Serial railroad adventure (1934)
The Green Valley Line is "the
story of a back-country railroad in the early years
of the 20th Century". Not much is known about
the people or history of the Green Valley Line
old time radio show. There's a real live quality to the show, since there's
misreading of dialogue, and skewed inflections,
but that's a great deal of the charm with this rarely-heard
local show. It has simple, direct dialogue and almost
no sound effects except for the great sounds of
the trains and some random railroad office sounds
such as typewriters and such.
Bill Reed is the hero who is developing
the growing Green, using a telegraph and telephone
to keep track of train orders and runs. He's managing
railroad hands, the trains themselves, managing
freight shipments and unfortunately, a gang of operatives
who are intent on destroying the growth of the line
But his father, Jacob Reed, may be a big business
man with a deceitful plan. Seems there's a family
quarrel brewing here.
Kerry is Bill's Gal Friday, and together
he's trying to manage the mounting problems that
come roaring down the tracks on the Green Valley
Line. The actress doing Kerry has a sweet, sincere
dialogue delivery. Her Pop sounds like a real duffer,
but he's a lot smarter than he makes out. He figures
out what Bill's up to along the way.
The railroad hands seem to be mainly
Irish, judging from their names and brogues. Most
enjoyable about this show are the details on railroad
equipment and operation that spices nearly every
conversation. It's a sure thing that railroad buffs
and lovers of regional history of radio will enjoy
this adult serial series.
For more railroad themed old time radio shows, see also: Railroad Hour, Railroad Collection, Empire Builders & Grand Central Station,and Mysterious Traveler.