There are some terrific ways to get rich in a short time. Money will practically fall out of the sky if you know how to be in the right place at the right time. And if the characters from Old Time Radio have anything to teach us, there is bound be someone nearby to help us find that right place. Usually, if anyone actually sees a profit, it is the other guy...
The thing with Get Rich Quick Schemes is that they are often unscrupulous, tasteless,immoral, illegal, or worse.
Get Rich Quick Schemes on the Radio could be seen as cautionary tales, the lesson being that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Luckily, for the sake of our entertainment, our Heroes don't seem to learn the lesson.
One of our favorite Get Rich Quick artists is Kingfish from Amos 'n' Andy, whether he is helping his friends with a male escort service that ropes Andy into an engagement or helping to redirect funds from an investment company gone bad, Kingfish always has more ideas than solutions.
On the “George and the Chorus Girl” episode of Fred MacMurray and Irene Dunne's Bright Star, it seems as though everyone has something they want, but are not always prepared to tell the truth to get it.
In “Indian Chief Poisoned, Dr. Sixgun finds himself between a land-grabbing wagon train guide and the Indians trying to hold onto what little they have.
The I Love A Mystery gang are awaiting delivery of a custom built plane in San Diego when they encounter a pretty girl who is sure that any man she gets close to will wind up dead. When Jack, Doc, and Reggie show up again on I Love Adventure, the Old Men of 10 Gramercy Park sent them to French Indochina after a Pearl of Great Price.
By now we realize the only sure way to get rich is with lots of planning and hard work. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the mistakes on the radio!
See also: Easy Money and Hello Sucker