Clarke? Isn't it wonderful that the monkeys saved the ship. Yes, indeed. It is impossible for us to replace them, of course, and so, Mr. Clarke, my government has instructed ~]e to hand you this check for sixteen thousani one hundrel forty-nine dollar8 anl tI~enty-three cents, which includes the invoice value of the animals plus a ten per cent prospective profit. 31xteen thousand dollars! Unfortunately there 18 no way to estimate the value of the lives you saved - but in 8eccr~ance wxth the la~s of my country - you al, e entitled to an award equal to twenty percent Of the value of the cargo and ship. Thi~ su~l ar[iounts to twenty-one thousand dollars, which has been placed wlth the Honor~able August Belmont fop your AI-M01 02314-14
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H~RI: PHILLIPS: SOUND: PIIIILIPS: ~SIC: RIPI~Y: MUSIC: RIPLE~: HANCOCK: -i0- #11 ~~~y=~l - on behalf of my gove~n~en~ ~- ~hake you by the hand, (TAG IT. FADE BACK FOR) Yes, ladles end gentlemen, thst ~s true. ~in my • *a~e~e,~hunT for facts, I've never found ~ more 8muei*~ or a~zln~ example of how Fat e can turf± disaster into good fortune. For it was Fete that caused Petrus yon Sonsbeek to misread Phll]ips Clarke's letter and send him nine hundred and eighty-nine monkeys instead of t o7 stieck the ship on which She monkeys ~ere en route. Add it wee Fate thai decreed the very monkeys whose arrival meant ruin to Phillips Clerks - should Jns~esd s8ve the lives of fifty women and ehil~ren and make him e fortune - BELIEVE~ IT OR NOT~ (APPLAUSE) (PLAy OFF "}{JNT~G SONG" CUE E) NOW here's Don H~ncock~ ladles and gentlemen, you~II notice something strange when a fELL N~LL smoker ~ies to light an old-fashloned, cigarette. Unconsolously he holds the fl~me a good half inch be~d the tip of the short cigarette. He~s looking for somethln~ that isn't there. He's looking for PELLN~LL'S Modern Desi.~n~n. (~O~E) R]'H01 0231415
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HANVOCK: (CO "D) MUSIC : HANCOCK: RIPI~Y: ~NCOOK: #1z Modemt Design means P ELLMELL i~ longer. Modern Design mean~ FELL ~ELL is s~Dother, cooler. From the very first puff, PELL ~LL'S greater length trovel~ the s:~cke further -- diminishes heat and bit___~e on the way. P~L MFJ/h'S greater length filters the ~moke n~tu1~ll~ over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~LL'S tr~@itlonal~y f_~ t babaoa~. That'~ Moderr~ De~i~,n -- P~KLMELL'8 Modern Design. PELL MELL filter~ the ~eke -- glve~ it that coole_~r, s~ooth~~ taste that mean~ PEIL MELL. (ThLL FOR ONE"- CUE F - FADE FOR) All for one and one for ~ll. Yes, that's the way we're going to win the war. Oyez, here, all together~ fervid. Over there, all together fi__zz_~htiDA for Victorx. And for those boye over there - here are Bob Rlpleyrs ~nswers to their V-Ymil letters. Thank you, Don. I,m sure we all want fo do ever~thlng possible to bsok up our boys~* the fighting fronts. And one thing we can do is to keep writing V-~I] lette1~ to the boy~ who 8re out there giving everything they've got to ~;in a fins] Victory, symbolized by the letter "V" - the same i~ "V" you see on the back of every packa$]e of Z p~ PELL ~LL Cigarettes. Right you are, Bob. Tonight ~e have a V-~,~il letter from P~Jv~te Flr~t Cla~ H. L. W~tson, who w~Ites: "I hsve 8 bet that George Ws~hlngton ~as not the first President of the Unlted St~te~. I ~ould like to have full proof on thi~ ~tatement and will ~bide by ~hat you say." Well, Bob, in your hunt for facts have you foun@ the ~nswer to that one? P] T.%'O 1 0?31416
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¢ RIPLR%: MUSIC : HANCOCK: '~SIC : HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK : -le- #11 M~ Private Watson is right. George ~shington was not the flr~t President of the United States~ For it was not until 1781 that a union of al~ the original thirteen states became a reality. And g.~ --~ John Hanson, who slgned the articles for the State of Y~ryland, was elected Pres dent of the United States by vote of Congress.) -~zt!zg tc .~t~ ~i~ George Wa~hlngton, himself, addressed Hanson a~ President of the United States, ,~ , ~ BELIEVE IT OR NCT! Bob wlll he back in just a moment!~ (PAUSE) ~nokcrs, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember - PELL MELL~S Modern Design gives you two imeortant benefits. First PELL MELL~S greater length travels the smoke further, ~imlnlshes heat and bite on the Way. Second, PELL I~ELL~S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler, smoother taste that means PELL S~LL. That's v~h~ wherever particular DeODle con re ate, ~ou see PELL MELL - on the smart re~ __~c~. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE }{2) And now for the answer to Friday night,s BELIEVE IT OR us, "Where is the~ a sea ~vlthout a sho~e?~' ~Ii .... I'm wa~tlng~.. The sea without a shore, Don, is..the 8argasso Sea. -sa'i%~a~str% . , 7.. ~Y~O1 0231@IV
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RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPI.~Y: HANCOCK: RIPLF, Y: ~{USIC: HAN00CK: L~USIC: ~~o~dted in the mla~le of the Atl~ntic Oceon and it is ~.4~la~g~l~.~D~ssswef~d~.but~ ~ deflnilely r~srkedAss a ~@8 ~9~,. ~ELIEVE I~ OR NOT! ITi8 TRUEI It s,/Pe sounds ~iNple whe~ you krlow the aneweP~ ,'Jell, hove you anothe2 one to help keep ue ~w~ke tonight, Bob? Yes, Don, ]et's see if you can track down the answer to this one. "What American Cabinet ~,inister got his Job by, ~nswerin.,, g a Help W~ntcd Ad, in, the~ newspaper~?~'. O ~ '. "~$~t American Cabi~et ~inister gbt hia job by anm~eriu~ a HeSp Wdnted Ad in the newspaper?" ~r~&~-~.-min~e, NO ~4~, Don, ~I'91 tell ~ou who he was tomorrow night - for there actually was such a man - BELIEVE IT OR NCT! (TNENE - "A HL~TING" - CUE, J - FADE FOR) Thi~ is Don ~idnoock rem~-nd~ig ~ou to li~t~n in Ionlorro~ night~ when TELL ~ELL Famous Cigarettes, the Cigarette of ~oder~ Design, Will agdln present the man whose whole llf¢ is a constant hunt for facts - ~n~v~ ~T ON NOT... mob N~LE~ (THF/~ - "A H~,ITING" - UP TO Ch~) THIS IS ~3TUAL. 8TN01 02914-18
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. RUTHRAUFF ~ RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING RADIO DIVISION CLIENT: PROGRAM: AMERICAN C. & C, COMPANy 2ALL MALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPI~ BROADCAST: RE~j. #12 DATE: TUF~, 2/1/44 N ETWOR K • }~UAL ~: 15-9:30 P.M, E.W.T. MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL NELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, presents... BELIEVE IT OR NOT ..... BOB RIPLEY! (APPLAUSE)...FADE FOR) Here,s the nmn whose whole llfe is a constant, world-wide hunt for facts. The ~n who ~akes his livlng by tellir~ the truth. The man who knows the place~ rnsklng news today - knows them because he:s been there. Yes, Bob Ripley has been there -- been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over s half million miles - always seeking, always hunting for fs_~_Sq/~. F88~0%~ that put you right with him in 8 front row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT -- ~ TRUE -- SAYS BOB BIPLE~.. AND HERE HE IS~ (THEME "A HUNTING" -- CUE B - FADE FOR (APPLAUSE) (N~S sPoT TO co~) RT~OI 0231420
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'~F~ SPOT {IP AY BELIEVE IT OR NOT FEBRUARY i, 1944 Greetings eve~bo~y and wslco~e. Most of you listen to Gabriel Heatter and his keen analysis of the news. You Drobably heard him tonight. If you di~, ~'ou know that he mentlono~ the Japanese Naval Bass of Truk. Of all of Jacan.s far-flung Islands in the pacific Zone, nothing has more mystery than the is~an~ of Truk. This Islan~ has one of the strangest money in the worl@ - ~t taillZ, It's an i~land ovsrrun by ~ts, and the Zovcrnment Dut a D~oe on ever.~ rat kllle~. They paid off on each rat-tail dellvered, anti in time, the natives began to u~e rat-tails as money. The Japanese of course have so Jnti~d~ated the natlves of Truk that it Is now known as the "whispering Island"! NO native dares to raise his voice above a whlsDer or he might be hayonette~. Of all the ~ar~lage customs I have wltnessed in my hunt for facts in various DlaCeSl I think that ~ruk takes the palm. As part of the N~,rrlage ceremony the wedding guest~ lle Drone on a oath lead~n~ from the bridegroom's hut to the church and the bri']e~1~om walks over their bo~i~s in his we~Ing slIDpsrs, Dasslng gently o~e~ them as carefully as he cac And, as in Biblical da,~, a ~ultor mus% ~rve ~even ~ears in his future father-ln-law's home before he c~n claim his bri~e -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT. ~I'MO'| 0231~21
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MUNJO: HANCOCK~ MUSIC: HANCOCK: ~SIC: -3- (PIAY OFF "HUNTING SONg" CUE C) Bob Ripley will be back in Just ~ moment. (PA~SE) Smokers, it's easy to spot PELLY~[LL,S Modern Design. Yes, your own eyes give you the proof of PELL~LL'S advantage to emokers -- your e~ tells w~h. You can se_ee PELL MELL,S greeter length.[ That's Modern Desl~n~ And when you light your clgerette, you can Re ethet PELL N~I/,'Z gr~ster length travels the 8~oke further -- over e twenty per cent longer route of PELL MELL,S tr~dl~1on~ fln~ to a_~. FELL MELL,S greater lenZth filters the smoke r~tu~l__~/ -- di~inlshes hea~ and bite on the way -- giver you a oooleP, smoother, better~tastlng smoke. Ladies end ientlemen, belleve the evldence of your own eyes. PELL MELL give8 you vi~:,.bl~ ~,~SDG£ of its ~dventage to smoke~. Your e%y2 tells why, FELL ~TLL'S Modern Design filters the smoke -- sires it that cooler, smoothe2 tast~. (PIAY OFF - "HL~TINg SONG" - CUED) And here again is Bob Ripley--the umn who ~akes his living by hunting for fs._~l (SCENE SETTER - FADE FOR) The words I so frequently u~e...hunt for fects..remlnd me thet there probably isn't anyone listening to me who at sometime or other hasn't lost something, and then, stetted to hunt for it. Well, many euriou~ incidents ere unearthed about the things people lose and the way they find them. (MORE) '% f~ T,t40 1 02314-22
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RIPI~Y: SOUND: MRS: MR: MRS: MRS: MUSIC : RIPLEY: SOUND: SOUND: MRS : ( D~OpEN ~D (30BBING~ 0h...whetever ~ill I I,ve lost (FADINO IN~hat's the matte I io~t my ring. Where,d you lo~e I~ / Where,d I lo~e lt? I'd Lost it, It Wouldn't be Oh, come no~ It tha~ Where,d you see il last? ./ "~- It ring perl split, so~ut It in tbet s~ right above the sink. (SOBS] A6~.now it's it's gone: (BOO HOG) ~" T~,~,One night eome time later - Mr. C. Perry decided to indulge that old American custom of raiding the ice box I • (HUMMING TO ~IMS~2) She said there v~a~ hem and cheese in the ice hox..oh boy- a nice b~g sendwlch - h~mmm~ he~r, .. - Hey.,~.a mousa...where's the broom? (DOOR oP~ ~As~) w~t,s the w.stter...? 61'1" HO 1 0231423
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SO[~D: MR: SOUND: MRS: MUS]O : RIPLEy: BOTH: RIPLEY: r<gs : MRS: -5- #12 (SMACKS FLOOR AGAIN) A |IJOL18e. , (SOREA~) EEEEEeeeeeekkk.,.kill it. Kill it. YOu don't think - (WHAM AGAIN) I1m trying to do e Viennese waltz with it, do you... (WHAMS ACAIN) (SCREAm,S) He's coming this way: Eeeekkkk .... (THE KIU~,R D~LER WH~M) (Two BF~TS - SILm~CE) (SOBS SOFTLY) Oh, the poor thing, you killed him,.. Lookl The mousel ~4y ring! Well, I,ll be e monkey's uncle. Your dlamond ring - around tb~t mcuse'~ stomach just like e western saddle. Well - whet do you know about that! ,(CHUCKLES) (BRIDOE) (WI~ll~ OHUCKLE) Yes - the diamond ring wee around that mouse's r~iddle. And in my hunt for facts - I found not only this story but the people to whom it happened, [ pr 9se!l~ and I.ve asked them to come here tonight.AMr. and Mrs. Richard Perry - (APPLAUSE) How do you do, I~!r. Ripley. ~4rs. Perry, ye~ ~t loeing your rin~ Was o~ly topped only by yourlsurprise et fznding it 8rourld that mouse, That's true. I was certainly s~1~$~ed W~s Jt e valuable ring, ~rs. Perry? it was my diamon6 - I wouldn,t have parted wlth it for anything. AYe01 0231~24
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MR: RIPLEY: MR: RIPI~Y: MR: R]PLEF: MRS: NR: RIPI~Y: ~S~: RIFLEY: C~: -6- #12 Ye~h. And do you know what Mr. Ripley? No- what, Mr. Perry? Now, every tlme she loses enything - ~he makes me go hunt~ng for s r~ou~e. she s got something there. ~ it goes on ell the time! //~" But NOW, dear.,.you know thst~ts~ true,..But that reminds me,..when ge ~et ho~'~onight...~e must look for my r8 t Ion book. ,~/ (CHUCELKS) Well^- thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pe~j for coming here tonight and telling ue your story. In all my hunt for facts, I have ce~tainl~ never heard of anyone losin~ a diamond ring - and then having it agai~ returneS~around the middle of s mouse... B~LIEVE IT OR NOT! (PLAy OFF) Now that Was certainly an amszlng true life experience. But ~ybe you~ll agree with me that ~n ~y constant search ~ - I foun~ another one tha~p~ctlcally £'I'HO 1 02S 142S
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IILIOE: CLAFA : ALl OE: CLAFA; ALICE: OLAF,: MUSIC: RIPLEY: IAZ~RUS: RIPLET: IAZARUS: RIPLEY: -7- #12 UP 20 no'e Stanley Lazarus of Rockvi~le Center, Lark% Island, Who is ~ight heP8 ion~ht with hi~ wife. (APPLAUSE) (SAYS IT BACK~ARD~) Good evening, Mr. Ripley and ladies and ~,ent lem6n. ',','ell ladies and g#ntiem¢!% 9t ills langu~.de. that gives you an Ides..4~ Tranelstad for,~al~J - M~, Riplay - that means - Good evening Mr. Ripley and ladies and sentlamen. Just 8 sample of talklng backwaPds. Th&t=S ~a]kin~ oao~;~t'a~ - ~4~8 completely baffling demonstration, I should say. is NOW, Mr.. Laza~u~ - Just what [~ee- the tmiek yo~ worked o~t in ............... - talking bs okws r,d RT,~O 1 0231426
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lAZARUS: RIPI~EY: IAZARUS : RI PLIA~Y: ]AZARUS: RIPLEN: LAZARU~q: ]A?Am~ : -8- #12 i~ -9~triok ~ to break up words of more than one syllab3e into their respective syllables..and then pronounce each syllable backwards. For instance, IT II instead of saying money backwards. ,as you normally would .... ~one~ backboards would be --YE~O~.. ,correct? Correct. Now the way we would say it is -- N0kYE,.get it? F~ch syllable backward. I see. That does complicate It. In fact, it comp&Icates Now it so much I donrt see how you do It at 811. Tell me can you say just anything backwards? For instence - say Guadaloanal? Guadalaanal? Certainly. That would be: (~AYS IT BAC~ARDS ) }low pronounce President ~p~seM~it. (S~YS It) ~eeb ~tb~r ~b~LtJ.~ And ~r. Riple~ -- yo~ o~ce ga~e u~ a ~o~e~. In your hook you printed this line: ~d~ l~m adam. tn~t reads Thatls right, ~ the same backwards and for%,ards. 4 ~1"H01 029|,~27
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LAZARUS: RIPLg~: MUSIC: RIPLEY: }~NCOCK: -9- #~2 Bat the topper of them all, Mr. Ripley...ls in your own ~me...Bob. An~y ~ou look at it, front, hack or Bide~,~s - it's jast..Boh!- You can't back talk that ol~e. ~h~J call me Riln you know. ~,nd (0HUOKLE) WellA thank you very much Mr. and ~rs. I~z~rus for coming here tonight and telling us about the strenge language your family has created - that of ~TOU &r~ t~iking backvmrd. In my hunt for facts ~ the only family in the world that has a langauge all of its own, which no one else in the world can understand... BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ (APPLAUSE) (FULL PLAY OFF - "}U2~TING SONG" - Cb~ E) ~No~ here ~s Don Hancock~ Ladies and gentlemen, if you ape still smoking old-fashioned short ci~rettes you owe it to yolrcself to rake this test. See what happens the first time you light a PELL N~ILLo Unconsciously, you hold the match a half inch closer to your faee than you have to -. a good half inch inside the itip of your PELL MELL. (~ORE) AI"HO 1 02314-28
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HANCOCK: (C0m'O) r~Tosic : HANCOCK: RIPI~Y: HANCOCK: -i0- /,~12 That means you've discovered Modern Desiin -- somethJ~ s short ci~rette can't possibly give you. Now smoke that PELL~IL -- see what Modern Design does for you. From the very first puff, PEIL~LL'S greater length travels the smoke fumther -- d~uinishes heat and bite on the way. PELL ~LLI S g~eather length filters the smoke natural.a!!~ over a twenty per cent longer route of PELLMELLIS traditionally fine tobaccos. ThatJs Modern Design -- PEIL ~LL'S Model~n Design. It filters the smoke -- gives it that eooler~ smoother taste. ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All for one and on8 for all. Yes, that's the way we're goir~ to win the war. Over here, all together workin~ for Victory. Over there, all together f~for Victor[. And for those boys over there - here are Bob Ripleyls answers to their V-~ail letters. T!~nk ~, Don. ,~d while we're speaking on V-~kil, l~remind~you al(al~that otu~ boys will appreciate a V-~ail letter more than anything else you can send them. So write early and often to the boys ~ho are out there fightir~ to bring us~--9~l victory, symbolized by the letter "V' - the same I~ 'TV" you see en the back of every package of o~ PEILMELL Cigarette~. Right you are~ Bob. Ou~. V-~il letter toni~it is from Private Rutger Hamir~ s who wants to kr~ow how come there are so many Chinese engaged in the laundry business in the United States? Well, Bob, in your hunt for fact--s, have you found the answer to that one? RI'~O 1 0231,~t 29
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RIP]~Y: MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: -II- #12 YOU ~now 0h,yes,~e~ I here. ~When gol~ ~as first dzeccvered in C~llfornie, the miner~ ~u~-t~ei~.~$ve~- ~eh--~m, found it was actually cheaper to send thdlr back laundry all the way to Chins than to send it Well, the Chinese figured thst the laundry business must be~proflteble, If the mlners could offord to pay b~ acre ~i~n %heir laundry. freight for o round trlp ~;~m~. So the first Chinese immigrents dec~ded to go into the laundry &n,i so h&ve business - .9*~.~sny of their count~en have done BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ ("HUNTIN~ SONS" - CUE G) Bob will be back in Just a!moment with the answer to lest night's Believe It 0P~Not. (PAUSE) Smoker~, whenever you buy eigerettes, remember -- PELL N~LL,S 5~odern De~l~n gives you two importent benefits. PELL ~LL~S greater length travel8 the smoke further, diminiehes hee_t end b~ o& the way. Second, P~:L ~LL,S greater length lilt@re the smoke, gives it that cooler, smoother taste. ~n~.t~s why, whereve~ partlculsr peoDle cong~egste you see PELL ~ELL - in the sr[~rt ~ Dack~. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE H2) F~TNO'I 02314-30
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HI.COCK: RIPLEY~ IIANCOCK: RIPLEY; HANCOCK: RIPLEY: LZUSIC: -12- And now for the answer to 18st night~ B~3LIEkDE IT OR NOT, Raft, ember, Bob, thct t;~ z .... ...-~1 +~, ,-~...__ ...... ~ ..... ~.~ you s~ked: "Whet American Cabinet Minister got ble job by answering a Help Wanted Ad in the newspapers?" Right, Don, The Cabinet Minister was Robert Smith who served 8~ secretary of the Navy under Thomas Jefferson " ~ / ~ You ~ee, in tho~e days we had e very mr~]! N~vy and young men were not e~sily tempted to become heed of it. So the Covei~iren% was compelled to advertise for e man to fill the po~ition. Robert Smith enswere~ the ed - and ms he was the ~DI_~y one who applied as Secretary of the Uniue,l Stut~s ~a~¢. - he got the job~ BELIEVE, IT OR NOT - IT!S ~R~! 4¢~. , ' ~ ~ - ,.-- ~ - '-'~. Tell ~e, Bob, have you enothe~ one we can ~restle with tonight? ?'ell~ call J~ ~ tell m~ "In vlh~t cour~lry ~s~ e'~e~ fathe~ ~pend t~o '~eake in bed when hi~ wife glve~ birth ~o e baby?" Let,s ~ee uot~. "In what country mu~ every father spend two weeks ~n bed when his wife gives ~" Oh,,, B3b! Pk~'~re~7~T~i~? You must mesh the wife_ has to spend ~o weeks in be~, No, Don, I do mean the f~ther, knd ~omorrow night I~ll ~e]l you where the country is for I have actually been there myself - BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ (THEME "g HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR ) R'/'HO 1 02314-31
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HANCOCK: ANNR~ -13- This Is Don Hancock remindi~ you to listen in tomorrow night, when PELLMELLFsmous Ci~;arettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, will again p~esent the man whose whole llfe is 8 constant hunt BELIEVE IT OR NOT ..... BOB RIPLEYE (APPLAUSE) (THE[~ "A HL~TING" UP T0 CUE) THIS IS ~21'UAL. fop facts - RTH01 0231432
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IkUTHKAUFF KYAN ADVEKTISING RADIO DIVISION ,~- o BROADCAST: FI~[t~L 5"g. CLIENT: i~£I~, M~,~ DATE, W~3. 2/~/~'~ PROGRAMI BT~I.;7~ IT CR NOT t4ETWORK~ ~%~TUAL I~0B>ART L. R=RI-Eq 9:13-9:3[ P,I.. rqUSIC: ~kgO00K: MtlsI0: (<7G!JATURE - HUNTING SONG - CUE k l }'%~LL ,~la, Famo'os Cigarettes, the clga>e~Le of Kgdern De~ ~$,n~ presents... z~iiYI~ IT CR ~JCT...BOE R~FL~Y[ (APPLAU6E., .E,.DX :00R) }[~zoI S the ~.~r_ vibes8 ~*Y.o?~ ~ife J.s a oon8%~ world-~,~de ~nt ~or facts, ~he roan who makes his li,;~n/~, by toltjaqg the ti-,of~h. T~no real% who kxlows the plaoes ~rtB)::.;~4 r.ev~8 toda~e -. kno~!s them b~cause he~s begn the~e, Yes, Bob Ri~3ey has boer, th~ --- been ~n mo~,e than %wo hun6~ed countries, travel]ed ovm" a hail mzllion miles -- aSh,Jays s~c%i:.;, always hunti~g for facts. Fscts that p~,t you right with him J]0 a fmont row seat of world evenDs, BFLI~/£ I~ LR NOT -- IT'S TRL~ -- SAYS BOB RIPI~Y... A3D HERE HE IS! (O}L/~F "A }ID}ITING" - CU~ B - FADE ~OR) (N71.;IS ZP(~T {< FOLIDW) 4, 0291433
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N~S SPOT RIPI~/: BFLIR~ IT OR NOT - BOB RIPLk~ FFBRUARY 2, 191~JJ Oreeti~gs everybody, and welcome. I believe that most of you listen as I do, to Gabriel Heatter~s interesting news presentation. If you did, you know that he mentioned the Marshall Islands, where our. forces have made a number of successful landings in a direst frontal attack on the gatm~ay to Tokyo, In ~y hunt for facts, I discovered how the Marshall Islands got such a familiar American ix~me. They were na~ed for a Captain ~I~rshall who stopped there en route from England to Aust~alla in the beginning of the nineteenth century when he ~as taki~ a load of convicts to the Islands. But thirty years later, an I~iBb~man, r~ed 0'Eeefe was shi~v~recked on this same island. Andhe was evidently a good politician, for in no time at ~ll--he Was made King with the title of King OKAY. He gave the natives their natio~al anthem..he taught them to sing, and what do you think, so help me, it was "The Wearing of the Green." And I assure you, it's quite a thrill to he greeted by a group of r~tive~ On the Ma~halls. For instead of being ferocious cannibals, as you might expect, they sing put a welcome with the "Wearing of the Green." The married men of the ~arshalls have an amusing custom. As a badge of distinction, all the married men there wear alarm Clocks in their enlarged earlobes. ,~nd to tell the time of day they must lift their eara to their eyes|...BELIEVE IT 0R NOT. AI"~01 02314S~
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}~NCOCK: MUSIC }IANCOCK: Mug ]C : RIPLPW: (PI~%Y OFF "}iUNTING SONG~i CL~ C) Bob Ripley t~ill be beck in just a moment. (PAUSE) Smoke: ~:, it's easy to discover for yourself the advantage PELL [9,~,L;S ~odern Design gives you. You se__~e the evidence. The minute you look at a PELL MELL you see PELL I~ELLJS greater length. ThaVs ~od~rn Design. And when you lJ($1t your cigarette, you ca~ se~ that PELL ~LL~S greater length travels the smoke further - ove~ a twent, pe~. cent lorge~ route of ~Y~LL ~LL~S traditior~ll~ fine tobaccos. ?~ W]3LL'S greater length filters the smoke naturally - dir, inishes heat ~nd blte On the way - gives you a eocler, smoother, better-tasting smoke, ladies an(,. c~ent]emen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. P~LL I~LL g£ves you ~roof of its advantage t:~ smokers. Your e yvq tells w_hy., PELL MELL'S Modern ])es~.~a filters t~e smoke - gives it that cooler, snoot aer t@ste. (PLAy OFF - "DTd~T~NG gONGrl - :~CUE D) An~ here agai~ J.~ Bob Riplcy -- the man who makes his living by hunting for facts~, • ¢, ~,O~A~E SETTER FAD~ FOR) In my hunt for facts, I have found stories of empires tbat have risen and fallen onthe flip of a coin. There is an instinct ~a~ the ~ - ~ ~ .... a: ~ace to gamble, but of all the gambles I have heard of, none should have more interest to every man and woman who calls himself an fo~ you American than the Believe It Or Not I will sketchaton~ ..... Now, on with the Hunt! (~RE) ~T~01 0291~g5
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SOUND: ARFAND: R 0REBPI~R: AHE~g~RD: R OB~ SPI~RP~J: ARMAND: RCBESPII~E : A~MAND: R OBESP IF~RE : SOUND: The time .- &uring the French Revolution . in 1791~-. The plaee..the Cafe Cera~a, a famed coffee house in Paris. This is a great rendezvous for those ~&o llke a friendly game 0£ chest, and of all of them~ none is the more notable than -. Robespierre -km~ster of all France. (ROOM NOISE UP: OLINK OF CUPS, SILVI~, GLASSES, ETC: (FADING ON) Ah, Citizen Robespierre, you are early today. There is a great co~ction here. I see that even my favorite table is ocoupied. I regret, monsieur, but - it is a fu]l hour... Never mind. I shall find a place. But - my chess game. Who will pley with me~ AgaJm, Citizen Nobesplerre, I have but l~sgrets. There Louis is ensageO. - and there - }qaclnth is playir~ - and - la .. even trusty ~rcel is busy with a game. (TESTILY) I must have my game. In yon corner, at that table sits ~ s~iplir~g youth. He Looks ~isconsolate...Fzybe he. ,. Oul. }le may be 8ble to give me a practice rou~d until a comi~te~t player is free. We shall ask him. ,. No. I sh~.ll oomm~nfl b~1. -~ (I OOTSTEPS: SWELL RO0bl NOISES UP: PROGRESS AD LIBS IN OH}:ETING TO RC~]SPIERRE AS HE CROSSES ROOM)
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AD LIBS: ROBESP IERRF4 BOY: 2CB~SPIEP~: BOY: ROBF~P IERRE: BOY: ROBESPIERRE: AP~AND: SOUND: ROBI~F I~I~4 A}~VAND: ROBESPIERRE: BOY: RO~ESPIERRP~: SOLq~D: -5 e 6- #13 Ah, C~tieen..Bon jour, Monsieur, etc. Citizen, do you ever play these? 0ui, Monaieur. W~th my father I have played many tima~. Good. Then ~e ~lll have a game. You# ple~suPe, Monsieur. You know who I am? Who in all France does not? You are the great Robespierre - master of all France... Then we ahell play e geme..A~nand - the chessmen.. (FADING IN) Oui, I am bringing them, Citizen. Her~.~ i~m~Z=~~~(CHSSS BOARD AND ~ ON TABLE) 4 4)~@.k~.Non~leur..t~e~are .]~e~F.i~i! ~e~ up. As e courtesy, you open the play.. , oh ~eil Thank you, sir..I'll openze-14~,g..Kingls pawn to King Four - (STA~' CEOSSFADE1 ~h..The lad kno,~,a the beginni~.~..(CHUCKLES) Well - Jt ~T~y not be too bad. (FADE CLOCK UP TO Dh~OTE PASSING OF TI~) (CONPL~fE CROSSFADE: TO) £1~01 023143?
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-7- #13 RIPLEY: Yes, the lad not only knew The beginnings - he was a r~ster chess playe~, He took two quick games from Robespierre..end the ~"@ster of Francs demanded revenge#~-With everyone la the cBfe watchln~, they play s third game.- AD LIB8 VOICE l: The lad is a prodigy,. Y~, but he VOICE~: ^~ had better be careful...Fearful is the wrath of Robe~plerre... VOICE ~: ~ ~nd._th~,_~!~erle angr~ now. He ~lust win this ^thePa is a wagep., j.~ tl~e BOy: (IN FAST) Cheokmate.,Citizen.,Roba~pierrel ROBF~pIE~F~: (BRFAKS IT WETk) BEN...That is what I think of ihls game, SOUND: (CRASH OF CHESSBOARD..GLASSES AS ROBESPIERRE NNOCKS T~ OVER) ATXO'! 0231438
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-8- ~13 BOY: (ST©UTLY) But - I won, cttiT.en, H J.~,~II/,R) ,. TheT, I ~hall ~, (JI~GI~ CF COINS) SOUh~D: (GOLD COiled% RCLLINQ OUT CN TAB~/E) RoBESPIERR~: There iB gold..take what you will,. BOYt ~Je &id not ~]aF for~, Citize~z Robesplerre.. pla/~d You s~id - t~ wt~tevsr v~e ~ for, you would ~ay, }~OBPS~'IER~: And "~bat elba but money cduld you Want? BOY: A ~ re.. ~OY: YeB ~ the lif~ of my husbar.d'. RCB~,~PJEI~R,~,. ~four hutband, .surely, ~e4~, you are C~azy. BOY: t~on, citizen. I an, not crazy - , " OitJ.zen Robesglerre - I a~: not a beardless boy. I at;. a ~.Ic~.en'~thi~t~'-fi~,e ~earB [old...Ma~ied 8rid ~. ROB~PIER[ . (CCM2LETE CHA~,,~.., OF CF~.R#.CTER NOW) AP~ your huaband ¢-~- ~here is hef~am!~ ion at dawn! R]'~01 0231,~39
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B OY : ROBESPIERRE: AM4AND: ROBESPIERRE: BOY: ZUS I O : RIPLEY: MUS IS : RIPLEY: HANCOCK: -9- #13 (THE PASSIONATE PLEA) Remember, in the last game - that ~g4~~ , you s~IdA..whatever we played for you would ~qy. 0ul. And I shal] ll~e up to the debt. Armand - a paper - a quill and de l'enc~e. (OFF SLIGHTLY) Oui...monsieur... And what, m~dame, is your husband's name? Paine...Citizen Robespierre - His name is - Th~nas Paine~ (BRI l~E : PLAY09~ ) Yes - the husband of that gallant woman was - Thomas Palne! In all my hunt for facts I have never found an at example of a game of sklll paying offAsuch a h~gh price. For the Thom~%s Paine whose llfe was at stake ~n that game of chess was Thomas Paine autho~ of The Rights of ~4an - one of the foun,gers of our own Republic - the first Anlerlcan Libera~.-Father of American Democracy,.a_n_~dnd the o%~r Co.It ry very Tho~s Paine who gave&~the zame...'The United States of ~.a~h~ BELLVE I. OR NOT% (APPLAUSE) (FULL PLAY OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE E) ~-NOW here is Don Hancock with a message from your gova~r~TLent, i Women of Amerlca~ The Unlted StatesNavy - mlghtest in the world - needs your help; The enllstment of Waves is needed n_~ to release trained mento take new ships into action. The Waves fill thousands of vitally important jobs~ FI 1"~01 0231440
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}IANCOOK: ,,',fd2,IC.: HANCOCK: RIPL~: They serve as WAVE Control Tower Operators at Naval A:,_:- bases, directing take--offs and landings, or as ~eg..to Operators, or Aerographer~s R;ates. They sbxre the adventures of their fighting brothers..we~r the smart, trim WAVE uniform...and receive excellent pe/, Women are eligible from twenty to thirty-f lye yeaz*s of ago, with two years of business or high school, ai_'a~e or married with no chi&dren under eighteen. Applications may be made at the nearest Naval Recruitin8 8tatlo~. Further Ioformation may be race-,red by sending for the t'Story of You In Navy ~lue." to ~'IAVES, Washington, 25, D. C. ("AD% FOR OYE' - CU~ F - FADE FOR) All for one and one for all. Yes, that's the way werre L, oD~ to win the v~r. Over hare, all together workLu~ fo~ V~ ~ver there, all ~ogether fi~ for Vic~cry. And for. those boys over there - here are Bot Ri~ley'B ~uswe~,a ~o theLv V-If~il lettara. Tha,~ you, Don. Wer~l open our V-Y, all in.just a moment. ~13benin' ia , but £~rst~ may ~ urge all of youAto write earl:" and often to our boys in the Armed Forces ~ho are fighti~ to ~v~.n a final Victory, symbolized by th~letter ~v" - b.z2~,n~ e way bhe sa~e 2etter~ yo~ Bee on the bask of every pac!I~ge of o~ PELL I~.~ Cigarettes R T.~O'I 02314,,¢ 1
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,F - HANS JCE : Y.US IO : HA NCC, OK : bell R:k'j-.L you at% Bob,.~Cur V-Mail letter tonight was ~.~]~ic~,e~ by Apprentice [-ea~r~ Jam~z "V, 0oi%%~ ~ho a~kB thJ.s question~ ~;We !~ow that the 8irplane is an .-meric~n !nventio~. Nas America invented any other of the uodern 1~am ~espoms?~ Well Bob, in your hunt for. facts; have vo~ found the answer to that ono? Y~, Do~ - and the an~,~e? J.~ -&pr~et~ce~ly all of th~a. l:~or exa~.ple~ a~o~g the ~.al]~r ~oder~ war. weapons ir~ve~ted n this country are the machine gun~ the tank, the bosbsignt, submar ~ne ha~]eship, the auto~latic, th%~- yes - and e\,e~ the telephone and ~ telegraph wit~%out which no mo(~n war co~lO, be caz~ieO 9n. BELIEVE ~T OR NCT~. ('}~d~TING SONG"-. CU~ G) Bob w~31 be bach" ~r just a moment with the ans?ler t~ last n~ght's Be~ e,~ "~ O. Eot, (PAUSE) Smokers~ wh~neve3~ yot~ buy c~gsrett~s, --e:aei~be~ -- PEiJ~ MELL~S ~odern Design Firs~ gg~es >,0'i tWO iraportarJ benefits. ~ }I°~LL'~ gra~zel~ ]en~6h %ra-~els the slnoke further, diminisheE ~ea~ and ~qj.te oY. the Wo2r. Second, PI~LL S]~L'$ grea~er length filter.s the smoke, g~ves !% that coole~e_~2_ss~oother DasDe. That's why, wherever oartlcu]ar ~at~ yOU see ?~LL ~ELL - in the 9jnar~ka~ A~S IC : HANCOCK: And pew for the answer ~o last night's BELIEVE IP OR NOT. We~l, Bob, last night you left us spinning with this ~tion: "~ whst ~ou~o~ry mus~ every father s~end two wcoks in bed when his wife @~ves birth ~o a babj? ArHO~ 023~2
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RIP]~Y: F' }MNCCOK: RIP]~: ]-~NCOCK: RIPLEY: I~NCOCK: nT~SIC: ANICR : #13 the isl~nd of Thatls rif)~t., Don, and the answer isA- ~Corslca. You. se$, in Corsica and in many oriental cotmtries..it~s ~uF~osed to be a secret that the mothers really bear t]~c children. T~~e8--£ . ]~o~; ~n AF~atzio~ Corsf -.~.k/~-4~e~@~. ^For in~tance~ when Napoleon was born~ his father lay in bed and rebalved the oongratulatJon~ 'his of a31 th~ neighbors - *nhile ~ ~uothei~ ~a~ up and abou% attending to her bu$i~eBs as though she had ~avep hear£ of the baby - BELI~fZ I~ OR NOT ~ IT'S TRITe{ An~ we refar to womenas the weaker sex~, Well, Bob, bav~ 7ou another one we carl t&ke a shot at tonight? Yes, Don~ - and you ought to score a bullseye #~ee~ac it':~ ~u~-, .... ,: 5~:~. DO you know how to 5.rive goJf ball t~c m~_les uphill~ith only one ~hot? N . D~:,.ve a golf ball two $11ea up hill with only one Oil~ aob~ th£r~ ~l~st. ~e ~. ~ricM ~o it~ b~-Drgfs nO ~rlOX at mil~ l'il ~ii you how tom~;rrow ~igh~ b~caus~ ~, Don^ i~--~..It can be @one -- • wlth a regul~-oion golf mail ~na club, And any of yo~l iis~enerS)~c~, do it NOT' (Sqi'~r~ - ~'A HUNTIN@" - CUE J - FADE FOR) This i~ Don Haroeck rm:,inding you to listen in tomormow ni.zht, v)han PaIL ?,I~IL ~a~tot~8 Cigarettes, the clga~ette o:, ~{odern Design, will again [reagent the man who~e whol~ ~.i~ is a constant h~JT, t fo'r , iT NOT ....... os (~i;)fiE - 'A }{UNTING~ - UP TO CUE) 9]II~ IS MUgJAL. %. A1"~01 023~44 3
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RUTHRAUFF RYAN RADIO DIVISION CLIENT: A~RICAN C. & C, COi~2,~L' PALL ~ALL PROGRAM: BF, LIE~ IT OR N~' ROBERT L. RIPLZY lnc, ADVERTISING BROADCAST: FTUAL K~-~.14 DATE: ~T!~, 2/3/~ N ETWOR K:9:15-9: 3~ P,N, E.W.T. ~JG 10 : HANCOCK: HANCOCK: MUSIC: (5iGNAIURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) ?ELL ~LL F~o'Js C~gsre~es~ the clgsrerle of Modern De~Ig~j pre~ent~... BELIEVE IT OR NOT...BOB RIPLEY! Hez.e,~ the r~n ~bose whole llfe i~ t constant vI~r,]d-'~i~de hunt fe~, ~, The man ~ho ~ke~ hl~ ]D;ing by tellin~ the ~ru~h. The man who knows the p].aces rr~k~r4% news %c~y - know~ ~he~l because he's been the~e. Yes, Hob Rlpley has been there..been in r~or9 than Iwo hut.dre~ co~l~rles, t~sveled over 8 h~if million mile~...always seeking, always huntlng fop f889,~. ~ao~% tbmt pui you rl~n~ wl~h him i~ a f~,ont row sest of world events. B~LIECE IT OR NOT - I[IS TRUE-3A~ BOB RIPLEY! AND HEF~ HE 131 (THEME - "A }HINTING" - CIJE B - F/~E FOR) (brEWS SPOT TC FOLLOW) \ ~T~O'l 023144~
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NE~ SPO~ BELIEVE IT OR NOT -- BOB RIPLEY -- FEBRUAIYY 3, 1944 Greeting8 everybody and weioome, Today's news from the war fronts is full of B~LIEV~ IT OR NOTS. ]~anF of you heard Gabriel Heatter tonight. If you did, you know that he told about the savage bto~e ~hich A~rtcan Fliers, wlth more than eleven hundred planes rained down on the Naval Base at Wllhelmshaven In Ge~ny. I have visited Wilhel~shaven. I found it a ~own of great interest, In 1853~ a duke sold the whole town to ~ilhelm, the First, who proudly named it after himself. In the olde~ days, the site of Wllhelmshaven was owned by a society of pirates, and the chief of the pirates, Nicholas Stortebecker, left a large sum of money when he ~led. In his will he directed that six herring be given to the twenty poorest families in the town on every anniver~ar~ of hie death. These six herring were ~iven to these twenty families evbry year for four hundred ~eare, until Hitler cams an~ confiscated the old DiI~tes funds, then ~o ~ore herring. In front of the ~ailroad station in Wilhelmsbaven there is a statue of ~peror Wilhelm the First, and strangely, on April 20, 1912, this statue leer its bead. It was broken off -. no one knew how or why - it Just dlsappeared. But April the 20th is Hitler.s birthday - and it was the year 1912 that Hitler first came to 0er~m~Jy ..... BELIEVE 7T OR NOd' ! RI"~01 0231445
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~JS IC ; J,AN OCK. b~U8 IC : ~ ICOCK N~JSIC: -~TIC¸, ~V -3- #14 (PLAy OFF - nHUNTING 30NO" - CUE C) Bob Ripley ~ill be back in Just a moment. (PAUSE) SuLoker% the evl~ence of pELL MELL~8 Modera Design i~ right before you. The mlnutel you look at e pELL MF~ you ~ee pELL MELL'S greater length, That's Modern D ~n_. And when you light your cigarette, you can see that PELL NF~LL'B greater length trave!a the smoke further - over a twenty per c~nt Ioi~ger route of PEI~ I~LLIS tradlt~ fine ~. PELL MELLIS greater length Tilters the smbke~ - dlmlnisbe~ heat ~d blt~ on the ~ay - Elve~ you a cooler, ~othet,, better-testing ~moke. Lsdie~;and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PFLL ~LL gives you ~of of its advantage to emokers, your e_x2 te~is ~JlX. P~L ~~~r3 ~o~ern Deelgn filters the ~moke - glve~ it that cooler, ~ ~~te. (P Y oFF - "HU TL G so , - CuE D) b~l*ei~~eln~he ~n ~ho ~ke~ hl~ And lJvJt~g by hunting for fa~D.~! (SCENE SETTER...~ADE FOR) 6I ~ou3dn,t trade jobs vllth anybody in the werld, so~e in my constant hunt for ~, I have uneamthed4trua that sometlme~ I think Sire dramas&w%~,We-ge~ surpass anything the buE~n iwegination can produce.~I,m going to sketoh one of dral~&~ these -- for y6u tonight. No~ - on ~ith the Hunt~. (MORE) RI'H01 0231446
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RIPI~Y: (CONTI)) S OUND : r~IYSON : SI.ILO£: S0b]~]) : SAILOR: 2ND SAILOR ; MINZON : S 0L~'D : ~ZA TLOR : SOUND : RIPI~Y: PJ~, PFJ~] : MINSON: #14 ~^the year 188~, ~ three r~sted sohooner "Julius" set sail from Lcndon for ~ne United States. Abcar~ her was Victor H. P~pke, who had signed on to get sea experleuce. In mid-Atlaatic, the "Julius" is buffeted mercilessly by a heavy storm. (SNEAK IN STC~4 EFFECT, HIGH WIND, WAVES, ETC.) (S:IOL~IhY}) Keep net headed into the wind~ ~EP SHOUTING) £old on~ Held on~ Don't let her, get aw~y frcm you. (TERRIFIC CRAg}{. OPP A LITTLE) There goes the ~tch, Blown clean overbo~rd~ It's the Worst live ever seen. It's bads a]i right. We'Ll be lucky if we can ride he~ out. (]DtgCP~NG AND SPLINTERING OF WOOD) The foremast[ l~'s cemtr~ down~ lookout, Captain! I~okout~ (IDUD CRAS~ OF YAST O~ DECK. BEING UP SHRIEKING OF WIND /uND ~ZDE BAOK FOR) The "Julius" blown far off her course, drifted helplessly in ~no Gulf of ~exlco. Without food for three weeks and with very little water hem crew is oa the verge of ~dness. ~.~s~,~s~m~ (OFF) (VERy EXCITED) l~udl land to starboardl We'~e saved~ What's Rapke doin' up t~ePo] R]'~O 1 023144~'
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-5- Hey~ Rapke, ObnOh dOWE outs that riggin'~ Yes daft - and so weak he can hardi~ hold up there after him. Quick. Quick. SAILOR; Hold on Rapke! Hold On, v~D! }{APE/]; ~~ 2N:) SAJ:OR: \ Be cantt. He Can't bang on We's falling! ~---> SOUND: (DULL THUD OFF) SOUND : NINSON: MAIE: KINSON : ~!US 1 O : MINSON: MUSIC: R]PLEY: # I~ You're daft! on! GO on (R aiNc FEE< .AD LZB CO::OTZON..O l' TO 3:LmCE) (PAUSE) ~e ~UeL hay@ ~reDDOd sixby fe6t. Right through that here open hatch dcwn^~nto twe bold. He mus~ have broken ever~ bone in hie hod~ Yes edrl It's tough iuck!, Uh hEh. Get the 3anv&~ prepare his body. We'll bury h~ at ~unrl~e! (KRIDGE IT ~TH SPIRITUAL THEME FADE FOR BACKING AND CONTINUE UNDER DIALOGUE) (CROSS FADE HIS VOICE IN AND OVER MUSIC) "We corrrdt this body ~( the deeD, hooking for the... (FADE HTS VOICE OU~ Ol: CUE AS1 (S~LIS FOR IAG) Ladies and gentlemen, :o my hunt for facts, I [:ave unearthed and verified n~n~ astounding thlngs, but I ~ve met only One rr~n who actually resumed from the und hods dea~. 6Standing ~.~@ b~slde ~e now is the very ~n over whoso body the service for those who die at sea WaS rea~. I pr e s~IIt ~ Victor H. RaDke. RTR01 0231448
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RIPLEY I RZPLEYs /LtPK~I RIPLEYI RAPK~ RXPLEY: RAPKEI RXPLE~I KAPKE* R~PLEYI Mr. Pmpke, you had beem pronouneod dead and the burinl service was read over your body. And Just as they ~re going to slide your "~m~y into the sea. a boat appeared° ~s t~t tr~eY Yes, ~,r. Ripley. And the boat belonged to a Mr. Rungo of Galveston, who c~ae aboard ~he "JulAns" and persuaded Captain ~nlon to let him take ~our body a~re for b~lal. ~s that so~ Ye~3 thatrs right. And th~n ~hen you r~ached shore, they start4~d to take you o~ Of the canvas to place you in a coffin, Ur. Runic ],o~iced your body w~s still warJa. ~e i~a~iate~y ~alled a doc~or - yo~ were ~shed to a hoSpital wh~re you regained oon~alou~Des~ Several ~oaks later. IB that ~o7 YO~o ~o11, I think that is truly a~toundin~ ~r. ~pke. But this happened in 188~ - how old ere ~ou now! I am eigbty-on~ years you~. And 8o youlve be~n living on borrowed t~me for sixty years. Yes sir. LadlBs and gentle~sn~ I k~o~ that ~r. ~apke is %00 modest to tell you this. But wha~ ha recovered and left the hosp£tnd in Oalvest~u~ he came %o New York and was associated wdth Tndma~ ~dison for a period of ~5 years, du~lng ~hinh tim~ h~ assisted Mr. Edison in the development of ma~ of his ID'eat inventions. Mr. P~pk~ Z went to congratt~late you and %o thank you for bein~ with ~s tonight. Your stozV is on~ of th~ most thrilling I hav~ encountared lu many ye~.es of s~archin~ for faot.~. Ladies at4 gentle~n, you have Just haard Victor H. ~pke~ a man ,he &ctual~r r~tur~ed ~o llfe a~,lr he had ~een l~-ono~mond dead - B~I£V~ IT OR ~| AI"~O I 023~%9
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R]PLF~Yt }LqNCOCK: N~SIC~ HANCOCK: -~- #14 ~"Nol,I here,s Don Hancock! I~dles and gentlemen, do you realize ho~ much you ere mlss~ng if you smoke old~fashioned, h~ cigarettes? qmo find out, ~ke thi~ simple toot. See what heppen~ the fimst time you light a PELLMELL; Unconsciously, you hold the match 8 half inch closer to your fac~ than you h~ve to -- ~ good half inch inside the tip of your PE~ N~LL. That means you,ve d~scovere~ D esi~7~ -- ~omeihing ~ short cigarette can't possibly give you, NOW smoke ~na~ PELL MELL - ~ee ~;h~t ~4ode~n Design does for you. Fro~ the very first puff, PF~,L N~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further-- dlminlshes b~t an~ bite on the way. PELL~ELL:S greater length filters the smoke~ over a t~enty per cent ]onger route of ?ELL MELL~3 Jr~ tobacco~. That,s Modern Design -- PELL~LL'S 14oder~. Design. It filters the smoke -- give~ it that eoole~, ~ taste. (IIA]2~ FOR ONE" - C~JEF " FADE FOR] All fo~ one and one for ~ii, Zes, that's the way ~e're going to ~in the war, Ove~ here all ~ogether~ for V~ctor~, Over ~here, all together fi h~fe~ Vice. And for those boys over there - here ~re Bob Ripley'~ answers to ~nclr V-[4ail letters. Thank you, Don. We~ll enswe~ our V-~ail in .~ust a moment. listenin~ in But first, I want to remind all of you~ho~ m~ch our boys On the fightlng fronts over~ee~ and in ~ining comps here will appreciate a letter ~rom home. (NO.~-) P;l'~401 0231450
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RIPL]~Y~ HANCOCK: R] P],EY: HANCOCK: -9- #14 o~' boys So ]et'~ wr~te often to the boy~4who ~re cut the~e p]tchlng for all they're worth to b~ing u~ a fln~] 7$eto~y~ s~bollzed bN the letter "V" - the seine letter "V" you aoe on the back of ever~ packase of ~our_ PE]]~ b~LL Oigerettes. Ri.v.ht you a~e, Bob. Tonight's V-~il letter ecme~ from P~. C. Louis To![~ch~ who writes: "I~ it true that $9ilor$ ere ferbldden towhl~tle on ~i! United State~ ~eval ve~e!s?" Wellt Bob, ~r! your hunt for ~, hev~ you found the answer to that one? ~es, bon. YOU _~l:e~, no one is pe~mittea bo v,sistle aboard ~val vessels of t:le Jnited States exc~ptj of COL~'SO ~:le ,OSUa. ine r as~,n is i*~ Ot[l~ ~l~n ~D~mr~ s~[p ~v~sb]ed~ %tie so~r~ ;0ight be Co~fused with ~hc hos"~a~ pipe ~nic~l ]s a ~'.~i~]~ use~ for giv]I~ or~r$. ~othe~ r~ason vnic.q is ~Jhe ~l~%drcg~in6 - in ancJei~ LiNes the Oaptain used vu ~his~le for "~.ina wil~n tlis S~ip was Oecai~ed ann ~ ue~llIe & S~rsZitiun &mong se~f&rln~ zag~ - ~}mt Jf ar~Y~ne 6xcepb the Tap%alr, v:hist]ed~ he wouJc bf~< on ~iole~t SDOlqaS !nd hul*,'ic ,ll~S --BZLIEV~ IT O~ HOT! ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be hack in jus~ a momen~ with the 8newer to lest nlgh~s Believe It Or Not! (PAUSE) :mokers, wher~evgr you b'/y clgsreiles, remember - PELf, MF~L~S Modern Design gives ycu two important benefits. Fl~gt P~L N~LL~S gre~xer length travels the smoke further, diminishes heat and bite on the way. Seoond, PEiL MELL~S greete~ ]er~th fllter~ the smoke, gives it that cgp!~er ~moother~ taste_. 59%at% why, wherever L~rtJeular ~ you s~e PEIL MFLL - in the ("HUNTING SONG" - ]UE H~) RI"NO 1 0231451
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-io- #i4 A..] NOW fop the answer to last ~ightrs BELIEVE IT 0R NOT. Remember, Bob, you askod us to see If we could figure out how it was poBsible to drive a gol~ ball uphill two miles with only one shot. ~Ii'I ~kY : V ell? HANCOCK: I'II have to admit l~m still completely in the d~rk. nT?].FY: ilol', ~Liu you lake outj DOILY I{~NCGC}~: Ilm still in the ~'k. RIPLEY: Well, Don, you don't have to b~ a Bobby Jones to do ve~ slml)le. Simc!y it - the answer isA D~ige it up~ a frozen flyer!on ~.he ice. It ~ill ~klp and slide ior ~ good two miles, and ~ co~u.~ upstream is uphill. BELIEVE IT 0R NOT - IT'S TRUE: HANCOCK: Well, Bob, hays you another one we can ~ee off with r~ tonight? 1",e~[, i~ybe ou c;-ll tell m~ this one - a~s provlo.ed ~n !nccme What ooe RIPI~Tf: 6 American. 'T ....... " f~ne~ - - . _ ". '_ oomm of ~wen~y-five thousand dollars for every a year for llfe ~ ex-President of the United States or his widow? HA~COCK: Oh, brother, here I go agaln'. r.ell RIFL~: ~Keop pitching, Doz, ~ I~ll be back w~.th the ar~wer tomorrow night, for there actually wee such ~ .m~n - and he was one of the greases% Americans who ever live~ - BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Al'~01 0231~2
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MUSTC: HANCOCK: ~JSIC: Ah~R: -II- #14 (TH~ - "A HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOH) This is Don Hancock remlnd~ng you to listen in lomorPow nJght~ when PEILN~LL Famous Cigare[les, the oigarei~a of Modern Design, will agsln present the man whose whole life is a constsn~ hunt for facts -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT...BOB RIPLEY~ (APPLAUSE) (THE~E- "A HUNTING" - UP T(CUE) THIS IS t,g0TUAL. A]N01 0231,,~--~3
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, RUTHRAUFF £4 RYAN Inc. RADIO DIVISION AMERICAN C, 9 C, COMPANY CLIENT: PALL WALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ADVERTISING FINAL R~%9 BROADCAST: FRI. 2/~/4~ ~JTUAI DATE: 9:15-9:30 P.M, NETWORK: E.W.T. MUSIC : IIANCOCK: MUSIC : (SIGNATURE - "HUR~flNG SONG" - CUE A) PELL ,.~ELL Famous Cigarettes, the clgerec~e of Modern Design presents.., (BELIh~E IT OR NOT,..BOB RIPL~Y'. (ArFLAUSE) ]]ere~s th~ man whose whol~. life is a co~s~a~, woi~id-wi~9 hunt for facts. ~he man who makes his living by telling th9 truth. The ~,$n ~ho knows th~ Dlaces im%kln~ new~ today...knows them b~<%use he's been there. Yes, Bob Riple~ has been there...been in mo~e then ~wo hundred countries, traveled ovel. a half million miles., .adways seeking, a!waFs hunting ~or facts. Facts that pu~ you right with hi~, in a front ro~ ssa~ of world evenzs. BELIEVE. IT OR NOT...IT'S TRUE .... SAYS BOB RIPLEY' AND HERE ~ IS', (THEME. • ,"A HUNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR .... ) (APPIAUSE) (~s sPoT ~o FOLLOW; i A]'~01 0231~5~
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N~WS SPOT - B~U~IEVE IT ON NOT - ROBERT L. RIPLEY - FEBRUARY 4, 1944 Greetings everyone, end welcome. The news the world over i~ brighter fop OUT side. Tonight many of you probably heard Gabriel Heatter. If you did, you know that he mentioned the inveBion coast of northwestern France. In my hunt for facts. I vlslted the Provinces of Brittany e~d No~mm~dy i~ nor~hwesternFrance ~ny tinned, and found ~uy Believe It Or Nots. FoP inetance~ the town of Alouvllle, with Its elght-hund~ed year old oak tree. In thebr~nohes of thl~ tree, there were two churones, one on ~op of the o[nor. Yes~ the tree WaS so large ~n81 a church and a chapel were built in It~ branches, and thep~ was 8 circular stslrw8y around the t~unk of the ~re~, by Which the devout entered both the church and chapel, and in the ~ea~ of 1066 Willia~ the Oonque~o~ ~topped io prS~ in this church befoPe he invaded England. All Amerlcan~ should know the town of Qulberon, fop it was here t~hat the Sts~ and $trlpes Were first saluted b~ a European power. Joh~ Paul Jone~ sailed hle ship, the Ranger, lute the harbor flying the orlgi~s] flag of thirteen stsr,~ and ~t~Ipes; end France became the first r~stion to salute the proud flag of our country.... .... BELIEVE IT OR NOT1
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M[!81S: HANCOCK: ~US]C : HANCOCK; ]" ¢<oJC RTPLEY: -3- #15 (PLAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) F~ob RJp~ey will be back in just a recreant. (PAUSE) Zooker~, P~,U-L MELL'S Xoder.n Design is in plain slght. Ye~, your own eyes give you the proof of PELL ,V~LLIS advantage to smokers--your ~ tells w~. You can see 1°ELL I,~J.L~3 g:~eater ler~qth, That'~ ~odarn ~! And when you light your ciga#ette, you can see that PFIL MEIL,S greater length travels the smoke further- over a twenty per cent longa~ route of PEI2L I~,I)S traSi~ ~ ~. P~L I~'S greater length filters the ~moke ~ - diminishes he~___!tt ar~ On the way - gives yo~ e eoolor~ smootharj better-tastin~ smoke. Ladies and gentlemen~ be!ieve the evidence of your own eyes, PEI~ ~ gives you ~ of its advantage to smokers. "Your" e~ tell~ ~ PELL ME~L,S }Jk,dern Design filter~ the ~moke - gives it that cooler, ~mcother t a ~ t____~e, (PLAY-OFF - "HL~ITING SONG" - CUE D) Ar/] here again is Bob Ripley ~ the ~n who ~kes his ].i~Ing by huntlr.~ for facts~ (~8ENE SLTTER ...... FADE FOR) It: mF world wide hunt fop facts - I have found ~any fantastic and thrilling storl~s based on the supernatural and the Believe It Or Not I am going to sketch for you tonight Js certainly an outstsr.ding example, Now - on ~ith the Hunt~ ArHol 0291aN6
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VOICE I14 LShO: Th.~ ti~;e - th8 year 1896. The place - e.su~n, E£,.~pt. Fdnona oe .'mnta ,oun - n~t~ a~teur ~rc~eoiogi~ is sl~ping fibfully, ne dr-~a~. In hi~ orG~ he s~es ~ ancient hi~n p~st of D~yp~, The priest ~v~s n~ a fearful ~rnln£* ~,~arB ~ I shall pl~ce upon yOL~9 pa~.q ~ ~LIS: D~ar~np . ~i~n ~ flr~ on .~ ~or~. ~aF~ - four-fold ~'ar~ of b~e ~'.r.m z%~ %~ fl • ~n~ AUSIC BRJDGE: ........... X~PL~f: [U31C UP iONIAIiOUN; P213 ~: 3' fLb% ~.NO THLN g~ N hSz fri,~nu~ I a~ very ~eaSyo I~ ]~ ~n MI~II fFO!i ~,~@ dg&dl ~o ~,3n fo" ~n in$grD=et~%ioD of his Gl'l" RO 1 0231,~52
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-5- #z5 MUSIC: (BRIDGE) RIPLEY: With the words "Beware the ~2n with the flaming scar" fifthly impressed on his mind~ Mont~deun started for home. Arriving at the hotel in Cslre, he walked te~ar:S th~ elevato~.wit~ his friend Hamilton. SOUND: (FOSGTEPS THROh~H LOBBy NOISES) MAN: _Oh; • ~y, MO~4C'ir., S&4--ge&q~gW.---- SOUND: (ELEVATOR Doer OPt) V0ICE~ ._ .... Going up., • ~}Lere~ , ,~ontado,zn, let' S get in, MAN: :'" MONTADOL~: (HORRIFEED) Men Dieu~ Non...n~n...come here - quickly - ~iqN: Are you crazy, Montsdoun? MON~ADOL~h Mon...the elevator oper~to~ Did you see that fl~min~. soa~ on his foPehea~? We can't take that elevator, SOL~D: (~%EVATOR DCCR CLOSE WITH CIANG..?~}IIR~ OF LT]VT) ~iRN: Yes. He was rather s hldeous locking crop. But ~';hy are you so excifed? ?40NTADCUN: It is the omen. I have been warne~ about the man "~ith the flaming scar! 5OUND: (SCREA~ CF..UP..TO DRAMATIC CRESC~DO) S O~,~D: ( TRFNDNDOUB CRASH) MCNTADOUN: Mort Dieu! The elevator.., i~ fell~ RT~01 0231~58
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VOICE I: SOUND; MAN~ MONTADOI~: MUSIC: RIHI.EY: SOD~D: I~0NTADOUN: W OV~aY: MONTADOb~: -6- #15 (OFF) " • " ...everyone in it has been killed. (FCCTSTEPS CRCV~3 RUq~NING. .ETC.. .HUBBUB ABOVE ~D FADE) Do you realize, Montadoun, if we had taken thor elevator, We - We Would b~ve been ki~!edl My dream Was right! The omen ~avcJ mel (pUNCTUATION) Right after that elewtor in the Cairo hotel fell, killing everyone in it, Montsdoun left Cairo to go to Paris. Boon efter his arrival he was raquested to offlcl~te st the opening of s charlly bazaar. Leaving . his house~ he hailed ~ c~b but recoiled with hoPPer ~hen he sew s man ~ith the flsmlng scar on the drive~s seat. Insteod he dl~;isaed the cab - walked to the bszsar..~nd found that fo~ the second llme the prophecy in his dreal~ baJ CCm8 true fcP fire had completely destroyed the building and ~ny pecple had perished in the flames.=--~ himself Montadoun^wou!d cerislnly have been killed had be taken the cab driven by the T~n with the fl~ming ~car, In 1903 F~mond de [~lontadovn ca~e to America. In Chicago one no~: ~fternoon,,.~ ~ent tc the theate~ with a young ]ady.~-@~ we fi them 4 wa~!.k~ up to the ticket window. 8T~01 023 I~59
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V4 (~AN : M ON TADOUN : VOICE ~/, C,NTAD OU%~ : ~I OMAN : MONTADOUN : MUSIC : RI PLEY : SOUND : WIFE : MONTADOL~{ : WIFE : -7- ~i~ ~ozady~ ~-- may I have two tick -Mcn Dieu~ ~o tickets crchestra~ Nou...Non...Noc...gm-4~ - the scar!' The same omen agaSn~ E~ What's the matter? That ticket seller. He has a flaming scar on his forehead. Three times I have seen it now. Quickly - we must go~ (P CTUA ) Edmond Montadou~ had walked but a very fevl steps flro~ that theatre ~hen it burst Into flame. For that was Chicago's Iroquois Theatre, scene of o~e of the greatest disasters i~ America~ histcry..,in which ~pecp!~ were burced to death. So for the third time the omen ~d saved Montadouu from cer~ai~ death. The years passed and la April 1912, Montadoun aFe RO~ married a beautiful English glrl. They w~@ standing o~ the dock at Southampton waiting to board a beat for their honeymoo~ trip to the United States. (BOAT WHISTLES: ~C'JRRT Oi~ ~BSENGERS, B0N VOYAGES, ETC.) Ah, Ed~. HOW wonderful! We have been married just three hours and ncw we are on our way to New York. Yes, darling - with all the world before us. Look, EdemaS, that sailor there - he is beckoning ~s to hurry. ~?'~01 02S la-60
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[40NTADOU]I : PORTER : WIFE : MONTADOUN : WIFE : PORTER : MUSIC : RI PLEY: MUSIC : (s' oPs) can't go on t~t boat. b6gs .... (COCKNEY) Aye, sir. -8- #15 Wdere - what sailor? ~- No~!- No~I We I We can't. Porter, drop the (HYSTERICAL) W~~ HOW can you rulr~ our honoymoon.,.look, they're ralslng the gai~ now...we've missed it. ~.,.oh, E~.. (SOBS) But darling - you saw that sailor - he ~md the flaming scar! Olb -~&~g-~B. ~ - you a~e anluoky -Guv'nor mi~slng your ho~@~Tgoon on the ~ide~ rouge of ... (PL~CTUATION - BIG) 4Edmond de Montadoun and his wife did not sail on the Titanic. They were not on %his ship on its tragic maiden voyage when it foundered and sank -m~fter ramming a huge iceborg in mid-Atlantic. For. Edmond de Montadoun obeyed the warning of the ancient Egyptian_ Priest who came to him in a dream with a warning - beware of a man with the flaming scar. f-~ ~ ..... -~d~d that waDning actually saved him from oertaiG death not o[~ce, but foDr ti~es. BELIEVE IT OR NC~I (FULL PIEY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE E) ~THOI 0231~61
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RI PLEy : EANC 0CK : MUSIC : ~I&NCCCK : -9- #15 Now herels Don Hancock~ Ladies and gentlemen, wheu you watch a PEIgb~LL smoker try to light an old-fashloned, short cigarette youtll ,~ke an important discovery. Unconsciously, he holds the flame a good half inch bevv~d the tip of the short cigarette. {o's looking for somethlcg t~mt isn't there. He's looking for PELLMELL'S Moder~ e~. Modern Deslgn means PELL~ELL is longer. ~cdern Design means PELLMELL ks smoother, cocler. From the very fizst puff, PELLMELL'S greater length travels the smoke furthe~ - diminishes he--and bite on the way. PELLMELL'S gpeater leugth filters the smoke ~ ove~ a twenty per cent longer route of PELLMELL'S tradttlonally fl~ tobaccos. Thatts Modern ~ - PELL~LLrS Modera Design. PELL ~LL filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, m~ ~aste. ("ALL FOR ONE" - CU~ F - FADE FOR) All for one and one for all. Yes, that's the way ~lelre golug to win the Na~. Over here, all together we k~ for Victict~. Over there, all together fl h~fov V ct~. And for those boys over there - here are Bob Ripleyts answers to thelv V-~all letters. R'r~o 1 02314-62
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RI PLEY _HANCOCK: R I PI~'~ : MUSIC: .... T-- -i0- #15 Thank you, Doa. aBeforeor~we ste into oar V-~ail department, may I &sk~ questioa? Have wrlttea that letter to the bcys who are servlag with our Armed Forces? If yea haven't, won% you do it right now - tonight? Those boys will welcome a letter from yea - those boys who are fight£ng to win a floal Victory, symbcllzed by the letter "V" - t~same letter '~" you See on the back of every package of PEI~ ~LL Cigarettes. Right you ars, Bob.~Tontght, our V-~il letter is from Private Simson Scho~r, who asks: '~as there ever your hunt for ~aots, have you found the answer to that one ? 0h Yes, Den, thst I ~vo. The answer is that Switzerland d~ have a Navy ~-~he fifteenth, zlxtt3nth, and for 300 years -~ when she maintained a fleet of ~l&rshlps on Lake Constance to defend her Country was ~~. So the~ actually ~-@ a Swiss Navy .... BELIEVE IT OR NOT: ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) t~11"~01 023 '14-6:3
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HANCOCK: ~$70: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: -ii- #15 ~cb will be back in just s moment ~ith the answer to last night's Believ~ It Or Not! (PAUSE) Smoker~, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember - pEL],,~EF~S ModePn Deslgn gives you two important benefits. First, FELL ~LLTS greater length travels the smoke further, diminishes heat and bite cn the way. Second, P}~L ~J[~LL~$ greater ler~th filtgr9 the smoke, gives it that coole~, smoother taste, That.s why, wherever ~srtlcular e~le ~, you see PELL MELL - in the ~ red ('IHUNTIND SONG" - ODE H2) And now for the 8newer it, lest night's BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Remember, Bob; you had us dizzy with this one: "~fn.et A~e~icsn set up 8 por~an~nt f~nd ~ ...... ~ ~ 4~^ to h~ of twenty-five thousand 6ollars a year for life~-~ paid to each ex-Presldent of ~he United States or hi~ widow?n Yes, Don~that American was Andrew Cernegie, ............ pn]d. ~ he set up the fund ,~inanti~! ~,~crr~c~.C~-From this fund the ex-Presidents or their widows ~re paid twenty-five thousand dolla1~ a as long as %hey live, BELI~/E IT OR NOT - IT'5 TRUE! I~ l,-~IO i 029146~
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HANCOOK: RIPI &~Y; fIANOOCK: RIPIJ~Y: ~SIC: HANCOCK: ~JBIC: A~R: -le- #z5 Lei] &You etruek me out that time, Bobj but l~d llke to try again. 30, ha~e yo~l at, other One for us tonight? ~'ell, maybe you can DeiI~T6~-- --e~. What once Amerlcan was both the son of e United States Preaident and the father of a United States President? on_~~, American Was both the ~O_._D of a ,~ President and the father of a ~Presi~ent?" That's a ha~d one, Bob, Hot toc hard - and yo~ have till Monday night to figure it out. So, happy week-end - and remember this: there actually was such a man - BELIEVE IT OR N~T! (THEIv~ - "A Hb~TIkD" - CUE J - FADE FOR) This is Don Hancock reminding you to listen in ~enday night, when PF~LL ~%iLFamous Olgarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, will again present the m~n whose whole life is a confront hunt for facts - RFI,I~TE IT OR NC~...BOB NIPLEX! (APPLAUSE) (TH~ - "A HUNTING" - b~ TO OLd) 81")401 0231465
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.~o.1s01. ee9~ .to.a* -,, RUTHRAUFF ~ RYAN l.¢. ADVERTISING CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION A~RICAN. C. & C. COMPANY FALL ~LL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPI~ #16 BR OADCAS'I~0N. 2/7/44 DATE: I~0TUAL q: 15-9:30 P.M. NETWORK: E,W,T, ~STC~ }~NC0 OK : MUSIC: (SIGNATUP~ - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL'mELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern De~i~, presents .... BELIEVE IT OR NOT...,P~B RIPI~ (APPLA~BE....FADR FOR) Here's the u~n whose whole life is a constant, world-wlde hunt for facts, The ma~ ~ho makes his living by telling the truth. ~he man who knows the places making news toda~ - knows the~L because he's been there• Yes, Bob Ri~ley has been there - been in mere than two hundr, ed countries, traveled over a half million miles - always seeh~ng, always hunting for facts. Facts that ~ut you right with him in a front row seat of world e~lents. BELIhWE IT OR NOT -- ITtS ~DE -- SAYS BOB RIPI~TY..., AhDHERE~ IS! (THD~E "A HUNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR) (APP~USE) (~T~s SPOT ro cO~) r ,ql"HO 1 0231,4-66
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NEWS spoT - BELIEVE IT OR NOT - ROBERT L. RIPLEY - FEBRUARY 7, 1944 O~eetings, everybody, and welcome. The Allied Nations are on the offensive - the newe eve~here ~s "attack, attack, attack". If you listened to Gabriel Hestter tonight you probably heard him talk of the Russian attack on the town of Cherka~y. Iu my hunt for fect~, I have found ~any intere8tinZ Believe It Or Nots about Che~kssy. Cherke~y wa~ the first Russian town to have street lights. This first street lamp was such a novelty that the Oove~nor ordered a soldier to ~tand guard over I{ and that sentry stood there for more than sixty yea~s until he died, and then a statue of that eoldier was erected in his honor with the statue of the lamp in front of it. This town of Cherkasy liee on the Duieper River. In the center of this river, there is e famous landmark, a hall pointed rock known as the "bell", This rock rings like a bell, of its own accord, whenever there's a change of ~overnm,ent. Why, nobody knows. But it must have rung loud and lon[ when the Nazi soldiers left there only recently. ~he Soviets have named Cherkssy in honor of the greatest poet of the Ukraiu. Born 8 slave, he liberated h~m~elf by learni~ to paint. He p81nted a ~gnificent portrait of Czar Nicholas the First, for which the Czar gave him twenty-thousand ~ubles and with this money the painter bought his f~eedom from the r~n who enslaved hzm .... BELIEVE IT OR NOTI AI"MO 1 02314-6?
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~FUSIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: RTPL~J: -3- #16 (PLAY OFF "HUNTING ~0NG'L CUE C) Bob Ripley will be back in just a moment. (PAUSE) Smok~rE~ itTs easy to identify PELL MELL'S Modern Design. '~e evidenbe is clear. The minute you look at a PELL ~FSLL you ~ P~uL N~LL~ S ~reater l~ngth.. That' ~ ~dern And when you light your cigarette, you can se__~e that PELL ~DLL:S greater length travels the S~noke further - over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~LLTS traditionally fine tobaccos. PELL MF~LL,S greater length filters the smoke ~- diminishes heat and bit~e on the way - gives you a cooler, smoother, better-testing smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the e~idenc~ of ~ou~ own ~yeB. PELL ~ give~ you ,:i~ibl~ rp_~f of its advantmge to smokers, your e X2 tells wh~ PH~L ~LtS Modern Design filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother taste. (PLAY OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) And here again is Bob Eipley - the m~n who makes his ~iving by huntirg for facts! (SOENE SE~T~ - FADE FOR) ~%~e~et~e Believe It Or Not I'm golr~ to sketch nov: proves ~hat even the most co~lonplace object can ~9 the for you _ . . ~h~s cause o~~r o~r unlque sDory tonight revolves ~round of all things - a g~ Stov_~el Now - on wlth the Hunt! is the The tlme.~.May~9, 1891. The place - the home of Mr. Purbeck Jones, in Lancaster, ~gland, Mr. Jones is being B~z,~e~ di~a%or b~ his ~id, Susa~ Emrle. ~I'MO1 02314-68
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ZUSA~A : SUSANNA : JONES : SUSANNA: JONE~ : SUSANNA : JONES : SUSANNA : SUSANNA : ~SIC: SUSANNA: HARRY: SUSANNA: HARRY: SOUND: -4- #16 (T~.NKLZ OF ~IL~, C~INA, ~C.) (IANCASHIRE AOC~T) Mr. Jones, you haven't eaten enough to keep a flea alive. I can't eat, Susanua. (PUSHF~ PLATE AWAY) My bestAkidney pie too. It isn't your cooking, Susanna. I~m worried - Worried? Sailh~g for India tomorrow and Nou're ID~p~ worried, you ~ay? ~N~w I wlsht it were me that was going. (PP~COUPIED) I might as well not go if I eanlt get these securities out of my safe - I've lest the keys and can't get it open• Oh~ it:s io~t th~ keys you ha~e. Well, bless .me, Bit, I haven' t seen them anywhere. Tknow, Susanna. Never mind. You ~won't be mindthg getting away, sir. ~,'!e young gentleman is waiting in the park. Go right ahead and meet him. 0h...thank you...thank you. (FADING) Goodbye, sir, and I hope you find your keys! (Bmmm Oh, . ' • Army, am I late? A goo~ arf hour, you're Iate. ITve a mlrgl to .... Go along with you. Mr. Jones lost keys to his safe..ar~ ~erryin.g his bl~kin' head off he ~as, Keeping you late. I don't like it, Susanna, I don't like it' (DULL NKS~FLED EXPLOSION) R]'~01 0231469
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SHSANNA : HARRY: SUSANNA : " ,]PND: EARRy : SUSANNA : HARRY: SUSANNA : MUSI0 : SOUND : JUDGE: SUSANNA : SOUND: -5 - #i6 tAr.ry. What was that? ] SoUnded like an explosion. Look,..those peop]e ~uraxing.,. ! (RL~NING ENET) i Itls might over here...come aloD~, Susanna .... (OROSZFADE RUNNING FEET T0..~0W QLS.NQ OF ~!IRE -- APPAP~TU~..KUBBUB OF "qOICES) tArry.~. ~Arry~...lt~s our house~.Mr. Jones' house,.. Oh tarry... What now? Oh IAr~j .... I just re~embered - I left the gas lit in .. the ovezl ThatTs what blew up the house. (~EAKS DOWN ~VYO SOBS) Oh,.~and poor ~r. Jones. He was in there. I killed him 'Arty - I killed him .... (BRIDGE) (P~P OF G~VEL TEN~ TIW~S) Susanna Ewrie - the jury has found you guilty of involuntary manslaughter, unlntentlo~al arson, and the endangering of life and llmb. Your failure to tupn off the ~to~e not tnly resulted in great property ~.~ge but killed Purbeck Jones. Not the slightest trace of him has been found. Youlre guilty of the grossest criminal negligence. (SOBBING) I know, your worsh£~..I know.. ;Oh, pool, Mr. Jones. Susanna Ewrie - I sentence you to.. (DOOR OPEN AND CLOSE: BUNh~NG FEET) ~T~01 02~I~0
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S IJSAI\q~A : HARRY: SUSANNA : ~L~2ND: HARRY HARRYt SUSANNA: ~USIC : SOU~D: JUDGE: S~A~A: SOUND: -5- #16 ~Ar~. ~at was that? i Sot~ded like an explosion. Look...those people ~unning... Itls right over here...come aloe, Susanr~ .... i (CROS~FADE RUNNING FEET TO,,19D~OIANG 0~ FIRE -. APPAHATUSo .HUBBUB OF "~010~) IArr~.,, rArry~,,,Itls our house,.Mr. Jones~ house.,. Oh IArry... What r, cw? Oh tAr~r .... I just remembered - I left the g~s lit in .. the oven! Thatrs what blew up the house.(~REAES D~N~ SOBS) 0h..~and poor ~r~ Jones. He was in there. I killed him IArry - I killed him .... ( BRIm~ ) (~ OF OAV~L ~ ,~z~s) Susa~rm Ewrie - the j~ry has fouud you guilty of involuntary manslaughter, unintentinnal arson, and the enSangerlug of llfe and limb. Your failure to turn off the stove not cnly resulted in great property d~mge but killed Purbeek Jones. Rot the slightest trace of him has been found, You're guilty of the grossest cr ~minal negligence. (SOBBING) I know, your worship..I know...Ch, poor ~r. Jones. Susanna E~rie - I sentence you to.. (DOOR OPt7 AND CLOSE: RDNNING 9~EET) AI~O 1 02314-21
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-% JUNES: SODqqD: DEFENSE: JUDGE: JONES: SUSANNA : Jbq~E: DEFENSE: ,JONES: Jbq~SE: JCNES: SUSANNA: JUDGE: JONES: jUEGE: -6- #16 (BNFATHLESS) Your worshlp...yo~Ir worship! Stop th]~ trial~ I am - Purbeck Jones! ~/'~ LIBS OF AUDIFMCE) ~y~9~r-woT~hl~---in-~-dew,~gf-~tbi~ rre~clrcums~enos ~-I-: ~*v~-~,t--tho-we~d~et"of" The- ~ury ~be -sot 8slde end, -~ ~e-reopene~ (~APS GAVEL) Order! Order] You are Mr, Purbeek Jones? Yes, your Worship. The~e has been e horrible L-- Mr. Jones - t~ke the witness st~n~, fne corn!ell for t~e deFence - proceed l~r. Jones- will you tell the court what hsppened the night of #~y 9, 18917 slr Ye%~ I hsd lost the key to my aafe. There wa~ two million pounds in Itmt ssfe. For the l~st two yesrs [ had been engaged in the construction of the Ne~ar-Cent~sl Indi8 Railroad~ YOU~ "w o rship ;" I~ s e e u re-~y/~a~-.les t&mony--h~ s. ~ Tree /- ~y eontrset stipulsted thst my syndicste deposit two million pounds with the Indian Cove~nment by August let. That two million pounds in securities was In my ~afe the night of I~y 9th. But I couldn't open it..I hsd lost my keys. I~was desperate. Plesse be brief, Mr. Jones. 81"~01 0231422
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SOUND: JUDO~: JON~5: JUDGE: JONE~ : JUDGE : SOUND: SUSANNA JONFS : SUSANNA: MUSIC: -7- #16 I left the house..walked aimlessly, trying to remeraber where I could ba~e left the key. ~uddenly I heard an explosion - it was close - I ran. ~f own house had been completely destroyed. That Was the final blo~. Dazed, I walked into t21e garden - and there - I four~d the safe. Proe~e~, ~. Jones,"" The door of the safe had been blown open, but the securities were all there. I grabbed them and ran to the Btatlon. I caught the laBt train - and just made my boat for India. I just got back f~om India today" and l~a~ned that Susanna was on trial - I came hero as Quickly as I could. Mr. Jones, you were just barely in time. Your testimon~ ha~ eared this gi~. The caee a~alnst ~u~anlla Ewrie is dismissed. ( HUBBUB ) Oh~ bless you sir. have Susanna, ~ some more good news for you. For s~vir~ our contract you're going to get a reward..two per cent of the ~alue of the ~ecurlties that "~e~ in the safe. (PAUSE) Thatle forty thousand poundsI. Oh, Mr. Jones! (SOBS) At"M01 0231,~-?3
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RI~LEY: ~USIC: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: MUSIO: -8- #16 Subarea Ewrie was a very lucky girl! As lucky a girl as llve ever rotund in all my h'~n£ for facts. Instead of being sentenced by the cotlr.t for her cr~mlnal negligence in forgetting to tul, n off the gas stove which blew up he~ employer's hcuse, she actually received a reward of forty tho'osand pounds -=~-- in our money - two hJnd,~ed thousand d~llars - B£i,]~,~ IT OR NOT! (FULL PIAY OFF - "~UNTING SONQ~' - CUE E) Now here's Don Hancock~. I~dles and gentlemen, are you still ~mokJzqg old-fashioned, short ci6arettes? Then here is a test th&t will surprise you. gee what happens the first time you light & PELL Nr22LL. Unconsciously, you hold the match a b~alf inch closer to your face tb~n you have to -- a good half inch insid~e the tip of you~ PELL N~ELL. That means you.re .discovered ~odern Design. -- something a short c~garette can't possibly give you. Now smcke t~mt PFIL JV225L -- see what Modern Design does for you. Fr,qn the very first puff, PELL ~£LL'S greater leng~, travels the smoke further - diminishes hea___~t and bit_~e on the way. PELL ~BLLIS greater length filters the smoke naturallX over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ME~LIS traditionally fine tohaccos. Zhatts h:odern Design -- PELL ~LL~Z ~bdern Design. It filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother t~ste. ("ALL P0R ONE" - 0UE ~ - FADE FOR) 8]':401 0231,~-74
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~ANC00K: RIPLEY ~ HANCOCK: RIPLEY: ~JsIO : -9 - #16 All for one and one for all. Yes, t/aatrs the way welre goir~ to win the war. Over here, all together worki~ for Vict~ Over there, all together for Victory. And for those boys over there - here are Bob Ripleyls answers to their V-Mail letters. Than~ Me~, Don. f!ghting fron~s ~i!'~ys rush ~o at o~~ V-~ia~! letters fz'oa home and the finest thtn!sng~ vzu c~,n ao is %c ~nd ~ friendly iett~r t~ sc:.,e c~y =~eez u-~. PrcbaSiyz-%he~Ig~oot g4=f-t you e~n-g-i~e-ls- on some ;'ar f2on% ~DJ~.l'ii~r=. Am[ pl~a~e vr~te tonigntJ %~ They're fig2atlns to b~in~ you Victory - Bymbolized by the letter "V" - the same letter "¥" you see on the hack of every package of o~ PZi~h ~ELL Cigarettes. Right you a~e, Bob. Fmom Private Homer E. Delk c/o Postmaster, San Fp821cisoo, co~es this question: "Does a horse pull or push a wa~on?" Well, Bob - in you~ hunt for facts have you found the answer to that one? to, Pry. Delk I s~-, Yes, 4~..and^ho~ses do not° pull - they push! When a ho~se is in its harness it stands on a llne with the Fvt. a:~dw~)elk, center of the load and pushes against its eolla~^ fli*e n¢}~t time ~ou see a horse ana w~gcn you'll see that itls true. BELIEVE IT OR NOT[ ("}~uq~TING SONG"- OUE t;~)
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HANCOCK: ~USIC: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: -lO- #16 Bob will be baok in Just a moment with the answer to last nlghtrs Believe It Or Not. (PAb~E) Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember-- ffELL ~'S First }~odern Deslgu gives you two important benefits. APELL MELL,S greater length travels the smoke further, dlmLulshes heat and blt_~e on the way. Second, PELL ~ELL~S greater length.filters the smoke givc~ it ~ha~ coolert s~oother taste. That,s why, wherever particular people congregate you see PELL R~LL - in the smart red ~aokage. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE Hg) And now for the answer to last Friday's Believe It Or Not. Remmabcr, Bob, you left u~ this one to puzzle over. "What one man was both the father ef a United States President and the so___~nof a United States P~esident~" ~':}~at--- was the question all right, Don, and ~'~ afraid i~ Eid you ~ir(i i~ ~a~a rough one. Oh not ~r, v~ry. Oh YO~ ~ean you [F~qow the answer? Why sure. It was Jobm Scott HaDrlson who was the fathsr of President Ben Harrison and the son of President William Henry Ha~rlson. YouTre right W~ll, nice going, Don. ~Jol~nScott Harrison is the right answer and Believe It Or Not - IT'S TRUE~ I told you I'd get one of these after a while. Well, ~ew~, have ~ou another one we can go to work on tonight?
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HANCOCK: RIPLEY: MUSIC: HANCOCK: NUSIC: ANNR: -ii- #16 IIeii; ~ow let me see Yes, ~, ~s--@~@ if you can ring the bell again with the answe~ to this 9,2estion. ~t AmePican founded the first League of Natlon~?" ~rV{~at American founded the first League of Nations?" Are you klddlng? Why Beb# everybody Paqows that after the last war... Just Just a minute a minute,~Don. I think I know what you're you mi ht To" orrow nl-mr I'ii give goi~ to say; and ~ be wrong, tl~o ]et }#~ give • nov you a hlnt~ The first League of Natlona was founded long before the last war. BELIEVE IT OR NOT:- (TH~ - "A HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR) This is Don Hancock re~.indlng you to listen in tomorrow night, when P~L I~ELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, will agalr~ present the ~mn whose whole llfe is a constant hunt for facts - BELIEVE IT OR NOT...BOB RIPLEZ! (AF: USE) (THENE "A H]]NTING" UP TO CUE) THIS IS MUTLhL. you the SrL R]'~01 02314P?
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/ CLIENT: PROGRAM: RUTHRAUFF RYAN Inc. RADIO DIVISION #/~ERICAN C. & C. COMPANY PALL MALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPLEY ADVERTISING FINAL RE~J. #1? BROAD CAST~Vg~S. 2/~/'4 t DATE: I~UTUAL 9:Z5-9:30 ~ .I¢, ~ NETWORK: E ,','¢. ?. .v, US I C : HANCOCK: HANCOCK~ ~USIC: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" ~ CUE A) PELLY~LL Famous Cigarettes, the clgarette of Mooern De~i~n, presents.,, HELl'EVE IT OR NOT..,HOB RIP~EY% (APPLAUSE) Here's th~ man whose w~ole life is a constant World-wide hunt for facts. The man who ~,kes hls living by tei!ir4 the truth. The m%n who knows the places I/Aklng n~ws today...knows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Ripley has be~n there..,been in more than two hundred countries.,.traveJlsd over a half mlllion miles,.,a[t.;~ seekir@, al'~%¥s hunting for facts, Faots that put you rlght wlth h~/n in a front row seat of world events. BELI~/E IT 0R NOT - IT'S TRUE ~ SAYS B~ NIPLEY~ AND HERE HE IS~ (THE~Z..."A HUNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR:) (APPIAUSE) (NEWS SPOT TO FOLICW) 8FRO1 O23 ~P8
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NEWS SPOT - BELIEVE IT OR ~0~ - ROBERq' L. RIPLEY - FT~BRUARY 8, 1944 RIPI/~: Greetings everybody, and welcome. From all the four corners of the world, the news continues to be dynamic and dramatic. You may have hear~ Gabriel Heatter end his comments on the news tonight. If you did, you know that he mention~ the town of Riga, Capitol of latvia and IWe been in Riga, and there are many interesting Believe It Or Nots about Riga, which well was long known as the Reno of Europe because of its llbelel divorce laws. But in Riga lived the father of our Amer.lcan Navy - our own John Paul Jones, who ~erved Catherine the O~eat of Rusela a~ an Admiral of the Russian Navy. And on the house in ~hlch John Peul Jones lived in Rlge above the door 18 this motto which I have seen - I think i~ most appropriate - "Either Victory or Death". But most intereatlng of all is the weepin; Pock on the I)eugava River near Riga. Thi~ rock ha~ From its eyes, tears the old stone face - the face of a huu~gn being. stream constantly and roll down and the legend tell~ u~ that this is a traitor turr.ed to atone, becauae he opened his country to the Ger~n~ - and now he mu~t foreve~ weep, contemplating what he has done - BELIEVE IT OR NOTI Ft 1":,'401 02314,-;'9
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MUSIC : :I~NCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: RIPLEY: -3 - #1T (PLAY OFF "H%T~I~INC- SONG" - CU~ C) Bob Rlpley will be back in iust a moment. (PAUSE) Smokers, the whole story of PELL ~LL'S Modern Design is right in f~ont of your eyes. The minute you look at a }~.~LL NU{LL you see TELL ~ELL'S greater l~ngth. That's Modern Design. And when you light your cigarette, you can see that ~LL ~ELL'S greater length travels the smoke further - over a twenty per cent longer route of TELL ~V~LL'S tradltlonall? fine tobaccos. TELL MELL'S greater length filters the smoke natural]~ - dlm~inishes heat and b_it_~e on the way - gives y3u a cooler, smoother, better-tasting smoke. Ladies and gentlemen~ believe the evidence of your (~n eyes. PEIZ~ ~LL gives you visible r~f of its advantage to smokers. Your ~ tells wh~. PELt MELL'S Modarn Design filters the smoke - gives it that COOler, sm(,tther taste. (Ti4~Y OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) And here[s Bob Rip~ey~- the man who makes his living by hunting for facts. (SCENE SETTER...FADE FOR: ) Y~,u ali ~eu remembe~ thst old saying, "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast?" Well, it ~e~ or i~y not be true. But as I have found In my hu~t for facts, music does have a powerful effect upon men. And the Believe It O~ Not I'm going to sketch fo~ you tonight will, I think, demonstrate this singular p~e~ of music. Now - 0rl with the hunt'. (MO~) Ai' O 1 02314-80
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RIPL~: (CONTD) SOUND: NURSE : DOCTOR: NUPSE: DOCTOR: r~URZE: MUSIC : BW~METT: NUr~Si~: ORCHESTRA: BURN-ETT: ~USIC: NURSE: The time - 1927. The place, a hospital in Chicago. One of the patients, a veteran of World War One, is suffering Or lOSS of ilo~o~'J. fPoln amnesia~ For six Nears he has been unable to ~emember his own name or anNthing about hls past. (DOOR OPHN AND CLOSe) Doctor -i~ the complete report on the pati~nt. -~. (RFAE$) Fm%T~...gassed - shell shocked-- Colnplicatlons resulting in ~nesia. /2r~e s la ? Yes. He has no idea who he I~. Doesn't remember a Yes~ Doctor. (BRImE) ~i HI" S~.. , !],AI" S D ~ Shi~h.,.no~' jus~ r~lax. Here.,.l~il tu~-n on bne raaio. ?hCre'~ some good ~ic on .no~,. Just ils~n, .. (F~PSODY IN BLUE TO FINISH) (APPLAUSE) (HI~SF~F) Ladies and gentlemen. This is Paul Whiteman. Tonight we'~ like to open our program with a great tune by a great song w~iter. His name was Ernie Bu~nett. ~-Ho was killo~ In the last war. He was a real friend of ~c.iue and a great se~ Writer, And I'd iI~e tOpla~ for }'On his greatest 8ong. (REPRODUCE ~:{ACTLY ORIGINAL WHITFJ~AN ARRANGEMENT OF: M~J~ANCHOLY BABy: PLAY IT T~ BARS AND .... ) Nurse...Nuese - turn it off. Turn It off' (OUT) But It~ Melancholy Baby ~ I love that song. RTR01 0231481
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BI]~NETT : ~gU5 IC : BIPIEZ: BURNETT : RIPLEY: ~]~ ITEMAN : BURNETT : RIPIYY: BUBNETT ; I"~IITEMAN : RIPLWY: -5- #17 ItL~ ~Te..it,s ~! I w~ote that ~on~. I ~ewembem who I am. I~m Ernle Burrmtt..Now i remember. OFF) Yes - after six years of am/.esi~ - living in a world of darkness - Er~le Burs~ettts ~emory WaS restored when he hear~ his own so~g, Melancholy ~k~by played by Pa~Z ~it~me~,. And, ladles and ~entlemen, here ho is - Ernle Burnett APPLAUSE Thank you, Bob. I th~nk sinc~ E~r.leA you're a very luek~ ~ and ~ Dart of your luok was due to Pa~l ?fnlteman - I thou£,ht we should have him and here he is.. with us tonlght~.ladiSe and ~er~tlemen, paul Whlte~in! (APPLAUSE) Thank you Bob, and thank you EIqle. Thls is ilke old hor~e Week. That it is. Ernle, in my ~ketch, We told how your llfe was saved - ~'~ tee%bred and your l~entltyA~-establ!shed ar, d your career ~e~ by the very sor,~ that you wrot% ~elancholy Baby. Tb~it'e the tm~tn of it, Bob. I sDe~t ~InN Nesr~ in th~ veterans hosDital4r~ owe Paul %~nlter~In a great deal. But I WaS so sick that I guess !'~ lost all desire to llve. And you know - Eroie - we all thought you were dead. All the theatrical publications in the country DrJnted the notice of your death in the last war. It was never denied. ~nbelievable And that makes it all the more ~,;t~Jii~7y that you , Ernie, could be bl~ou@ht blek to yourself SO aw~izin~iy bs[ your own tune, Er~le. 8YN01 0231~82
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RIPLEY~ BURNETT : RIPL~Y: -6- #17 ~hat ~o~rll neveP k'r~ow how hanD.7 We were to fi~dhhe was alive. 7ell~ how JOU failer hav~ [eit, z'aul; AI know %~, and tell ~e ~e~tlemer~, isn't Mela~cholv Baby One of the biggest hit songs in hlstory? Yes - Bob. Aside from being a lifesaver to Ernle - the record says ~elancholy Baby sold r~oi'~ than thPee add a half million OODleS. And now Itve lust heard It's ~oln@ to be the title of a new motion Dictu]~. Fine and M~s this sour has lived for thlrty-five years and iD~elf, %u% th~i's quite s record4 And of ell the t~mes Mele~choly ~eby wss [."-eyed, it ~es never pleyed to better service than it t;as thst I%~ht beck ~r~ 1o27 &'he~, you pla~ed it, Peul, and dedicated it to EPr.ie Barnett. Because it b~ough~ him beck from the deDths of amnesia. And that's ~o~ethlng I~ll never forget. Thank you agaln~ Paul, and thank you Bob. And continued luck in your hunt for the unbelievable facts of ills. ~Thank you both, Erode Burrett and Paul '¢~ite~aD fo~ be~n~ my guests tonight. L~dles add ~entlemon, you hays .~ust hear~ the story of Erole BuPpett, oor~ioose~- of [~elanohoiy Baby, one of the @r~atest DODUlar eon~s ever Written. Ernde Bu~ett eDe~t six years i~ a veterans hOSDital in Chlea~o in a state of complete amneela - unable to remember his ov{o ~ame or anything about hie ~T~01 0231~83
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RIPI~Yt (CO~D) .~gUS IIC: NIPLEY: HANCOCK: -6A- Then when over the radio he heard Paul Whlteman playing the son9 he hed written - Melencholy Baby end dodicatinS it to him - his ~ineei8 was dispelled s~ ~is memol7 was completely restored.. BELIE~ IT OR NCTX (APPLAUSE) (FULL PLAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE, E) =~-~Now here's Don Hancock! Lsd~es and sentlemen, you'll notlee somethln~ different 18 happening when a PFLL ~t~H~L smoker tries to l~sht an old-fashioned, short cissrette. Unconsciously, he holds the flame s good half-inch ~ the tip of the short oiga~ette, hels looking for something that isn't there. Hats iookln~ for PELL ~/LL'S ~odern ~. Modern Design means PE~ [~@~-L is longer. (MORE) #z7 ~TM01 0231484
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I!ANOOCK : (CONTD) [<USIC : WC~COCK: RIPIEY: KANCCCK: -7- #17 Modern Design m~ans ~ELLIVELL is smoother, cooler. From the very first puff, PE]I MEI.L'S greater length travels the smoke further - J~minishes heat and blt_~e on the way. FELL MELL'S gr~ate~ length filters the smoke naturali~ over a twenty per cent longer route of ~EUL ~LL'S tra~itlonalll fln~ tobaeco~. That's ~odern ~sign - PELLV~LL'S Modern Design. PELL,.~Z~L filt~ra the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother ("~L FOR CNE" - CL~ F - FA~E FOR:) All for one - and one for all, Yes, that's the Way we're going to win the war. Over hc~e all togethey worklr=~ for ~. Over there, all together fi~hti~ fo~ Victory. And for those boys over there...here a~e Bob Ripley's answers to their V-Mail letters. g~, Don. Friends of mine who have just ~eturned fr~: our air bases in EngSand tell me that the one thing ~he our fliers look forwa~ to m~st iSa~r~il call to get their in V-.~.~I letters. Surely, all of us listening can w~ite a few mo~e /-~i! letters ~-~week. So do ~t~ They're f~hti~ to bring you Victory - symbolized by the letter "V" - the same letter V you~-~ on the back of every package of ~ ?FLL ~LL cigarettes. R~ght you are, Bob. An~ no.w, C. B. LeMaster of the De,.r/r, Ripley: USS V~ncennes, writes: ~nc~ you ten a piec~ in ~our giant Believe It Or Not about a Scatsman D~med A~ McCaske]i- --~-"Gi~:~L" Z6C~k~II. He was supposed to be a real superman. How big WaS he?" Well, Bob, in your hunt for facts - have you ~ the answer to thst~one? EII"HO 1 0231485
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RIPLEY: MUSIC : HANC 0CK : MUg IC : HANC 0CK : -8- #17 a big man, He waa b~rn in ~n~ Oh Yes, Don, McCaskell was horn in the Htbr!~c~, ~. about 123 years a~o.Cancda He came to ~--~, Novia Scotla4at the age of slx~-~ ~e-~height of seven feet, nine inches. A-~/-~ ~e w~s thre9 feet, eight inches across the shoulders, with a chest m~asurement of six feet ~ eight inches. He wei~hsd fi~e hundred pounds ~nd his hand was a foot long. an~ this ~c,~h Thc Cap3 Drct3n giant once ~adg~, lifted and carried On sh~i]1 s h~s shoulders a~ arLchor, weighing two thousand and two hunc~red pounds. BELI~;E IT OR NOT'. 5 ~NG - CUE G) Bob will be back in .iust a moment with the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not: (PAUSE] Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes: remember. - FELL ~LL'S R[odern Design gives you two impo~.tant benefits. First, FELL ~MELL'S grae.tr.l. ]ength travels the smoke further, diminishes hea__~'~ an,~ b~t~ on the wa~. Second, PELL MELL'S ~reater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler slroother taste. T~t's "~,h!", ~ho, rever particular ~eo~le cong_ regate, you see FELL ~LL in the m~rt red ;ack~ge. ("HUNTING - " - SCNG CUE H2) And now for the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not. Remember, Bob, you a~zed "V~at AInerican founded the first League of Nations?" ~ ~uu~d*i'b 6~5 t~ fi~t RTH01 O231~86
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RIP72~': HANC 0CK : RIPLEY: HANCOCK ; R IPLE~Y: MUg IC HANCOCK : I~USIC : ANNR : -9- Y<~u'v~ all read Longfeilo. 's#]7 Yes 13com.. ~'re ii it ~;&s ~ia~atha, %~ho. 4We}l, the answer is Hia~atha~ %~a-fcunded the first League of Nations, composed of the six great Indian nations which, incidental13,, occupied a larger area than great of old history the t.~e~Noman 1~oIPe~ Their te~rltory extended from4Hudson 5he Bay to No~th C~roliua and from Cormecticut to^Mississippi. And this great Indian confederacy was an actual League of Nations - formed to end all war and to unite these six r, atloLs ~iF~der or.e l&stir~ bond of Peace - B~.LI~ IT OR NOT - ~. Wel~, Bob, have ~ou another one we can go to the mat with tonight? V Jell ~, if you really want to wrestle, }~ Tell me, ~Fou can take ~ fall out f~f this one. ~k~at President of the United ~ ~ ota~s memorized the P.ihle? You ~e~n he memorized it word for wol, d, Bob? $'9S Yes, 4~I tell ~,o~ who he WaS tomorrow ~ight. For there actually WaS ~. United States ~resident WhO menlorized the entire Bible word for word - BELI~/E IT OR NOT: (THE~E - "A HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR: ) Tbls is Don Hancock rem~nding you to listen in tomorrow night, when ~L Y~LL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of ~ode~n Design, wi'_,1 again present the m~n whose whq~¢ life ~s a constant hunt for facts - (TH}~ - "A HUNTING" - UP TO CUE) THIS IS ,~UTUAL. RT~01 0231~87
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/" m,©~tlo1.1¢o~.to~41 / J RUTHRAUFF RYAN I.e. ADVERTISING CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION AMERICAN C. & C. COMPA~f R~~. #18 PAM~ MALL 8R OAD CAST~gED" ~/9/~ DATE: BELIEVE IT OR NOT Y~rUAL ROBERT L. RIpLEY NETWORKS:t5-9:30 P.M. E.W.T. ,~SIC: HANCOCK: '!USIC : (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE_~ A) PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the clgarette of Modern Design, presents .... BELIEVE IT OR NOT .... BOB RIPLEY! (AR?LAUSE) ....F~E FOR) Here's the ~k%n who~"e whola 1lYe is a constant, wo~l~-wide hunt far fact£, The man who ~akes his liviu~ b~ teltln~ the truth. Th~ ~au ~ho knows the Rlaoes ~aklng news today - knows them because hs's been the~e. Yes, Bob RIoley has be~n there - - been In mor~ tharJ two hundrea oouotrles, travele~ over a half miltion mites - arrays s~eklng, always hun%lo~ foT f actss~ F~et~ th&t. put you rl~ht with him In a front row seat of weird events. BELIEVE IT OR NeT -- IT,S TRUE -- SAYS BOB EIPLEY ...... AND HERE HE IS~ (T~T[~ "A HUNTING" - C~ B - FADE FOR) (APPLAUSE) 023 '1488
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N~B SPOT ROBERT L. RIPLEy BELIEVE IT OR NOT FFB, 9~ 1944 Greetings, everybody, and welcome. Tonight you probably heard Gabriel Heattem mentioa Bulgaria la his keen analysis of the news. Balgarla beiug the pdwder-keg of the Balkans is especially luterestlng to us now. Of all the countries in Europe, Bulgaria is the unluckiest, and, as they s~y i~ E,Irope, if yo,l want to bet on a sore winoer in any ?Jar, always bet against B11garia. When King Boris of Bul~arla was just one and a half yea~s old, the Czar of Russi~ made him an honorary colonel of the Minsk Guard Reglment. T~e Czar ordered a sntfopm for a boy o~e and a half years old, b,lt Boris Was large for his age. When the uniform arrived, it was too s~ll f0r him and Borlsl father swore to &veo~e the insult. 5o, in two world wars Bulgaria got even Wit~ Rossi& ~y ~a~in~ war a~alnst her. But, to turn to a pleasant side, Bul~erla is the most fragraat beuntry la Europe -- at ~east it has the largest rose garden in the World -- a single ~arden of moses eighty miles icng. In this rose ~arden is r~nufactared the ccstlle~t of all perfumes -- Attar of Roses. Four thousand pounds of roses are required to m~nufaoture a single canoe of Attar and the frag~ancs of these rose gardens fills the air one hundred miles before you even reach Bulgaria.,. BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ AT ~40 ~ O23 I~89
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I~US IC : HANCOCK: ~US IC : HANCOCK: [US IC. RIPlgq/: -3 - ~ i~ (pIAy OFF "HUNTING SONG" CUE C) Bob Ricley will be back In just a ~o~ent. (PAUSE) Smokers, when it codes to PELL ~ELL'8 ~o6ern Design you can be your own judge and Jury. The evidence is clear. The minute you look at a PELL MELL you see PELL .~ELL'S greater length. Tbat,s Podern Design. And when ycu light your cigarette, you can see that PELL ~LL'B greater length travel~ the smoke further - over a twer, ty per cent longer route of PELL Y~LL'S traditlonall~flne tobaccos. PELL MELL'S greater length filters the smoke naturall~ - dln~iolshee he aat and bite on the way - gives you a coo~er, smoother, better-tasting e~oke. Ladles and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your owz eyes. PELL ~ELL gives you visible proof of its advaut~ge to smokers. Your e~ tells wh~.. PELL MELL'S ~o~ern Design filters the smoke - gives it that coole_~r, smoother taste. (PLAY OFF - "H~TING SONG" - CU~ D) Anti here again is Bob P~oley -- the ~.an who r~kee his living by hunting for facts] (SCENE SETTER - FADE FOR) F~ny Denote are flr~ bet~eveTe in the suffer-natural. ~ether they are eight or not, it Is not for me to say. But I do know that in ~y h~nt for facts in the far corners of the world, I have found many stories in which is a d~ci~ing factor the suOer-natmral ." . The startling effects o£ one man's euore~e belief lu the euDer-uatu~l is clearly lllust~ated In the baffling Believe It OrNot lh~ going to sketch for you ~! (MORE) AI*HO~ 0231~90
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RIPI~Y: (CO~D) SOUND: ROSS: WIDITE: CULL: ROSS: : JM,: WHYTE: CAPTAIN: ROSS: WHNTE: -4- #z8 So ~w - on with the huntl The yesr 1880. A ship with a full cargo aboard - is bourld from London to New York. The Weather is fine, there is ~ favorable wlnd.%U~The three r~tes, Ross, Whyte and Cull~in a cabin discussing the skipper - Captain Peter ~me~rtin. (ESTABLISH CREAKING OF BOAT...WAVES...WIND, ETC.) I've sailed wlth a lot of superstitious skippers in my years at sea, but Captain MacMurtin beete 8nythlng llve ever seen. Aye, Mr. Ross, the Captain is right balmy, he le. Picks up pine, wonlt walk under a ladder, alwaye knocking on Wood. (SOTT0) I say, chaps, not so loud. He's right in the next cabin. ~- I forg:ct. Say - maybe we could have some fun with the old boy. How do you moan? Well, maybe I could raise my voice up. Like I w~s 8 ghost, see? And talk to him throush this Go on, try it. See what happens! All right, here goes. (~ISIEG VOICE~ND CALLING) "Captain M~urtin, steer north northwest; Steer north northwest." ([~UFFLED..THROLDH WALL) Huh? What's that? (SOTTO) He heard you. Do it again. (E~RIE VOICE) Captain ~cMurtln, steer north northwest. We need your help, Captain MseMurtln. AI'RO 1 O231~91
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CAFP&IN: CULL: SOUND: CAFfAIN: R~S: CAPTA~: CULL: CAPTAIN: ~WTE: CAPTAIN:" 7HYI'E, ~SIC : OUND : VOICE : CAPTaD]: CAPTAIN : ROSS: CAPTAIN: (MUFFLED.THrOUGH WALL) V~o's ~? North north ~est you say? (SOTTO) You've got him going, Whyte. (SOUND: DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES...OFF..FOOTSTEPS ALONG DECK..COMING) Shhhh~ Here he comes. (DOOR OPENS ON) (EXCITED) GentlemenA- I have Just had a most unusual oxpe ~ie nce E :./e (INNOCEntLY) /~tVnat Was it, CaDtaln? I - I was slttln~ ~lone in my cabin when I heard a voice Calling to me. It said: "Steer north north west. We need your helD." - ~Rea~l%TM, [% ',;as ~vddenoe -Aa suDer-r~atur~l call for held fro~ some ship i~ distress. ~-~ ~he cu~-~e ez9 r~orth n3rth west. North norhh ~st it 13 sir. (BRIDGE IT..FADE BACK FOR) (WIND... ,WAgU~5 AS SHIP PLO~I~ THROUGH WATEP) ~iSh one ;~an (OFF) (CALLING) S~li c~aft off the starbo~r~ bow~1 .... with one man aboa~.d .... S~II craft off the starboard bew~ " ' Oiv9 me ~r • "" g~a~o, ~Ar. Ross. ~03S: ~e, sir. (0}|) Well, MP. ROSS, what do you think of my ghost message now? It's ~zi~g, CaDt~Io. I - I can hardly believe my eyes. It Was indeed the voice Of Providence that called me. i~uneh the lifeboat and go to the ~escue at once. A 1" ~40 '~ 023 I~92
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ROSS: SOUND: POSE: ROSS : WHYTE : NOSE : SOUND ROSS : XINNITY: ]lOSs : KINNITY: t"~YTE: KINNITY: ROSS: SOUND: CAST: ',~SIC: ROSS: -6- #'t~- (FAST BRI~..FADE B~C}~ FOR) ~(OARS ~CREAKING-IN IDCF~ ~, SP.LARHING OF WAV~,, ETQ) / k nr~ V to the left a bit and bring her F~ y~ ,:% Whyte. eer / alongside. B.7 George, this is a queer one, ri~h~ enough. k / ,A Bwatl ilboat out in the mdG~le of the At%antic .,ith only ohe man in it. " dt~n~t. An6 look there, Ross the Btimey, if blighterts sounO~leep~ Y~ - an~ ~ith a ~e ~iI~ ~itti~g,ou his ~houl~er! I don't llke the look ~~ it, Ro~s. Never ml~d, We ha,Je o ers. (BOATS SCRAPING TOGETHER AS~HEY CO~/d~ ALONGSIDE) [~ake fast, ~tayte! (CALLING) ~ there, mlster~ l~Ake up! \ ~ake up! k\ Huh? ~hat? ~fno are you? k k Ross and Whyte o£ the bark "Semgull" b~bun~ for Rely York. k We've come to take you aboard. \ I don't want to go aboard, Go away and lea're me alone. The Door beggar,s gone bal~y~ l~m Derf@ctly sane, ~ou idiots. Go away, I tel~,\~ou, go away ! \. HO~S Craz~, right enough. Come or,, Wnyte, gr~b hlm!~ k \ (&D LIE CRIES OF "STOP ITS" "YOU T~V~ BIE AR~6, ROSS, '. 'iwE GOT HIS LEGS!" ETC. BRING UP TO A PITCH) ,'X th ~au ~o ~as boa d ~h boat (BR}]ATEIHG HEAVILY) Here,~-is4 ~ap~n Mac~rt~u. awe had a ~ough tiws bringing him aboard. RTH01 0231493
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~"~YTE: KINNITY: ~AP~AIN. KINNITY : CAPTAIN: KINNITY: CAPTAIN: KI}[NITY: ~FT A 7~I : XINNITY : CAPTAIN : -7- #15 btinkln' seagull heIs got wlth him. Followod us might aboa~ it did. And look at it now - sitting on his ~honldeP! I'm Derfectly sane, ! tell you, This is a~ outrage. Release him, ~en. Now then, my Door fellow, calm ~our~elf. You are safe and in good hands. I ~'~a~ safe where I Wa~. I WSs bound from Liverpool to New York when these two huskies of )fours shanghaied (INCREDULOUS) You were bcund from Liverpool to New York. In that little boat? Yes - I am Captain Kir,~ity - the Lone" Navigator. M~ boat is the smallest in which ar~.voDe ever atte~ote~ to cross the Atlantic. But why should you wa~t to cross in such a frail craft? You Wer~ risking almost certaln death. I was bound f6~ New York to ~!arry ~y sweetheart. 4~ But; there are plel%ty of Passenger ~hips on which you Could have ~aiied. Yes, but right on the sDot in New "fork I have a strorlg - rival. If I could have sailed ths Atlantic alone in my sr~all boat, the fame might have turneO the balance Ir~ my favor. But that's ~ll over now - thanks to you. ]~e~ look - thera goes ~ou~ seagull. Look - hs~s flow~ ~P a~d is olroli~]~n~s head. A];KO I 02314-9,~
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KINN ITY ~}DfgE KINN ITY : 0APTAIN : KINNITY : CAPTAIN: ~UZ IC : VOICE : CAPTAIN : ~JS IC : HIPKEY; -e- #18 'ihr~e times round. T~t~s strange. hn6 fl~ir~g off n~w "no~th~o~t h~ north. 7 do~It ur~d~Pe~r~d It. ]{@ never ~cted llke t~t befog. !';~ii I understand it, Captain Kinnlty. It is another summons f~om PrOVld~uce. " The voic~ of Providence which brought ~AZ~, sir. course! Ste~7 ~orthwest bY ~o'th~ .~t~.~c~h~ (F~ST BRI~$E ..... FADE BACK FOR: ) (TAO IT. ,FADE BACK FCp) Ye3, l~d~es &r~d geLtle~-~], Captain Y~eMurtln chan~e~ hls course again and follo~efl the s~aguil. An hour aud a half later, his shlp came upon the ~ wreck angth~r of ~hio named "Central India" i~ith forty-four who long ago passengers aboar@~ ~ had~given up a11. hope of rescue. An~ among these fort~-four survivors was Caotaln Kinnlty~s sweetheart - Hermione Rosmallen of New York. She ha~ takeu passage for Liverpool with the intention Captain of ~arrylng&Kinnlt~ there. . d~ b~ ( MORE ) RTH01 023'1~95
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NIPLNY: (CO.~TD) NU~ IC : RIPLEY: HANCOCK: !',4US IC : HANCOCK: -9- #18 If it had not been for CaDtaln MacMurtinfs ~uprer'e teller In the suDePnatur61, he would nPver have heeded the fi~-~~ " ' } to 7 ,-i÷ ~;host ~es3ag9 .~hzc] led hirl C&~faln..-t~ j. ][?r ,Iculd he have fo!l~':,~ed the se~u!! ~he f?rt.%,-f~lr PeoDte "m the rCertral=r~ia" might never ha-~e bee~ .... ] . D .... Ki~.i~7~ add his ~weetheart~%,;~ul~_~. a6&in 8r have .& .... d..,DELIk~S iT OR NOT] (FULL PLAy OFF " ~ ~' - HU_~TI G SONG - CUE E) Now here's Den Hancock[ Smokers, if you'~e stilt smoking old-fashione~, short cigarettes, ~ake this test for ?/ourselves. See what hapDens the first time you light a PELL ~f~3LL. Unconsciously, you hold the watch a half inch closer to you~ face than you have to -- a good half inch inside the lid of .~our £ELL ~LL. That means you've d!scovere~ Modern Deslgn - somethln~ a short ci~azette can't possibly give you. Now smoke that PELL NELL - se~ what Modern Dsslgn @oe___~.~ for ~jou. From th~= very first Duff; PELL t4ELL'S greater length travels the smoke further - diminishes hej~t and bit__[ OD the way. PELL ~LL'S greater length filters the s.~ke naturally oveP & twenty per cent longer route of PELL MELL'S tredltionall~y tinge tohaeeos. That's Modern Design. -- PELL NELL,S Modern Design, It filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother, taste. ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) (ST~ SP.~ECH ..... All for one, etc.) ~)T~01 0231496
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RZPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: ~CSIC: HANCOCK: -lo- #18 Thank you, Don. And before we read the V-~I tonight, I'd like to pa~s along ~lhat I think is an ~dea. One of our listeners wrote me that she devotes siz hours 8 week to writir~ V-~4sll letters to all the boys she knows in the service overseas.~-I em sure you listener~ will agree that those hours ere well spent - letters ere certainOy weltome to those boys who are fighting to bring you Victory- symbolized by the letter "V" - the same lettep "V" you see on the back of every packa£e of c~P~Lh~/~L cigarettes. Right you ere, Bob. Lieutenant Comnmnder H. J. ~oek, USNR, writes: "In the ward ~oom some of the boys said that you etated thi~ is the year 1951 instead of 1944. Naturally, there was 8n argument, so will you please tell us how comel" Well, Bob - in your hunt for facts - have you found the answer to tha t~ one? todaF was Yes, Don. The c~e~to~ of ou~ calendare Dionysius, the greatest ~thelnatlclan of his time, ~ad¢ a mistake in addition of seven years in his original calendar. The correct calculation shows that Christ ~as born December 25th in the year of B~.C. which~e4~ee this is not 19&! but [his is kthe yearlg_5~l BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be back in just a moment with the answer to last night's Believe It 0r Not. (PAI~E) Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember -- PELLN..~L'S Mode~ Design gives you two important benefits. (MORE) ATe401 O23 I~19?
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HANCOCK: (CONTD) MUSIC: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: 3~C~K: I,I£LEY: ?N~NCOCK: -ii- #18 First PELL MELL'S greater ler~th trevel~ the ~moke fu~ther, diminishes heel and bltee on the way. Second, PELL ~LL~S greater length filtere the ~moke, gives it that ~, ~ taste, Thetis why, whe~ psrtlcular peddle dongFe~ate you see PELL NELL - Jn the smart red ,~acks~e. ("HURTING gONG" - CUE H2) And now for the 8nswer te last night'e Believe It O~ NOt. Remember, Bob, last night you asked: "What P~esident of the United States memorized the Bible?" ~ ~ ~- Presld~nt It wesiAbraham Lincoln. ~,~n-~e~@e~e~ who ~~~Tpe~orlzed the Bible in ordez, to improve his ~peeeh and diction. A~ BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE! Well you 4Thank/4 Bob, I • ~%0':~ thor f~ot ~ . i . And nOW - have you anotheP one we can go round and l~ound with tonight? Yes, Don, If you really want to get on a ~erz~-go-ro~d, let~ see if you can answer this one. Where is every day New Years? "Where is every day New Years?" No fooling, Bob, is there really suoh a p~ace? ~TN01 0231498
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":i:Z ZC : HARCOCK: MUSIC : ANRR : #18 Yes, Don, there really is - and I,ll tell you where it ~s tomorrow night - fop I~ve actuall~ been there myself - B~LI~Vg IT OR NOT] (THEN~ - "A HU~fI~G'r - CUE J --FADE FOR) Thls is Don Hancock 1~mlndlng you to llsten in tomorrow night, when PELL ~LL Famous Cigal,ettes; the clgarette of Mode~n Design, wlil again present the men whose whole life Is a constant hunt for facts - BELIEVE IT OR NOT ..... BOB RIPLEY~ ( APPL&USE ) (THEME - "A HID.ITING~T UP TO CUE) THIS IS M0~UAL. A]'~40 ~ 023 'l,g99
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• /¢ | RUTHRAUFF N RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING C CLIENT: PROGRAM: pALL I~AI2~ BELIEVE IT OR N(~ ROBERT L. RIPLEY FINAL R~19 THURS. 2/I0/4 BROADCAST: ,MUTUAL DATE: 9:15-9:30 P.M. E.W.T. NETWORK: MUSIC: }L%NCOOK: ~SIC: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) P~uL ~ Famou~ Cigsrnlis~, tbe cigarette of Modern Design, presents... BELIEVE IT OR NOT ...... BOB RIPLEY! (APPLAUSE) Here'~ the man whose whole llfe is a consfani, world-wide hunt for ~. Ths r~sn who n~kes his living by tellir~ the truth. The man who knows the places ~king news to@ay 7 knows them because he~s been there. Ye~, Bob Riple~ has be~n Ibe~e - been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over a half million miles - 81ways seeking, always hunting for facts. F act~ that put yOU right with hi~ in e front row seat of world 'events. B~IEVE IT Oh NOT -IT,S T~ - SAYS BOB RIPLEY.. AND }~RE ~[E IS; (TH~¢~ "A HUNTING" J CUE B - FADE FOR) (APPLAUSE) ,.. (N~ SPOT TO FOLLOW) R 1.~01 0231500
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RIPLEY: BELIRVE IT OR NOT - ROBEF@ L. RIPLEY - FI~RUAR,¥ ~0.- 19g~' G~eeti~gs everybody and welcome. The news tonight on our far flung War Fronts is good. Both our bombers and battleships have bombarded the Kurile Islands near Japan. In my hunt for facts I have flown over Kamchatka, tb~t one hundred the&sand square mile island nearest to the Kuri~.~ ~r_d Kuril~ i~ th~ mo~t voloanic ~art of the world. It looks ~d sounds the way the earth must have looked one millior_ years ago when it was young. The tallest volcano in the world is (Klyulcllevsk~ia)on this Island, called the glass volcano. It is seventeen thousand feet high. It constantly eruptsj like ~illlcns of Ror~n candles, a fused mixture of sand which hardens in the cold air turns to glams, A1~d falls like a rain of diamonds and on this same Island r~ea_~by Ls a ~ea spri~. The taste of this spring has the flavor of tea. ~T~e r~tives drink it---bathe ir~ it, firmly believing that it ~ill cure all di~e~. And ~trangely, pl~ying oard~ ~e of great importance to these natives. They use them for money - and even their marria_~e cerem~ consists of a card g~e, played by the bride and groom - BELIEVE IT OR NOT! RI"H01 0231~01
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MUSIC: HAN00CK: ~UISIC: HANCOCK~ MUSIC: -3- #19 (PLAy OFF - "HUNTING SONG" CUE C) Bob Rip]ey will be back in just a moment. (PAUSE) Smokers, you can ~ee PRLL MELL18 Modern Design at a gl~nce. Yes, your own eyes give you the proof of PELL ~L'Z advantage to ~mokers- your ey~ tell~ wh.y. You can ~ee PELL ~'S gPester length. Thmt'8 ~odern Design! And when you light your elgsrette, you can ~e~e that PELL ~LL'S greater length trevel~ the smoke further- over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL MELL'S traditionally fine tobs~. P~.L ~'S greater length filters the smoke natursliy- diminishes hea__~t end bit.~e on ' the way - gives you s cooler, smoother, better~testlr~ smoke. Ladies and gentlemen believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL M ELL ~ives you visible ~roof of its advantage to smokers. Your e~ tells w~. PELL ~LL'S Modern Deei~n filters the ~moke - gives it that eoole_____2r, ~_~. (PLAy OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) And here again is Bob Ripley -- the man who makes hie living by hunting for fs~s! (SC~E SETTER -FADE FOR) AINO1 O23'1502
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.U PI~Y, SOUND : TAPSCOTT : McCARTHY: TAPSCOTT : McCART(~Y: TAPSC0~T: McCARTSDI: SOUND: -4- #19 In the many years I~ve spent hunting for facts~ I've checked and verified true llfe dramas from the four quarters of the glcbe. But Irve found that some cf th~ most strlkiog a~d u~us~l ste~les of all have been enacted right here in our own United States. And the Be]love It Or Net I~m golr~ to sketch for you tonight is an Improsslve example. l{cw - on wlth the hunt! the The time -['/~chA26th, 1922. The Chloago Police have been hunting for William Webb, a convict who has escaped from prison at Joliet, Illinois. Detectives McCarthy, McFadden and Xapscott have just ~de a routine se&Pch of Webb's heze ~ found uc trace of him. As cur police scene opens they are in their ~ ear on the way hack to headquarters. (OAR RhYmING TJROU3~ T~AFFIC) You know, ~cOarthy~ this guy Webb is beginning to get my goat. Hers slippery as an eel. Yoe're plghtj Tapscctt, hut weSre bound to catch up with him sooner or later. Hey Yeah, but until we do he sure is a headache. ~a~, look, place there's Dan Morrisonrs-&~atlead of us here on the next oornep~ Uh-huh. You know 6Webb used to hang out there before he was sent sp. What do you say we look the joint over? Can't do a~y h~rm. Pull up here, McFadden, and weIll ~ve a look-see. OSk C, AT~<O I 0231503
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TAPSCOTT: SOUND : TA-PSCOTT: MoCART~Tf; SOUND : TAPSCOTT: SOUND: McOART~qY : S 0UND : McCART;~Y : TAPSCOTI~: McCART~: SOUND: TAPSCOTT: WEBD: -5- #19 ~. T,~Y STOP SUDDENLY, BAR ATMOSPHERE) ~JO/... (S0qTO) }~y~ yOU guys,atake a look at those ti~o men standing the~e at the end of the bar. One of them is a bled named Scott. (SOTT0) By golly; you're right, Tapscott. The Ii~inols authorities want him foe breaklnE out of Pontiac Reformetory. Oh-oh, look,.he sees us. TOOTST~]PS S~RT TO RUN OFF..GOhrE) Q~ick~ He's making a run for the side doer. C~ ~~ Go get hlm~ ~cFaddan, go get him~ (FOOTSTEPS RUNNING FRC~ MIKE AND FADING IN DISTANCE. CRONDNOISE UP) Quiet, everybody. Stay where you a~e! We're police officers. (CROWD NOISE DIES CUP) (SOTT0) J~,Tapscot~ the other ~ly is stY! s~dlc~the~ with his b~nds in his pockets. Isn't that Willie Webb? (SOTTO) ~It's either Willie or his brother Ludwig. They look enough alike to be twins. I can tell for sure as soon as ~ hea~ him speak. Come on..we'll ask him a couple of 4~-questlor~. OkBy..you stay Pight behi[d me in case he tries to make a break for It. I~b-~-~o. }~iio, fellow, what's your name? My r~me is Ludwig Webb. ,£ T~O 1 0231504
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TAPSCOTT: WE~B : U~ CARTIFf: WEBH: SOUND: McCARTHY : SOUND: TAPSCOTT: sOUND: TAPSCOTT: McCARTHY: TAPSCOTT : }~¢ CARTEY- MUSIC: There, that's it. clip you good. Now, you behave yourself or I'll Hold him, Tapscott, while I get his gun. Where'd it go to? It's right there on the floor by your feet. aOb Feah, I see it. Well 1'11 be --~ Look wh~re Nour bullet went, Tapscott% It went right into the cartridg~e C~llnder of Webb's plstoll (TAG IT. FADE BACK FOR:) F11":40 '! 0231505
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RIPLg~: RIPLI~: TAPSCOTT: RIPL}~: ','fell TAPSCOTT: RIPLE~: -.7- ,{ 1.~: Yes, ~dies &ha gentlemen, that is true. The bullet that Detectlve Tapscott fired at Willie Webb lodge~ ~n tile ~cFlJ.nder of the convict's gun.~T" Jar~u~ it sO that he could not fire it. The gun ~:as knocked out of Webbls Imnd and therefore ~saved iap~c~t~ l~fe. And the .~n t~tt did it is stranding beside me n~, l~,die~ and gentlemen, t~e~e he l~ - Detective ~e~ Fred Tapscottl (APPLAUSE) Poet, ~. ~kpscott, when you flre8 that shot at Willie l~!ebb, were ]~ou act~lally aJ;~ing at h.~.s gun? N3, Mr. Ripley: my only thought ~s to get Webb before he g?t McCarthy. It ~,~s just a luck~ sh~t. It's certainly one of th~ luckiest shots I've ever No~ tell me l'~eard of, M~. Taoscott. Aln the thirty-.foar years you, ~h~t Soent w!th ~he Chlcag:, Police Depa~,tmen% y~mm~t . _ D . - " ~ ~e most outstanding 3f them ~.Ii v~.s the m~.il robber~ c.3/t/~itted by the Rewtor~ brothers &nO their gang at Roand:~ut, Illinois. T.ey get a~,~,y with three million :loilars. Isn't ~hat Three milli3n dollars: ~h~ the b~ggest single -~ robbery in history~ i~ RTH01 0231506.
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T AFSC OTT : RIPLEY: TAPSC 0TT : RIPLEY: TAPSCOTT: TAPSCOTT: RIPLEY: ~US IC : -8- #19 Yes, Mr. R1pley, it is. I rscelve0 sixteen thousan0 dollars ~ money for capturing the gang - an0 twenty thousan0 dollars from the gang Itself. The robbers paid you twenty thousand 0ollars? How was that? Well, when I caught up with Willis Newton who ms leader of the gang, he offered me/ twenty thousand 0ollar bribe to let him go. B~ibe, huh? Did you take it? YeS, ~a~--li-~a-mans~-~he~gang-ha~@~-l~o~her-~obberles. V~hat dl0 you do with the money! I turned it over to the authorities. But when the gang came to trlel before Federal Ju0ge Cliff, they 0enied under oath that they had given me any money. So Judge Cliff sald~ "Since the defendants deny ever giving you any money, that twenty thousand 0ollars belongs to you, Mr. Tapscott." Vell, I think ~hatrs a real Believe I~ Or Not. ~Thank you very much for comlng here from Chicago to be Detectiv9 with us tonight, M~. Tapseott. ladies and gentle en you have ~ust hear4 former Debect~ve Sergeant F~d C. a Tapscott, who fired one shot at~eonvlet Wlllle Webb. ~nat ~ bullet ~hot-actually lodged in the Detecbive cartridge cylln0er of Webb's pistol and saved~ Tapseott,s llfe - Believe It Or Not! (APPLAUSE) (PIAy OFF. "HUNTING SONG'I) Rl'~O 1 023150,':'
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MUSIC: RIPLEY: H~NCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: -9- #19 ( P USE) (FULL PLAy OFF - "H~TING SONG" - CUE E) Now here,a Don Hencock~ L~dies end gentlemen, have you ever watched a PELL ~LL smoker try to light 'an old-fashioned, short ci6arette? Unoon-~ciously, he holds the flame a good half inch the tip of the 8bert Cigarette. He'e lookin~ for something that isn't there. He'e lookin~ for PELL ~LL'S ModePn ~. Modern Design means PE~L R~ is longer. Modern Desi~,n means P]~]LL ~,¢F~L is smoother, cooler. From the very first puff, PELL MELL'S Greater len~,th travels the smoke further - di~inlshes heat and bite on the way. P~L ~-iL'S greeter lenzth filters the amoke natur811X over s twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~EIL'S treditionalll fine _+p=~accos. That's ~ e~. PELL t~ELLrS Modern Design. PI~oL MIlL filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother taste, ("ALL FOR ONE" OUE F - FADE FOR) All for one and one fop ell. Yes, thBt's the way ~elre goin~ to win the war. Over here, ell together welkin- for Viotorx. Over there, all tozether , for Vio~. And for those boys over there - here are Bob Ripley's anawor~ to thei? V-~AIL letters. RT~01 0231508
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RI" PLI~Y: HANCOCK: RIPLgY: -Io- #~9 T~uk you, D~° B~fo~e we go into the V-~il tonight, to make I waist to ask all of our listeners to take time cat ~y~. a date with the boys overseas. A letter from you will give that fighting man the biggest kick he can get. 9u~ ~hez'e He's fightlagato bring you Victoyy - sy~tbollzed by the letter '~" - the same letter V you see on the back of every ~acF~ge of o~ PELL MgLL clgarettes. Right you are, Bob,~He~e's a letter from a soldler~s wife, who writes: '~e've often he6rd that wars ace necessary to cut down the surplus popul~tlon which would otherwise overcrowd the world, rs this true?" Well, Bob, in your hu~t for facts, have you found the answer to that one? Yes, Don~here it Is~ The theory that wars are necessary to cut down the world's population i~ completely false. Take the United States, for example. The population cf this country ~ncre~sed nearly seven times within the last2~ndred years, ~the supply of food~d--~emmo~les increased nearly t~enty times. Yes, the proud record of our moder~ aivilization is that scientific advancement and an increased standard of living ah~ays accompany an increase In population - BELIE~TE IT 0R NOT~ F~ 1" ~0 'P 029'15;09
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MUSIC : HANCOCK: ~SIC: }~NCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: -ii- #19 ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be back in Just a moment with the ans~er to last night's Believe It Or Not! (PAUSE) Smokers, W~er Non buy cigarettes, remember -- PELLMELL'S R~odernDesign gives you two Important benefita~rst p~LL MELL'S greate~ length travels the smoke further, diminishes heat and bite on the way. Second, PELL MELL'S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler~ smoother taste. That's why, wherever particular people~you see PEILN~LL - in the s_mart red~ckage± ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE H2) And mow for the ans~er to last hi,Sates Believe It Or Not. Remember, Bob, last night you ]sft us with this jem little ~w~. '~Where is every day New Years? IYell e~er#day AThe place where ~ is New years e~ is an island off the ocast of South America. It) fs Called New Years your Island, and when you w~ite a letter from there ye~ date l~ New Years, ~ Now today world be Ne,.~ Year~ February~lOth, ~o you see, in t~t particular spot every day is Ne~ Years no ~atter what the date actually may b~ ~K~ - BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE! Well, Bob, hew about another one we can take a shot at tonight? FfI'HO 1 0231~;10
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R~[PLEY: HANCOCK: RIpLEY: MUSIC: HANOOCK: #19 Wel~, Don~ you o~ked for it, ~o hero goes. ~Cen you tell me where a waterfall fell~ ~ in~te~d of down? Oh f~ne! Now itt~ a waterfall that defies the few of gravity. wha~ it ~oes exac~!y (CHUCET~ES) That'S ~& Dou,~ond l'll toll you where it is tomorrow nlght, There ectually is such e waterfall, ~-~ because I've seen it myself - BELIEVE IT OR NOT! (TH~E - 'A HDNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR) This is Don Hancock reminding you to lls~en ~.u tomorrow nisht, when PELL ~LL Famous Ci~-~ettes, the cigarette of Modern De~ign, will sgain present the man whose whole life is s constant hunt for fscts - BELI~JE IT OR NOT ....... BOB RIPLEYI (THE~(E - "A HUNqINO" - UP TO CUE) (APPLAUSE) THTS IS I~7TUAL, RIH01 0231511
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RUTHRAUFF RYAN I.e. ADVERTISING RADIO DIVISION ,~.~ FINAL !ERa/, CLIENT: N~RICAN C. & C. CCMp,~NY BROADCAST: //20 PALL MALL DATE: FRI. 2/11/4L PROGRAM: BELIEVE IT OR NOT MUTUAl ROBERT L. RIPLEZ NETWORKtg:15-9:30 P.M. w~rP MUSIC: HANCOCK: ~USIC : (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PFJ~LMELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design presents... (BELIXVE IT OR NOT...BOB RI~Y~ (APPLAUSE) Here's the n~n whose whole life is a constant, world-wi4e hunt for fscts. The man who n~kes hls llvlng by telllng the truth. The ~n wl;o knows th8 places ~kln~ news toda~...knows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Rlpley has been there...been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over a half million mi~es.,,alwa~s seeking, always huntl~/g for facts. Facts tl~t put you ~i~ht with him in a f~o~t ~ow seat of wools e~r±ts. BELIEVE IT OR NOT...~..SAYS BOB RIPLEY% AND }IENE HE IS~ (TH~4E..."A HUNTING" " CUE B - FADE FOR...) (APPLAUSE) (NEWS SPOT TO FOLLOW) RT~01 0231512
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NEWS SpOT - BELIEVE IT OR NOT - ROBERT L, RIFLEY - FEBRUARY Ii, RiPLEY: 1944 Greeti~s everybody and weleomeX Now for Believe It Or Nots behind the news~ There Is action in the South Sea Islands, Fourteen thousand Japs have been killed in New Guinea, and in my hunt for facts, I have found umny astounding truths in these ro~antic islands of ins South Seas. In New Guinea, for instance, I found that women do all the work. They wear bells around their necks while they,re working. In that way the husband always knows where his wlfe is and whether or not ~he is on the job. And in Papua, our A~e~ican soldiers are right now using 8 hospital ~de with do~'s teeth. It WaS bullt by a missionary, Miss N~ry Molnar, who had the dog's teeth sent to her from friends in the United States, And this hospital could not have been built without dog's teeth -- for you see, out there they use dog.s teeth for money. And certainly, there is no greater example of m~npower shortage than the one I found on ~t Island, nes~ New Guinea. For hero, on Rat Island, which obviously was occupied by the Jap~, there were only two hundred and fifty inhabitants. Of these - two hundred and thirty were women...whlle just twenty were men. An~ the~a twenty men were at such a premium, that they were raffled off :to the hizhest bidde~ ..... BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ., > RTH01 0231513
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i MUSIC: HANC~K; MUg IC : }L~NCOCK : MUSIC: RIPI~Y: #20 (PLAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE 0) Bob RlpleN will be back in just ~ moment. (PAUSE) Smokers, FELL N~LL'S Mode1'n Design is something you can see quick as a flash. The mlnute you look at a PELL ~_' i you see FELL N~LL'S greater length. That's Modern Desl;rl, And when you light your cigarette, you caD see that PELL N~LL'S ~reater length travels the smoke fu~.tber-- over a twenty per cent longer route of P~LL ~hL'S tr,aditlon~ll~ fine tobaccos. PEIL ~ELL'S greater length filters the smoke naturallI - dim~inlshes beat and bite ok the way - gives you a cooler, smoother, bette~-tasti~ig smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eNes. PELL ~LL gives you visible of its advantage to smoke~s. Xour e~ tells wh~. P~L MELLtS Moderff Design filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother tast~. (PZAY-0FF - ".HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) And here again is Bob Rlpley - the zlan who makes his ~i~ing b~ hunti~4~ for f~ctst (SCENE SETTER..~FADE FOR) In the years I have spent huntiDg for facts, I~ve found ~rLd verified ~y, which were based upon ooinclde~Ice L_ ~~As an example of what I to y u n mean, I'm going to presentda ~ru~y fantastic ssries of coluaide~ces in th~Belie~e it Or Not ~-~ truth New - on with the~4~ ( O,RE)
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RIPI~Z: (CONTD) TIM: JOHN: TIM: JOHN: TIM: JOHN : MUSIC: RIPLEY: VOICE: JOHN: VOICE: JOHN: ~ARy: -4- #20 The time 1883. The piece, Broughton, England. As our scene opens, John Pattln~on, a prosperous fazm~er, is workir~ in his fields when he is approached by a ~tranger. (COMING) TOp o' the mornlnI to you, sir. I'm Iookln' for work - and hopin' you'll have some you can give me. It could be I have. You k-now fsr~ing? 'Tie born and bred to the sod, I am. tn~ Good. Come beck in three days and meet me on June~28th at the Green Pelroot Inn. But mind you, I forget faces So you had best remember nKne. Ii]l not forget it. Arid you can always kno~ me by this mole here on my left cheek. Thank ye, sir - and goodday to you. Go,~voodda•. (BRI E IT...FAEE BACK FOR) But the Iriehrr~n did not keep his appointment at the Green Parrot Inn, and nothing mo~e was hearS One Id~i% al,~ hi~ ~fe, ~ry: hacL re- of him. Several weeks later, John Pattinson4awoke ~ir~d - .with ~ :t~rt from a fitful ~leep for as he dozed he heard this voice,.. (0FF..CALLING ~ER!EECHO~S~FECT) Go to Carlisle at once~ Go to Carlisle at once~ (I~D~LING SLEEPILY) Huh. Huhl What's that! (SIGHS) (0FF..CALLING..EERIE~FFECT) Go to Carllsle at once! (AWAKE) ~ry~ ~dry, wake up! W~t's the matter, John? A1"~01 0231515
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JO)~: MARY: JOHN: MUSIC : RIPLEY: SOb~D: JUDGE : TIM: -5- ~#2~o I just heard a voice. A voice calle~ 8nd sdid "Go to Carlisle 8t once~" Nonsense, yo~ were dredming. I re31 you I heard the voice a~ plain as day. I'M going to rouse David, have him ~sddle my horse and get to Carlisle ae fast as I can! (BRIDGE IT.. ,FADE BACK FOE) When John Pettinson got to Csrlisle,4he found the only unusu81 event going on was the trial of a ~n on charges of robbery and murder. So he began to suspect that the voice had been either a very vivic dream or his imagination, go, having nothing specie1 to do, he decided to drop in on the ~drder trlsl before returning ~c ~_o!.[~n. ~c hg c~tgvg,i t~e courtroom,.. (SNEAK IN AD LIB CRZP,O N~F~fJR..BRING UP CROWD NOISE.. GAVEL POUNDS THREE TI~S) Timothy Macinerney, you hove heard the evidence accusing, you of robbery and murder. Nave you anything to say in your defense? I am innocentl 'Twas in Broughton, I was, sixty miles from the scene of the crime at the time it was committed. I spoke to a far~.er there about some work - and if he could be located he could prove to you the truth of what I'm saying. AT:401 0231516
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J[~f;E: Tlr4: Jt~3GE: J0}~: JU~3E: JOHN: r~q~02~ : C] I.RK : CL?;RK : JOHN : JUDGE : -6- #~o I have only your. word for that. Therefore. I mu~t oharge the ju~y .... Wait, your Worship! The Saints be praised! That man who ,just now entered the courtroom-- he is the very man to whom I spoke in Broughton. (CLEARS THROAT) Will the gentleman who .just entered the courtroom please take the witness stan~? But your Worship, t I have no connection with thi~ oaee, The sccused claims you can identify him es being sixty miles from the scene of the crime. So I request your testimony. In that case, your Worship, I ~hall gladly tell what I know. T..~,nk you. The clerk of the c~un, t will now swear ~he gentleman in. D, .%,~,u s(lemnly s~ear to tell the truth, the whole -ruth and noth~::g but ihe truth; so help ~ou God? I do. "A'b~t is [To;ir ~LJv~e? J~hn Pattins~n cf Br ug~Jt<n. ~]r. P&ttlnson, is it true that the accused came to yo~ Jn Brou~tou on June 25th and asked for work? ATe01 023151?
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JO}~' : ? IT]ME JOHN : PROSECUTOR : JUDGE : MUSIC : SOUND: JUDGE : MAN : SOUND: JOHN : JUDGE : -7- #2o Yes, I feTe,ember the ~ate because I asked him to meet the me on June 2Bth, thr~e days later, at the Green Parrot Inn, Is the accuse8 the man to whom you spoke? If he has a mole on his left cheek, he is indeed the ' Timothy MacInerney, please face the There is a mole on your left cheek, court. Yes - (CUmR~ THROAT) Does the attorney for the C,own wish to question the witness? NO questions, your Worship. I charge the ~u~y to take into oooslderation the new evidence glven bY Mr. Pattlnson. The jury Will now retire. (BRIIDE IT..FADE BACK FOB) (CROWD ~[~R[gUR. GAVDL POUND5 THREE TIMES. CR0k~ NOISE SUBS IDES ) Gontlemen of th~ Ju~y, have you r~&ched the verdict? Yes, your WorshlD. We find the ~efendant not guilty~ (CR0~%D Iv.~JRIEdR AND [<JBBD~) It is most ~xtr~ordip~, your worship. now the voice called me to give evidence and held to f~ee an innocent ~n. V~9~tls that Mr. Pattlnson~ her~? What voice? But I believe in this case You say a voice called you AT~401 0231518
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t JOiFN : JUDGE : JONN : JUICE : JOH~ : RIPLET: F4USIC: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: -8- #20 A voice caz1.e9 to rr~ in ths ndght - a8 though it were in a dream, and oom~nded ~e to come to Carlisle. That was no dream voice you heard, but a real one for I am mesDoDslble for it. You, sir? Yes, In my caDactt7 as aorivate 6itdze~ ,I am h~ad o£ the Carllsle Chamber of Commerce. To stimulate business here I engaged a town crier to go about the countryside at night, shoutit~ through a megaohone: ~'Come to Carlisle at once~" It was hls voice you hea~J! Then - it is to ~o~, ~i~, t~t Ti~othN ~acIne~ne7 owe~ his llfe. (TAG IT..FADE BACK FOR) Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is true. For the voice of a town order brought to Carlisle the ont7 ~au in the world who could establish Timothy ~aolnerney~s innocence. he~p~d So this town crier engaged by the Judge ~ to save the llfe off an innocent man on trial in the Judge's owo courtroom - BELIEVE IT OR NCT~ (FULL PLAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG'T - CUFF) NOW he~e~s Don H~ncock. la~les and gentlemen, if ~ou're still smoking oid-fashloned when you make shor__~t cigarettes, a surDrlsJng thing occurs thls test. RI'N01 0231519
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HANCOCK~ (CONTD) ~USIC : ~{ANCOCK: RIPLEY : -9- #~o See what ~pper~ the first tITr, e ~ou light a PELL i~i,L. Unconsciously, 7o~ hold the tr~tch a half ir~ch cloeer to your face than .~og have to -- a good half inch ~side the tip of your PELL ~,~LL That means you'~e discovered Nodern ~ -- ~omething a short cigarette canZt pe~slbly give you, Now smoke that PELL ~4ELL- - ~ee what ~odern I2~lgm d oe~8 for you. From the very first puff, PEL~ F~LL'S greater length travel~ the stroke further - ~iminlshes heat an6 bite on the way. P~LL ~f~LL~S g~eater ler~gth fllters the smoke ~atu~all~ over a t~euty ~er cent fencer route of PEL~ ~ELL'S tDa@itlonall fine tooac¢o2~s. That's ~qodern Design. PEI,L Y~LL'S ~oderr~ Design. It filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, s~,0other taste. ("ALL FOR 0N~" - CL~ }' - FAD~ FOR) All for one and on~ for al!. Yes, that ~s the way we ~r~ going to win the F~%r. Over here, a]l together worki~ for Vloto~ Over there, all together fishtl~/9~ for VictorX. And for those boys over there - here are Bob Ripley~s answers to their-V-hrzil letters. • fes ~i.I, • , but ~, Don6 Before we read the V-~ail tonight, I Lf~CSe v!lo ~r±~ ih ~ i~] y~ pJe~se want fie ~ke a su~e~tlo~ to-e~ ~i~ter~.4.-~ down th~e boys an~ write a V-Nil letter to the boys you knowawho are out there on the fl~hting fronts They're fighting to bring you Victory - s.~n~bolize~ by the letter "V" - the sa*~ letter "V'~ you see on the back of every D~ckage of your PELL NELL cigarettes. 8YH01 0231520
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I HANCOCK: RIPLEY: MUSIC: HANCOCK: ~TUSIC: }~NCOCK: -io- #20 Right you are, Bob. Cpl. Daniel Ala~can~ v~Ites: IIpl~ase settle this argument for us. Is ~t true that the musical instrument, the banjo, ~as named after Joe Sweeney, an orchestra leader knov~ as Band-Joe?" Well, Bob - in your hunt for facts - have you found the answer to that one? anC He Yes, Dona Joe Sweeney, or ~nd-Joe was a real He could ply' all ~f tn~ lns~rument~ Jn the bani ~nd because character. " ~--nam~ed--~b,b~, of that they cai]cd him - like h~ w~s a ~hoie balm in him~eifi they called him - "Bana--J'Je" an~ it is from h~s nicknala~ "e get the ~cz~ 3anjo. ~ . BELIIT~E IT OR NOT! ("HUNTINS SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be back in just a moment with the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not! (PAUSE) Smokers, whenever you'buy clgarettes~ remember - PELL MELL'S Modern Desi~ gives you two inlportant benefits. First~ PELL ~LL~S greater length travels the smoke further, diminishes heat an~ bite on the ~y. Second, PELL MFLL'S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler~ smoothe~ taste. That's why, wherever particular people congregate, you see PELLMELL - in the s~rt red pack~,ge. ("mJN~ZNO SONS" - cUE Hg) And now fo~ the answer to L%st night's Believe It 0r Not. RemembeP~ Bob, ~9,st night you stood us on ou~ heads with this one. "Where does a waterfall fall up instead of ,\ A1"~01 0231521
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D RIPLEY: ncl FANCOCK : RIPLEY: I~NCOCK: RIPLA~Z: i~SIC: ,i -Ii- ~.20 Well, Don, here's the answer. The ~terfall that va~leJ'j~5~ b~tck C~" ~le ~15~/ O~ iloIloIu]u falls up instead of ~o~m, is located at Nu~nu4~ -- -- of ~ou~'3~ is -~4~. The ~ter is, at &ll ti~es~ read~ to drop ~hi8 river down. But when ~ ~ea~he~ the bri~k of the f~ll% a strong wlud which blows cons~nt3y from below, ~!aL tosses the ~ter hlgh into the air~ So the %%terfall act~lly falls u n Inste~%d of do~ - 1'hat's BELIEVE IT OR NOT - ~ TRUFr. Well~ Bob~ have you another one for us tonight? iiayLe ~cu can~ Yes~ Don~ ~tnere has the same song been sung for the ]&st sixteen hunOred and forty years without a moment's l'ha, . . , . , I domlo .... l?ell -T~, Do~ ~ Illl tell yDu where it is 14ond~y n~t because I've actually been there myself - BYLIEVE IT OR NOT~. (TH~E - "A HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR) ~Y~01 0231522
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HA~NCOCK: MUSIC : ANNR : #20 This is Don Hancock reminding ~ou to listen in Monday nlght~ when PELL MELL FeJnous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, will again present the man whose Whole llfe is a constant hunt fop facts - BELIEVE IT OR NOT .... BOB RIPLEY, (APPLAUSE) (~HF~ - "A HUNTING" - UP TO CUE) THIS IS ~£u~UAL. RI'XO1 0231523
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AA~,b',I~, • J,ON ,tO41 RUTHRAUFF i • CLIENT: PROGRAMI £4 RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING RADIO DIVISION AN~ICAN 0. & C. OON~ANY PAlL MALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBOT L. RIPLEY RE~. #21 BROADCAST: ON. 2/14/44 DATE: MUTUAL NETWORK: 9:15-9:30 P.M. E.W.T. MUSIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL~I~j Famous Cigarettes, the clgarotte of Modern Desi~b preser~s... BELIEVE IT OR NOT....BOBRIPLEY! (APPLAUSE) Here's the BB whose whole llfe is ~ Constant, world-wide hl/l%t for fBots. The ~n whom~kes Ibis living by telling the truth. The man who knows the places ~kIung news today - knows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Ripleyhas been there - been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over a half million miles - always seeking, alw&ys hunting for facts. Facts that put you right with him in a front row seat ofworld events. BELIE~qE IT 0RNOT - IT'S TRUE - SAYS BOB RIPLEY., AND H~qE }~ IS! (TH~-- "A HUNTING" - ONE B - FADE FOR) (N~S SPOT TO FOLLOW) ~> ~¢_. RI'~01 023152~
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/ f . ..... N~S SPCT BELIEVE IT OR NOT - BOB RIPLEY 2/14/~4 Greetings everybodN and welcome. ~v~ybe some of you heard Gabriel Heatter mention Finland tonight. If you did, an exciting Believe It Or Not behind tonight's news is that Finland is reported ready to submit a Peace Bid. I~L my hunt for facts, I have ~islted Finland two t~ues. It's a dedlghtful country made up of some one hundred thousand islands and sixty-five thousand lakes. And I know everyone will be surprised to learn that the Finns actually settled Philadelphia. Ou~ Quaker City's original name Was Sauna which means bath house and this hath house built by the Finns in 1628 was the first house erected on the site of what is now Philadelphla--And near Helslnki in Finland there Is that famous %YES1 of the Single Echo. Cn~y the first word of ~ou~ conve~satlon will come back ~o you as an echo. And f~om then on the well ~eu~ins completely silent. And nea~-by in the city of the Handful is the fabulous Rolling Stone, a Stone Which has been in motion Since the Ice A~e o~ about thirty million years. What causes the stone to l, evolve constantly is ur~.knowll. But I do h~ow that in the thirty millicr~ years, the sto~e has worn a hole in the rock bed more than five hu~d~ed fe~t deep, and it's still rOlllr~g. BELIEVE IT OR NOT: 8]'MO$ 02~1525
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~CSIC : HANCOCK: h~USIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC : RIPLEY: -3- #21 (PIA¥ OFF - "HUNTING SONG" CUE C) Bob Ripley will be back IrL Just ~ moment. (PAUSE) Smokers, you can trust your e_ejfes to give you the facts about PELL MELL'S Modern Design. The evidence is clear. The minute you look at a PELL MEI~ you__see PELL ~LL'~o greater length. Thatts Modern DesiEn. And when you light your cigarette, you can see that PELL ~I~,'S greater length travels the smoke further, over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~LL, S traditlor~ll~ fine tobaccos. PELL Y~LLIS greater length filters the smoke naturally - diminishes heat and bite on the wag - gives you a cooler, smoother, better-tastlng smoke, hadies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL MELL gives you visible ~,oof of its advantage to smokers. Your ~ tells w~. PELL MELL'S Modern Design filters the smoke - gives it tbat cooler, smoother taste. (PLAy OFF - "HUNTING gONG" - CUE D) And here again is Bob Ripley - the man who makes his living by hunting for factsl (SCENE SETTER - FADE FOR) In my hunt for facts I have fourid I~ny Believe It Or Nots in which books have played a :r~jor role in men's @~ ~he Believe It Or Not I'm going to sketch for lives. you tonight shows how one book changed the entire course of a man's life - yes, and maybe affected even you and ~ne, Now - on with the hunt! (MORE) A I'XO'I 0231526
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(OOm'~) PROPRIETOR : SOUND: COLONEL: PROPRIETOR: COLONEL: PROPIETOR~ COLONEL: PROPRIETOR: COLO~n PROPRIETOR: C 0LO~EL: PROPRIETOR: GOLONE L: PROPRIETOR: OOLONEL: -4- The time - the year 1790 ~ the Dl~ce, the to~n of Amiens, France. In a quiet, drowsy littIe bookshop, the proprietor is h'0~mlr~ to himself as he reverently catalogues his fine collection of books. (HUNTING TO HIMSELF) . .Let me see, I will put this e~cyclopedia over here., a[~ then ~ w~kl .... (DOOR CF~[ AhD OIJOSE ~ BANG) (HEAVY MILITARYFOOTSTEPS) (D~2, AUTHORITATIVE) You ere the proprietor of this shop? Oui, Men colonel. I aa Alexandre ~y De La Pailletenie, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hussars. Oui, ~mn 0o1o921. You ~ish a book about war ~erhaps? Non, non...I do hot wish a book about war..in fact I desire no book at all ..... Then, p~ay - what may I do for you? It is this book, here..do you see it? (SIAPS BOOK) Oui, ~on Oolonel....It i8 "The Ni~e Hundred and Ninety-Nine Sorrows of Y~rriage." gut~.'.'Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nime Sorrows of Marriage", indeed! Tell me was this book purchased here? Yes..this is the only shop in Amiens where this book ~be bought.., you see -- It IB imperative, men vi~ux, that I see the athor of this atrocloca book. Alors..then you have read the book - and you admire it? Oui~..I have read this abominable book - and I detest it. I despise it. ~1"~01 0231527
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/.. PROPR~Eq~R COLO~TEL: PROPRIETOR: COLONEL: PROPRI~TCR: COLONEL: PRC pRIETOR : OOLOKEL: PROPRIETOR: -5- Then why do you wish to see the author? For a reason, I am a fighting man - a maln of qclck deoislens - I wish to see the author so I can cut off his ears -~ smash in hla teeth - or tear his body into a thousand bits. Ah, gentl~, my dear Colonel...gently..~h~ a,~e you so angry? V~nat'better reason could I have to be ar~ry - I was in love with a highborn young lady - the most beautiful lady in the world, Ah..,.I see.. I h~d a~ery hope in the world to galxl her hand. She adored me. One can understand that. In your uniform you az~e... Then along came your h.%asted book..(SPITS IT OUT) r4y beloved read it~ % @a~4~Pt7- -~e~sh~-decided to stay single, See, she retumned my ruing{ A pity... NOW de you understand why I should llke to tear the author llmb from l£mh....'~Tc.ere can I meet this fiend.., this homewreeker.., I understand..and I am deeply sym~athetle .... It is my duty to help you meet the author, but you ~ get much satisfaction. A duel - is impossible. ~T)40 1 023'1528
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C OLONEL : PROPRIETOR : COLONEL: PROPRI ~TOR : OOIDNEL: PROPRTErPOR : ELIZAB~T]: COIDNEL: BOUND: ELIZABETH: PROPRIETOR: PROPRIETOR: COLONEL: ELITA~TI: -5- ~21 A duel? Vlan.I Who said anything about a duel, - Illl stranglo hiln with my hands, I'll pulverize, I'll... Gently, mon 0olonel...the author, you see - is a l&C~r. The aubhor of that book - A IADY~ Ah...I see. One Of those old maids - disappointed - bltte~ - with vinegar in her veins. (0 UIOKLES) On the contrary..°she is a very c~mrmln~ young lady. I don't believe it. No ohal~nIi%~ young lady could h~ve written that.,. Just a moment, ~y friend - (CALLS) - Elizabeth - Elizabeth - will yo~l ooze out here a moment? (OFF - THROLDI DOOR:) ~ust a moment, Uncle.°. T~e author of that book...your - niece? (DOOR OPEN A~D CL0,5S: WG,?,N'S fOOTSTEPS) (FADING IN:) Uncle - you wanted me? Yes - I want you to ~leet the Colonel Palleterie. This is my niece, Elizabeth labouret. She is the author of the book. (SILENCE - 9J0 BEATS) Why /don t ~ sneak,. Monsieur? ~-wan~ed--to~et.&ae-~ .s-at~--t~e ~e- ~mdre d ~and~ ni~egy-nine- goPpows--ly~ (DAZED: DREAMILY) She is the loveliest thing I have ever seen...she is beautiful beyond wo~ds - it can't be tr.ue. Did you have somethin~ to say to me about my book, Colonol? A I":~01 0231529
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~Y COLONEL: ELIZEBETH: COLONEL: ELIZA BET H: COLONEL: ELIZABETH: COLONEL: ELIZAbeTH: COLONEL: ELIZABETH: COIDNEL: MUSIC: RIPI~Y: -7- ~I To see you and to speak to you - I can't believe Itts true..,you must be a dream. l~urely the Colonel makes the jest - a Colon~l of the Hussars must ~have seen many pretty faces. But 4None so lovely as yoars...and you mean to tell me that you wrote that despicable volume.. ~a~_nhmn~Iz~d~r~-- (LAUGHS) Yes. That is quite an indictment against me? If there were nine hundred and ninety-nine thousaud Sorrows of ~rrlage it still would cot be hopeless because one chance would still remain. Colonel...what are you saying... I am a soldier - a man of quick deolsloas - I demand that you do as I wish: I still do not know what you mean. B~cause of your abemlnable book, I have lost the woman I ioved...but you, I find, are even lovelier. I s~ll upon iosist~@~ having your autograph. My autograph? 0al..,your autograph on the marriage register: (Play OFE) Yes, Colonel Palleterle and Elizabeth ~ married. And their marriage had a great effect upon the world - as I s&id - maybe even upon you and me. For thei~ son became His one of the world's greates~ novelists,~ee books in " turn ~o~%tstlrred the imagination ~f ~,:~y child who ever ~ "The Three Musketeers" or "The Count of Monte Crlsto" or ~ °~he~e more than two hundred other books he wrote. For the son of the marriage of the Colonel and Elizabeth was that great and prolific novelist, Alexander Dumas ..... BELIL~E IT OR NOTI tq T .~0 "l 0231530
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,.] ~.li.i3 IC : }~IPL~f : HANCOCK: ~SIC: HANCOCK: RIPL-~f : -8- #2i (APPLAUSE) (FULL PLAY OFF - "HUNTING SON0" - CU~ E) No~ hsre's Don Hancock~ Ladies and gentlemen, the next tlme you see a PELL ~.~{LI smoker try to light an old-fashioned, short clgarCtte - WatCh wh~t he does. Unco~scio~s1~, he holds the flame a good half-inch ~ the tip of the short cigarette. ~e~s looking for solnethi~g that isn't there. ~e's looking for FELL Ni~LLfS Modern Desesi""""~! Modern DesJ~n means PELL N~"oL is longer. Modern Design means PELL MELL is smoother, cooler. From the very first puff, P~LL ~LL'S greater length travels the smoke ~rther - diminishes heat and bite on the way. FELL ME, LL'S greate~ length filtors the ~moke naturally ov@r a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~ELL'$ traditionally fine tobaccos. That's Moder~ DeslK~ ~- PELL ~LL'S Modern Design. P~LL ~',~LL filters the smoke - gives it that cooler 8moothgl. taste. ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All fo~ One ~d o~e for ~II. Xes, that's the Way we're going to win the wam. Over here, all together workl~ for Victoz~ Over there, all together fi~ht~r~ for Vietor~i. And for those boys over there - here are Bob Plp]ey's answers to their V-MAIL letters. Yes Don. But fi]~st let me u~ge e~er~one listening to me to let the boys on the fighting fronts know what's happening on the home front. All the fighting men and women on the seventy-four battlefronts of the world A regard this llnk with home as the most important morale now and ~#ite booste~ there can be. ~;rlteq- x lgbt nc~. (~OR=)
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L RIPLEY: ( C ON'E: ) }~RCOCK: RIPLEY: MUSIC: HANCOCK: For they're going to bring us ~ fina~ victory symbolized by the letter "V" - the same 3attar "V" you see on the back of every package of your PF~L t<E~LL ci~rettes. Eight you are, Bob.~.Here s a lette~ from Joseph Fiorentlno, A.P.O. 776 New York. He asks: "A couple of my buddies and I were batting the breeze the other nizht, and o~e of them s~Id that the Irish Were g~eat leaders of men - even outslde~e-9 their o%~ oountmy. Have you any proof of this?" Well, Bob, in your hunt for facts have Nou found the answer to that one? you kno~ -~I ha~e. 6There have been great Irishmen who have won hlgh positions in N~ny countrles other than I~eland. ~ri~hmen h~ve been ~e~ders in e~ery p~t ~f th~ glob~, and I~cKenna a~e sacred ~a~es ~ was Pri~e ~inister ~m~-~Oh I .I ._i£/-A~£y~ AR~m4e~a-~f Au s tra i la ; Plunkett, (.Q~Lg~ry~s$o_OILe~ry ~s $oi~bia's hero;2 of Rong Eong; O'Donnell, premier of S~in; Taffee, premier of Australia; Lord Russell, Chief Justice of Enzlandl Fitzpatrick, Chief Justice of Canada; pafir~ck w4s andAMc~hon,~presldent oP France - B~I~ZrE IT OR NOT~ ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be back in just a moment With the answer to last night's Bslle~e It Or Not. (FAUSE) S~okers, whenever 2on buy Cigarettes, remember -- P~LL ~ELL's Modern Design gives you two Importsnt benefits. First PELL ~L~S greater length travels the smoke further dimlnlshe~ heat. snd blt_~% on th~ wa~. (~ORE) 6~ ]'HO 1 0231-=:;32
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HANCOCK: MUSIC : HANCOCK: }~IPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOOK: RIPLEY: -io- #2i Seco~O, PELL ~f~LL'S g~eater length filters the smoke, gives it that oooler,.smoother taste. That's why, wherever ~rtlcu]~r people congregate you see PELL ~LL in the ~art red package, (J~HUNTING SONG" - Ob~ H2) And now for the answer to fast Friday's Belleve It O~ Not. Reillelllter, Bob you teft Lls with tbi~ question: '%~ere has the same ~ong been sung for the tast sixteen hundred an~ forty yea~s without ~ ~o~r~t's D~u~e~ rest or ?'ell interruDtlOn?" ~That one's got ~ ~Ingln~ "You'tl Never Know" . ~'/e]lI I'ii put a stop to that~ Don~ c~use llm ffo~ng to tell you right no~. ~;~l~%~,--D~n~g~s~--l~6~q~4~e~-te.~t-~ot~. The place i~ the Temole of the Tooth ~n Kan~y, Ce~lon. In that groups temple, ~ of priest~ have been singlng a saore~ song foz 26 centuries called the Tripitaka ~ace--~*~e~-~D= - without 8 mo~ent~ pause or 8~ interruption. The sin~ers work i~ relays g-ener~tloos of orlests have been constantty ~:nging thi~ song - BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TR~E~ ','/ell, Bob, have you at, other o~e we can struggle arout]g ~ith tonight ? ;'/eli ...tail me --Yee~ Did you k-cow there are forty million Amerlcans name~ after a tree? AOf course not! (CHUCKLe) Welt there a~e - 1'11 tetl you what tree an~ where ~t is tomorrow night, because I have been there myself - Believe It Or Not.~ AI'~01 0291599
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it ~ANCOCK: r~TS IC : AN~R : -II- #21 (THE~E - 'rA ~O~ING" - CUE ~ - Y~DE FO~) This i~ Don Haocock remlndlug you to listen in tomorrow nJght~ when PELL I~LL Famous ¢i~arettes~ the c~garette of Modern I~lgn, will agaln Dr~sent the man whose whole life ~s a constant hunt for fact~ - BELIEVE IT OR N~... BOB RIPLEY! (T~IE~ - "A HU~ITING" - UP TO CUE) THIS IS M~TUAL. A~'~O~ 0231534
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RUTHRAUFF ~ RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION AMERIC,~ C. & C. COMPANY • PAL1, MALL BELI~/E IT OR NOT ROBERT L. HIPLEY R~. #22 BROAD CASTTIT~, 2/15/44 i~ZYfUAI DATE: 9:15-9:30 P.M. NETWORK: E.W.T. MUSlO: IL~NCOCK: MUg IC : (SIGNATURE - "HURTING BORG" - CUE, A) PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design presents.., (BELIEV~ n OR ROT...BOB RIFL:'~ (APv~us~) Hel'e's the :l~9.n Whose whole life is a constant, world-wide hunt for facts. The ~n who ~mkes his living by telling the truth. The man whe kno~B the places making news today...knows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Ripley has been there...been In more than two hu~drsd countries, t~aveled over a h~!f million miles.. ,always seeking, always hurLti~g fol, facts• Facts that put NOU right with him in a front row seat of world events• BELIEV~ IT OH NOT...IT'S TRD~ .... SAYS BOB RIPLEY: AND HERE H~ IS: (THENCE..."A HUNTING" ~ CHE B - FADE FOR .... ) (APPLAUSE) ,/ (NR~S SPOT TO FOI/~0W) ATe01 0231535
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~ELIEVE IT OR NOT - BOB RIPLEY - F~BRUARY 15, 19#~ Greetings everybody and welcomet. The news, the Believe It 0r Not behind the news tonight is from Burma. Burma as you know is one of the seventy-fou~ fighting fronts where our boys h~ve been fighttug, and tonight on the Ar~ken front above Akeab in Burma we have won another vlctor~ over the JaDs. Now the Burma Road, that famous vital lifeline to China, beglms in Bumma - begins where the Road to Mandalay ends. WeTre all familiar with the Road to Y~ndelay. Remember the way Kipling described it? On the Toad to Mandel~y, Where the flyin~ fishes play, AnI the dawn comes up like thunder out of Ch~ crest the bay." Well I have travelled that road - itls all very nice but not exactly as Kipling says because the road i~ not a road..Itts a river...and it ends two hur~red miles before any flyirJg fish play..and the old Moulmeln Pagoda does r~ot look eastwaPd to the se~, but westward toward the Salween River..and the dawn does not come up like thttnder, nor does it come Up out of China, because China is not across t2~e bay, but five hundred miles away in The opposite dlrectinn~. 81"~01 0231536
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SPOT RIPLEY: (OOI~) -2- BELIEVE IT OR NOT - ~0B RIPLEY FEBRUARY 15, 194~ But today, there is a Road to ~ndelay, and the famous Buena Ro~d has notbeen destroyed as you might have heard. It's now an air route, an air ~oad maintained by the American Air Forces and over it is carried more goods and military equipment than was ever transported over the Burma Road on the g~otu~l - BELIEVE IT OR NOTv. AI'~01 023153?
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HANCOCK : ,vfJS I C ; HANCOCK : MUS IO ; -3- ~22 (PLAY-OFF - "HU~ING SONG" - CUE, C) Bob Ripley will be back in ~ust a moment. (PAUSE) Smokers, even with one eye shut, you c~n see PEIL MELL'S Modern Design. The minute you look at a PELL MELL you se_~e tELL ~IL~S gre&ter length. That's Modern D~ And when you light your Cigarette, you can se__ee that PEI~L MELL'S greater length travels the smoke further - over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL ~LL'S traflitionalJy fine tobaccos. PELL N[gLL'S greater length filters the smoke nsturall~ - diminishes hea____!t and bite on the way - gives you a cooler, smoother, better-tasting smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of ~,our own eyes. PELL ~LL gives you visible ~ of its a~vantage to smokers. Your ~ tells wh.v. PELL MELL'S Modern Design filters the smoke - gives It that cooler, smoother tast~. (PLAY-0FF - "~FCNTING SONG" - CUE D) And here again is Bob Rlpley - the man who r~akes his living by huntlr~ for facts: (SCENE SETq~ER...FADE FOR) AT~OI 0231538
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I~IPLk~f~ BOY l: BOY 2: ROY: BOY 2 : ROY: BOY 2: ROY: BOY I : RCY: BOY 2: BOY l: ROY: BOY 2: !r0y: MUSIC : .... L2 .. -JL ................ -4- #22 In my world wide hunt for facts, I've found thousands of men whose ~Ives have been distinguished by their achievements. But dn the Believe it Or Not I'm going to sketch ~ tonight }'on will meet a man whose cl~.Lm to fame rests on a completw reversal of the order of things as you will gee. Now - on with the hunt~. The time - ]908. The pl~¢e - Denvel,, Colorado. A Crowd of boys are getting up a ball game. (SNF.I~K $0L~D OF BAS~ALL G~%~ IN HERE: KIL~ Y~LLLING: CRACK OF BAT~ ~+~TO:) Okay - let's go: Wc need one more guy - NO~ ~'ou+. Me? Yeah. Wanna play baiL? Never play ball. Never play ball? • Never p~ay ~ny game. Never Play any ~=+mo? COO LIzt L;-~ .... A+en't you ever going to do anything? Never. (MONTAGE BRIDGE: 8WELL UP AND FADE FOR:) AI'KO ~ 0231539
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RIHZZ: ICY: GIRL: ROY: GIRL: ROY: GIRL : ROY: MUS IO : R I PLEY : WAITER : ROY : WAITER : ROY: WAITER : ROY: WAIT ER : ~<USIC : RIPLEY: HELEN: ROY: HELEN: AI"H01 02315:4-0
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J ROY: BOY: }y2 L)7{ : HOY: HELEN : ROY: HELglN : ROY: HELEN : ROY : yELEN : MUSIC : RTPLEY: ROY: RIPLEY: ROY: RIPLk~f: .'of: R IPLEY : -6- Neve~ war~t a falr lady. ~/OU ~ne~r~ Nou1~ nD~r b~eT~ e[~g~ged9 Never. You've never ~ven been in love? He~er. Wet1, now I've seen ~. you've missed. H~re let me sit beside you. Never put my a-~m around a girl. Oh, come on, Rcy, just ~hls once. No - never, (SOFTLY) Kiss me, BeN, kiss me. No - never~. Never: ~22 yo~ donTt k~0w what Now - put Well that does it~ You know what theF should call you - The Neve~-Neve~ man. (PLAY CFF) And that is exactly what the leading character in my dra~ is called. He's the world's one and on[y Never-Never ~n. And he's come here tonight from D~nver, Colorado to tel~ you about it. Iedles and gentlemenA~4~. ReN Robert Smith...the Never Neve~ Man. (AP~U~USE) Thank you, Mr. R~pley. Listen now Mr. Smith, you've been saying no for forty-six years Are you ~neve~ going to change, are you? Never. ~oW did you start never doing anything. It ~ust came natural. I~m the quiet type. V;ell ATell us Mr. Smith - what do you do? RI~O 1 0231541
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ROY: R~PLLTY; ROY: RIPIIDf: ROY: RIPLEY: ROY:¸ RIPLL~Y: ROY: NIPLNY: ROY~ . " RIPLEI : ROY: RIPLEY: ROY: R I PL%"f : ROY~ • RIPLEY: -7- #22 I've never done an~,thlng. NOV! wai~. NO1'! A~what are some of the thln~s you've never done? I~ve never gone flshlng, hunting, swJ/1~ning, hiking, skllng or yowiD~. Never drove a cal., rode 8, bicycle or a motorcycle. Never drove or rode a horse. Never like¢ horses. Oh yoU ileve~ bet on b~le~n.~ Never bet or gambled,~ never p~&yed cards. Leading such a quiet llfe, I don't suppose you ever get involve~ in a fight? Never been in a fight or riot. Never shot ~ pistol, rifl~ or cannon. Never been held up. ~0~ l~e~i~ youlve Never been held up? Never had any money. Then you've never made out a~ i~oor~e tax blank. Never. And I've never used profanit7. NOV, I krLow ~ ~' h~-y@~ haven't made out an l~leon!e tax NOW let~ me see - what else/ have you neve~ ache'/ Never been bitten by an animal, reptlle or insect. Never been in a flood, flre~ ~arthqueke or tornado. Never been struck by lightning. H~'d you nmnage that? Never Went OUt. ~ neve~ been on a steamship or ~cht, airplane or ba~loon. Never .joined a church, club, lodge or secret society. Mr. Smith - I understand you're forty-six years old. Is that right? &}[ave ~ou ever been married? Never. Engaged? RTNO'I 0231542
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T~Oy: ROY: R I PLEY: I~IPLEY: ROY: EIPLEY: -8- ~!'~m Never. Nm,, I e~.n im~.gine tell me a girl K~ss~ a glrl - but&has ~ever kissed you? That's the ~lxty-four dollar question, Still - never' I feel faint. I never faint. certainly 4~, M~. Smith, you take the cake. Never eat cake. hub I I give Upa~ thank you, RO~' Robert Smith for coming here tonight f~,om Denver, Colorado, to tell us all Ladies ana genh!emen~ ~his is thirds than an ~Ise has never done - th~ original, ~ the one and only -~Never Never Y~n...BELIEVE IT OR NOT: RT~01 02315~3
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I ,MUg 7C ; ~lPLEY: P~NCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: -9- #22 (FULL PIAY-OFF " "HUNTING SONG" - CUE E) @. NOW here's Don Hancook~. Ladies and gentlemen, if you're still smoking old-fashioned, short oigarettes, here is an inte~,esting thing to do. See what happens the first tlme you light a PELL MELL. Unoons¢iously, you hold the ~tch a half inch cloeel~ to your face than you have to - a good half inch inside the tlp of your PEI~L N~LL. Theft means you've dlsco~,e~e_dd Modern I~si~-- something s sho1't cigare~;te can' t possibly give you. ~{ow smoke that PElt N~LL - see what Modern Design does fo~ you. From the very first puff, PgLL MELL'S greater length travels the smoke further - diminishes heat and b_ite on the way. PELL MEIL'~ gPezt~r leug~h filters the ~oke naturall~ over a twenty per e~nt longer route of PELL ~PELL'S tr~dltionally fine tobaccos. That's Modern Dgslgn - PE[~L ~iEiL'g Moder~ Design. It fiiters the smoke - gives it that cooler, smoother taste. ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE~ F - FADE FOR) All for one a~d one for at1. Yes, that's the way we're going to "~in th~ W~r. O~e~ h~e, all together wol, kln~ for Viotor~y. Over there, all together ~ for Vict~, And for those boys ove~ there - here are Bob Rlpley's answers to their V-~II letterS, ' "les ~, Don.~--Bug before We answer our V-Mail tonight, I'd llke to remind our listeners ag&In that the boys and glrls wearing our unlfonms overseas are really fighting two battles. (MORE) ~T~O~ 02SI~&4
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R i PLY, Y: (CONTr.) HANCOCK: RIPLEY: N/]SIC ; -i0- ~'22 C ne against the enemy and one against homesickr~ess. So don't you sit down and write them a letter tone.t? They're fighting to bring ~ou v}ctory, symbolized by th~ Jetter "V" - the sam9 letter "V" you see on the back of every package of ~ PELL N~N~L cigarettes. Right you are, Bob, and here's a V-Nail letter from ggt. Robert Johnson,'F~J!9, q~ ~S~o,--C~-]~ie~- did the twenty-one gun s~lute the N~vy uses Originate? ~s~m@~' Well, Bob, in your hunt for facts have ~ou found the snswer to that on~? began We &~es, ~. The twenty-one gun sKlute ~m~4~,~- with no less a hero than our own John Paul Jones. %'~en ~on the °r~February~14, 1778, he [~ssed ~ulbron Bay on the French Coast, bearing the stars'an@ stripes on his inast hgad, the with French gave that flag its first form~l recognition ~a sslute.e,-John Paul Jones ~eplied to the courtesy wlth a ~f our thlrtsen gun salute~ One fo~ each state ~ Unlonat the tim~ ~s~- But in i .... n~ n~2~ber of thought that was enough states reached' twenty-one~4~e Navy Departmen~declded to rstke twenty-one the n~nber of guns heard in our international salute. BELIZ~E IT OR NOT~ (HUttING SONG - CUE G) AI"~O 1 02315~5
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HANCOCK: ~USIC: HANCOCK: RI pLY/': HANCOCK: EIPLE~: H~'COCK: RIPLEY: -li- ~22 Bob wiS1 be back in ,just a moment with the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not~ (PAUSE) Smokers, wheDever you buy cigarettes, remember - FELL M}3,LL'S ~odern Design gives Fou two inlportant benefits. First, Y~,~ ,~.,IL'S greater length travels the smoke further, diminishes heart and blt__~eon the wa~. Second, PELLMELL'5 greater length filters the smoke, gives It that cooler, smoother taste. That's why, wherever ~ ~ you see PR.LL ~LL - in the smart red package. ("Eb%71NG SONG" - CUP E2) And now for the answer to last night's Belleve It Or Not.,.the one about fo~t~ milllon ~nerlcans being named after a tree. ~o~ht~n~-tben~a*l%~.~E~Im~8, ~rei] whatls t~e answer? ~Joll, Don, the fnrty mill!!~z /dneric~,ns who are named after a tree are the people of Brazil .... our friends, allies, and good neighbors. Brazll takes its name from the Braza tree -- WhiCh means firewood. BELI~/E IT OR NOT - IT'S TR~% Well, Bob, have ~ou another one we can tr~ our luck With tonight? Yes Don, " ' ....... ~-~- "~ ~" ~ere has rain been cgnstz~itiy falling ~ for the last million years? "?~ere has raln bee~ fa]li~g illcessantly for the last ~llllon ~e rs. ' -~--, That's right, Don. 8"1":401 023154.6
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HANCOCK; RIPLEY: MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC { .... ANNR : _ ~l~z--a f ~'p~ I'll tell Nou where it is tomorrow night - for I have actually been there m~seif - BELIEVE IT OR NOT, (THEME - "A HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR) This Is Don Hancock reminding ~ou to listen in tomorrow night, when PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, will again present the n~n whose whole llfe is a constant hunt for facts - B LIEVE IT OP, NO ...BOB RIP : (APPLAUSE) ',, (THEME - "A HUNTING" - UP TO CUE,) . THIS IS MUTUAL. ~ l':dO 1 02315~2
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CLIENT: PROGRAM: ~AD~O I1~,1 • *.On. *O.IJ RUTHRAUFF [4 RADIO DIVISION AMERICAN C. & C. COMPANY PA31L MALL 3ELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPLEY RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING FINAL Rs~]. ~3 W~D. 2/1~Y~4 MUTCSL BROAD CAST~: 15-9:30 P,U, DATE: E .W .T. NETWORK: ~USIC : ~NCOCK : {ANCOCK: ~USIC : (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CI~ A) PEI~3 ~LffJ Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, presents... BELIEVg IT OR N~ .... BOB RIPL~Y~ (A~US~) ~ere~s the ~r~ WHOSO whole llfe is a co~st~nt world-wide hunt for facts. The ma~ who makes hls living by telling the truth, The mac who knows the pl~ces maklr~g news todgy - k~ows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Rloley has bees there.. been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over a half milliea miles,..always seeking, always hunting for fac~. Facts that put you right with him in a front row seat of world eve~ts. DELIA~E IT OR NOT - ~ - SAYS BOB RIPLEy~ AND ~52~RE F~J IS~ (Ti~4E - "P, :~UNTING" - CU~ B - FADE FOR) (NEWS SPOT TO FOLIO) ~t RTH01 0231548
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NEWS SPOT RIPLEY: -2- BELIEVE IT 0R NOT - BOB RIPLEY FEBRUARY 16, 194~! Greetings everybody and welcome. Many of you hays head-( Gabriel Heatt~r~s b~oadcast teui~t. If you did, 7ou know that our air forces have again given German cities a good pasting. Also in the news tonight is the fact that the allies have blockaded the Bay of Biscay. I have crossed the Bay of Biscay several times and I've found mar@- Believe It Or Nots there. And one of them is a chu~,ch "~hieh iB situated on a hIKh cliff near the town of La Carurm. It is made out of mother of pearl, and because of this, it is bright on the darkest night and dark in the brightest s~nshi~6. And it's the only church IJve ever heard of that is used as a lighthouse for ships on dark nights. But in the port of La Caruna Itself is the headles~ ~t~tue of Kin~ Feter the Cruel. This statue has a strange history for King Peter killed a man and WaS sentenced to death for murder, but because a sentence of death could nc, t he ea~r~ed out upon a ki~. "% the statue's head WaS cut off iostead. " It was from th~s po~t, La Carud~, that the historleal Spanish A~made sailed. The Armada iB the most famous fleet in 811 of hlsto~y, but its total tornaage was enly twenty thousand tons. O~r newest battleship, the Missiouri, which I recently zaw launched in B~ooki~n is three times larger in ten,rage than the entire Spanish Armada. Believe It Or Not! R1"~01 02R15~9
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HANCOCK: MUSIC: ~NCOCK: MUSIC: RIPLEY: -3- #23 (PIAy-GFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) Bob Ripley will be beck in .~u~t a moment! (PAUSE) Smokers, PELL ~/,L'S 14odern Design is about the easiest thing in the World to see. The minute you look at s PELL MELL you see PELL ~LL'S greeter length. Th6t .s ~4oderB ~. And when you llgbt your clga~ette, you can see that PELL ~2LL,S greater 3en~th t~avels the smoke further ~- over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL MELL'S t~_~itlenell~ fine tobaccos. PELL ~ELL'S greater length filter~ the smoke netu~llX - diminishes hej_!~ and blt~e On The way - gives you 8 cooler, ot0oother, better-tsstlr.g smoke. Lad!ca and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eye~. PELL ME%L gives you --visible ~ of its advantage to smokers. Your e~.~ tells w b~y~. PELL N~LL~S Modern Design filters the smoke - gives it that cooler, s~oot~ taste. (PLAY-0FF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) And here's Bob Ripley again - the man who makes his livlUg by huntlr~ for feetsl (SCENE gETTER...FADE FOR) The twenty-flve years I've spent hunting for facts have convinced me that nothing is impossible. As a metter of feet, IWe found ~eny stories -~ I could baldly believe r-~;rs~]f ~a~il. I :~d checked them and found they were absolutely true. O ORS) A 1~0'1 0231550
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RIPLEY: -4- #23 re ~olng bo ÷hess one of~)the Believe It Or ~-- y ou ,av~-14- hea~ Nnt I'm going tc sketch for you tcnis~t. Non - On wzth the Bunt! In the year 1895, Doctor Robert Borthwick died in London, England. He w~s a wealthy and eccentric ran with no Ir~ediate family except a son whom he had not seen In many years. As our ~cene opens, the Fublic Administrator is reading Doctor Borthwlek'~ will. AI~IN]STRATOR: MUSIC: EIPLEY: Since I have found that great wealth leads to dishonesty and disloyalty, I direct that my property consisting of diamonds, emeDslds and sapphires to the esti~ted value of one hundrsd and twenty-five thousand po~hnds~ be packed i~ a %~atex~tlght 08~% attached to en iron ball. This case shall he cu:~ped into the Atlantic Ocean off the Shetland Island~ so that it shall forever be lost to the World and to ~]y u~grateful son - John Borthwick. Since ~y son would not heed my 8dvlce to follow me in the practice ef medlcln% I have neither seen nor Written to, nor heard from him in the last fifteen ysB~. (BRIDGE IT - FADE BACK FOE) .~The jewels were coaled in a water~tlght case attached to an iron b~ll by a chain. Then they were du,~ped into the ocean off the Shetland Islands in the p~esenee o£ witnesses. (YORE) ATe01 023155'1
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RIPLEY: (OONTD) SODND: TOM: ALICE: TOM: ALICE: T0~: %LICE: :~ST: I~0M: JACK: SOUND: TOM: JACK: SOUND: TOM: CAST: JAOKi MIMIC : -5- #23 Twenty years pass. In fal~-off Melbourne, Australia, in 1915, a group of people are bathing at Hobeon's Bay Beach - under the watchful supervision of 8 llfe-guard who is known only as Kangaroo Jack. (NOISE OF CR01'~ IN BATHING) (0VER) I say, Alice, I'll race you out to the llfe raft. .,~:~.~v~"~ R~ghto, Tom - and this time I'm going to beat you, (I~HS) "A~---PiT~a-%T~, come On, lei'e have a( it.., NO - no~ Tom - Walt s momentl (SCRFA~rS) What is it, Allce? ~at's the m~tter? Looks Out there by the llfe raft. I see e shaPk~ By George, you'~e right. It is 8 shark~ (AD LIB..FRIG}Tf~I~9 CRIES OF '~S}~ARK, SHARK") (OVER) Kangaroo Jack~ Kangaroo Jack! Get your gun. Quickly, there's s shark out here. (COMING) Get out of the water - all of you and be quick shout it. Get out of the water! (SPLASHING AS BATHERS HURRY OUT 0FWATER) (OVER) There he is now, swl~ing toward us. I see him. Watch OUt no~ (TWO RIFLE SHOTS) Look COod shooting, Jack, you got him. Y~. He's turning on his back. (AD LBS UP) (0hi, CROWD) Ol'mon, let's drag h~a up on the beach and cut him open. (SW~ TO O0%[~AD LIB~ AND FADES BACK FOR) ]. F;rH01 0231552
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-6- #23 BOUND: ALICE: SOUND: CAST : TON: ALICE: TOM: ~ 0UND: ALICE: MUSIC: RIPLEY: (AD LIB CROV~ ~fu~JR) (OVER) I've never ~een such a mr,neter, Telex. He'~ a big ~un, right enough. ~.~u~t be ell of eighteen feet long. L~ok ht his teeth. (CEOWO uP) (AD LIBS OF ASTONISH~NT) I say, Alice, look there. ~ -- - they've fouu~1 a esnva~ sack in the shark's belly. Yes, with a bit of chain hanging to It and some officlel-lookiug seals on it. Oh, they're opening it. Ye~ Good lord, will you look at that.,,Jt1~ full of jewels, (CROWD MURMUR uP) ASTON ISHN~]~T UP) (ADL!BS ~Up&~UR UP. EXCLAWATIONS OF Diamonds, emeraldsj sappbi~ee. I've never seen so nmny~ ~y, itts a king's ransom! (BRIDGE IT - FADE BACK FOR) The euthoritiee impo'ao~ed the jewele while they tried to trace %heir origin. Three years ~en% by before they were able to establish legel ownership of the fortune. But, when that had finally been done, the Herbor 0ffioIsl of Salvage st (BOAp~'~DE] N!elbourne eei~ed F~r~aroo Jack to hi~ office. JACK: ~N: (COMING) Good dey, ~ir. - . Good day. ~. DO you remembe~ that sha~kJyou killed three years ago? [~ ]:401 0231553
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,T,~ K : MAN ; JACK: M&N: JACK: ~,:AN : JACK: MAN: JACK: 1 , ~JS IC. RIPLE~: I~US IC : RIPLEY: -7- #23 l'm not llkei~ to fc~get it. It isn't every day a ~n ~hoots a shark that has swallowed a fortune. That's why I called you here. The origin of the tre&sure has been establlshsd. It belonged to an eccentrlc old ~r who ordered that ~t be dumped into the ocean. You are entltled to a combined salvage and flndersts award a~euntln~ to twenty per cent of the value of the jewels. Who gets the other eighty per cent? v'e~] aS~nee the original ter~s of the will have been carrzed out - the rest of the fortune wlll be held ~n trust for Docto~ Borthwiek.s ~oo. Docto~ Bortbwi~,kk? Yes, he originally o~ned the Jewels. Have you any idea where his son John is now? No, but - . Die you say John? How dld you know his son~s na~9 is John? Do you krow him? I know him very well . You see, ~ am John Borthwtck~ (TAG IT - FADE BACK FOR) Yes, Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is impossible. AS the years went by, the chain which bound the je~.lels to the in the north of E~na bottom of the oceanAhad broken ~ and a shark h&d swallowed them. Then - twenty years after Doctor Borthwlck's ~eatb, this very shark ~s shot a~d kille~ in far-off Melbourne, Australia, by John Borthwlck - the 8oetor~ own iong-~Isslng son. BELIEVE IT ON NGT~ (FULL PLAy OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - UE, E) And here Js Don Hancock ;~ith a message from our Government. R I"MO'I 0231554
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HAg;COCK: ~,US IC : • I~ICOCK : RIPI/5~Y: -8- #23 Friends..It's impossible to @vet-emphasize the importance of gasoline as a necessary factor In the War We are fightlng today. The success of the s~ashlng attacks now underway depend upon gasoline. Mech~nlzed war cannot be wage~ without it. Continuing success in the offensives tD come depends uoon our forces getting mo~ gasoline as the going gets tougher. Decause ~soiine is so vltal..~;e must avoid all unnecessary driving. An~, above all, we r,!ust *~memb~r that buying gasoline in any way other than that prescribed by our government, not only encourages those who maintain the illegal gas traffic..but It aiso helps sabotage a tremendously important supply llne~ go, let's all follow these very necessary rules that govern distribution of the Dreoious gasoline - 1. Always endorse our gasoline Coupons. 2. Never buy gaso~.ine vJlthout giving uD coupons. 3. Never buy, or accept gasoline coupons that a~ nat our OWn, ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All for one - and one for all. Yes, tbat's the ~,~y welre going to win the war. Over here all together work~_~.~ for !icing. Over there, all together, ~ for Vlotoi~. And for those boys over there..here ~re Bob Elpb~y~s answers to their ~Z-~il letters. Just a moment La~IS$ ari gentlemen ~, Doni ~The boys on the fighting f~onts ar~ onder-~oing hal~shlps every da~.~{ou can give them a big llft by sitting do~1 now an~ writing them a newsy V-Mail letter. (MORE) AI-MO? 02S1555
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. 2¸ . RIPI~fJ . HANOOCK : MUSIC : EANCOCIi : $IUS IC : -9- #23 ~ut ~c it fcr~ey are giving ever.~thlng they h~Ve to win a flr~l Victory s~bollzed by the letter "V" - the ~a~ letter '~" you see on the back of every cackage of you_~r FELL [~LL cigarettes. Right you are Bob, and tonight's V-[¢~il letter co~s frou, Private Charles Cart ~~~ He asks: "A bunch of the boys were talking the other ~ay anO the expression 'cold shoul~er' came up. C&n you tell us wher~ that exore~sion orlgi~ted?" Well, Bob, in your hunt fox facts have you found the answer to that one? Y~ell, you kno~ AYe, the sxDreseion 'col~ shoulder~ comes to us from the old days in England. When a guest arrived in an English house in those days, he was given hot roast beef but'if he were a sDeclal guest and ~as welcome by the hostl~On the other hand, if he were a guest not ~rticularly Wanted, the host would bring out a col.~d shoulder of beef. And that,s how it orlgirzte~ - BELIEVE IT OR NiT! ("HDI~TIEG SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be baok in just ~ moment ~ith the answer to last night ls Believe It Or Net. (pAUSE) Smokers, whe~ever Non but cigaretteB, rememher - PELL VELL~S l~o~]s~T~ Desi~r~ gives ~ou two important benefits. First, PELL ~LL'S ~Teate~ l~ngth t~vele the'smoke further, ~Imlni~h~s heat ~u~ bite on the way. Second, PELL ~ELL:S greater length filters the sw,~ke, g~ve~ it tb~t cooler, ~moothe~ taste. Th&tm8 why, W~rever ~rtleular peoDle congregete, you see PELL MELL - in the s~t t~ Dackage. ('IMUNTING SONG" - CUE 112) AI'~O'| 0231556
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H &NO OC K : RIPLEY: A'~NCOCK : HANCOCK : RIPLEY: ~UB]C: HANCOCK: - io- #23 And now for the answe~ to last nlght~s Believe It Or Not. Remember Bob, you asked: "Where has reln been falling incessantly for the last million years?" Right as talc, Don - ~ the ~nswer is it has bee~ Imini~<~ ~he center of Africa a~ the Victoria ";alls. for a mlltlon years in ~~-~, ....... ;-.h!~%-~ TN[Z gigantic wn~rfail is two tilaes ~s nigh and two times as ~ide ~,S iagar~ falls. Ar~] ~hen ~.%e v;aters of %he Z~mbeze ~ver t~ie Over th~ rim of Victoria F~IIs, they turst into a ~aunde!'[n~, ~pra znic~ rises tho~sanas of feet into tile ~ir and t~e wlna blows this hu e cloud of spray ~n~ miles over t~e S~-~'~n~r~ cc~tltl'ySide ~lleve ~t fall~ ~ain as rain. And here is the evel--rainin ±analand W~Whe e'e it h~SD~t sSoupe~ r~iIlirl~ fo~ ~,~n~n ~ . BELIEVE mi~]~olls Of years..., IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE~ Well, Bob have ~ou a~other one we can keeD oursslves awake with tonight? • ~, Don. See if you can find the ~nswer to this question. Z%~t EuroPean country is ruled by the mu~r~ifle~ han~ of a ~ead n~n? Ah me.. &"What European country is ruled by the mu~mifie~ ha~d of a dea~ rr~n?" ~ / Yes, Don. N'~,--Dcu, y~-~'rC ;':.~C~ - and I'll tell you w~t country it is - tomorrow night. As a ,~tter of fact, It/~s an.lmpo~tant country that is very much in the news right now - BELIEVE IT OR NCT! (TKE~E - ,r& h'~IING" - CL~E J - FADE FOR) This is Do~ Hanoook reminding you to listen in tomorrow night when PELL ~ELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of ~odern Design, will again ~reseut the man whose whole life is a constant hunt for f~cts -- BELIE~TE IT OR NOT....BOB R[PLEY~ RTHO1 0231552
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~ZUS IC : A~N R : -ii- (APPLAUSE) (T'HE~E- "HUNTING SONG" - UP TO CUE) THIS IS r~UTUAL. #23 f~ ]~401 0231558
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RUTHRAUFF ( CLIENT: PROGRAM: RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING o. A. p ls,oN PAL:, ~ALL #24 BROADC~s. 2/17/h~ BELIEVE IT OR NOT MUTUAL ROBERT.L, RIPLEY DATE: 9:15-9:30 P.~]. NETWORK: E.W.T, r~usIc : ~kNCOCK : HANCOCK: MUSI0: ~IGNATURE - - CUE A) SONG" PELL M ELL Famous Cigarettes, ~he cigarette of Mofle~n Design, presents... BELIEVE IT 0R NOT....BOB RIPLEY~ (APPLAUSE) HePe's the man whose whole llfe Is a constant world-wlde hunt for facts. The man who makes his living b~ telllp~ the truth. ~]e n~n who k~ows the places maklng news toda~ - knows them because he's been there. Yes, Bob Rlpley has been there...bee~ in mo~e than two hundred countries, travelled over a ha3f m1111on miles...always seeking, always huntlw4 for faots. Facts that put ~ou rlght with him in a front row seat or ~orld events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE - SAYS BOB RIPLEY~ AND HERE HE IS~ (THE~ - "A H~{TING" - CU~, B - FADE FOR) (APPLAUSE) (~h~s SPOT T0 FOLLOW) i AI"~O ~ O231559
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NE~ SPOT - BELIW~q? IT 0R'N~f - RIPERT L. RIPLEY. F~ERUARY 17, 1944 OY'~tlr.@s everybody and Welcome~ Tonight you probably heard Gabriel Heatter say that th~ Russian a~les b%va crossed the Estonian borde~. They are aDDrOaching Lake PeIDus, the largest lake in Europe. In my ~eLieve it Or Nots behind the news I know that L~ke Pelnus is really two lakes : - a lower lake and an uDDer lake. And %~twesn them is a vei~ oul~iouS bod7 of ~Kt~ c~lled the "BurninE lake". This lake is so called because for a distance Of about six miles, it is boiling hot - but at both ends it is freezingly cold. But when winter con~s, the Burnln~ ~ke ~'reezes first so that the hot lake is cold and the cold lake is waz~ A few years ago I was in Tall~n, the eaDital of Estonia. Taliin means "The City of the Danes". And here In the year of 12.19, during the most imoortant battle of their hlstor7 suddenly a olece of cloth floated down from the ~kles. It was a piece of red e~oth ou which a white cross Was ~ainted. It ~s taken, to be a devine omen for' v~ctory, and it vms, and si~cs then this white cross on the red cloth has become the national flag of Denmark and it still is the oldest national f~ in the world. When I ~e in Tall~n, I visited the old - that curious old church of St. Olaf. It has a very tall tower built in 1267. 7fou:ve beard that lightning never strikes twice in the same Dlace. But the tower of St. Okaf haa been struck reg~lari~ eve~ ~eveu ~ears for the last six hundred and seventy-seven years. BF/,IR~ IT OR NOTI • AT~O'I 0231560 III
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HANCOOK: ~SIC: HANCOCK: ~dSIC: RIPLEY: -3- #24 (PIAY OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) Bob Ripley will be beck in just a moment~ (PAUSE) Smokers, you can't fool your 2-Y-~. The minute you look at a PELL ~ you see PELL ~IS great er length. Thor's Mode~]sD_~. And when you light your cigarette you can see that PELL ~V~'S greater length travels the smoke further - over 8 twenty per cent longer route of P~L N~LLTg traditionally fine tobaccos. PELL N~'S gr~ster length filters the smoke nBtur~ll~-- diminishes h~a___~i and bite on the Way -- gives you 8 cooler, smoother, bette~-tssting smoke. I~dies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. pELL I~LL glve~ you vislble~ of its advantage to smokers. Yc~r e~ tells w~y. PELL N~LLIg ~odern I~slgn filter~ the ~moke - gives it tbmt ~, smoother taste. (PLAy O~F - "H~TING SONG" - CUED) And here'~ 5oh Rlpley again- the ~n who makes his living by hunting, for facts! (SO~E SET~ER...FADE FOR) In my endless hunt for facts, I have found proof that this world is a very s,~ll place indeed. And when you hear the Believe It Or Not I am going to sketch for you tonight, I think you will agree with ~e. Now - on with the Hunt. The time - 1942, :':hen tht Za~zn~~e,gehed "~nd .......... north ao~ The place, an outpost of the United States Al~y near the tovln of Darwin, Australia. (~ORE) RT~01 0231561
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/ RIpLEy: CURTIS: 2FD: SOU~D: CURTIS: CUNTIS: RED: CURTIS: BF~: SOUND: CURTIS: RED: SOUND: CURTIS: RED: CURTIS: RED: -#- #24 4~. T~o ~o~dler~ of the oue4forty-~ev~nth Field Ing a Jap Art± [Ier.v~ aporoaoh4~ anti-aircraft emplacement. Boy. This tyaiI isn,t like the roads we have b~ok hem~ ..n South ~kota. Aw, c&n it. Youlre ai~s bsefiN@ about ~o~ething.. (AIRPLANE ~NGIhU~ OFF..SWEEP THEM IN AND CVE~) ~t goe~ with tho~e ~quints? You'd think they'd give b~s & ~i~ute~ ~est. Therets & whoI~ J&o squ~dron..(:o~io~ low and fast. Hez~ therels ~No t~me to argue, Curt. We gott~ hit the ditch..oro~to. (AGAINST R~!NING AND BREATHING) Yeah. Ab..~nna fro~ heaven..four slit trenches.. H~t th~ dirt, boy.,th~y're al~ost overhead... (THUD) You're teiling me. (BRING IN CAERU~PH OF FALLING BOMBS..THIS IS A PATTERN.. THEN SWEEPS THROUGH PEST OF SCEN~) Viham. That ~s for the airfleid. A clean mlss. Yeah. But pretty close to us! ( BO~5.. IN C LOSER ) ~';ell, ~OU dor.~t h~e to woY.~ u~les~ it's got ~oo~ ~ O~ it,~ Yeah ~, wi~h those five-h~r, dred-Dourders - there's room for Don~t yell bofor~ you're hit. Look out ! RI'~O 1 0231562
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SOUND: REJ): CUPS'IS: RF~D: CURTIS: R~): CURTIS: RED: SOUND: RED: CL~F~ IS: CURTIS: RED: CURTIS: RED: ~USIC: RIPLEY: -5- #24 (SCREAM OF BOt~B B~ORE CRASH..THIS IS FULL ON MIRE) ~m-s~ya all right, Curt - (DAZED, BLIGHTLY) Yeah - just - the - concussion, I suers ~ell Yeah AWerk your jaws. AThat's ft. Better? geah. Hey - holy mackrel...look at that epot where we were standing: Howda ye llke that. We'd have been blown to bitM Lucky we scrammed when we did. Yeah. (KICKS PIECES OF N~TAL WITH FOOT) t hat ' s Hey, locke thi~ piee of shrapnel. Irll swear ~ a A~#.r lo&n piece of sn4eutomobile engine. Go on. How would the japs be making bombs cute Amerlcan automobile engines... Huh.. %he - it must be some of that scr~p~Japs bought from Uncle Sam before the war. are you lucky? HOW Come? Hey look. ~ Boy - Remember when the bombs fell you said you didn't have flrst to worry unles~ it b~d your~name on it? Yeah. Well, right this one has your name on it. Look - stencilled here..~E~ir~ Boy - were you close? (pLAy OFF) And that ~a~ close. Curtis E~ing, in Darwin, Australid, "narrowly escaped dealh when Japanese bombers dropped a bomb right on the spot where he'd been standing a moment before. And a piece of sh~dpnel, from that bomb with the name~ing stencill~ on it, almost killed him. ~. (MORE) ATe01 0231563
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RIPI~Y: (C0NTD) EWING: RIPI~Y: EWING: RIPLEY: ~ING: RIPLEY: EWTNG : RIPLEY: ~JING: RIPI~Y: EWING: RIPLEY: -6- have the v!hose n~me ~a~ on that piece c In my bunt fo~ fecte - lafound aJe4~ ~n - ~y~ - sch~,apnel. found him in Bellinghem, W~ehir~ton.~-Ladiee and right Im.di~s and gentle~e;l entlsmen, here he isanow. ~Ray Ewing~ ~ho actuaiiy is %i%e father o~ that soldi~r~ Good evening, l~. Ripley. ~e~@,~rt£s.~Ewln~_Ir~,~tha 4~e14 ev~I~- Or~No ~-~y ou-,-~ue ~ ~ d ~ me %ized -~ my~,s on,,-- ,( a Yes, ledies and gentlemen, that soldle~member of the Amerloen ~xpeditionery Foro~e ~-Derwi~--Au~-~lie,, Wa~ the son of this ~ who is stanQi beside me now - neme being on that piece of shrspnel. - .............. Back in the esrly 1930~s I had sn old 08~. At that time I wss living in Sub,It, Sou~h Dskota, One day I d~ove the ear into the locsl gszege end sta~ted tinkering with the motor. Yes. The owner of the germge had ~ set of stencils there /ssked him if I could borrow them. ;You wented to put your name on the engine? Thet'm right. I wss hammering ewsy when ~ Curt~ Cede i~ You me&~ ~The ~sme boy who leter became the soldier? Yes - netur~lly, he ~ske~ me wh8t I wee doing. I told him I Wee stenoiling my name on the motor block. 4~ if The cer web stolen, you could identify it.~gaLn he Th8t's ~hat I told Curt~. }~and~ssid.."Who'd ever stesl that old jallopy?" Well, I kept the car a few months longer -snd then s01d it for Junk. Aftem it Was sold for Junk it found its ~ay to Jepan - and WSS used by them in one of their bombs. Is that it? 81"~0"I 023 156,~
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~ING : RI PLY.'Y : RIPLEY: -7- #2~ That's the W~ it must have been, ~r. Eiple~, nearly being hi~ by the When Ourt4~wrote u~ about a@mea~.being hit b~-plece of steel with~gp~m na~e on it - he said i.."I guess Pop should ha~e ~ the old Wreck a little lo~lger'" I think Well, ~lr. 9~i,ng - ~ he's right. But in any event, my cong~atulatlous to both you and ~our beN, Cu~ti~ Ewing, and may he be home with you soon. We al] hope for that. The lest tlme I heard from him, -@~ was going to Officer's Candidate School.~~ was a Technical Sergeant at the time, ~ ~e~ probably has his comxi~slon by no~. We're mightF proud of hlm.,. I knOW you are, Ray ~ing, and thank you so much' for ,joining us here tonlght.'g-iadies and gentlemen, certaln]y this war has produced no more astonishing coincidences than that involving ~Ir. Ray Ewing and his son, Curtis. For Curtis Ewlng,~sez--eg~'~r'~'~Ex~T~D~g~y an American soldier in ~@~ Australia, narrOWly escaped death from a direct hit by a Jap bomb. And incredible though it be may s~ - he picked up a piece of that bomb which was part of au automobile engine. 4~On that piece of shrapnel, his own father's name was stencilled. It was the self same steucll which he had watched his father old place On the motor of theAfamily ca~ t~elve y~ar~ before% BELIEVE IT OR NOT: I~I'Y 1401 023 I-q65
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MUSIC: HANCOCK: Mug ZC : - 8- #24 ( PP: .uss) (FULL PLAYOFF - "HUNTING SONG"- CUE ~) ~.Now here,s Don Hancock! Ladies an~ gentlemen, if you' re still ~moking old-fashioned, shor____!tt cigarettes, you'll be an]azed by, thi~ simple test, See what happene the f~ tim___ee you light a pELL M~LL. Unccnsei0usly, you hold the m~toh s half Inch closer to your face than you have to - a good half inch insid~ the t~p of your PELL ~IL. That means you've d~eeovere~ Modern - sor ething a ~h~i cigarette car/t possibly give you. ~{ow smoke that PKLL ~LL - see ~!hat Modern Design does for you. Fron the very first pufi~ P~ ~LL'S ~reetgr, length travels the smoke further- diminishes heat end blte on the way. PELL N~LL'S greater length f~lters the smoke ~ over e twenty per cent longe~ route of Ph%L ~LL~$ tradltlonell~; flne tobaccos. That's Modern Design - PELL W~J~L'g Modern Design. It filt rs the s oke - gives it that coole~, ~her teet~. ("ALL FOR 02;E" - CUE F - FADE FOR) AI'~01 0231566
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~r .~ANC~K. BIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPI~Y: -9- ~ All for one - and o~le for &ll. yes, th~t~s the way We'~ golng to Win the war. Over hsr~ ~il together wo~k~ for VIC.~. Over there, all together, f~ for VlC~9~. And for thos8 boys over there..here are Bob RIpley'e aue~ers to their V-Mall letters. Yes Dou. Before our first V-~ll letter I~d like 1 • again to ask all you llsteu~4~to write your V-Mall letter to m~f~l~O~$~mt~l~o~ who are overseas fightiug this war. The b~y~--'~o~eo~b~ck,tell ~ne~the red s .-no ~th ~i l-i -In ~the lWOr ~d llke-~n~we~i~ -real I -oa~-en~ge%Je@e,A,~e~,~le~,~ They're fighting to brdng u~ Victory , symboltze~ by t~U~etter IIVl~ -- tt~e ~e ~ette~ llVll yo~ see on t~e b~o~ of ~v~y ~ek~ge of your PELL MELL c~a~ettee. Right you are, Bob. And tonlght~s V-Mall letter le f~o~ Prlvate John Roberts, one-~nd~e~h~Tt~/-~h~ -P~tte~r~Oom~y~B~ He wri~s: "Could you tell me what Is the longest orlsou sentence any man has ever t~A~' Well, Bob, in your hunt for facts have you foun~ the answer to that one? ~iell /_I.-" ~Yes, He was Jean BaD~Iste Mouron. ~eP he wa~ ~Ixteen years old he was ~entenee~ to serve one hundred years and a day for attemoted arson. as a galley slave ~nd he served ' / • He servedAthat full term,~Ineludi~g the extra day. He ~S release~ fro~ pPIso~ervi~g the sentence and settled in Toulon, France, and survived for ~nother two years. "iT I~8~6~f~o ~-n- c~g~ . BELIEVE IT OR NOT. ~T~01 023~56P
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HANCOCK: MUSIC : HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANC~K: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: -is- #~4 (HUNTING SONG - CUE G) Bob will be back in just a moment with the answer to last: night's Believe It Or Not~ (PADBE) Smokers, wbeuever you buy cigarettes, remember -PELL ~LL'S Modern Deslgr gives you two importar, t benefits. First, FELL ~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further, diminishes heat and bit_~e on the way. Second, FELL MELL,S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that ~, tastes. That,s why, wherever particular DanDle ~te, you see PELL ~LL - in the s_~rt red Fagk'a~e= ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE }{2) And now for the answer to last mlghtrs Believe It Or Not. Re~nember, Bob, you h~nded us this little honey: "What EuroPean country is ruled by the mummified hand of a dead r~an ?" l~;ell Don - a~d the answer is - Hungar~. The their first ki and D~ro sa'nt h~nd that ~ules Hungary belonged to St. Stephen • When he died, his right hand was preserved in the Royal Palace. And all the rulers of Hungary fop the last nine centuries have ruled that country in the ham9 of the right hand of St. SteDhen - BELI~VE IT OR NOT - ITt~S T_~ Well, Bob, have you anothe~ Believe It Or Not ~t %~ellj tell me -v9~, Den, hcrz'c znc .~eu c"-n cho;z~. ~.~re is the possession of a beef steak punished by death? "~%ere is the possession of a beef steak punished by Oh-ohl Oh~ you have no red coupons? 8]'~01 029~568
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RIPLEY : qANCOCK: RIPLEY: MDBIC : HANCOCK : MUSIC : ANNR: - ~Ii- #24 .Th~.~t ' z right, ~-4-~-e~e~)f-~She-~la~ve-og-~he "~ -~17-ef--oo u rse y-~- k~ow --sere- -Deed le.. ~ighL.heDz~_~L~o_'J.~ Donl~ ~.uv~¢~. ,~Donlt ~:orr a long way from here - and I'll t~ll you where it is BecDuse tomoz,~ow night. ~Ther~ reallF is ~uoh a place. I've been ther~ myself -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ (THE~ - "A HUNTING" - CUE J ..... ~'~DE FOR) Th~s ~s Don Hancock reminding you to listen in tomorrow n~ht t~hen PELL ~LL Fatness Ci~az~ttee, the cigarette of Modern Design, wlll again present the ~::en whose whole l~fe is a constant hunt fo~ facts -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT.. ...... BOB RIPLEY! (APPLAUSE) (THE~ - "HUNTING SONG" - UP TO CUE) THIg IS MUTUAL. \ ~]"N01 0231569
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+ EOBERT L. RIPL~3Y- PROGRAM FEBRUARY 18, 1944 Greetings everybody and welcome. If you heard Gabriel ~eatter and his analysis of the news tonight, you kr.o~,, he mentioned the American attack on T~uk..a~d also in the news tonight is the faot that the new ~ule~ of Tibe~, the Pan-chen Llama, has Just been eleoted. ¸Tibet has the strangest ~,ay of eleotlr~ a ruler. After the death of the Chief Lla~, the oountry must wait seven years for an o~aole in the Temple of the Lake of Wisd~.~ to tell them who the next r~ler 18 to be, T~e Eew Lla[na must ~e a child beta the very second t~he old Llat~ died so ~,]at the dead Lla~na's last heartbeat is t~e first heartbeat of' the ~._ But the most Ii~Iporta~t th~r#l is, that the newly elected Llama ml~st come to the Royal Pal~ce in Lhassa. This palace is called the "Phodrang ~arpo' which means strangel~- enough, the "White IIouse." qhere he is plaoed before the life-size golden Btatue of ~Chln resi," the first L1ar~a. ~e Priests watch the 6~iden statue carefully--If the gold begins to glitter then the Llama is elected. If the gold remains dull, he i~ taken a~ay and executed. But ~hen the L~ama i~ elected, he becomes the master of life and death of a nation of three million people, You know these Tibetan Lla~as have developed the ~owor of autost~g~estlon to ~emarkable degree. They can voluntarily increase the temperature of their ~ bodles. They can sit for two days at a time in the sno~v, stark naked--wlth a terrible bllzza~d raging around the~ at a temperature of fo~ty-eight deg~e~ belc~ zero and not suffer at all. AT~0'I 02315P0
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RUTHRAUFF RYAN CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION A~RICAN C. & C. CC~PANY PALL ~ALL BELIEVE IT CR NOT ROBBRT L. RIPLEY #'25 BROADCASTFRI. 2/18/4~ M~UAL DATE: 9:35-9:30 P.M. NETWORK: E.W.T. :~USIC : FJ~OOOK: ~4A] [C OC K : ~USIC : (SIGNATURE - "}{UNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL N~LL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, presents... BELIEVE IT OR NCT .... BOB EIPLEy! (APPLAUSE) Here's the r~u whose ~hole life is a constaut world-wide hur.t for fact__~. The maa who makes his living by teili~ the truth. The man who krLows the been there. Yes, Bob Ripley has been there .... beea in more than two hundred countries, travelled over, a half million miles .... al~ays seekimg, always ha~ting for facts. ~ that put you right ~;Ith him in a front row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT 0R NC~ - ~ - SAYS BOB EIPI~Y~ (T~E - "A ~{UNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR) (N~S SPOT TO FOLIO) R]~O 1 02315;P1
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RIPI~3f' (CONTD5 -2- FEBRUARY 18, 1944 And the Women there practice poligamy. A girl marryL~.g into a family of say, several brothers, she marries first the oldest brother and then at intervals of one year, she must marry each younger browner until all the brothers, no matter how many, are her husbands. The most courteous and most respectful greeting that a Tibetan c~n give is to stick out his tongue at you as far as he can, then to raise his thumbs llke a hitchhiker and the longer the torque he sticks out the more respectful he is .... B~I~fE IT OR NOT! AI"HO 1 0231~;22
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MUSIO : ' HANCOCK: ~.USIC : ~4ANCOCK: MUSIC : RI PLE~Y : -3 - #25 (PIAY-OFF - "HUNTENG SONG'L - CUE C) Bob Ripley will be back in jusb e moment! (PAUSE) Smokers, PELL MELL~S Modern Design is visible te your eyes. The minate you look at a FELL Y~LL you FELL Y~LL'S greater length. That's Mcder¢. Design. And when you light your cigarette, you can e~ that PELL ~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further -- over a twenty per cent longer route of PELL MELL'S traditlonallv ~ ~. FELL ~LL'S greater length filters the smoke uaturall~ -- diminishes he~t arJ~ bite on the way - gives you ~ cooler; smoother, better-testing smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL MELL gives ycu visible of its advantage to smokers. Your ~ tells w_bXh • PELL ~LL'S f4cder~ Design. filters the smoke - gives it that c c~, smoother taste. (PIAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG[' - CUE D) And here's Bob Ripley again - the m~n who makes his living by hunting for fac~ (~C~E SETTER....FADE FOR) The present war has been the Source ef hundreds of unusual atid fascinating stories. Some of them are tl.&gic, some are funny, ~ some are so ironical that himself they might have been written by 0'lenry~ ~Such is the Believe It Or Not I~m going to sketch for you tonight. Now - on with the huntl (MO~) RTNO'I 02315?3
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CONTD) S 0~D: PANSHAW : WARREN : FAN SHAW : WARREN : FANSHAW : WARREN : FANSHAW : WARREN : -#- ~5 The time - the ~ight of September 15th, 1939. The place - the town of Ler~ick in the Shetland Islands~f ~~ Dr. Facsbaw, a veterinary, has been expertmentiug with rabbits, He has inoculated them wlthtdeadlyanthrax gerg~ to develop an anti-toxin fOP this fatal disease. D~ Pa~haw is terribly wovrie~ because, two days before, oae of the infected rabbits had escaped ~Itauhui~ and ~ disappeared.~As oup scene opens, Dr. Fans~aw is in his laboratory. His aaslstant, a ~an r~med Warren, enters the rocm. (DOOR 0PF~S AND CLOSES..OFF) (EAGERLY) Hello, Warren, a~y luck? Did you flnd the rabbit? No, doctor, not a sign of her. (SIGHS) I'm at my wit's end. We've got to find that rabbit at once or we'll have the worst epidemic of anthrax the world has ever kuowa. Good heavens, I didn't realize it was that Serious. It's worse than se~iouB, Warren. Anthrax is one of the mcst deadly diseases known. It attacks cattle and sheep, yes, and even human belngs. The disease spreads rapidly and is so virulent that one ~abblt can easily infect and kill every cow and sheep oa the British Isles. Good lord, that would reduce our e~ti~e supply of beef and mutton! Ri~ht~; it would affect ear e~tire war effort. Whew! That is had. I say, do you suppose someone else could have found the rabbit and is keeping it? FII~O 1 0231S?4
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~ARREN SOUND : FANS HAW : SOUND : WARREN : FANSHAW : SOUND: WARREN : FANSHAW: SOUND : ~JSIC : SOUND: MILTON : FANS ~AW : MILTON : l doubt it, 5he h~d a tag about her le~ with my inltlals and the numbe~ ten thirty-elght cn it. 15± ~ndS here on the Shetland/~who found her would Anyone know she belonged to me. Then the~'s only One thlng to do, doctor. We must notify the authorities. (SNEAK IN ROAR OF PLANES AND FALLING BOMBS..OFF) I don't dare toj Warren. If this news got out, it ~ould start ~ r~tion~ide WaniO. I don't ~ to notify the authorities. (PIANES AND BOMBS CLOSER BUT STILL IN DISTANCE) Listen; What is that? J~st ~o~ of o~r plane~ flying over. (PLANES AND B~B~ OLO~E) NO, those aren't o;ir lads. They ape dropping bombs. Those are ~ plau$s. By George, yo,AI~e right, ' This is the first time theylve come over. Turn off the lights an& get do~u to th~ cellar. Qulekly, Warren, Quickly: (UP WITH PIANES AND B06~BS) (~NELI~ WITH 50UNO FOR BRIDGE AND FADES PACK FOR) (DOOR OPENS AND SH~Tg..OF2) (0OMING) I say, Fanshaw, did you listen to the broadcast about the raid? NO, Milton. I have troubles enough without listening %0 mor~. But there WaSn't ~ny t~ouble. It*s positively faDtastis- but do you know those Nazi blighters didn't kill a except blessed thing ~a robbit? RTN01 0231575
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FANG,HAW : ~ILTON : FAN~ W~W : MII/~ON : FAN $;~AW : MILTON : FANSHAW : MUSIC : RIPLEy: MUSIC: -6- #e5 A rabbit? Yes, and the little beggar had a tag about her leg • 6rked J. F. Ten thlrty-elght. A tag marked - ! Are you sure? Yes, quite sure, old man. That's what the announcer Say , said - a tag marked J. F. Ten thirty-eight. 4Thatls oae of o~ rabbits, is~'t it? (E~SINS ~0 ~UGH) I say - what are you laughing at? Miltor~, the Nazis don't kT.OW it, but they have done England a great service. They have j~st killed the deadliest rabbit in tha world. (TAG IT. FADE BACK FOR:) Yes, ladies and gentlemen, th~-~nd-~e~%he-meay-- %hat~top~%hI~~ oue~Te~,,sheer~i~on~ -~he Nazi planes tn~t had come to bomb and destPoy the Shetland Islands. n@k~-/~ille~ooul~one llvin~ thin~. And that ~ llviug thiu~ was an anthrax Infe%ted rabbit. If this rabbit had not been killed it would have spread the fatal a~thrax ~erm to all the cattle and sheep on the islands -- and done mo~e damage to England's war effort than hundreds of tons of bombs. Thus, the very Nazi planes which had come to destroy them had actually saved She Shetland Islands - and perhaps all England from a deadly epidemic - BELIh~E IT OR NOTI (APPLAUSE) (~--L PLAY-0FF - "~UNTING SONG" - CUE E)
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RIPLEY : HANCOCK: ~JSIC : HANCOCK: RIPLEY: -7 Now here's Don Hancock~ Ladies and gentlemen, when a PELL ~ELL smoker trlss to light an old-fashioned, ~ oigarette a queer talng happens. Ucco~sclcusly, he holds the flame a gccd half Inch ~ the tip of the short cigarette. He's looking for something that isn't there. He's !ooking for PELL MELL18 ~ ~s~. Modern Design means PELL ~LL is longer. ~oderr~ Design means PELL MELL is smoother, cooler. From tae very first puff, FELL ,~LL'S greater length travels the smoke further -- diminishes e~ and bite on the way. PELL I~ELL'S greater lec.gth filters the smoke tur~ over a twenty per cent lor~ger route of PELL MELL'S traditionally f~ ~. That's ~ ~ -- PELL ~LL'S Modern Design. PELL MELL f I~ the -- glves it that ~, ~moother taste. ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All for o~e - and one for all. Yes, that's the way we're going to win the wa~. Over here all together work~ for VirtU. Over there, all together, for Vict~ And for those boys over there...here are Bob Ripley's answers to their V-~il letters. But ThankSy~~ Don. ~ before our V4gail answer tonight, i' d l~<o to brlr~ up the thought of writing to our fighting men overseas. Everything OUr fighting men are doing is grim; exhausting and a chailer~e to every bit of ir~nhood in them. ,A poet once said: "that a friendly letter is food great bi for the soul." Well, let's give our boys a~haaqu~t. B aus Write a V-~il letter tonight. ~ey~re fighting to bring us Victory, symbolized by the letter 'hf" - the same letter ~hf" you see ou the back of every package of your PELL MELL cigarettes. RTMO1 O231~2P
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FANCOCK: RIPIEY: MUSIC : ,~ANCOCK: MUSIC : HANCOCK: -8- Right you are, Bob. • .Tonight's V~all letter is from Cor.poral Robert V. Sagalyn. Hs wrltes; "The other day I was talking to my superior officer and the question of re]tglom came up. He said there were two hundred different religions in the world today~ That sounded a little faatastlc to me so I'm appeali~ to you to settle the issue." Well, Bob, la your hunt for f c~s, ~his orle? have you fcar~d the answers to Yes, Don. The_offlce~I~aS~wroag;-~bat~net-in-the~ ~LreD~tio~Co~po~al~Sa~a%ya~t~t. I carefully hunted dowa the facts and found there are approximately one tho,Asand cae huodrerl different religious beliefs i~ the world today. BELIE~fE IT OR NOT! ("HUNTING SCNG" - C~ G) Bob will be back in just a momer~t with the answer tc last night's Believ~ It Or Not.~ (PAUSE) Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember - PELL MELL'8 Modern Design gives you two important benefits. First, PEI2~ MELL'S greater length travels the smoke f~rther, diminishes heat and bite om the way. Second, PEIL ~WELL'S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that co~, ~ ta~. That's why, ~ r i~ e~ ~ you see PELL MELL - in the smart red package. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE H2) And ~ow for the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not. ~';eli Remember, Bob, you aBked this question: Wh~re is the possession of beef steak punished by death? ~]IH01 0231528
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RIPI~Y: HANCOCK: RIPI~Y: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANC@CK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: MUSIC: -9- #25 Yes ~, Don, and the answer is in - (INTERRUPTING) Wait a minute, Bob, I ~ the answer to that or, e. 0L~ .~You do? ?IV ~Sure. When it comes to a question about steaks - well - thatrs my heat and I really go to towo. The place where Bob the possession of a steak is punished by deathAis the laird of the sacred cow - Kashmir in the Himalyae. I looked it up and found that in Kashmir all cows al,e considered sacred and mast not be killed. Dgr* ~47iee -~oSng., ~Don~--e~@, oon~ratalatlons You' re absolutely ] sperlt about a monde% in oona%ra in th~ vale in K~i~ir and I kno~ the ca,ls are rlght.~ It's a crime punishable by death to possess a sacred. and youlre right. beef steak in Kas~nlr. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TR~ Well, Bob, have you anot~ question we can take home and go to work on OVER the week end? Now Yes, Don, r have. aI~,t's see if you can come up w~th the right answer to this erie. .Whe~e--~e~he--beacb~_b~%~k-8$, ,h.re is tn~ e an ocean beach Mee? --I,-~t~ where ~ the sands ~ bark like a dogJ when you wmlk on them? j is hle*_-e ~z ocea~ ~,h~re the SaIl(]~ Hm~m, let's see cow, ~har%dees-~he beach~bark at you{ when you walk 0n ~,hem'~ In other words, where are the sands that bark llke a dog?" Golly, Bob, that's a ~eal toughie. It"s not really so tough, Don, end l'll tell you Where it is Monday night. Meantlme, here's a little hint for you. There is actually a place where the sands bark at you aad this place is mlder the governmental jurisdiction of the United States - BELIEVE IT OR NOT; "A - *RUJNTI'h~3" CUE J....FADE FOR) RI"~O 1 023152'9
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LV~NCOCK : ~USIO : ANNR: -10- ~25 This is Don H~cook remindinZ you to listen in Mond&7 nizht when PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cl~arette of Modern ~si~n~ will again present the ~n ~hoae whole itfie is a consta[Lt hunt for f o~ -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT ..... ~OB RIPI~y! (APPZ~US,~) (T~ME - '~HU~TING SONG" - ~P TO CUE) THIS IS MUTUAL. R]H01 0231580
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7 k RUTHRAUFF RYAN Inc. ADVERTISING CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION ANI~RIOAN 0, & O. GO~PAICy, PAIL M61~ BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPLEY BR OAD CAS~ION. 2/21/44 DATE: ~JTUAL 9:15-9:30 P.M. NETWORK: E.W,T. MUS 10 : M~]OOCE: (SIGNATURE - "HURTING SONG" - CUE A) PELLR~YoLFamous Cigarettes, the Cigarette of Modern Design, presents .... BELIEVE IT OR NOT..BOB RIPLEY! (APPLAUSE) Ee~m~a the man whose~hol~ lif~ is a constant world-wide hunt for facts. The man who makes his living by telling the truth. The man who knows the plmcos making n~s today - knows them beoause he~s been theme. Yes, Bob Ripley has been there....been in mo~e than two hundred countries, traveled aver a half million miles..always seeking, always hunting for facts. Facts that ~ut you right ~Ith him in a fDont row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - I~s TRUE - SAYS FOR RIPLEY~ (THEME - "A HI~[TING'I - CUE B - FADE FOR) (NEWS SPOT TO FOLLOW) FI [ ,~I01 023 ~581
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.4~., ~95~;% T>POT - BELIEVE IT OR NOT - ROBBRT L. RIPik~f - F~BRUARY 21, 1944 Greetings everybody and welcome. If you heard Gabrlel Heetter an~ his analysis of the news tonight, you kno~ he mentioned that - Amerlcsn and British bombers have just blasted 5!unfch, the birthplace of Nazism. 14unlch was built by an insane king, King Ludvig, the Second, who ws,~ so fond of Wegnerlan operas that he used to atten~ them ~Ztb only himself as a ~pectator in the whole vast auditcr!um. Well, Hltler love~ Wa~ner and he took most of his symboli~m~ from the Wagnerian Opez~s, ~uch as the r~;se~ hand of the Na~l ~alute, and the o~y, "Hell". Since it is ~ell known that Ludvlg, the Second, dle6 insane, there i~ a legend ~hich says that ~unicb, built by a lunatic, ~;i]3 be destrOyed by a lunatic. Cu a bui]dit%[ uea# Hdtler'~ headquarters, there is an ancient placque on the wall whlch shows an angel boldlng scales. Iu one of the scales is the e~,celic figure of 8 oberub~ and in the other is 8 figure of a devil, sn~ st~ar~ely enough, the 8rtl~t gave the devil the .exact llkenes,~ of Hztlem over three hundred years ago-~face, moustache, and all. Bu~ the strangest Believe It Or Not in M~nich~ is a eun dial in the courtyard of the D~strict Cou#t. This dial is looked upon 8s beiD~ prophetic because for the last two hundred ~eers~ it has 81ways predicted the exact hour of the death of Gel~nar~8 rulers. No~ 8ccordlng to this dlal, Hitlerts death hour will come at two-thirt/ in the afternoon. And it can,t come too soon, BEL~_, IT OR NOT ! £T~O'! 0231582
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, MUSIC: ~ANCOCK: -3- #26 (PIAY OFF - "Hb~TING SONG" - CUE 0) Bob Ripley will be b~ck in just a mccaent! (PAUSE) MUSIC: }~NCOCK~ MUSIO~ RIPLEY: ~mokers, PELLN~JS Modern Desi~ is as plain as day to see. Yes, your own eyes give you the proof of PEIL MESL'S advantage to smokers--your ejetells whj__t You can see pELL MELLtS greatem length. That's Modern Design| And when you light your clgal.ette, you can se_._ee that PELL MELLtS greater length travels the smoke further--over ~ twenty per cent longer route of PFLL~G~LLtS traditionally fine tobaccos, pELLMELL'S g~eater length filters the smoke naturally -- diminishes heatand blt_.~eon the wa~ -- gives you a cooler, smoother, better-tasting smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your o~m eyes. P~LL ~LL gives you visible proof of its advantage to ~nokers. Your eye tells why___A PE~L N~T~S ~odern Design filters the smoke--gives it that cooler, smoother ,.taste. (PLAy-OFF - 'IHUNTING SONG" ~ CUE D) ~nd her~l~ Bob Ripley/&~i~u:,- the man v~o m~ke~ hi~ living by hunting for facts____~l.t,t (SCENE SETffF~..FADE FOR) Sclentis~s say the world we live in is millions of ~", years old. We!l, Mothe~ Nature m~y be a very old lady, b~t she still has a keen sense of h~nor.C~In my hunt for facts, I've found that she h~,s played n~ny "- But a~tonl~hi~g and unusual ~r~nks. ~ the B~lleve It OT I th~nk Not IIm going to sketch for you tonlgbtAis a good illustration of one of them. Now - on wlth the hunt. (M0~) FII" XO '1 0231583
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R I PLL~/: SOUND: SOUND: MApANE: SOUNR: CApTA IN : CAPTAIN: SOUND: -4- #26 The time - December 13th, 1901. The pS~ce - in ~'ea] tb Semarang,4Java, Sa~al Mapane, a ~ ~toh fac ~o~'i~ ~ "P~ cargo owner of ~ plantations, and a fleet of ~ ~hips - has just died. As our scene opens, his son - ~,k~l Mapane, Junior, is addressing ~ meeting of his father's employees. (BUZZ OF AD LIB CONVERSATION) (0V]~) Gentlemen, G~ntlemen.~ (cRowD DIES DO ) As you k~o'z:, we have always had & Spotless meoord for safety and dependability in the ope~tion of our seven i f~ei~hte~s. My father ~ms ve'ey n~oud of t~t record, But being afraid that the successors in his busluess might not waintain his high standaDds he made me promise to take the seven ships out beyond the three mile limit and sink them. • (CROWD ~]RMUR UP. BRIF~LY) [i~:f~e ~r ~ 2~Ilhee~1 %But what will become of us when you sluk the ships. We will ell be out of a job. (CROWD MUm R OF) RT~01 0231584
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CAST: MAPANE: MUSIC: RZPLEY: -5- #26 (AD LIBS: IIThatls right". "What about ms?" ETC.) Captain S%ivichal (O~)dUntil I can build a new fleet of ships, you will all have Jobs ou my plantations - at the sgme rs.te of Day you D~ve been getting. (BRIDGE IT. FADE BACK FOR: ) The seven ships v~re taken out beyond the three-mile limit that very day. Their se~cocks were opened and they sank to the bottc~ of the ocean. Then, on the following morning, a severe earthquake and tida] wave struck the coast of Java. When it was over, ~kal ~,%pane, stoo~ among the ruins of his factories and p]~ntations - talking to Csptain Stivichal. ~PANE: CAPTAIN: .NATIVE: 17APANE: NATIVE: MApANE: NATIVE: MA PAFE: Alas, C~ptain Stlviolml, I have no~ lost not only my ships but all my factories and plantations as well. The tidal ~mve ~,s swept them all to destruction. --aea --~t ~ er-m~era-an~_~ik~_Fmamhave-b e en-- (COMING) Tuan~ Tuanl Mynheer ~kpane~ ~nt is it~ ,boy? .', miracle las happened. Tuan. The seven ships ~re backl They're back? Y~s~ they're o!~ the beach at Derm~k Farm. You must be cut of you~ mimd. De~ak Farm is a mi_le.- and a half Luland~ \ F11" i~I01 02S 15E15
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MUSIC : RIPI~Y: SOUND: CAPTAIN : MAPANE : CAPTAIN: You w~ll find I have -6- Come and see for yourself, Tuan. sDoken the truth. (B[{IDGE ~f. FADE BACK ~OR: ) Yes AThe ~ative boy h~d told the truth. For the tidal ~%ve that-~ deatro~dd Sak~l ha%Dane rs plantations and factories, had sweot UD his shios from the bottom of the ocean and O~Priad ther~ a m~Io an@ When a half inland. Then,-~ the tide receded, it [eft them %he high and dr~ on the ~and. When Sak~l !.~D~oe and, Captain ~l a~rived on the scene, they found a Crowd already there ~azJng In w-nder at the strange sight, (AD LIB CROV~ ~JRI~JB: ) The boy was right, 'tfnhee~ ~ane. These are 7our shiDs and they've hardly been damaged at all. How soo~ do you th~nk We'll be able to put them back in ODeratlon? ","¢i! AlJd say ~t Will take at lea~t a ~;ear We will have to dig a channel to the see. A channel wide enoNgh add long enough to let the sea Water in and float the ShlDS out again. . " "~n~- I'm afraid I won't b~J able to raise the mor:ey for such an ut~dertaklng. • I know I SDeak for all your emDloyees when I say weEll do everything we can to helD, sir. The first thing We must do is clo~e the soaoooks ~nd make these ships ',, watortlght. (LOUDLY) 0o~ on, men, let,s get to work! hundred -fo< t ~T~01 0231586
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-- 5 f MUSIC : E!pLEy: SOUND : C A PTA IN : ~A PANE : SOUND: SAPTAIN : MAPANE : SOUND: MUSIC : EIPl~f: -7- #~6 (SV:ELL8 BRIEFLY. FADES BACK FOR) The ~n wet]t to work ~nd soon ~de the hulls seaworthy agaln. ~,~en they had finished, they stood about discussing their next ~teo with4~. ~MaDane. (CRO~ m/R~UR: ) (OVER) We~l, Mynhce~ ~oane, ther~ they are. All seven of them - just as good a~ new. Just as good as new, Captain. But whet good are shIDe on dry land - a mile and a half from water. I wish I koew - (~[~¢~LING ROAN - FXOITED CROWD NOISE. ) Good heavens - another earthquake! Look out to sea! There,s a huge tidal vmve coming in. Run for your life, Caotaln! Run for your ills, (ROAR UP. CROWD NOISE UP) (SWELLS WI~[ SOL~D F0E TAG) Yes, ladies and gentlemen, right then ~nd thePe, ~1other rmture played one of the most spectacul~tr pranks I:ve .~ .~'ound in the man7 years IIve been hunting fop facts. (MOR:-O flT~O'] 0231582
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PIP~Y: (COm'D) MUSIC : RIPI~Y: HANCOCK: #26 That senoDd tidal wave roal~6 in from the J~va Sea aria then when ~t receded, it carried all the seven ships out to sea a~In, with uo more effort than it takss to flo~t ohZidts toy boat on a pond. And of thews seven ships, which were ~unk forty-three years ago - four are still for our allies. afloat and in ssrTiee tod~y~ . ' - BZLI~ :T OR NOTI (APPLAUSE) (FULL PLAY-OFF - "Hb%ITING SO~IG" - COS E) Now here's Don Hancock! Ladies and gentlemen, if you're still smoking old-fashioned, short cigarettes, here is a test that will glve you the facts about Modern Design. See what haDpens the first tlme ~,~u ii~ht a PELL M~LL. Un~oneclous~, y~ hold the match a h~if inch ctoser to your face than you have to -- a good half inch ~nsi~e the tip of your PELL ~TLL. That means Fou'vs dlscovere~ !~o~er~ Dgs~E~. -- something a short clgarette can't po3slbl~ glve you. Now smoke that FELL MELL - see what ~s0ern Design do~s for ~ou. From the very first Duff, PELL ~ELL'S greater length travels the smoke further - diminishes heat and blip_on the way, FELL ~LL'S greater lenF~th f~Iters the smoke naturall.~[ over a twenty per oeDt longer route of PELL I~LL'S tradltlonally fine tobaccos~ That,s Modern Design. PELL ~LL~S Mofler~ Design! It filters the smoke - gives ~t that co~ler~ smoother taste. RI'XOI 0231588
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F~USIC: }~NCOCK: RIPL?~: ]~NCOCK: RIPL~Y: (I~ALL EOR O~" - CL~ F - FADE FOR) All for one - and erie for all. Yes, thatrs the ,~y we're going to win the "~r. Over here all together, working for Victory. Cver there, all together~ fight2.n6 for Victory. And for those boys over there..here are Bob Ripleyts ans~.Ters to their V-FAIL letters. B~t Ti~ank ~ou, Don. aBefors we get to our V-FAIL tonight, • Ird like to tel! our listeners that a good ~y to be with our boy~ is to -,~ite them. Yes - w, ite a V-~AIL letter tonight to our boys who are fighting to bring you Victory - sy~bolized by the letter '~q" - the same letter It U V you see on the back of every package of your PELt ~ELL cigarettes. letter Right you are, Bob. ~This ~ is from Robert K. Weikel ~':hich has more entre'ante - E.~L S~,d rj~,~. He "~wltes: 'There hc, c boon ~f-~w~.-e<~.pa~ee~tqx~F~a-~o~ ~an you settle this for us?'~ ~lell, Bob, in your hunt for facts, have you found the answer to that? Yes, ~, i have. -~¢r short distances, a horse ~ he,"i a man. On the other b&nd, if the course is a very long one a nBn~ outrun a horse. This ~s p~,oved by Charles in Cr3 s~i Gara*n~ in London~ W. Hart,~.who at the age of Bixty-two outran two horses da~ ....... each is ~xh~-us~d. You se~,~horse ~ until he ~. . -- -any ~.'caccn for ru.~~ But the ~r~n urged on he c~n by will pomp and ~easoning~aout~n the horse - BFLIEVE IT OR NOT! ~ T ~40 '1 02~589
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MUSIC : !~NCOCK: ~gCSIC : }~NCOCK: RIPLI~: NANCOCK : RIPLEY: HANO 0OK : R IPLEy: -i0- #2~ (~ HUNTING SONG" -- ~UN G) Bob will be back in just o, momenl with the ans~.ler %o last night's Believe I$ Or Not. (PAUB~) Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember - PELL MELL, S l~odern Deslgn gives you ~wo impor%ant benefits. First, FELL ~]LL'S gre&ter length travels the smoke further; diminishes he~t and b l tee_on the ~ay. ,5eccud, P~LL ~LL'~' greater, length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler, smgot~2_r tg:gte, fhat' s why~ ~nerever particular peo~e .gensr~e, >ou see PELL S~LL - in the s~rt red~ka~e! ('}~5NTING SONG" - CUE H2 An4. now for the answer 5o last Friday's Believe It Or teA0 Not. Remember Bob, you ~ us this little beauty: ;%";here does the beach ~e, rk a~ you? In other words - where are the sands that ba~k like a dog? -~4~-~@~4~'~he '~b~rkin~ ~a~ds" ~re at K~:~9,1 - which iS one of the I~walian Islands. The beach b~rks besause the tnt;Ci£% of ~ora~1 lava &r~/ Se&shell~ ~nd sands az'%~f & pc~ilal- c~. K~nen yOU step on and ~ rubs tog~D~er It~ you produce ~ soured tl~t is almost exactly llke the barklhg of a dog. BELTE%~ IT 0P NOT~'t- IT'S TRUE! Well, Bob, have you another one we can take a whirl at -- \ tonight? Vell ~T-~, see if you have any luck with this question. %Vhat famous tomb ha~ been used as a maternity hospital for th~/a~t~wenty-two hundred years? srxo 023 59o
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~NCOCK: ~fU3IC: HANCOCK: ANNR: .ii- #2 "V~t famous tDr~b has bee~ D.sed as a r~terni-ty hospital fop the last t~,!er~t~-two holldred years?:; You're not tr~ing to put one over on us are %,ou, Bob? NO, they don't aie th~'a~ the/Ire born there. No, 4~g, Itm not.~ And i'll tell you ~,Jheze the tomb is tomorrov; night. There actually is such a ple.ee eel-I've ~een it with m7 ~eyes - B~LI~Z IT OR lWi% (['i~J~ - ~A HUNTING~ • CU~ J,..FADE FOR) This is Don Hancock reminding you to listen ir, tomorroI~ ni&~t v£~en PEI.L h/EIL Famous Cigarettes, the cigar, ette of Modern Desi~n~ will a~In present the man whose ~.~hole li~e ~ a constant hu~t for i'acts -- BELIEV~ IT OR NOT...B09 RIPLLDI! (T~E~ -. ~:~JNTXNG SONG;: ~ UP TO CU~J THIS IS ~UTUA]_, RTHOI 0231591
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f RUTHRAUFF RYAN I.c. CLIENT: PROGRAM: RADIO DIVISION AMERICAN 0. & C. COMPANy pALL MALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPLEY FINAL, REV. #27 BROAD CASI~tES. 2/22/44 DATE: MOTUAL 9:15-9:30 P.M. NETWORK: E.W.T. ~JSIC: HANCOCK: HANCOCK: M~SIC: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modem] Design, presents.., BELIEVE IT OR NOT...BCB RIPLEY~ ( APPLAUSE ) Here,s the men whose whole life is a constant world-wide hunt for facts. The man who makes hi~ living by telling the truth. The man who knows the places making, news today - knows them because he's been there. Ye~, Bob Ripley has been there .... been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over a half million miles...always seekin$, always hunting for facts. ~ that put you ri2,ht with him in e front row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE - SAyS BOB RIPLEYI AND HERE HE ISI (THE~ - "A HUNTING" - CLrE B - FADE FOR) (APPLAUSE) (NEWS SPOT TO FOLLOW) ATN01 O23'1592
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r -b J,~$ BPOT RIPI~]Y: - BELIEVE IT OR NOT - ROBEK4?:L. 91PLEy FEBRUARY 22, 19~4 Greetings everybody and weleome~ Tonight's American Co,~atu~lque says that the fourtegnth Army Air Force attacked Tongklng, Ind0-Chlna, that our planes dostroyed the railroad bridge at Phu Ly. Well, I reme~Lber Phu Ly and the word Phu Ly means, "Beautiful Bridge." And the name does not refer to the bridge over the water which our flyers ~estro:led, it refers to a bridge built under the water built more than one thousand years ago. This brldge consists of three caves or grottces which form a tD~el on the bottom of the river which makes it ~osBible to w&]/f &cross underneath the ri-ler without ush~g any bridge at all. Now, another locality in Indo-China which was attacked by our bombers, was Campha Port. Near Ca~.pha Port ~s the great, "Ink Pot of God~" This is a rook more than twenty feet high which has beGn hollowed out ar~ carved by hu~an hand into the shape of a glgautic ink pot. This reck consists of a strange b!ac!: coal-like substance, and when it rains, this ink pot is filled with water which soon turns to the blackest ink. They say, that whenever God wishes to write a letter, he cc~es here to Indo-China to dip his quill into" the "Ink Pot': ,of Campha Part. Nearby, there is a hill called, '~Van Ninh, or "The Hill of Ten Thousand Tranquilities." On top of that hill exists the most perfect peace and quiet in the world because no voice or sound either human, animal, or mechanical or political ever carries to the top of the hill. BELIEVE IT OR NOT! A]'HOI 0231593
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MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: 'MUSIC: -3- (PLAY-0FF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) Bob N1pley ~Jill be book in just e moment. (PAUSE) Smoker~, your ~ give you the true story of PELL NELL,S Modern Design. The minute you look at a PELL ~LL you eee PELL ~L,S greater length. That's Modern Design. And when you light your cigarette, you can se___ee thet FELL fl%~XL,S greater length tlwvels the smoke fuz~her - over s twenty per Gent longer route of PELL ~r~LL.S trsdltiona~ly fine ~. PDLL N~ELL,S greeter leP~th filters the s~loke natur~llX- diminishes heat and bite on the way -- gives you s coole~, smoother, better-tastlng smoke• Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL ~LL gives you ~ ~ of its advantage to smokers. Your eye tells wbxh. Design filters the smoke - gives smoother taste. PELLMELL'S Modern it that cooler, (PLAY-OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) And herel~_8 Bob Riple~- the man who Y~akes his living by huntir~ for fects~ (SC~IE SETTER...FADE FOR) noL oni~ on the 2d front bt This war is e vest operation. We a~e flghting~on seve[t ~elJeve • or i]o+~. seventy-f-e~ f~ontsA ~ ~ch ~ector is fille~ glory, tr~gedy add "" t with~drsma. ~bIn my hu/lt for facts - Ive found many stories ~ell Worth telling - end I'm goiI~ to sketch one Of them fo~ you in ~ Believe It Or Not for tonight. NOW - on with the Hunt. A "1 ,~0 "1 0231594
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RIPLEY : (CO,TO) SOUND : TC~: SERGF~%NT : T~: SERGEANT : TOM: SERGFJ~NT : TOM: MUSIC : RIPLEY: 4 • 5 #27 the The time - January^lgth - 1942. The place - Richmond, ~t Virginia. ~ eleven o'clock in the morning, a husky young man walks up to the sergeent at an Army rec~uitlng station. (FOOTSTEPS OVER BOARD FLOOR, . .THEY STOP) I want to enlist in the Army. Yeah? What's your name? Tom Kincaid. How old are you? I'm - twenty-one. Any Particular branch of the service you want to join? Make mine the Air Corps. I think I'd llke to fly. (EWE, LIE BRIEFLY. FADES BACK FOR) So Tom Kincald joined the Air Force - ~17~i~- ell 0 , , , ~. 'Asslgne~ to the 3~1~th Squadron - 98th Bomber Group he completed his tr&inlng - and eventually was sent ill J]oFSh ,!fpioh OVerseas to the Air Base at Benghasi~ There, 8,~ gcuor~l z~,orz =znthz of tr&Ini~, he was assigned as gunner to the crew of ~ B-24 Liberator BoMber "~y, ~ee-~". He flew on mls'slons over Italy, Greece, Germany and Rumania. Then, when he'd piled up three hundrad hours of combat flying, he WaS ll~de a staff sergeant and4sent back to the Air Base at Salt Lake City. ~Sho~tly after he a~yIves there, he goes in to see his C ~ndlng Officer. R1"~O'l O231595
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SOUND: TCM: OFFICER : q10~: OFFICER : TOE.: 9~'IC ER : TOM: OFFICER : TOM: MUS IC : RIPLEZ: RIPLEY: TOM: - 6- #27 (FOOTSTEPS OVER BOARD WAIK...CCMING) Sergeant Kincaid reporting, sir. Yes, sergeant? There's something that's been on my conscience for some time - sir, I didn't tell the truth when I enlisted si~t No? No slr~ My hawse isn't Klncald - it's Fletcher. Not Kincald, eh? NO, sir - and there's one more thing. I'm not twenty-three years old - I'm only sixteen. Sixteen! Then you must have enllsted when you were only fifteen years oi~ I did, sir, I was born on December 31st - ]926 - and I can prove it. (TAG IT...FADE BACK FOW) Yes, ladies and gentlemen a~Staff Sergeant Fletcher did prove it. He had enlisted in the Air Force under the name of K~ncald when he W~s only flfteen years old, ile O~ly 2 ~ontlls ~go ~was mustered out of the Az~ny on December iZth.a-l~%-72- when he was still only sixteen years old. He is right here beside me now, and I want you to meet him. Ladies ma~ I present end gentlemen -^former Staff Sergeant Tom Fletche~. (APPLAUSE) tell m9 We44-, Tom& how does it feel to be back home again? Well, Mr. Rlpley, to tell the truth, it feels pretty good. I~ 1"~0"1 0231596
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T~ ~7~ TT U . 7 RIPLR~Z: TOM: EIPLEY: TOM: RIP IEY: TOM: RIPLEY: TOM: PIPLEY: TOM: RIPLEY: TOM: RIPLEY: TOM: RIPLEY: TOM: -7- #27 ^I can well believe that. What 8re you doi~ now, Tom? I'm working in the Armament Section of the Curries pl~nt at Columbus, Ohio. V~e4~/~[~ a ll_fhe,boB~re- ~IL .__,Sc~,hersI,s.-.8 ~.!{}[olIo!!. f or ..~oll, Lellc~,. Nov, %e~] ~3 ~How many missions did you fly on when you were ovel~eas? I didn't keep oount, but I know it was ~ore than t hlrt y- f~_ve. Are ih.ere any ~hsi you remember especially? Well, I was i~ the first bombing raid on Rome and also in the reid on Rumsnian oil fields at Ploesti. Plocsti j eh? aThat was one of the most daring r~ids of the wa~; I kno~ that. I guess so. Thirteen planes from our squadron went ~y lane over and only ~even came b~ck ........... ~ _~,.~. one of them. Tom, I ~undePstand that you personally shot down two enemy planes ~n thai ~sid. They gave me 0radii fop two but I didn't clelm them. IWengver claimed any pdane. ITd ~uei r~ther not. F?o I think I understand~ E ~, you have the Distinguished Flying Oros,~, \ Do "~ou mind ~elllng us how you won it? Well, before the InvBslon of Sioily, we w6nt on s mission to M@selna, q-~. There WaS ~ very heavy fog thai day -~when we came out of it, we~d lost ~he rest Of ou'P flight g~oup - end We were alone. (MORE) f~'~'HO 1 02.91597
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TOM: (CONTD) ( RIPLEY: TOM: RIPLEY: TOM: RIPI~Y: TOM: RIPLEY: -8- #27 Bat we went in and bombed our tsi~et anyhow. Then, the Nazi~ ,iur~,ped us. Our au~unltlon ran low - but we fought them off and got back to our base okay. And none of US wer~ hurt, I also nob!ca Tom, ~ the Air Medal with one silver and five bronze clusters. How dld you get that? I don~t exactly remember, Mr. Ripley. I guess I got ~t for standir4~ in chow lines and fighting mosquitoes. (IAUGHS) A%-I--~W4~, I see4you don t want to talk about it. But you must have had ~ome very dra~mtlc experlances. %rill you tell u8 8bouOnetd~Of he~L or some of them? I don.t know exactly wh~t you ~au by "dramatic", but llve Cot a Believe It Or Not for you. ,~ Beiiave It ~" flog? aOoo~. Let1~ have It. One day we were over the Straits of Messina. The ib°mber ' s i ack-ack was heavy, end I was in the ~ waist straddling a box of .50 caliber r~chine gun bullets. A piece of shrapnel~ came ~ through the bottom of the plane - and hit the projectile end ~f s~uck just eaztl-idg~ i ,,~ ~[~GGIIL~. If that shell had-~'ri'~" a is',': Jncne~ f~-Dher back ~tle hit tn£ povd~r e id the pcv:~tr end of thez= 3autridg=341ns~ead of-the pro.jectile end, it would have exploded the whole mess of them - and - well - I wouldn't be here tellir~ you about it. And that l~e s real Believe It Or Not. Thank you very much for coming here from Columbus, Ohio, to be with us tonight, ge~eant Tom Fletcher. A T:40 '1 0231598
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r, RIPI~ ~fCSI0: RIPL~"f: HANCOCK: % -9- #27 l~dies and gentiemen, you have just heard Staff Sergeant Tom Fletcher, who enlisted in the Air Force when he use only fifteen yea~s old. He ~,as flown on more than thlrty-five combat missions, ~ three hundred combat flying hours @e-4~, has won the Distinguished Flylng C~os8, ~ the Air Medal with one silver cluster wMezl and five bronze clustezw - and all of this b~ he only 16 Was ~e~ years old - BELIEVE IT OR NOY! (APPLAUSE) (FULL pLAY-0FF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE E) NOW here's Don Hancock! Ladie~ and gentlemen, here le what ~mppene when PELL ~ELL stroker tries to light an old-fsshloned, short cigarette. Uneonscieusly, he holds the flame e good half inch~ the tip of the short cigarette.. He's looking for something that ien't there. He's looklng for PE~L ~3]LL, S Modern ~_~i u. Modern Deeign means PELL N~LL is longer. Modern Design means PELL ~ELL is smoother, cooler. From the Very first puff, PELL ~I~'S g~ater length travel~ the smoke further- diminishes heat and bite on the way. PELL MELL,S greater length filters the smoke ~atu~l~ over e twenty per cent longer route of PELL N~L,S trsditlonally flue ~. That's Modern Doslgn - PELL NELL,S Modern Design. PELL MELL filters t_~he smoke -- gives it that cooler, lq 1":40 '1 0231599
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MUSIC : HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK : RIPLEY: -lO- #27 ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All for one - and one for all. Yes, that's the way We're golug to win the war. Over here all together workit%~ for Vletorx. Over there, all together, f~ for Victorgl. And for those boys over there...here are Bob Ripley's answers to their V-Mall letters. Thank you, Don. Before answering our V-Mail. let's consider the thought of writing to our boys overseas. I knOW that you all war~t to write and will, so why not write tonight? Give the boys a big thrill. They're flghtir~ to bring you Vlctory - symbolized by by the ~iay the letter "V" - the same letter "V"A ~ou see on the back of ever~ package of xour FELL MELL Cigarettes. Right you are. Bob. Here's a letter from Pvt. Joe Hoffner, ~9~ ~TfC!O~ ~m~ AFO 3~,~He asks: "IS it true that there's a British Regi~ent in which the soldiers do not sa3nte their superiors, except by tipping their hats?" Well, Bob in your hunt for facts, have ~ou found the answer to that one? There is one ~rltlsa regiment ~ w~ °-"*~dz in Er~l~nd ~s--ee--o%W~that ~ retains the the medieval forms of saluting officers, which at of Charles the First t~e~ was the tipping of their hats. BELIEVE IT OR NOT: RTH01 0231600
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I * '~S IC : HANCOCK : MUSIC; HANCOCK: RIPLEY; ,HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK : -~i-- #27 ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE G) Bob will be back in just a moment with the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not. (PAUSE) Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember - PELL ~LL'S Modern Design gives you two important benefits. First, PELL MELL'S greater length travels the smoke further, diminishes heat and bit~e on the way. Second, pELL ~LL'S greate~ length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler, smoother taste. That's why, wherever particular peoole ~, you see PELL ~VZLL - in the s~rt red package. ("HD~NTING SONG" - CUE N2) And now for the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not. Remember, Bob, ~ you asked this question: What famous tomb has been used as a H~ternity hospltM for the last twenty-two hundred years? Yes AThat's right, Don, and the answer is - the tomb of Ezra, the great Hebrew Patriarch, after whom the Book of Ezra in the Bible, is named. His tomb stands not far from the fulls in the in Iru~lwhere I was jus~ befuxe the war ^city of ~abylona- and for the l~st twenty-two hundred to ~ais tomb of Ezra years, expectant mothers have goneA ~ to bear their children - in the hope that the~rchildren will become as wise and as celebrated as Ezra. B~_IEVE~ IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE: Well Bob ^Ha~e you another one we can have a go at tonight, Tell me Yes, Don, a~ here it is. ~WFmt river is Paris situated on9 50,000,000 Frencn~en can', "What river is Paris situated on?" Why, BobA 6~wTt~a~ be ~rorl . It's the ~Sej~le, Of ~..ASU_ ~hO ~T.Tf-~ course. Al':40'l 0231601
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RI PI.~Y I MUSIC : }IANC OOK : MUSIO : ANNR : #2T 50 000 000 ?r~nclm~en can be v, "ong. Now. wait a minute, Don.a $~!-~Z ~o ~,~, ~j,~-~Illl ¢.he l]~e of tell you ~4ae* the river is tomorrow night. @m@-@W~ ^ ~i,~- Believe It Or Not' (TIIE~E. - "A HUNTING" - CDE J...FADE FOR) This Is Don Hancock reralndlrAg you to listen in tomorrow night when PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Design, will again present the ~mn whose whole life is a constant hunt for facts --- BELIEVE IT OR NOT...BOB RIPLEY: (APP:~USE) (THEME -"HUNTING SONG"- UP TO CUE) THIS IS MUTUAL. AT~01 02~1G02
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( " RUTHRAUFF F3 RYAN Inc. RADIO DIVISION CLIENT: A~RICAN O, & C, COMPANY • FINAL REV. #2~ PALL ~ BROADCAST: DATE: ~. 2/9}/~' ~ PROGRAM: BFfulEVE IT OR NOT ~OTUA~ ROBERT L, RIPLRY NETWORI~15+9:30 P,~,':, E.W.T. ( / MUSIC: HANCOOK: HANCOCK: IV ~IPSIO: (SIGNATURE- "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL R%~LFamoue Cigarettes~ the cigarette of Mcde~n Design, pre~ente .... ~r~v~ IT oR ~ce .... BOB ~ZP~Z~ (APP~SE) Hepe,~ the ~n who~e ~hole llfe i~ 8 eouetsnt world-wide hunt for fm~. The ~u ~ho rE~kes hi~ living by telling the truth. The ~an who knows the places m~kiu~ news todsy - knows them beceuse he,s been there. Yes, Bob Ripley hse been there,.,been in more thsn two hundred countrles, trsveled over a h~If million mile~.. always seeking, ~lw~ys bunting for f~. F~cts that put you Pight with h~m ~n ~ f~ont row ee~t of ~orld evente, B~IEVE IT OR N0~ - ~ - SAYS BOB RZFLEy! AND HER~ HE ISI (T~E - "A HUNT~G" ~ CUE B ~ FADE FOR (APPLAUSE) (NE~JS SPOT TO FOLLOW) 61T~01 02316~.~3
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• ~%5 5P~I' -- BRLI~ IT OR NC~ - - ~0BERT L. RIPIk~Y - FEBRUARY 23, 194L Gr~etln~s everyone and wslcome. If you heard GabrIQl Heatter and his ar~lysls of the news tonight, you know that he told the ~ood n~ws of th~ ]~u~sian recapturo of the c~ty Krlvoi Ro~, which ha~ been helB by the Nazis for three ye&rs• In my hunt for facts I found Krivol Rog, which in productive value co,Dares to our own Pittsburgh, that these worBs, l'y~ivol Ro~'~ ~ean "The Horn of plent~" - for here a~e fo~d th~ ~r~at~st souroe~ of ~ron, ~gD.esium a~ ooal in all Russia. The story of its B~scovery ~s mo~t interesting. Prlnc~ PotiQmkln, the favorite of Catherine the Great had a dream o~e night. He dreamt that heaven ha~ poured out its ~ f Dle~t~ u~ou a certain place on the grounB where ~hree rivers r~meB after the color,~ a~e ~o~ne~. • he drea~ was so real that Pot~omkln ~e~ohe~ until he foun~ that spot which i~ now the eit~ of Kr~voi Rog, where the G]csen, Ye~low ~n~ Rs~ .R~v~ com~ together. An~ so his dream car~ true, aud Catherine the Great gave h~ the who~e country as a ~ but she exacte~ a price. That ~ that Pot~omkin was to glve her a kiss each Easter morning. Do you ~salize what ~he B~. She actual~y ~ave away the ~reatest ~Ine~ tr, ee~r~ ~f Russla oonta~in~ four b~lllon tons of Iror~ ~,~, ',:~th thlrty-two bi~llon dollar~ \ a~B she ~ave ~t fo~ a kiss ..... ', Bet~eve It Or Not! ATe01 023'1604
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MUSIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC : EIPLEY: -3 -- #28 (PLAy OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) Bob Ripley will be back IrL just a moment! (PAUSE) Smoker~, you can see how Modern Design makes PELL ~LL different f~om old-fashioned, short elgarettes. Yes, your own eyes give you the proof of PELL MELLIS advanbage to smokers---your eye tells w_~. You can see PELL MELL~ S greater length. That's Modern'Design! And when you light youz. cigarette, you can see that PELL ~LLTS greater length t~avels the smoke further--over a twenty per cent 3onger route of PELL ~LL:S t~aditlor~ll~ fine tobaccos. PELL ~LLtS greater length filters the smoke natural!Z - dinlinishes heat and bit~e on the way--gives you a cooler, smoother~ better-tastlng smoke• Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL ~LL gives you visible proof off its advantage to smokers. Your eye tells why. PELL ~VuL~S Modern Desigr~ filters the smoke-- gives it that cooler, smoother taste• (PLAY OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE D) the by hunting for faet~sst. (SCENE SETTER•. • .FAIE FOR) In the twenty-five years I ~Bve spent hunting for facts, learned g~t~ or I have ~ of many physical^peculia~itles that endow people with strar~e powers. But I think you' II agree that seldom has a rare physical power ever played so d2s~tic a part In^life as it did in the Believe It Or Not Ilm golr~ to sketch for yGa tonight• (MORE) RTM01 0231605
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(Ccmm) DIRECTOR: IANZIA: POLICE: DIRECTOR: POLICE: DIRECTOR; IANZIA: DIRECTOR: ~SIC: -4- #28 Nm~ - On with the Hur~t! The t~ae - the year 1927. ~he place - the famed Cherubinl Conservatory in Florenc% Italy. In the office of the director of the conservatory, ar. Italian police official and Giovanni Lanzla, a custodian of the violin exhibit, are talking with the director: As director of the conservatory, 1 say ~le affair speaks for itself, as you police should plainly see. Giovanni hanz~a here is custcdian of the rar~ ~edici violin. It hss disapieared. So I say he stole it. of But signor, I have told you...I kr~o~ nothing-a~@ it. AnC we of the police have found no evidence to prove signor Oiova~al Lanzia stole the vloi~, ~. ~you gentlemen k~.-o.~ that the r~edici violin is worth - one hundred thousand dollars! (~.RILY) Si, Signor. We know. It is a rare Stradlvarlus. We know that Lanzia often flayed it and cot~Id have stole~ it, for h~ was custodian of it. But, alas, we can ~rove - nothlng~ I don't want you to provo anything. I want the Medici violin back and quickly. I did not steal the vioIin. I, too, am eager to get it back. I am a busy man, and can waste no more time. As for you Lanzia, you are discharged. But~ Officer - I want this man'~ house watched night and day! (BRIDGE) R'I" HO 1 0231606
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RIPLL~Y: ~UoIC: LANZ]A : leAR IA : IANZIA : MUSIC{ RIP]~Y: , V S0iNE: IANZIA : CONSUL: IANZYA: ]ANZIA : Jr -5- ~;~8 ~imeF°r five long years Giovanni i~nzi~ ~s -~tc!~ed) _~nd d,~ring that he built his ovm r~io and shL~'tv;~ve DroadcasSs. ~ssed the weary ho~s listening to ~&~,-~ee}~. ~ber &S one n~zht~he ~s~ tun~ in a brc~id,~st frc~, Swedon.. (,VIOLIN SOLO..FAD~ IT INAS if TUNING gET...THF ,~,~LCDY IS "CAPRICE VIENNOIS" SUSTAIN THROUGH) ~Ida...Lv~rfla...that is it.~ I h~ve found the ~edic~] Oh, Giovanni. How do you know? I k-r~ow! That is the ~.edici! And the station is in Stockholm, Sweden. I shall go there, i shall find - rbe [v]edici Stradiva~ius, {BRIDGE) go sure m~s giovanni LanzLa Lbs, t he had he~.rd the Medici Stpadlv&rius theft he set off on ~ '~ al~,ost without equal. He %~iked frc~ Florence, Ir~!y, to Stock~olm, Sweden, deter.mined to vindicate his hcnt,r. Finally, his 9!othlng in tatters - h~s shoes cut to ribbons, Giovanni ~e~arqlved at the italJmn consul<[~ ).n Stockholm. (m~OOK ON DOCR..DCCR OPFAJ You 8,re Si@z]or Thulin, the Its] Jan consul? Si~ slgT!or, 0Clf.e in. Oracias, In Florence I heard a radio broadcast - a vJ.olhl solo. The violin beln~ pL%~,od m~,s the Medici 5tradlvaPius, stolen rrornthe conservator~. I ~zvle been accused of its theft. Hence - I came... But - how do you know that violin z~s the Medici? ~,~ ea~, signor. M~' ea~. A 1"}{01 023160P
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CONSUL: IANZIA: CONSUL: MUSIC: STATION~AN: THOR: CONSUL: THOR: CONSUL: THOR: SOUND: IANZIA: ~IOR: LANZIA: ~CCSIC: -ANZIA: THOR: -6- #28 Now my friend, I too, am a mumician. B~t to identify one violin from another by its torte-no, it is ~mpossible. It ~s true, ~r Let us go to the radio station, and I w~ll prove it. ItJs absm~d. To identify a vlolln by tone. But I ~adlo shall call theastation ar~ tell them were coming. (BRIDGE) ~9% co~.e it. gentlemen. We~ve been expecti~g you. This Js the vlol~mist you wanted to question. How do you do! Th~s ~-~ is a delicate matter, sir, and I beg your ir~ulgence. This is my cour~tr~an - Giovanni Lan~ia, He wants to speak to you about a violin s~lo you broadcast over a year and a half ago. It was the ~'Caprice ~ienzois rt, Ya ~. I l~ve played it often. The violin you played - where did you get it? Oh I bo'aCnt J.t in Paris, in a pawn shop. 6It has a wonderful tone. Here. ,here it is,. (OP.~ING VIOLIN CASE:) Si~nor, it is the same! It is the Y.edici Strad~varius[ You must be mad. I paid a ~.ere pittance for it .... si'n~r. J statue play it~Stnoment, (AETF~3IO ON VIOLIN) Ah Signor ~t is the same..the same. It is the Medici. How can you be so certain? R/,~01 0231608
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LA! ZI.', CONSUL: ANZIA: CCISL%: ~USIC : RIPLEY: -7 & 8- #28 I ~n afflJcted with ~ rare ailment ~own a8 - synesthesia - I sr~elled the melody! You smelled the melody? ' Si~ sl, siguor, - wherL a person with synesthesia hears certain ~ouuds, he i~edlately smells a certain odor. Sweeb ~]len oI hear - the Medici violin - I smell the fragra~-6A-- blossoms - A = acacia fcrczt at high-4~m~. i[% ~S astou*Idingl And that is true. The ailment of syllesthesia - rare indeed, did occur irL th8 case of Giovarnul Lenzia. He was accused of stealing the ~]~dici Stradlvarlus, a aI~d for five 7ears, day in and day oub~ he violin ~alued at one hundred" thousand dol]arsA Idsten~ all wor~c to violin concertsg over the ~a~%~md-da~-~-he ~-~ flnally heard one from Ztockh,nn.~ Sweden. RT~01 0231609
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i (C0m'D) MUSIC: RIPIEY: F~NCOCK: #28 Then ^He spent a year and a half ~alklng from Florence, Sr den Italy to Stockholm4~l~ere he found the~vJolin and idpntified it. Beo&use when he heard it played, F~--high--noonl- Believe It 0r Not! (APPLAUSE) (FULL PLAY OFF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE E) Now here's Don Hancock! Ladie~ ~ud gentlemen, are you still ~moking old-fashloned, short cigarette~~ If so, you will went to make this convlnciug test. See whet happens the first tzme you light a PELL [,~UL. Unconsciously, you hold the ~tch a half inch closer %o your face than you have to - a good half inch inside the tip of your PELL ~ELL. That means you've ~Jscovered ModePn Desi~ - som~thLn$ a short cigarette canlt possibly give you. Now ~moke that PELL MEI% - see what Modern Design does for you. From the very first puff, PELL I~LL~S greater length trave]s the smoke further- diminishes heat and b!te on the way. PELL~ZL'S greater length filters the smoke netur8!l~ over e twenty per cent lon~er route of PELL MELL'S t radltional].V fine tobaccos. That's Modern Design - PEI~LL,S Modern Design. It ~ilters the smoke - give~ it that cooler, ~moother taste, i/ R I"MO 1 023'1610
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MUSIC : HANCOCK : RIPLEY: H~C~K: R I PLEY : MUSIC: HANCOCK: -10- ~78 ("AI~ FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FCR) All for one - and one for all, Yes, that's the way we're golr~ to win the war. CAT e~ here a~l togetber for Vlct~. Over there, all tog ethep fo~ Vict~. And for those boys over there... here are Bob Ripley's ~nswers to their V-~tail letters. but ols Don,~before we get out the lette~ opener would like for the V-~il ~ht, I-w~ to ask ou~ Jlsteners to write a letter tonight to our boys overseas, rney're us fighting to brip~ ~@~ Victory - symbolized by the letter "V" - the s~le letter "V" you see on the hack of every package Gf oX~ PULL !,~JLL Cigarettes. Right you are, Bob. ~Th~s tlnle E~'ward Dsmacneck writes: "Where did the eXpresslo~ Tto h&ve white elephant on your hands' ori~iPmte?" Well, ~cb, in your hunt for fact%, have you found the answer to that one? Oh, Yes, Don, a~; The expression "to have a "~hite elephant on one's hands" originated in Sian~. Whenever the King of S~ah was angry with one of his courtiers he Would send him a Royal White Elephant to-h~anfi fee~ing an elephant is a tilir~ feed. Natur~lly ~ very expenslv% and would any very ruin a~-r4e~ ~an in a~short time. BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ("HUNTING SO~G" - CUE G) Dob will be back in 5ust a moment with the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not. (PAUSE) Smokersl whenever y~u buy cigarettes, remember - PELL~ELL'S Modern Design gives ~ou two important benefits. First PELL MELL'S g~eater length travels the smoke further, diminishes heat and bite on the way. (MORE) Al'~Ol O2S'16 I ~
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}~NCOCK: (CONTD) MUSIC: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: DON: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: -ll- Seoond, PELL MELL'S greater length filters the smoke, gives it that oooler~ smoother taste. That's why, wherever partiou~8~ p~ople congregate, you see PELL I¢2LL - in the e[:~rt ~ed package. ("HUNTING SONG" - CUE H2) And ~ow for the a~swer to last nJghtT~ Believe It Or Not. Remember~ Bob, you asked: What river is Parts sltuet ed on? Yes, Don, 1 b~ve. I know that everybody thinks that Paris is legated on the River Seine. But the real name of the river is the Yonne. you figure that out? ";,~ ~o w o yen the Fre h ~ni ~rs~~ Oe gr ~, s~o~ t ' 0 . Paris, the river Seine flows into the river Yonne - and not the , end from then on it is actually the river Yenne riv.~r Seine that 4flo~s through Penis, • -~ - e.~S~ ~n~wn.-~--~e~. Believe It Or Not. It'~ ~! Well, Bob, have you a_nnother one we can ~o to town with tonight ? '.'.ell y~y- Don-,~-~a4-I think you'll find this question a little reli me~ harder to answer. 4What r~ Queen of a foreign country became 8 citizen of the United States? "What ~ Queen of a foreign country became 8 clt~zen of the United States?" Yes AThat's right, Don, and I'll tell you who the Queen was tomorrow night. For there actually Wee such a persQn - BELIEVE IT OR NOT ! ~4 RT:401 0231612
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~USIC: HANCOOK: MUSIC: ANNH: -12- (THE~ - "A HUNTING" - CUE J - FADE FOR) This is Don Hencock ~eminding you to listen in tomoprow night when PF~LL h~LL Fernous Cigerei%es, the 0igaPette of Modern Design, will again p~esent the man whose whole life is s constant hunt for f_~ - BELIEVE IT 0R NOT.,.~.BOB RIPLEY~ (APPLAUSE) (THE~ - "HUNTING SONG" - UP TO ODE) THIS IS MJ9UAL. #28 7,¸ RTH01 0231613
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( RJD,~ I,O1. *gO~. m,,J ~L-~'o~-~ , • • RUTHRAUFF RYAN ln, RADIO DIVISION CLIENT: PROGRAM: ~RICAN C. & C. COMPANY PALL MALL BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L, RIPLEY B R OAI~ST.~INAL R~ DATE: T TURS. 2/2~/44 N E~rw~ v. rECTUAL " v"9"-'15-9:39 P.M. ,~.r ,T. F MUSIC : ~ANCOCK: ~ANCOCK: MUSIC : (SIGNATURE - "3UNTING SCNG" - CUE A) PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the eiEarette of Modern De~i~n, ~eBent~ .... BELIEVE IT OR NOT....BOB RIPLEy~ Zere's the m~n WhoBe whole life is ~ constant world-wlde hunt for ~. The ~n who makes hla livin~ by telling the t~ath. The man who knows tae pieces mak[a~ aegis tcc~~r - knows them because he's ' 7 been there. Yes, Sob RI~ ey has ,been there.., been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over a half millioa miles...always seeki~g, always h~n%ing for fa~t. F ~,t~ that ~t ~o~ right ~ith him in a front row se~t of world events. 6ELISVE IT OR NOT - TT' ' "~'~ - ~C >~L~ SAYS BOB RIPLEY~ AND AERE -{R IS! (THg/~E - "A HUNTING" - CU~ B ~ FADE FOR) (N~S SPOT TO FoLL&Q ~T~O~ 023161~
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N~VS SPOT - RIPLEY: BELIEVE IT 0R NOT - ROBERT L. RIPI~ - FEBRUARY 24, 1944 Greetings everybody, and welcome, If you listened to Osbrlel Hastier and his analysis of the news tonight, you heard him mention the Marianne Islands in the South Pacific. WelIj I have uncovered some interesting Believe It Or Nots about the ~riennas, which were discovered by N~gellsn end were named ~fter Queen ~riapmz of sp=~ir_. Now this was the queen that wee so very modest that when she WaS offered the first pair of silk stooklngs in hlstoPy, she becBme so ang~ and indlgnsut that she actually refused them end issued an offloisl or4e~ stating "The Queen of Spain has no legs." Hob;ever, the natives in the ~rlaunas which are'named after - pr~otically wear few clothes except on their weddir~ day. Then the bride and groom Wear leather shoes for the first end last time in their lives. Then after the ceremony, the shoes are taken off and ere kept es marriage certiflcetes. -. And the women of the ~rlaurms enjoy the highest position of any women in the world. A' married woman is looked upon as the head of the family. She is 81so considered to be the father of her children. And when 8 ~an - when e husband - meets his mothel~In-lsw, he bows low to her, end on banded knee, kisses her hand... and how do you think the ~ther-ln-lsw responds to this friendly g~,eetir~? She slaps him in the face! BELIEVE IT OR NOT~ RTH01 02~1615
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2 ~JSI C : '~NC OCK MUSIC: ~ANCOOK: MUSIC: -3- #29 (PIAY-0FF - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE C) Bob Rioley will be back in just a momantl (PAUBE) Smokers, quick as a flash your eye notices FELL MELL'S Modera DesIga. That's because Modera Desl~a is easy to e~L~. The minute you look at a PELLMEIZ, you see PEM~ MELL'S 6rearer length. That's ~der Desi ~. And when you light yoar cigarette, you can see ~at PELT~MEL%'S ~reater le~t~ travels the smoke £urther ~- ove~ a twenty per c~t loa~er route of PELL ~LL'S t radltloaallv fiae tobaccos, PELL MELL'S greater leith filters t~e smoke naturally -- dimiuishe$ heat aad bite o~ the W~y -- ~lves yoa ~ cooler~ smoothe~ bette~-ta~tl~ ~moke. Lad~es a~d ~e~t~emea~ b~lteve the evideace of yoar, owa eyes~ P~LL~IZ~Ive~ you op~C~q~f of it~ advaata~e to smoker~. Your tell8 ~hhy. FELL M~LL'S Modern Design filters the smoke -- 61yes it that coe_q9_~, ~1~_~. (PIAY-0PF - "L~NTING SONG" - 0UE D) Aadhar~s Bob Riple~galn"~- the ~An who makes his llvi~g by huatlag for f c~ (SCENE SETTER...F~E POR) ATH01 0231616
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RI.PJ2~Y: SOUND: LORETTA: TONY: / LORETTA TONY : LORETTA: T01V~: SOUND: LORETTA: TONY: LORETTA: TONY: LORETTA: -4- #29 I present ~d A few weeksago, ..... ...... ~^"~=,.v ~'c'c the @~e-s&@~y--eg a lady neck who $ost a ring - and found it later around the ~ ef h~.d a mouse he~ husband4killed. Well - one of our listeners heard that story and pro~,~ptly wrote us a letter revealing another startling story about a ring. And I'm goi~ to t*onlght sketch this story for youain my Believe It Or Not.-~: Now on with the hunt! The tL~e - August 1917. The place - Providence, Rhode Island. As our soene opens, sixteen year old Loretta De Ar~gelis and a yotmg n~n are strolling th~ought~ ~W~ (BOARD FADE) e ........... (FOOTSTEPS OVeR GRAVEL, OCCASIONAL SOUND OF BIRD CAIL) J-2d/~--i~..wher-J~[ s-o.i~-thi~ ~- ~? ~lika-i& _wh~ n~kt~ ~- q~let. q~e~en %-c~atr..---/a. any~hl~g~,w~ng.?- Honey~ Ne~--ho~ey-,--theneia~moihing.l~nong,-q~-~ Look, sit her~ cn th~s bench with me, will you? I want to talk to you. (FOOTSTEPS STOP. OCCASIONAL BIRD CALL CONTINUES THROUGH SEQUENCE ) All_right'__ Tony,. * Well, I ~nli~ted ~-~go~v~.a~a~-~,~ln the An~. When do you leave? Tomorrow - I dldn~ t want to tell you about it and spoil otw last ~ays together. Oh - Tony - Tony. I can't let you go. ~1"~01 0231612
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TONY: TONY LORETTA : TONY : LORETrA : TONY : LO~TTA : TONY : I~RETTA: ~USIC: RIpLEY; SOUND : LORETTA : ETHEL : LORETTA : SOUND : LORE TTA ." -5- #29 Please, honey, don't act llke that. I'ii be cominZ back I hope so, Tony - ~re-~h~a~c~n~g, ~e~~erF--hmz-e~ -- Look, hcney, I .~ot something for yo~. It's a rln.q. I made it for you myself at the jewelry store where I work. Silver and mother-of-pearl. Oh, Tony, it's beautiful. See, I took my knlf-~ ~.nd zcrato~ed your inltlals there t you On the inside. ~ ~a~ ~ad 'em all L. De A. - Loretta De Angells. ~, Sure, they're &s plain as day. ..... ~ ~.. There' It's - a llttleAbi~. Yeah - you~il b~'-e 50 ~ careful or it will slip cff and you'll lose it. I woo't lose it, To:iy. .{onest, /~ii never les~ it. (SWELLS BRIEFLY. FADES BACK FOR:) ! :pria SO Tony went away to4war~. Then, on September 28th,1917, Lcmett& was walking to work with a friend of deDs. (FOOTSTEPS WALKING QUICELY OVER PAV~'T) Co~e on, Ethel, hurry up, will you? W[~t's the rush? YO~ ~ot%q to a fire? Oh No - b~t I m late for ,Nzrk. 60ome on, let's ru~. (FOOTSTEPS...START TO RUN. TJ~Y STOP SUDDENLY) Oh Walt~ amy ring. It slipped off my fin,~er~ 2~ook, it's rolled into the 19 T}(O i O23'1618
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.............. 7; MUSIC : RI PItY : SOUND : LORETTA : ANN : LOPtTTA : ~USIO : 4- ~9 £r~ir, Gee, kid, th~tls too bad, That~e~ leads right down to Narragansett Bay[ ~I'm &fraid you' ii never find your ring again. (~ELLS BRIEFLY. FADES BACK FOR:) Yes, Loretta gave up all hope of ever fiudlng her ring ~ut ~aat, again. 4She never let Tony knowa~ne had lost it, for he had gone overseas. She heard from him several time~, then his lettere ~topped. The years went by and eventually she met and ~l~ried another man. September ~ 1938, a great h~rricane ~ across Rhode Island. ~~t~ee'-r-~IP 12 fee~ of ;,~ter. meYm~zee-wes~A week after the big blow, a friend called Loretta on the teleDhone. (P~ICNE RINGS ~JICE. RECEIVER 0FF HOOK) Hello? L0 ....... 3hI ;i~.ilo. (OVER PJ~0NR) lelio, Loretta, this is Ann.~\Ssy, they're havir~ ~ big sale of fu~nitute~o~t-~ naDgF f1"ol~. ~-i±4;-da~4~la,~--down by the 4~ Some of the stuff is hardly damaged by the water at all. Maybe yo,l could find that table you want for your living room. Want to go ~nd look? i'o~ [ 6Yes, Ann, I'd like to, O~y, I'II come by 1.:: my car and Dick you up in half an bout. (SWEL~ BRIEFLY. FADE BACK FOR:) ~I"~01 O23~619
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SOUND : ANIJ ; LORETTA : Ate: ID~TTA : ~USIC : RI pLEY : RIPLEY: LORETTA : RI pLEY : -7- (~APPING OF WAVES ON SRORE) I gcess It's r.c use after all, Loretta, all the good stuffl~Bs been sold. Well, let's take o[.e more look down here by the water. There's qulte a pile of chairs and tables ther, e. I hate to ~o home without - Ann, ~ook~ Inere in fine s~nd DF ~r feet~ What is it? -~t's ~ rin~ My rlng~ T~e ri~g I lost ~v~enty-on~ ye~-s ago-twenty-cue yea~s ago today! (SWELLS FOR TAG. FADES BACK FOR:) Yes, ]adle8 and gentlemea, Loretta De Angelis lost the that ring on September~98t~, 1917 - and found it the again ou September4 28th, 1938 - twenty-~ne years later to the exact day, Loretta De Augelis, whose name is now ~rs. Loretta Gambuto, is 8ta~tdlng beside me right now and I want (APP~USE) Loretta ~ if I may call you that - -~e~--@a~, ho~ did yon feel when you found year rlng agalu? Well, ~. Ripley, I could ~ardly believe it was mine until I saw the Ir~itlals L. De A. carved cn it. 1'fell HOW do you account for its being where you found it - ~o ~any miles away from where you lost it? ~1"~0~ 0231620
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I / LORETI~A : RI pLEy : LSP~TTA : RI PIEY : LORETTA : RI pLEY : -8- #99 I think it h~ened this way. ~ .......... ~y~tem ~m~. Whe~ She hurricane hit Providence, city the waters backed ~p and flooded the I see. And when t~e ~aters receded they carried your ring down to the Bay where you found it. Yes, that's the only way to account fo~ it. Dc you still wea~ the rip.g, . No, Mr, Ripley. You see w~en Tony gave ma the ri~Lg I weighed oc.ly r~Inety pounds, a~d now - Well, I can't even get it on my finger. ?~ell~ I Loretta (IAUOHS) ~ Thank yea very much, ~rs.^Gamb~tc, for coming here from Prcvldence to be with us tonlght. ~dles and gentleme~l, you have just heard Mrs. Lorett~ ~,,.~ itc, who lost a ring drain through the gratir~3 of a ~4a~i@~.~r on the September~28th, 1917 and found it again th~r~<s the to a hurricane on Sept~nbor^28th, 1938 - e~actly ^twenty-erie y~rs !ate~ - to the v~ry day - B~TE~ IT CR N¢~ RT~01 023162"1
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~USIO: JPI~Y: AANOOCK: -9- #99 (AFPmuEE) (FULL PLAY-OFF - .i ~[TING SONG" - CUE E) Nc~ berets Don .~acock~ Ladies and ~entlemen, it's iateresting to notice what happens ~hen ~ PELL ~LL smoker tries to light aa old-fashioned, ho~ cigarette. Unconsciously, he holds the flame a good half inch _~ the tip ef the short cigarette. He~s looking for something that isn't there. Ae's looking for FELL Y~LL'S ~l_odern Design. ~odern Design means PELL ~ELL is longer. Modern Desiga mean~ PELL ~LL is smoother, cooler. From the very first puff, PELL ~LL'B greater length travels the smoke further -- diminishes heat and ~ on the way. PELL MELL'S ~r,~ er leazth filters the smoke over ~ ~wo ,-,\ ~r cent loa~er route of PELL MELL'S tradltLo~allv fine tobaccos_. That's Mod~ ~ -- PELL MELL'S ~{odera Design, PELL YA~LL ~ f~ ~ -- gives it that FI I",~01 0231622
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MUSIC : :~NCCCK: RIPI~EY: ~ANOOCK: RI PLEY : -lo- ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All for one - arJ one for all. Yes, that's the way we're going to win the war. Over here, all together o k~ for V ct~. Over there, all together, h~ for Victory. Add for those boys over there...here are Bob Ripley~s ar.s~ers to their V~Vmi i letters. Yes bu÷ DO~_. ~efc1,~ we answer our V-Mall toulght Itd llke our li:teulng audience to knc~ that this department has created so much interest among the men in our Armed Forces that beginning next Monday night we're going to enlarge it -- v:e're going to audtanswer several V-F~ll letters i~stead of o~_ly Yes - and you fellc~ who are ia tr~ir~ir~z in this country are going to he inelcded now, too. So sead in your questions and Bob wilI a~swer them. 0~ ~, Don. We want to hear from all the boys who are flghtlr_g to wi~ a fi~l Victory - symbolized by ~ .by the vay t letter '~-" - the same letter V~you see or_. the back of every package of ~ PELL MELL Cigarettes~ [:~1"~01 02~1623
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>/ E~NCOCK: RIPLEY: -lO A- #e9 Right you are, Bob. Now here's a letter from Quartermaster First Class, W. J. Brewer ~ .............. rites: 'We had quite an argument as to Which is the o]de~, S~or the Navy or the Marine Corps. Both a~and a • ~rine are iuvolved In this, so please send ou~ answer - quick!'! Well, Bob, in your hunt for ~ have you foucd the answer to that one? Yes, Don, and here it is: The Navy is the winner. ~as es%eblished The Navy ~by Congressional vote, the Corps was cre~ted October%13, 1775. ~hc Marlne~-w~e~ by ~zr~r~zzlc~zl ~'~hr~it~f hy the 10th of November3 ]775.- so the Navy is twenty-elght days older t~mn the Marine Co~ps - BELIEVE IT OR NOT! R'l" He 1 023162,¢
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~JUIC : HANCOCK: MUSIC : }~NCOCK : RIPLEY: 2L~NCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: RIPLEY: HANCOCK: ("HUNTING SONG" - C[i; G) Bob will be back in just a moment with the answer to last night's Believe It Or Not. (PAUSE) Smokers, whenever you buy cigarettes, remember - PELL MELL'S Modern Des gives you two important benefits. First, diminishes heat and bite on the way. Second, PELL MELLIS greater length filters the smoke, gives it that cooler, smoother taste. That's why, whe:'ever particular people ~_ ~ou see FELL N~LL - in the _s~r_t_~e. (':HUNTING SONG~ - Oh%: X2) And now for the sa%sw~i to lazt night's Believe It Or Not. Eemember~ Bob your question was: V~nat reigning aueen of a foreign country became a citizen of the United States? Bob Do you mean^that th~ ~ ~uoon was actually the ruler of her ootu~try when she became a citizen? Th~ '~ r" hta .t, ._-, ~ ,~t~e ,,~ ~ ~UB~n Liliuoba lani, who was Queen of B~,aii ::'om 1891 to 1893. And she of the ' li~ed ,S a%e$ became a citizenAwhen ~wa].l~ecame a territory of the United States. Believe It Or Not.- IT'S ~IUE! Well, Bob, have you anothe~ question we can exercise our wits with tonight? ?fell herels ~ne. This will fooi $om6 people, .~, _ ~. ] t ......... ~ " - ' " b~. Can you name t~e capitol of the United States? Can I r~me thecapltol of the United States? WIv Bob, .4 Everybody knows the answer to that one. P~ I':401 0231625
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f./ RIPI~': ~,JSIC : }ZNCOCK : MUSIC : ANNR: Ueli~ 13G~000,000 imericans~j~i~ -~2- ~can be vmong.~tir~iJtell you what the capitol of the Unite& States is tomorrow night. And it's not the~ Washington. BELIEVE IT OR NOT! (THEME - ~'A HL~TING~' - CUE J...FADE FOE) This is Don Hancook reminding you to listen in tomorrow night when PELL M~LL Fanous Cigarettes, the cigarette of ~iodern Design, r;J.ll a~ai~ present the man whose whole life is a constant hm:t for facts -- BELIEVE IT OR NOT...BOBRIPLEY! (T}~iE - ;~HUNTING S~ k UP TO CUE) THIS IS I~JTUAL. FII"MO 1 0231626
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NEWS SPOT - BELIEVE IT OR NOT -- RC~T L. RIPLEY - FF~RUARY 25, 1944 Greeters everyb-.,dy a~]d v~lcome~ If you heard Gabriel Heatter in his analysis of the ne~,,;s tonie~ht, you know he told you of the bombing of Steyr ~n Austria by American and English planes. Steyr is the slt8 of the oldest Arms Factory in the world! A~mo~ and ~ns have been n~de there Since the 12th eentLhvy--and for hundreds of years, no execution was considered legal unless the beheading sword was rn~de in Steyr, and right after the invention of gun powder in the year 1259 Lthe first ~/n ever in~0e was *~nufacture6 t he l=e. Ste~ is the beginr_ir~S of the famous ~Iron Road'T because, not only ~la~ it paved with i~on, but it led to the famous ';Iron Mountain of I~ZBERGrr .... a mounta~ of solid iron which rises to a height of more th~n a mile, and from it, weapons and guns have been forged for all the wars in ~ope for nearly a thousand years. But there is sc[aethinZ else that st6rted the~e. It was that popular expression; ~Hum'. The oldest house in Steyr is the 'rDummerl Haus'~ so-called ;;Ht~nsHo~se;I. People patronizing it were c~%lled ~:D,mns';. A11d from it we derive the colorful ~dnerican 8xp?ss9[o[~, ;;Bu~/'. A~d those who use it most freq~lently, Hitler and to GOg~ill~,..ho O~B that house no~,~. BELIEV~ IT OR NOT!
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m. ~,'o 11©,. 16oM .io .i t " RUTHRAUFF e3 RYAN Inc. RADIO DIVISION CLIENT: AMERICAN C. & C. COMPANY PALL MALL PROGRAM:BELIEVE IT OR NOT ROBERT L. RIPLEY DATE: FRI. 2/95/44 MUTUAL N ETWOR I~,~ 15-9:30 P.M. E.W ,T. MUSIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: (SIGNATURE - "HUNTING SONG" - CUE A) PELL MELL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Modern Desiga, presents... BELIEVE IT OR NOT...BOB RIPLEY: (APPLAUSE) Hepe's the ~ whose Wholo llfe is ~ constant, world-wide hunt for facts. The ~n who z~akes his Living by tellir~ the truth. The man who kaow~ the places making news today - knows them because he's been there, Yes, Bob Ripley has been there - been in more than two hundred countries, traveled over a half million miles - always seeking, always h~r.t'_(~:~ fc~ fact~, F~cts t~.t pat yol right with him ia a front row seat of world events. BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S TRUE - SAYS BOB RIPL~... AND HERE HE IS: (TH~E - "A HUNTING" - CUE B - FADE FOR) (NEWS SPOT To FELLOW) RTH01 0231628
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,~U970: ~MiCOCK: M ~ ,U,>IC ~%NCOCK: zuzL: R IPI ,FY: (pL&yOFF -. "Hb~ITIIIG SONG" - CU~q C) .P, zb R~Dley will be back in just a moment! (~AUSE~, S,iokers~ t<~ke b look. Tbet's all yo~ neeg do to get the re, ors about PFLL ~LL'S ~odern Design, Yes, your ow~ e~es give you the ~roof of PELL ~ZLLIS agvantage to smokers - your eye tells ~hy. Ynu can see P~LL I,.~TaL~S greater length. That's '~odern DesiSj~.~ And when you i..ght your clgarette, you car. see that PELL ~.~LL'S gre2~ter length ~r~vels the smoke further - over a t,w~ty bet cent longer route of PEL~ MELL'S tradl,tionally flt:e f~ ......... ., ~eeo~. PEL~ ~iL's greate2 leugth fillers the smoke r~turally - dL~alnishes he~,t and bite on the ~y - gives you a eooler~ 8~oo¢her, bette2~t~sting smoke, l~.fiies ~nd gent!emen~ belle~e the evidence of' your c~m~ ~ e PFLL ~,~,!,L g~ve~ y9u v:.sible ~reof of its advantage to smokers. Your eve tells wh~. PLLL k~LL'S Modern DeS:<gn f~iters the smoke g~ve~ it t~t cooler, smo9ther'taste~ (fLAY OFF - "}~II~f/G SCDS" -- C[~< D) /r'~ ~ere again ~s B~b R~_Diey . the man who ~kes hi8 i:,vlng by hur, ttrig for facts! r. my hunt For fact8~ I&vtslted t~ro hutJreg countries bu.t&the hdttest Fart of the world I b~,,ve foun~ ~.s the Perslar. Gulf --- no~ the scene of gigantic moveraen~s of the %llled Arm~-es. And the ~elieve It Or ~ot I am going it, sketch for you tonight b2,s significance for every Amerzca.n and i~rticularly for every ,~nel, lcan m~Idier wbc vn.ll be Quartered in ~hr~in. Now, on wlth the ~unt~ AI"~O I 0231~,29
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RIPLYY: (CO~'TD) SHA.VA L : ABRIzA SHAYAL : ABRiZA ; SHAYAL: ABRIXA : 8FA[¢A L : ABRIZA: JAFFAR : ABR IA : JAFFAR : S 0UND : SFA~AL: • 4- #3o The t~e - the year 1850. The place the host-acorche~ :island of Bahr~en,in the Persian gulf. The only l~!.IStrl' on the island is ?earl fishing - and the pearl hosts ~ever stay~lor.g a~~ '~e only fresh ~ter, :.s bmou[ht from the m~inland in goat skin jars and is carefully ratloned. One day, Shalral - the wealthiest of the pearl shipo~mers - calls his be~utlful daughter '{b~iF~, in to see him. Abriza; you b~ve now t~P-qed sevenzeeL~and I must fu!f~ll my obli~tion. I ~,ve pr~lised you as ~ bride to the oowel~ful Shiek Hcslen of Bushire. But Father~ the shlek Hoslen is a dcd@erirg old i~!ot. ~esides I love another. ~$~*o has dared I~,cc you without I<y p, ermission. Je, ffar. Jo.ffar? I kT~.:'w no Jaffar. '~k~o is he? S~r~e we~.!thy Shiek ~,n ;s No. He is a pee, rl ~ive~. (~n one of your c~ boe.ts. ~, pearl diver? ~fy 4aughter -. Ju love with a lowly cea.rl ( ER IDOE ) Oh - Jaffar~ d~,ri~_ng .... Jaffar. A.b~l,~ - Abriza, ~y are you trembling? It is father. He kncws about us'. Oh Jaffar, he ~s promised ray hand to the Sh~ek Hoslen. It shall not be. We will find a v~y! (FOOTSTEPS OFF: FADE TF/~4 IN: ) (FADING IN: YAD:) So - I h~ve found you ~n your tryst wlth your lover. This then is - Jaffar? ~1"H01 0231630
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I 2 ' g AFFAR SHAMAI,: J AFFAR : SHAECA ~ . KU~I~. sou~b: BOAZ : SHAWAL : BOAZ: JAFFAR : SHAVAL : BOAZ : SOUND: B¢,AZ : SHAMAL : JFFFAR : BOAZ: JAFFA}i : SHAMAL : < YgS. I am Jaffe, r. Do you know the custer, of our countr.y for young men s'.:cb as you? To alienate a young daughter frgm her fszher~s care is an abGt, lr~,ble c~ime. Ybu s}mll pay for this. ] have been ~uil~" of nothing but falling in love. B~,h. You hav+6t a Denny. (gALLS) Boaz..Haf1,~]..Tie th.,s young giant uo. Te, ke him to the boat. I shall he there ~_rectly~ (minos) .re gays now Jaffar has been ck~ined here in the, b~JlJng sun without any v~ter. 5~az. D~+6t murmered. Look at hlq1~ He hfter five days in the heat with no ~m.ter~ he must be I near mmdness. So le~s give him, ~ter - salt ,rater! Letrs throw h~T, overbcard. holy An excellent idea~ Jaffar. ~ Jaffar wi]l you4give up all thought of my daughter? NS~ ~ever. Bc~,Z - drop hmm into the gulf[ Let hg~ ~rink his fill-- (S~O~ES:) C~me now - over with you. (PAUSE) He is not comzug up - he rrm~y be too weak even to s~,i~ ~ G~od ~iddance. (0~F...IN WATEr) Shamz!! Shamall Hels corse up. Loo~...idgnt ~ext to the bcat~ (OFF; STRING) Shmmml I will tra~e you a sscret worth a bog's ransom if you will give me your daughter. Rah! Listen 5o hhr~. The heat and the saLt ~ter have a fecte@ his min~. AI'NOI 0231631
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JAFFA}< : S}IAr~AL: JAFFAR : S}~r~AL : JAFFAR : ~TJS1C : RIPJ ~Y : MUSIC : RIPJ~Tf: H&NC00K: • <2. ..~ Would you trade y?ur daughoer fo~ a hundred sprlngs of ~cy co%d ~ter? YeB~ by Allah - i wouldl ] t~ve your jcath or that~ sir? It is binding on 7ou~ 7our children and your ,^hildren's children On the bettc~6 of the Persien Gulf - I he.re found springs of fresh ~Ler. AJ~gfa> found mere than one hund~ed sprlngs el f>esh 1~k%tep oll the bottc~, of zhe Fersien Gulf:~ Sha~ml kept ev-'z' since ht.s b~rg~in~he l, OLU~.g [Lover5 ~lere ~Kr~Yed. And ~een~e the drinking water for Bahrein Is!&nd has been ~derw~Sgr obtained from those s~sp~,ings. This is important te as here in A~.er]ca too~ Fop the bnlted Zua~es is about to sink g]~ntlc cJl ~ells right there off the ~ahrein Islands ~n the heart of the Pe~sJar gulf, trip O1~ boys %'!ll 5rir.k will co~e fro~ those s~b~ri~e, ~ells d~scovered by t~,t ?oung pearl diver, Jaffem, "~'hD %'~'s tortured and thro~T, off 5he pea~if~shers boat, only ~(, discover somech!r~g more ve, lu&ble DD&n all une pearls ,n the sea - fresh water springs az the bottom of the salt-~ter Persian Oulf~ Believe It Or Not~ (PD%L PIAY OFF - "hIlNTING SONG" - CUE E) Now here's Don ~ncock~ L-dies and gentlemen~ here [~ a convincing teed for ell of y[u who ere still smoking old fashlone~, short clgare%~cs. See what happens the first Dime 7ou llghD a PELL ~gLL. Al"RO~ O23~&~2
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N~%% SPOT - BELIEV~ IT OR NOT - RORIIqT L. RIPL~Y - ~F~RUAR, Y 25, 19h4 P, reeti~4~s everybr,dy ,~nd ~,~icome~ If you heard Gabriel Heatter in his analysis of ohe nm,rs tonight, you kno~ ne told you of ~ne bombing of Steyr ~n Austria b~- ~e~Ic~u and Onglisb plane~. Steyr is the site of the oldest Arms Factory kn the world| A~mor an~. 8~ns have been n~de there since the 12th century--and for hundreds of years, no execution Was considered legal unless the beheading sword ~as ~r~de in Steyr, and right after the invention of g~n pounder in the year 1259 ~he first ~un ever r~d.e was n~nu~aeture~ there. Ste~-~ is the beginnh~g of the f~mous ;~IPon Ro~d" because, no~ only ~,~8-~ it ~ved with ~ren, but it led to the famous Iron Mouutain of ~PAZBI~0r .... e mountain of solid ~ron wb&oh rises to a height of more t~n a mile, and fro~,~ it. weapons and guns have been forged for ~ll th~ wa~s in Europe for nearly s, thousand years. But ~ne~e is se~:~et~in~ else that s~ted ~ners. it was tket popular expression, 'Bum". The oldest house in Stey~ s the "~umnerl H~e" ~e-e~lled ~Bum~ouee". People p~tron~zing it were ct~lled 'B'mn~ . A£.d f.~cm it we de[lye the oolerful American expres.~ion, "Bum". And those who use it moss frequently, Hitler and tc GoerJ~g...he ew~ that house no~,~,. B~LI~V]~ IT OR N¢~ ~"~01 0231633
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HANCOCK: (O0NTD) -9- #30 Unconsciously, you hold the rnateh a r~alf inch closer to your face than you have 5o - a good half inch Inside the tip of your FELL N~. That means you've discovered Modern ~ -- something a short cigarette can't possibly give you, Now smoke that PEiL MELL - see what Modern Design does fop you. ~om the very first puff, PELL MELL'8 greater length tr~els the smoke further - diminishes heat and blteontbe way. PELLMELL'S greater length filters the smoke ~tur~ over a twenty per cent longer route of PELLMELL'S tradltlonallR flne tobaccos. That's Modern Design - FELL~LL'S Modern Design. It filter~ the smokes - gives it that cooler_, smoother taste, ,~T ~01 0231634-
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I MUSIC: HANCOCK: RIPLEZ: HANCOCK: -zoo #3o ("ALL FOR ONE" - CUE F - FADE FOR) All for one and one for alt Yes, that's the way we're going to win the war, Over here, all together working for - Over there, all together~ for~. And for tho~e boys over there - here are Bob Ripley's answers to their V-MAIL letters. ~nk you, Don. We'll gel to the V-r~il in just a moment. But first, I wen: our listening audience to know that - beglnniu~ uex: Monday - wetn answer sever~l V-m~il letters instead of only one. And~you men who are in tratning ove~ ~.'~ll ~ou here -~end ue aO~questions. We want to answer questlon~ from all the boys who ere fighting to win a flnsl victory - tha~letter symbolized by "V - the eeme letter~ ~ee on the back of every package of ~ PELL ~ cigarettes. Right you are, Bob. Here's a letter from Corporal John T. Cockrane. who writes: "Could you tell us where the expression ,io talk turkey, o~iglneted?" Well, "Bob, in your hunt for facts, have you found the answer to that one? Ree9~", page 1846, an Apache Indian and a white farmer went tOsho~ather. They were :o share end share alike. -~,~e~ two crows and one wild turkey that day. Believe It Or ~ot I found the a~swar~in [he "CoD~reeaioD~l It cea~3: £ive hundred and ~wo. ~In New Mexico in hunting They (MO~) R l't~O 1 0231635
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HIPIEY : (COhVD) - #3o Tn~n Sh~ f~phlt:l" ~iI LO b~@ In~iOln: -T~-~si-te-~@e~-%~e~k.-~i~ "F~ you take the crows and I'll take the turkey, or I'll take the turkey and iou take the c~ows." ~The Indlar~, ~ couldn't figure SO hs aspic: out why he was always getting the orows,~ Hey, why .you no talk turkey to me?" And that is how the phrase "To Talk Turkey" originated. BF~IEVE IT 0R NOT: Al"~Oq 02~1636
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~USIC: HANCOCK: MUSIC: HANCOCK: HANCOCK: -12- #30 C~UNTING SONG"- Ot~ G) Bob wil~ be beck in .~uat e moment with the answer to ]act night,s Believe It Or Not! {PAUSE) Smekers, whenever you bfly cigarettes, remember - PELL ~ELL,S Modem Declgn gives you twe Important benefits. First, PELL MELL,S greater length t~vela the smoke further, diminishes hea~ and bite on tbe way. Second, PELL MFJ,L,S greater length fllte~ the smoke, gives it that cooler, Amoother taste. That s why, wherever particular peoo~e congregate, you tee PELL ~rELL - In the smart red ~. ( "HUNTING SONG" - CUE H2) And now for the answer to last nlght'c Believe It Or Not. Remember, Bob, your question was= "Whet is tbe cspltol of the United Statec?" Yes, @er~the capitol of the United States is no!t the city of Washington ac most people believe. Accordlng to our Coustltution end by virtue of a law passed by Congress, the capitol of the United States end the seat of our govemmewt ia the ~ of Columbia. Believe It 0r Net - IT18 TRUEI Well, Beb, have you ~ que~tlen we ten £~0 to work on over the week-end? l',ei] .,c~,l] #e~ tell me - where is every ~oman a queen? - RI'~O I 0231632
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Y HANCOCK: RI PLEY : MUSIC : HANCOCK: ~JSIC : ANNR: -13- #3o 7:here is every wol~a]~ a qu~i~'? L~t's see, now, " ', . ~ - .,, , hil~ln~pa~e~-~a ~necha~Ized-_or._a-uon ~macha~$~e~i~ I~$on ~,-, ~h-bo~r ~J~e YES..you've beeh i:. tilat C~ulltr~" and live b~ei~ there and I 'ire • ou ~V'O days to f%ar~ it ~ut~ so ~pp/ ~iGckeI!a, lJll ]~e bac~ ~'ith ~n ~ans~er n~xt !~onday nigLt, BELIEVE, IT 0R NOT. (TH~ - "A H~TING" - CUE J -FADE FOR) ~hi~ is Don Hancock ~emludlng you ~o listen in ~_ rdght, when PELL ~LL Famous Cigarettes, the cigarette of Mo0ern Design, will agalu presen~ the man whose whole llfe is a constant hunt for facts - BELIEVE IT 0R NOT ... BOB RIPLEYt (THE~E - "A HUNTING" - UP TO ]UE) (APPLAUSE) THIS IS MUTUAL. 8TH01 0231638
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RUTHRAUFF £4 / CLIENT: AMERICAN C. ~ C. CC~PANY PALL MALL PROGRAM: BELIEVE IT 0R NOT ROBERT L. RIPLEY A JJ L AST RYAN In~. r~vn~-l'on~c~" RADIO DIVISION BROADCAST~V. #31 MON. 2/28/4a DATE: ~UTUAL N E TWI~ I~t~[9:30 P.M, E.W .T, MUSIC : ~NC00K: MU$1C: El ?LEY : (SIGNAq~JRE - ENDING WIT.{ "~UNTING SONG~) FELL ~LL Famous Oiqaret~es, the cigarette of Moder~ Deslg~, presents ~le ~a~ w~ose whole llfe is a constant haut for c~ggi~ ..... BELIEVE IT OR NOT -- BOB RIPLSY! (T~: "A HUNTING" - UF pULL TO FINISI WIT~d A P PIAU SE ) (N~S sPO'~ TO FOLLCW) RI"H01 0231639
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}~',~uOCK, M[SIC: }~NCOCK: RffPI~Y: NffiS] C: RIPI,EY: -3- ~i@i hob Ripley "~dll be back in just a moment. PAUSE) Smokers, just looking a~ P~L K~LL'S ~odern }~asign tells ~'ou Its sto~y. Yes, year o~T~ eyes give you the proof of PELL ~LL'S advantage ~o smokers -- your eye tells w~y. You can see P~L ~f~I~'g greater )ength. ~hav's Nodern Desl~![ And when you light your cigarette, you can se~ that P~L ~LL'S greate_~, length -r~vel~ the smoke further -- over a twenty per cent longer rou~c of PELi ~ff~LL'S traditiorally fine tobaccos. PELL ~L'S greater length filters the smoke i~tarally -- dimlnisnes heat and bite on the ~,y -- gives you a cooler., smoother, better-fis, stiug smoke• ladies an~ gentlemen, believe the evidence of your c~ eyes. PELL ~ gives you visible proof of its advantage ~o smokers. Your eye tells why. PE%L ~Y-~PS Mcdern Design filters the smoke -- gives it that cooler, s~octher :t~te. ( SCF~,~ SI*;TTER AND R'EtlE -r~ m, ffS AGAIN -- ~OB RIPLEY.~ Yn ray h'm~.t fo~ f~cts, I've found that Life is cot.strictly pla~ing little jokes on us. Jokes like the one I'm going to ake~eh for you in tonight's Believe It or Not. (s:~mzs IN) , The tDr, e - the su~x.er of 185~. The place - Peris...when it ~s a ga~om~ntlc city. As ou~ scene opens we find s, well-dressed gentlemen strolling along the famous Avenue des Champs Elyses when he is stopped by a beggar, who soeaks to him. (~gIC OUT. STREET I[OISES IN) RT,-~01 023164-0
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• ~ NEW~ SPOT BELIEVE It OR NOT - ROBERT L. RIPLEY - FEBRUARY 28, 1944 Oreetir~s everyone and welcome. You probably hear~ Gabriel He~tter and his analysis of ~ne news tonight. In the news is the republic ,of Ban ~aPino in Italy. San ~ar.lno is the 8malle~t and the oldest republic in [ne world. It Wee faun-dad in the year 303 by a ~tone cutte~ named N~rino, and it has been independent for sevellteen centuries. This country could not have existed if iT were no~ fop the sale of its po~Tage sla~ips, which are highly prized end sought after by ~rernp oolleolors all over the World. Now Sen Marine ha~ beet~ ta~cn crop by the Anti-Fs~clsts, and there is a exeter]ant or saying in Italy that Ban Marlno does today what all Italy will do next week'~. Letls hope so. Although It~a the algal]eat counlry in ine lorl~, it has two presidents whloh 8~e e3ected tv~ice a year. Thei~ salaries are only thlrty cents a ,~8y~ ye~ tho~ ai~ ~ide by side in 8 chuz~h. ~ere are ~wo postoffices, 81thou~h they nave no letter-oerriera, beosuse everybody eerrles his own mall in San Merino. San N~rino i8 al?o the mosl peaceful country i~ the world. Until the ye~]~ 1915 ~t had foL~h~ only one war in seven[een hund~e~ years, end that War lasted only fi1%een mznute8. And the San ~48rlno Arfny of eight soldiers covered themselves witN glory for all time by badly defeating the enemy which had 8~tacked them. Ba~ Mmmino is stiZl in ~Irst V;o~]d Way. $be declared WeP against the central po~,ers in 1915 and no peace treaty has eve~ been concluded. S~ - :San N~Pino still considers herself aI War with OeP~lany today - BELI~ IT OR NOT.~ A 1")40 ~ 0231641
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C99~INBACH: BF GC-~R : 0FFENBA CH : BEGGAR : 0F],'ENBA 0H : BEGGAR : OFFENBACH: SOUND: 0F~'E~A OH : BEG 0~% H : 0~9~ENBA OH: B~]GGAR : ~<b S].C : --- f/3] (C01~ING) I beg ~ardon, M'siea,-~. C~n you ~I'~ ~r~e a few francs? I am aungr~. You are really h?angry, oh? When ~id you ea~ last? Ales, it is so long ago I do not remember, My poor stomach. He gr.owls with emptiness. Ah Tsk, tsk~ ~That is a great pity. I should like to held yo'~ but ] have no money with me. Not even a sou -rf you have no money, perhaps you have some klud of trinket - a watch or rlng, M'sieu Offenbach. 3o~ You k~,ow who I am, eh? ~no in ~ France does not ,~ow M'sieu Offenbach, the great composer of music? Ha~ You mention music, and it gives me an idea. I have no money, but I have paper and pencil with me. ( PA PF~ RUSTLES) Veils! qurn around, please. But why, ~tsleu? 7 wish to use your back as a desk. ~ shall write s song and give it ~o you, If you know where ~o sell i~, you l;z~y get as Ice,oh as ~wo hundred francs fcr it. Merci, ~;sieu Offenbach. Thank you. T~mnK you! (~I~) RTH01 0231g~2
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SOUND : OFFSNEAC ~: pUBI JS:@]R : OFFF~RACR : PUBLISJER : 0FREN~%CH: r-t . PUBI,IS~R. OFFENBACH : PUbI,IS~R : S0IZD : PUBLIS~R : 0FPEN~OH : PUBLIS~R : CFFENBACH: -5- #]l qsing the beggar's back as a desk, Offenbach wrote fumieusly - and - when he had eompletsd his aompesiblon he handed it to the beggar who thanksd him again and hurried off. The very next afternoon' Offenbach went to see hle music publisher, we flr_d him onterln~ t~%e publisher's private office. (DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES...OFF) (O0~ING) Bon jour~ M'sleu. HOW is the music publishing business today? You are a fine one to ask that after what you have done, M'sieu Offenbach, After what I --? Have I not always What are you talking about? treated you fairly? 6ave you any complaints to make of my business methods? of ; But of course not., All our dealings have been most satisfactory. ~,. Offenbach In that case~ why did I have to bid fop this new composition of yours at public auction? Please Stop talking riddles, what composition? This one. This one.4 !{ore it tel See fOr yourself. You wrote it, did you nol (PAPER RUSTLES) why I Yes,~I w~ote it o'nly yesterda~ gave it to a beggar. ~o, and do yea know what he did with it? He called a meeting of all the music publlshers In Paris and ~de us bid for it - one against the other. (O~qJCKIES) And I thought he:would not know What to do with the composition. ~ow much did you have to pay for ~t? P~I'~O I 0231643
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J • f PUBL] S!~R. OFFENBACH : PUB][,I SH~R : OP~NBAC H : RTBLISS~2R : OFFENBACH : PUBLIS ~F,R ; OPFENBAOH : L ": PUB ISt~]R : OFFENBACH : -6- ' #31 I flr~lly raised my bid to one thousand francs, and got it. (lAUGHING) Oho, wh~t a smart fellow that beggar is. I should llke to know him better. It is no laughing matter, M'sieu. For that is not the worst of it. All I got for my thousand francs was the cam osition. right to bl~ the ~. : How is that? ~Thls begga~ of yours demanded a contract ~iviug him all royalties warn ~ae ~uae is played at concerts. ~e also kept for himself all she foreign righSs, the right to publish a cheap edition of it, the right to sell it in t~e lobby of any zneaCre and Dne right ~o -- (BREAKING IN) Tieas] One moment, my friend. The theatre, you say. ~4n~nmm - o~l - that is it. I am just finishing my latest operetta- and this is the very marching song I need for it. Oh, you need It. ~It is too bad you cannes use it. Why can't I? It is mine, Isntt it? NO, m'slea~ Unforturmtely it bek~gs~to your teggar. Do yea mean 5o tell me I shall have ~o buy back my own composition from Dna~ - ~na~ sto~ch that growls? Exactly. Men dieu, ona~ is d c~I rascally fellow with It is an outrage! I've shall been swindled! I shall see my lawyer~ I~ have that shall beggar b~ouga~ into aoura. I~ have him s~tenced to prison for llfe. I~ll - I'll send him ~o the guilletlne~ ~'r ~01 02316,,$,-~
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PUBL] SH~'H : MUSIC: RIPLFY: ~SIC : NIP],I:Y: _7_ '>i (OV}/~) (BEGINS TO lAUGH ON VJORDS l"/E~ BFZN SI'~INDLYD" So~ MTsieu )ffenbach, the joke is not so funny no~, n'e~t-ce pus?' (~.UO~IS) (S~VF, LLS FOR ~A3) Yes~ ]~dies and gent!emer, life is al~ys playing .] )Kes ~t seems ~ust on US~ but Offenbach ~ssed a~y without knowing~ho~ good a joke this ono ~%s destined ~o become. His o'~,eretta "Genevieve de Br~band~ had its premlere on N:~vem~er 19th~ 1859 - and included in it ~as the r:arca he had mTitten ahd given to the beggar. That song is now one of the most famous and best loved ~6r.ehlng songs ~.n all the wo~id. For t.~t very zzrch, ;<;itts~-~y- Tb~ song ~-f-e~b~nd ~er~6 ~s a~pted ye&rs lster by an American. And today, every m~n, wc~en and child in the United States knows this march - and here "ht is! ([A~}~ m~) ~hee-~-~, ladies and gentlemen. by 0ffenbsch is "The Halls of Montezeumm', [h~ Unlte~ $tates Ymrine Corps .... Be]~eve it or ~¢ot! "~PPI AUSE ) ~* the back of a begga~ That m~rch ~i~ten4 the~imn of ~4 ~F~09 023~6~5
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HANCOCK: -8- NOW here's Don g~mcook] Ladies and gentlemen, you'll notloe some~hlng strange when a pELLMJ~LL smoker tries to llgn~ an old-fashioned, sn~ci~ar~tte. Unconeclous]y he holds the flame 5 good half Inoh ~ Dno tip of the short olgareDLe. 3cmethin~ th&t is~wt Dnere, PELL~LL'S~tC~D2~iI~. He!s looking for He's looking for Modern Design means PELL~LL is longer. Modern Desig~ means PELL MELL is s~ooth~r~ cooler. From ~e very first puflf, PELL ~E~L'S g~ea~er ~engtn travels t~e ~mek~ further -- dlmi~ishes ne__/~andbb~.~,on the way. PELL~LL'S grea~er Length filters ~ne smoke mtur~ over a u~en~y per cen~ longer rout~ of ~I~ MELL'S ~radlti~neilv flne tr,~,~. Thatr~ Modern n~l~ - PELL~LL'~ Modern ~esig~. I~LL~Lh f i~ hIk%sm_~ -- gives it ~hat RT~01 0231E,4g
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~p MUSIC : RIPLEY; W,NOOCK: RIPLEY : HANCOCK: RIPL~: }~NCOCK: RIPIEYI HANCOCK: -9- #31 ( "AIL FOR Ok~" ) A]] for one and one for &ll. Yes, tbs,t's the way we're going to win th~war, Over there, all zogether fi_i~i~ for V_ictpzi. Over here, all zogether workln~ for Victo~. the Victory s~bolized by the letter "V", the same le~er "~' you see on the hack of every package of o~ PELL Y~LL Ci~rettes. And here are Bob Ripley's answers ~o the V-~il letters from oom boys in the service. A]] right, Don - fire away. Well KSergeant Mike Bassi writes: 'Some of the boys here ask ~n what country spap~etti was originated, Can you tell us? ~. Spaghetti was invsnted by the Chinese a thousand was eve~ heard of. years before ~ RO~ ~. Marco Polo, that great his famous well-traveled adventurer brought back ~ sample of spaghetti, and the recipe, when he made a trip to China in the FouTteenth Century. So spa~aettl actually orgi~ted in Oh/ha. S.K. 2/c galvatore Di Giovanni w~ites: V~ny do we sap "everything is hunky dory"? Who was 'hunky" and who was "dory"? Looks like a sister ac~ ~o me. Well you know the ~oras Htmky Dory ate taken from the ~ords which me'~-ns main street. Now Ronohu Dore was the Broadway of Yoko~mma a~d the American soldier used to have fun over there before t~ ~f~m~, ~NOW, of course, not_~hin~ w~ I urncy y ~(onchu" Dote until~Yokohama and Tokyo are wiped off the face of the earth. ~-Corporal Paul Zajac wants to know if It's true that ostriches hide their heads in the s~nd when they wish to escape capture. ATR01 023164.?
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MDS]C : HANO OCK : RIPL~',Y : }~NCOCK: HANCOCK: -i0~ ~,31 N% Corpora] Zajao. The m~n responsible for t~ myth WaS the Ron~n r~tu~alist Pllnius who lived nineteen hun~med years ago and ~ never saw an all of ostrich in^his life. It}Is no_t true that estriche~ hide their heads in the sgnd when th@y wish tO 8,vold deteetloD an6 capture~. - Believe It Or Not! (PLAY O~IF) Nov~ - on with the L~ntI. Herers[Bob with the answer to 3ast Fric~zy~s Believe It Or Not, Remember, Bob~ your question was: :;Where is every woman a sueen'r? Well Don : that's right~- and the answer is .- thata ~.ora~n is a queen wherever the Y~llsh language is spoken.&~he-~w°rd queen isllt era±derive~ frO~ir.ean,~t'ir~e ol~~ueena o s . _ and its is wom~n. BELI]~ IT 0R N0T ,- ITIS %~UE. Well, Bob, how about another one for us to struggle with toni ~ht ? Well ~, Dcn, see if you can &nswer this question. VlhJch is the fortieth State of the Union? (IAUGHS) I've got you this time, Bob. 023 '16,¢g
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I{IPLkY: HANCOCK: ~USIC: }~%NCOCK: BOUND: ~USIC: %N~[E: but Well - ~%ybe SO, ~e---mw~y~. A I' iI tell you the and get r#ady 'fc~ a surprise answe~, tomorrow ni~ht~ And it wonlt be what you think - BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Zmoker~; whenever you buy eigarettes~ remember - PELL ~4ELLIS ~odern Design, glves you two Important benefits. Fir~st, FELL MELL:8 greaser ler~th zrav~l@ the smoke further, di~ninlsh~s heat and bite on the way. Second, PEIL I~{KiL' $ greater length filters the smoke, glves it t~at cooler, smoother t~ste. That's why, ~%~ ~_q~l.e ~, ¥Clz see P~LL ~{E[L - in (~HENE.° ."A HUNTING" FADE FOR) This is Don P~neoek remdndln~ you ~o listen in tomorrow night when PELL ~ },]~mous CigarsD~ess the cigarette of ModeY.n D~IF#~, will &g%In ~reBent...BELIEVE IT OR I~OT -- BOB RIPLEY! (APPLAUSE FULL) (THEMEo.."A HUNTING" FULL UP TO CUE.] TI~S IS MUTUAL. ~T~01 02S I G/~9
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RUTHRAUFF ~3 RYAN Inc. A RADIO DIVISION f CLIENT: PROGRAM: AMERICAN C. & C. COMPANY PAI~ ~AIL BELIEVE IT OR NOT Re~ L RTPT,EY DATE: TUES. 2/29/4~ NETWORK: MUTUAL 9:15-9:30 P.M, MUS~C~ HANCOCK: MUSIC: RIPL~: (SIGNATURE - ENDING WITH "HUNTING SONG') LIL~4ELLFamous Cigarette% the cigarette of Modern Design, presents the man whose whole llfe 18 a constant hunt for facts .... BELLEVE IT OR N0~ -- BOB RIPLEY! (APPIAUSE) (~HF/4E - 'IA HUNTING' - UP FULL TO FINISH WITHAPPLAUSE) (~Js SPOT TO FOU~W) f~ ~'~O 1 0231650
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N~S SPOT ~- BELIEVE IT OR NOT - ROBE~T ~. RIPL~f FEBRUARY 29, 1944 RIPLEY: Greetings everyone and welcome! Tonight y6u p~obah~y heard Gabriel Heatter and his a~l~sls of the news. you heard him tell about the Russian successes in Pskovn which is probably the most vital spot in the news today. It was in Pskov that..which is one of the most historical cities in Rassla, that the empire of the Czars began with Ivan the third in 1242 and ended with the last Czar, Nicholas the second who abdicated here ~u 1917. In Pskov you ~ey see the Diveni Vid which is trans~ated..means the ~rvelous Sight, so-called because of the beautiful view of the lake. Strangely, the number of islands in the lake varies. The first half of the week, you can count fifty two islands in the lake, but the rest o£ the week, you can see only fifty-one. The K~eml fortress dominases this city. ~n this fortress is the miraculous picture of "Oul~ lady of Teethe." - whenever the ~own is beslged, the eyes of the LVRdonna in the pietaPe 8bed tears for Rueslan sorrows. And today the Red Army ~s storming ~nto th6 gates of Pskov, that very city in whleh the Red ArmF ~s born. It Was here that Lenin, the leader of the ~ussian revolution ol, ganlzed the Russian Red Guard which constitutes the heart of the Russian army today. BELIEVE IT OR NOT! RI'~O 1 0231651
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iI HANCOCK: MUSICt HANCOCK: RIPI~Y: MUSIC: RIPI~?,I: -3- #32 Bob R~pley will be back in just a moment. [PAUSE~ Smokers, It's easy to spot PELL N~_LLIS Modern Design. Yes, your own eyes give you the proof of P~L ~]~LL'S advantage to smokers -- your e~ tells ~ You can seePELL MELL'S g~cater length. That's Modern Design! And when you light your cigarette, you san see that PELL MELL'S greater length travelE the smoke further -- over ~ twenty per cent longer route of PELL MELL~S traditionally_ £1ne tobaccos, PFZL ~LLrS greaser length f~iters the smoke naturally -- diminishes heat and bite on the way -- gives you a cooler, smoother, bette~ better-tastlng smoke. Ladies and gentlemen, believe the evidence of your own eyes. PELL ~LL give~ you visible proof of Its advantage to smokers. Your e~ tells ~ PELL t~rS Modern Design fil~ers the smoke -.. gives it that eoo]er~ smoother taste. (SCribE SETTER - FADE FOR) AND HERE HE IS AGAIN -- BOB RIPLEY~ 7n sly endless hunt for fs.(,t.~,. ' I have been fascinated by the romance of the South Sea Islands. And in travelling ON~ ~ime t,h~o~gh the~e i~land%~ I met a man whose adveature will certainly egual the lifelong dream of all who seek the excit~y~. The time. .the 7ear 1929. The place, the Island of ~oi • p~eslded over by the romantic figure - the Sultan of Sulu. (MORE) RT~01 023165;2
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..... . ..... . ....... -- -V -f . - / ~] PLEY : CCNTD) LILIUS: SI~SAN: LILIUS: SUIN'AN; LILIUS: SULTAN: LILIUS: SULTAN: LII,IUS: SULTAN: MUSIC: RITU$Y: In hl8 royal palace, he EPesns an ~e~ic&n vlsltor - Aleko E. Lilius...new~ PeperKmn, author a~d world traveller, Who has just completed a confidential mission of g~eat fmporhance. As our scene opens, the Sultan greets the A~m~ican, .vm. Lillus - you have done me an lemeasureble service, a~ I am greatl~ indebted ~o ~ou. I am happy Do have been of sePvlce, your hlgbness. 1 want to r~ward ~ou to sho~ ~.~ gratltude. I have decided ~o :3ake you a PANGLI~A or a~hln my klngdom. I greatly appleciat6 the holler slr,..buh... Also - I wanu you ~o se~so$ an island in my kingdom - and take it fo~ ~ouz o't~n~ I couldn't take... It Is my W~Sk - the Sultan of Sulu always re~&Ns hls debts' Since there l? some elemen~ of doubt in your nLind - we Will pla~ a ~ar&e of chess. Thank you, your highness. But We hav~ played chess before: You are a far better p~,ayer tha~ i. (CLAP OF HANDS The c~ess men, please. And if I win -- .~ If ~ou win Non become Ba.~ah of N~manuc: A]~ko ~. Llllus and the $u!t~n of SUlU pla~ed ~ha~ game of chess and Lilius wo~, although It was obvious the Sultan cheated letting his friend win. SO Aleko Lillus won the title el Na~ah. ,All p~epa~atlons were ~de and for the bestowal ceremC~]y Lllius appeared again at the Sultan's palace. R[H01 0231653
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SULTAN : SOUND: SULTAN: LILIUS : SUI ,TAN : SULTAN : SOUND: I ,I LIUS : SLU,TAN : SOUND: R I PLEY : -5- #32 I hsr~with bestow upo~ you the tithe of ONO) Aleko E. Mllus, Rajah: (C.CNG) Yo~ ar~ nc~ the Rajah ~m~nuc, which i~ th~ name of th~ Island yoga have selected for your home. 1 thank ~our Highness. I am d@epl~ honored. In token of your rank - here is ~our staff of office...a :~alacoa cane with a golden knob. By the authorlt~ of this staff - NOU ha~le po~i~:r o/~r those on your island~, here is Here is ~ betel nu'~ box of silver and gold. P~ldAa barong. 7t is ou~ fighting knife, wo~n only by ou~ •.. hers roya'_ty and b~_~,~, is a ~TU ~i~Ig...the I~t~ ri~ is sN.~bollc of your title. [n it is the eye If the sultsn -. watohtr~ over all th@ islands of mN kingdom. When I die - ~]: s ring will .... turn b?,~ok: (~ONG) I am deepl~ h~l~o~ed...Your HIghnes~i,. Wsloo~se...Rajah ~,r~anuo...you ~re now the only American in the world who bea~s the tltle...Rs~ah: (SONG) (MUSIC BRIDGE" Yes - Sadles and gentlemen,..h~ that impressive ceremony- Aieko E. Li~ius became ~6~ee~ Rajah a few yeors a~o ~. 'NheD I was in the Rhililpines~ I met h~n. And so ~uterest~ng ~s his experlenoe - that I ha~e ~sked him to to come here tonight - ~ tell you about it. Here he is the of Aleko E. Lillus...or.~.RaJah ysmanuc. (APPIAUSE) 8rRO~ 029165~
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,4 \! LILIUS : LILIUS : R I PLR% : LILIUS : RII< ~I<Y : LII,IUS : RIPLFY: I]LIUS. R ] i'Lh~f : LILIUS : RIPI~Y: LILIUS : -6- #39 Oood evening, Bob and that, s. Aleko - that's quite a dlst~nctlon you own. Being hl was highly honored when mF friend the Sultan repaid the small ~y ccnfidcntt~l services t In India, I know - the Rajah is about as high as you can go. Oh yes, in India ~Topped only by - Yaharajah. And in India these titles you know ca~y with them -hthe power of llfe and de~th and~-~all property. • nd I understand It is a great distinction, Rajah - a~dty~u also owned ~our own IsSand, didn't you? Oh Yes. The Sultan gave me the island of Y~r~nuc - .......... oo-h~s--Tn-~e It was a very beautiful coral island but it waE a white eSephant. What do you mean &Te~ us about that. The natives thought the island WaS ha, nted - there was ' ~ ,. white shark in the lagoon - and the natives, in ihgir superstitious fear - fed it with sacrifices of ~ cows...hulloeks and goa~s. And ~f the sha~k could be removed, the curse on the island would ~o longer exist, Yes that' ~ right Yes.& So I shot the sha~k. But still, the natives wouldn't go to the island with me. How'd ~ou get out of that one? Wel~l took a ~oha~n~edan priest ~o the island with rae and he blessed .It. Then, wha~ was almos~ a miracle occurred. This came in the fo~m of a small earthquake and tidal wave, FII"RO I 0231655
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,, r -•7. ~-3~ Well a lucky breaE for you. LN 1US: Yes~ they thought the earthquake was a slgn from Allah! RIPLF, Y: Jf}~L~-a~. MOW. Aleko - I see you are still wea~ing the ri~ the ~ultau of ~u gave you. The gold i , r .n=. with the Sultan's eye. LILIUS: Yes. You ~ow strangely enough .- it was 1~de f:,om /~f~ePio~,T: gold cOl~s a~.~ i~idently I ga~ him. Oh you g~ve them to hi~. ~.~ell, b~tls ~ break for bhe Sultan. R}PN~: ~ ~lo~'In our d~am~, the Sultan told you when he die@ - t~ ring would turn black. Yee, Bob, arid of coups% I digm't believe that. But some s~x years afterwardS-- I was in South AfriCa t~en sta]~ding with my bask to a fire. ~The rlr4~ slipped of my firj~eP, fell i~to th~ fir~ and turned black~w~-~-~,l~. that 1 shook my head for I ~me~i~the old man b~d die~ And he very C~d ~ie t~t~night as I learned la~e~ - ~is s~ra~e p~op~cy c~[~ t~e~nk you very muc~ RIPL}~/: Well~ than]< you, ~ _ - ~ ' " , for comin~ here honlgbt. ladies and gentlemen. ,youwhob~'v~ ~S~ heard Aleko ~ Lllius ue~,isp~!oe~man and author. {{e-wa~ owner of a ~outh Sea l~la~ld. The Sulte, n of ~u nmde Aleko Lilius a Rajah, and he J s the only livin@ ~:qe~can who is a Ra ]ah~ L~.,]I<VZ IT OR NfiT$ ( ~USIC :( PI~%I" OPF) RIFle:Y: No~ horn's Don f~gmoock~ I{'\NCOCK: ladies and gentlemez~, if you are still smokin@ old, fashione@ sho~t ciga~ette~, ~ou ~,~e it to yourself ~o make this test. Bee what happens the first ti~e you light a PELL MELL. Unconsciously, you hold the match a imlf inch closer to Foum face than you have t( -- ~ good half inch inside th~ tip of yotlr ~LL ~9.,L~. RI°HO~ 02316~6
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• j , J~ HANCOCK: (C0m'D) MUSIC: R I PLEY: / HANCOCK RIPLEY HANCOCK RIPLEY: -8- #32 That means Nou~ve disoevered Modern Desi~- something a Bho~% clga~ette can't poeslbiN gi~e 7eu. Now smoke that PELL NELL --see what Modern Des±gn does for you. Fro~ the very first puff, PELL MELL S greater length ~ravels the smoke fu~the~ -d~nlulshes heat and bit ~ on the wan PELLMELLS greater length filters the smoke nsturallx over a twentN per cen~ ionge~ route of ~L R~L S t~adit~onall~ fine tobaccos That's Modern Design PELL MELLS Modern Design It filters the smoke glves it that cooler, ~uoother taste (ALl FOR 0~") All for one and one for ell Yes that's the way we're this going to wln ~war Over ~he~e all ~ogether fi~h~ fo~ ~ Over here - all togethe~ for V~C~% The V~ctory symbolized by the letter "V" - the same letter "V" Non see On44~e-4~&--~ every package of O~N_9~[PEI~EIL Ciga~e~%es. And here ere Bob Rlpley's answers ~o the V N~il letters from our boys in the se~vlce All ~Ight Don fi~e swan second class, who writes: "There's a fe&~i~w~my outfit, who comes from a 3ittie~nTexas, ca~led Rek]aw Can Non tell us~a~ing sbout its meaning? Yes, Reklawth~2~Ne of that townln Texas is an En~lieh w9~6~~ Reklew, is the name Walke~..Bpelled Our first letter ~ from and he John J. Doe~rer, Gunners Mate~ third olsss~asks "If Non were on the top of s tra~a go%r~ eiwt~ miles an hen? and you ,iumped three feet in the ~i~, wou~d you land in tbe same spot ? A 1" ~40 "~ O23165?
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; ~ i~ iPl rff: HANCOCK: EIPLEY : MUSIC: HANCOCK: RIPLR~: H~ICOCK: RIPLE? : HANCOCK: RIPLEY: -9- #3~ No -NOU Would not land in the same place. If you were riding on ted of the train, you would encounter a~r resistance ~nd that resistance WOuld held you b~ck, so when you would lan~ that~ou would landasllghtlN behlrLd yoo~ ~umpi~ point. ) !%llPrivate Claude Messer, writes: "I~ve been wonderir~ for years why a "grsyho~d" is So called, Most of the greyhounds l~e seen are not gre~ at a~l. They are brown. YeS~ you ~nOw ~The meaning of the word "GPe~" in Greyhound does not at all. refer to the color of the dogA Items en Icel2ndic word, The word gr~',~ i~ .~n~isl~ndlc ~ord II . meaning Dog . When you say greyhound ~ou ere actually callln~ it a "Dog" ~ound....BELIEVE IT OR NOTI (Puny OFF) Now - on w~th the Hunt~ He~e~s ~ob with the answer to ]act night's Believe It Or Not. ~Remember, Bob, youm W~S Question was: "Which ~ the fortieth State of the Union9" That was an easy one, AId right. Wh~t is it? WhN, ~ The fortieth State ~ras No~th I~kota which Was admitted to the Union on Novembe~ 2ud, 1889. That's right isn't it? no~ even Fou or anyone l~st~nir~ in..noboay knows The date is right, Don, but nobody know~ whether No~th ]~kota o~ South Dakots is the fortieth state. ~ell They don't~ ^Why is that? Wel~, North Dakota and ~outh Dakota were admitted to the Un~on at the ~ame instant. President Barrison dldn~t want to play ann favorites, so he put both admission documents and cove~sd ~hem under a plle of p~pers~and signed 5hem. ~No one - ne~ even the President himself - knew whlch one he signed. first. So - whether No?th Dakota Is the thirty-nlnth the or~fortleth State ~o join the Union wlll alwaNs remain a mystery - BELIEVE IT OH NOT - 81"~01 02~q165~
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-io- #3~ / tt~NCOCK: what is the question yo~ hay Bob,~hs~y~-aae~_e~-gues~,~ for us tonight? ~ell here it i~ Don C - .- - " ~ t ~,t sea is named after Cor~.ibals~ Now th~s is a big se~l )'V~t ~ea is lla[aed after ca~/%i~~.ls?'' Yes,,~thare actually i_~ suc~ ~ sea,~-IJll tell NO~ Wh6Te it ~ ~o~0~ ~Li~lfi, [IVO crossed it ~everal t~es myself - BELIEVF IT OR NOT! HANCOCK: S~]oke~, wbeneve~ you buy cigarettes, re~emoer - FELL ~LL~S Modern Design g~ve~ you two ~oortant benefits. F~st, PELL NS~LL,S grea~er length tr~ve~s the smoke further, ~mlnlshe~ hea.~t an~ bSte on the way. Second, PELf ~LL~ grea%er length fi~te~ the ~oke, ~Ive~ it that coo_le~, ~moother ~§~[s~ That'~ why wherever oartlcular oeoole con~re~.at~e, ~c~ see PELL ~Li - in the (THEI~E - 'A ~.~fTING" - FADE FOR~ MUSIC: (THEME - "A HUNTING' - FULL UP TO CD~.) ANNE : THIS IS ICUTUAL. (APPLAUSE) 8 ]'HO'~ 02316,59

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