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Twins in Old Time Radio

Twin births and twins allow for comic and criminal implications were well explored in Old Time Radio.

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Twins Listening to RadioMost birds, reptiles, and amphibians lay eggs in groups called clutches, and the babies which hatch from the same clutch are called brood-mates. The size of a clutch depends on several environmental and species-specific factors, such as the amount of care the offspring will receive from the parents and the availability of food. Generally, more eggs mean more hatchlings which means more offspring will mature to sexual maturity and start the cycle again.

Small mammals, who employ live birth, generally give birth to litters. More vulnerable the species generally have larger litters. Rabbits often have fourteen kits in a litter and the naked mole rat average litter size is 28. Larger animals tend to have one offspring per pregnancy. In humans, this is especially important because babies are born essentially helpless. The human organism is so complex that even a single offspring taxes the mother's health to the utmost (and have a much greater chance of not reaching full-term).

Twins occur, of course, but their birth often comes at a cost to the mother, each other, and in some cases, society as a whole. One of the strongest relationships humans will know is between siblings, how much stronger if that relationship begins in the womb? The fact that the only thing cuter than one smiling baby is two smiling babies certainly increases their attractiveness.

One of our earliest programs dealing with twins is the syndicated medical comedy, The Family Doctor from 1932, which shows that raising twins can b just as wonderful (and frustrating) as raising singletons. The doc deals with a pair of teenaged twins who experience their first cigars and later a pair of younger tykes who take up treasure hunting in their mother's garden.

Hollywood Barn DanceAll babies are cute, it is practically their job description, and twins can seem like a double-dose of cuteness. The singing McQuaig Twin sisters were a hit on Hollywood Barn Dance. Twins are just rare enough to make a terrific plot device and in the early Fifties, Marjorie, The Great Gildersleeve's grown niece, brings a set of twins home from the hospital, which is almost enough to put Great Uncle Gildy over the edge. Twelve-year-old twin boys help Superman rescue Jimmy Olsen, and the Los Angeles Police Department pull out all the stops to find a pair of four-year-old twins who go missing on Dragnet.

Most twins are fraternal, which means that each grew from a separate fertilized egg in their mother's womb while identical twins are genetically identical, meaning the came from the same egg which divided after fertilization. Even fraternal twins share enough genetic similarities that it can b hard to tell which is which. The story of the Zimmerman Twins who served together in the 9th Bomb Group is related on War Telescope. While most twins are close, in some cases that closeness leads to contempt and murder. The blood stain which remains when Dave Cortland disappears on Challenge of the Yukon was not his but that of his murdered twin.

Often, it is not one but both twins who turn out bad, and they further their nefarious plots by taking advantage of their physical similarities to be each other's alibi. This makes for a convenient was to defraud the insurance company represented by Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

Part of the reason twins were such a popular plot device on the radio is that both siblings could be played by a single actor, something which was practically impossible on TV if they were both in the same scene.

See also:  Doppelgangers and Evil Twins in Old Time Radio

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    total playtime 23 hours, 25 min
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      53 shows - total playtime 23 hours 25 minutes
      1. Big Town 481012 451 Double Murder.mp3
      2. Calling All Detectives 481125 316 Looking Diamond Dealers.mp3
      3. Can You Imagine That 400000 Detective Stories.mp3
      4. Challenge Of Yukon 490107 Jim Beldens Secret.mp3
      5. Chesterfield Show4952 500315 026 Dennis And Phil Crosby.mp3
      6. Cisco Kid Twin Desperados.mp3
      7. Danger Dr Danfield 461013 Henry Comes Home.mp3
      8. Dragnet 510215 Big Crime.mp3
      9. Eb And Zeb 425 Episode 425.mp3
      10. Family Doctor 320000 05 Once To Every Boy.mp3
      11. Family Doctor 320000 19 Prospectors.mp3
      12. Fmm 430330 0358 Washing Machine.mp3
      13. Front Page Drama 360704 0167 Dream Girl.mp3
      14. Gang Busters 481023 0552 Twenty Four Hour Twins.mp3
      15. Gg 510221 393 Marjories Babies Arrive.mp3
      16. Gg 510228 394 Trying To Name Twins.mp3
      17. Gg 510307 395 Marjorie Twins Coming Home Grandpa Isnt Needed.mp3
      18. Gg 510328 398 Gildy And Leroy Baby Sit Twins.mp3
      19. Gg 510404 399 Bullard Needs Boat Access.mp3
      20. Gg 510502 403 Spring Cleaning Judges House.mp3
      21. Gg 510926 411 Marjorie Gets Job.mp3
      22. Gg 521224 476 Gildy And Leroy Alone For Christmas.mp3
      23. Grand Marquee 470807 49 Till Crime Do Us Part.mp3
      24. Gunsmoke 590201 Bobbsey Twins.mp3
      25. Hallmark Playhouse 491208 066 Christopher And Columbus.mp3
      26. Hilltop House 390921 Bess Stops An Argument.mp3
      27. Hollywood Barn Dance 470118 Uncle Ep.mp3
      28. In Name Of Law 360816 He Did It Or Did He.mp3
      29. Inner Sanctum 460521 Detour To Terror.mp3
      30. Let George Do It 490221 Journey Into Hate.mp3
      31. Lone Ranger 430215 1571 Double Trouble.mp3
      32. Lone Ranger 430510 1607 Cactus Kid.mp3
      33. Lux Radio 460325 Wonderman.mp3
      34. Lux Radio 470825 578 Stolen Life.mp3
      35. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 65 Getting To Sleep.mp3
      36. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 66 Shopping For New Suit.mp3
      37. Michael Shayne 481120 21 High Priced Twins.mp3
      38. New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe Hasty Will.mp3
      39. Omb 550508 288 Twin Orphans.mp3
      40. Police Headquarters 320000 Episode 27 Whos Who.mp3
      41. Quiz Kids 510225 559 Twins From Syracuse.mp3
      42. Rogers Of Gazette 531230 24 Investigative Reporters.mp3
      43. Sdp 500331 062 Dark Mirror.mp3
      44. Sealtest Variety 490505 032 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      45. Space Patrol 530919 Spies From Planet X.mp3
      46. Suspense 460117 Pasteboard Box.mp3
      47. Suspense 580223 Five Buck Tip.mp3
      48. Taos 471125 1623 Ruler Of Darkness Pt 23.mp3
      49. Town Hall Tonight 380504 156 Who Killed Hula Hula Dancer.mp3
      50. War Telescope 440520 Zimmerman Twins.mp3
      51. Whistler 441120 130 Death Sees Double.mp3
      52. Ytjd 600821 Twisted Twin Matter.mp3
      53. Ytjd 601016 Twins Of Tahoe Matter.mp3
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      53 shows - total playtime 23 hours 25 minutes
      1. Big Town 481012 451 Double Murder.mp3
      2. Calling All Detectives 481125 316 Looking Diamond Dealers.mp3
      3. Can You Imagine That 400000 Detective Stories.mp3
      4. Challenge Of Yukon 490107 Jim Beldens Secret.mp3
      5. Chesterfield Show4952 500315 026 Dennis And Phil Crosby.mp3
      6. Cisco Kid Twin Desperados.mp3
      7. Danger Dr Danfield 461013 Henry Comes Home.mp3
      8. Dragnet 510215 Big Crime.mp3
      9. Eb And Zeb 425 Episode 425.mp3
      10. Family Doctor 320000 05 Once To Every Boy.mp3
      11. Family Doctor 320000 19 Prospectors.mp3
      12. Fmm 430330 0358 Washing Machine.mp3
      13. Front Page Drama 360704 0167 Dream Girl.mp3
      14. Gang Busters 481023 0552 Twenty Four Hour Twins.mp3
      15. Gg 510221 393 Marjories Babies Arrive.mp3
      16. Gg 510228 394 Trying To Name Twins.mp3
      17. Gg 510307 395 Marjorie Twins Coming Home Grandpa Isnt Needed.mp3
      18. Gg 510328 398 Gildy And Leroy Baby Sit Twins.mp3
      19. Gg 510404 399 Bullard Needs Boat Access.mp3
      20. Gg 510502 403 Spring Cleaning Judges House.mp3
      21. Gg 510926 411 Marjorie Gets Job.mp3
      22. Gg 521224 476 Gildy And Leroy Alone For Christmas.mp3
      23. Grand Marquee 470807 49 Till Crime Do Us Part.mp3
      24. Gunsmoke 590201 Bobbsey Twins.mp3
      25. Hallmark Playhouse 491208 066 Christopher And Columbus.mp3
      26. Hilltop House 390921 Bess Stops An Argument.mp3
      27. Hollywood Barn Dance 470118 Uncle Ep.mp3
      28. In Name Of Law 360816 He Did It Or Did He.mp3
      29. Inner Sanctum 460521 Detour To Terror.mp3
      30. Let George Do It 490221 Journey Into Hate.mp3
      31. Lone Ranger 430215 1571 Double Trouble.mp3
      32. Lone Ranger 430510 1607 Cactus Kid.mp3
      33. Lux Radio 460325 Wonderman.mp3
      34. Lux Radio 470825 578 Stolen Life.mp3
      35. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 65 Getting To Sleep.mp3
      36. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 66 Shopping For New Suit.mp3
      37. Michael Shayne 481120 21 High Priced Twins.mp3
      38. New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe Hasty Will.mp3
      39. Omb 550508 288 Twin Orphans.mp3
      40. Police Headquarters 320000 Episode 27 Whos Who.mp3
      41. Quiz Kids 510225 559 Twins From Syracuse.mp3
      42. Rogers Of Gazette 531230 24 Investigative Reporters.mp3
      43. Sdp 500331 062 Dark Mirror.mp3
      44. Sealtest Variety 490505 032 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      45. Space Patrol 530919 Spies From Planet X.mp3
      46. Suspense 460117 Pasteboard Box.mp3
      47. Suspense 580223 Five Buck Tip.mp3
      48. Taos 471125 1623 Ruler Of Darkness Pt 23.mp3
      49. Town Hall Tonight 380504 156 Who Killed Hula Hula Dancer.mp3
      50. War Telescope 440520 Zimmerman Twins.mp3
      51. Whistler 441120 130 Death Sees Double.mp3
      52. Ytjd 600821 Twisted Twin Matter.mp3
      53. Ytjd 601016 Twins Of Tahoe Matter.mp3
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    53 recordings on 25 Audio CDs
    total playtime 23 hours, 25 min

    Twins Disc A001

    1. Cisco Kid Twin Desperados
    2. Eb And Zeb 425 Episode 425
    3. New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe Hasty Will

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    Twins Disc A002

    1. Family Doctor 320000 05 Once To Every Boy
    2. Family Doctor 320000 19 Prospectors
    3. Police Headquarters 320000 Episode 27 Whos Who
    4. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 65 Getting To Sleep
    5. Mama Blooms Brood 340000 66 Shopping For New Suit

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    Twins Disc A003

    1. Front Page Drama 360704 0167 Dream Girl
    2. In Name Of Law 360816 He Did It Or Did He

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    Twins Disc A004

    1. Town Hall Tonight 380504 156 Who Killed Hula Hula Dancer

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    Twins Disc A005

    1. Hilltop House 390921 Bess Stops An Argument
    2. Can You Imagine That 400000 Detective Stories
    3. Lone Ranger 430215 1571 Double Trouble

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    Twins Disc A006

    1. Fmm 430330 0358 Washing Machine
    2. Lone Ranger 430510 1607 Cactus Kid

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    Twins Disc A007

    1. War Telescope 440520 Zimmerman Twins
    2. Whistler 441120 130 Death Sees Double

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    Twins Disc A008

    1. Suspense 460117 Pasteboard Box

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    Twins Disc A009

    1. Lux Radio 460325 Wonderman

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    Twins Disc A010

    1. Inner Sanctum 460521 Detour To Terror
    2. Danger Dr Danfield 461013 Henry Comes Home

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    Twins Disc A011

    1. Hollywood Barn Dance 470118 Uncle Ep
    2. Grand Marquee 470807 49 Till Crime Do Us Part

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    Twins Disc A012

    1. Lux Radio 470825 578 Stolen Life
    2. Taos 471125 1623 Ruler Of Darkness Pt 23

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    Twins Disc A013

    1. Big Town 481012 451 Double Murder
    2. Gang Busters 481023 0552 Twenty Four Hour Twins

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    Twins Disc A014

    1. Michael Shayne 481120 21 High Priced Twins
    2. Calling All Detectives 481125 316 Looking Diamond Dealers
    3. Challenge Of Yukon 490107 Jim Beldens Secret

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    Twins Disc A015

    1. Let George Do It 490221 Journey Into Hate
    2. Sealtest Variety 490505 032 Sidney Greenstreet

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    Twins Disc A016

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 491208 066 Christopher And Columbus
    2. Chesterfield Show4952 500315 026 Dennis And Phil Crosby

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    Twins Disc A017

    1. Sdp 500331 062 Dark Mirror
    2. Dragnet 510215 Big Crime

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    Twins Disc A018

    1. Gg 510221 393 Marjories Babies Arrive
    2. Quiz Kids 510225 559 Twins From Syracuse

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    Twins Disc A019

    1. Gg 510228 394 Trying To Name Twins
    2. Gg 510307 395 Marjorie Twins Coming Home Grandpa Isnt Needed

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    Twins Disc A020

    1. Gg 510328 398 Gildy And Leroy Baby Sit Twins
    2. Gg 510404 399 Bullard Needs Boat Access

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    Twins Disc A021

    1. Gg 510502 403 Spring Cleaning Judges House
    2. Gg 510926 411 Marjorie Gets Job

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    Twins Disc A022

    1. Gg 521224 476 Gildy And Leroy Alone For Christmas
    2. Space Patrol 530919 Spies From Planet X

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    Twins Disc A023

    1. Rogers Of Gazette 531230 24 Investigative Reporters
    2. Omb 550508 288 Twin Orphans

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    Twins Disc A024

    1. Suspense 580223 Five Buck Tip
    2. Gunsmoke 590201 Bobbsey Twins

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    Twins Disc A025

    1. Ytjd 600821 Twisted Twin Matter
    2. Ytjd 601016 Twins Of Tahoe Matter

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