Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Radio review – SGP – “Abroad and Two Yanks” (1944) **1/2
An alright farce but fascinating for Australian audiences as it's set in Sydney during WW2. William Bendix and Dennis O'Keefe reprise their film roles as two horny Yanks on leave who fight over a girl; O'Keefe pretends to be Bendix but the girl (here played by Marjorie Reynolds) figures it out pretty quickly, which is not good for farce. The second half is an extended drag act, which doesn't work on radio and the story just seems to end (the role of Cyril is minimised here). Lots of weird attempts at Aussie accents - cockney, English and American. Bright fun.