||ANNOUNCER: It is late afternoon as our scene opens now, and
here in the living room we find Victor Gook and his young son Rush. The
older gentleman is looking over the newspaper and the younger gentleman
seems to be occupied with a school-book. And as we draw closer, we hear
the latter individual say:
RUSH: Gov., wanta take the book now an’ see if I know ‘em?
VIC: Your definitions?
RUSH: Here's the book.
VIC: I'll just listen.
RUSH: No take the book. I gotta have ‘em word for word.
VIC: Toss it over.
RUSH: [tosses] Catch.
VIC: [catches] Got ‘er.
RUSH: I’ll start with "elocution"… at the top of the page there.
VIC: Uh-huh. Let ‘er rip.
RUSH: Elocution is the art of delivering, written or extemporaneous,
with force, propriety, and ease."
RUSH: That got ‘er?
VIC: Yeah. Is "rhetoric" next?
RUSH: Uh-huh. "Rhetoric is the science of speaking with elegance
RUSH: "Emphasis is a particular stress of the voice on a word
or words in reading or speaking." Examples: I think I will
tie my shoe, I think I will tie my shoe, I think I will
tie my shoe, I think I will tie my shoe, I think I will tie
SADE: [entering] Vic.
SADE: Whatcha doin?
VIC: Coaching Mr. Jackson here in his English lesson.
SADE: Well, look, I'm in a little trouble.
SADE: My wash machines on the blink.
VIC: What ails it?
SADE: It won't run. An’ the worst of it is, it gives a person
SADE: There's electricity right in the water. Stuck my hand
in an’ little jabs went right up through my arm.
VIC: Prob’ly what's happened is the lead wire's had some insulation
scraped off an’ the current...
SADE: Wish you'd come and see it. I'm scared to death of it.
VIC: How come you're washin’ this afternoon?
SADE: Just running a few towels an’ a table-cloth through. Will
you run down an’ take a look?
VIC: I guess so. Any special hurry?
SADE: Yes, there is. The table-cloth is Ruthie’s an’ I wand
to get it washed an’ ironed. Fred's stoppin’ by for it after supper.
VIC: [rising] I can prob’ly wrap some tape around your lead
wire an’ doctor it up in a jiffy. Guess we'll have to post-pone our
RUSH: O.K. Mom, can you get a big shock from the wash-machine?
SADE: Enough of a shock to scare the daylights outa me.
RUSH: Guess I’ll go along. I haven't had a good shock in I don't
SADE: [as they go] Don't fiddle around, son. Electricity is
a very dangerous thing.
RUSH: You can just stick your hand in the water an’ feel it,
SADE: Yes. I like to jump through the ceiling.
VIC: Some of the current is escaping is all, kiddo. You couldn't
get a big enough shock to hurt...
SADE: Be careful of the garbage bucket goin’ down cellar. It's
on the top step but one.
VIC: You don't hafta come along, Sade. I’ll just…
SADE: Wanta get Ruthie’s table-cloth outa the way so ya don't
step on it or anything.
RUSH: Next year I’ll be able to
fix stuff for ya, Mom. The freshmen
up at high school study electricity second semester an’…
SADE: Want me to let the water out, Vic?
VIC: No, don't think ya need to.
SADE: That's good. Got all these nice suds worked up. Stick
your hand in there once.
VIC: Get quite a jolt?
SADE: Jolt enough for me.
VIC: Well, I don't imagine… [laughs foolishly]
SADE: [giggling] ‘Lectricity all right, huh?
VIC: Yeah. [laughs] Help yourself to some voltage, Pete.
RUSH: Think I’ll kinda take it easy at the start. Just stick
one finger in so…[laughs]
VIC: [chuckles] Hot stuff, huh?
RUSH: It just gives kinda a tickle.
VIC: Goes right up your arm though. C’mon, Sade, join the party.
SADE: I will not. Scares the livin’ life outa me.
RUSH: ‘Lectricity is good for ya. They used to have a machine
down at Klemm’s drug store where ya put in a nickel an’ grab a-hold
SADE: Will ya see if you can fix it, Vic? If I'm gonna get Ruthie’s
table-cloth washed an’ ironed before Fred comes, I’ll kinda hafta hurry.
VIC: I already see what's the matter. One side, Oliver.
RUSH: I enjoy feelin’ the good ol’ electricity go through my
system. Gives me the sensation of…
VIC: Move. [to Sade] See here this lead wire?
SADE: Yeah. That what's broke?
VIC: It's not broke. The insulation's been scraped off. A piece
of taped wrapped around it should do the business. Rush, there's
a tin box with tape in it on the shelf there.
RUSH: [moving off] I’ll get it.
VIC: [silly laugh] C’mon, Sade. Put your hand in here.
SADE: Not for forty dollars.
VIC: Won't hurt you any.
SADE: Maybe not. But it scares me pink.
VIC: Why, there's not enough current here to… Just lay it down,
SADE: [moving off] Holler soon as it's ready, will ya, Vic?
VIC: Yeah - only be a couple minutes.
VIC: [laughs in sympathy] Quite a kick, ain’t it?
RUSH: Wish there was more of it. This only gives a tickle.
VIC: Move over a little. Shucks, I…[laughs foolishly]
RUSH: [laughs in sympathy] Ain’t that the doggondest feeling.
VIC: Yeah [chuckles]
RUSH: Hey, I just thought of an invention.
VIC: What's that?
RUSH: Well you know in the depots an’ movie shows an’ places
where they got wash rooms?
RUSH: Why not fix ‘em up so when people washed their hands,
they get a good healthy shock like this?
SADE: Uh-huh. Only problem is, folks like your mother’d holler
for the police.
RUSH: Yeah. Heck, wish we could get more good ol’ ‘lectricity
in this wash-machine.
VIC: I know how it could be done.
VIC: Pour a little water on the floor.
RUSH: An’ stand in it, ya mean?
RUSH: Let's do it.
VIC: O.K. Dip some outa the washer with the tin cup there.
RUSH: Figure that'll gun up the current?
VIC: You betcha. Water is one of the world's best conductors.
Thomas A Edison himself once declared that…Right around my shoes
VIC: Pour some where you're gonna stand now.
RUSH: All right.
VIC: Electricity is a marvelous marvelous thing. Nobody knows
what it is. Nobody knows where it comes from. The sum of the knowledge…
RUSH: Shall I stick my hand in the wash-machine now?
VIC: I better do it first. Might give more of a wallop than
you can take. However, I'm sure it won't be so much that… [laughs
RUSH: How is it?
RUSH: Much as I enjoy electricity, I wouldn't wanta… [laughs]
VIC: How ya like that?
RUSH: [laughing] Dandy.
VIC: Goes right through ya, don't it?
RUSH: I’ll say.
VIC: Here-I’ll show ya something. Stand back a little ways.
RUSH: I hate to leave the electricity.
VIC: You'll get some electricity.
RUSH: Where ya want me to go?
VIC: Right here.
RUSH: I won't be able to reach the wash-machine.
VIC: That's O.K. Now look: you're Mr. Steve Butler from Des
Moines, Iowa. You want to make my acquaintance. See?
RUSH: [chuckles] Yeah.
VIC: [chuckles] All right. Say Somethin’.
RUSH: Ah…you’re Mr. Gook, I believe?
VIC: Yes, sir.
RUSH: I'm Mr. Steve Butler from Des Moines, Iowa.
VIC: Glad to know you Mr. Butler.
RUSH: Care to shake hands?
VIC: Be delighted. Put ‘er there. [they both go into ecstasies.]
RUSH: That's fun.
RUSH: Let me stand in the water this time.
VIC: All right.
RUSH: Ah… what was the name?
VIC: Mr. Gook.
RUSH: I'm Mister Butler from Des Moines, Iowa.
VIC: The heck. Care to shake hands?
RUSH: Sure. [more laughter]
VIC: You put out a pretty mean hand shake, Mr. Butler.
VIC: Well, enough of this. Hand me that tape an’ let's...
RUSH: Hey, Gov., whatcha say we pull it on Mom?
VIC: You couldn't get her to shake hands.
RUSH: Well we'll work it slick. I’ll say, "Mom, feel my hand.
It's cold as ice." An’ she'll be standin’ in this water, as’ you
can be holdin’ my other hand. Won't that give a shock?
VIC: Yeah, believe it will.
RUSH: I’ll holler then, huh?
VIC: Will you shoulder the responsibility?
RUSH: Sure. [calls] Mom.
SADE: [upstairs] All finished?
RUSH: [calls] Not quite. Can ya come down here a minute?
SADE: What's the matter?
RUSH: Wanta show you something.
VIC: I imagine you mother is a little too smooth to fall for…
RUSH: She's comin’. Whatcha say I stand right here with my left
hand behind me? You take a-hold of it?
VIC: O.K. An’ ya better face the door.
VIC: I'm afraid there won't be much electricity left by the
time it goes through my body an’ yours too.
RUSH: All the better. Wouldn’t wanta give Mom a big shock. Just
SADE: [approaching] What's the matter.
RUSH: I think there's something the matter with my hand.
SADE: [up] Your hand? Have you been fiddlin’ with them wires
RUSH: My hands so darn cold.
RUSH: Feel it once.
SADE: Oh, gracious, Rush, did you have me come all the way downstairs
RUSH: Feel it once.
SADE: An’, Vic, you said it'd only take a minute to fix… [little
VIC AND RUSH: [laugh]
SADE: That was a smart trick, wasn't it?
VIC: The blame lies on other shoulders than mine, kiddo. The
whole scheme was hatched up by nobody else than your son here who…
SADE: How near are ya done fixin’ the washer?
VIC: Why…a…as a matter of fact, I haven't…
SADE: Haven't even started to fix it, huh?
SADE: [moving off] If either one of ya ever pull another stunt
like that on me, there's gonna be some fur flyin’.
VIC: [after her] Sade, it was only an innocent little prank.
We thought you'd enjoy…
RUSH: [to Vic] Don't believe she can hear ya, Gov. Almost upstairs.
VIC: We didn't come out so hot with our bit of horse-play.
RUSH: Say, ain’t you Mr. Gook?
RUSH: I'm Mr. Butler from Des Moines, Iowa.
SADE: Well break my back.
RUSH: Shake hands?
VIC: Why not? [They both laugh with delight.]
RUSH: Hey, I got another idea. Let's…
VIC: Forget your idea. We've raised enough of trouble an’ heartbreak.
Hand me that tape an’…
RUSH: Just wanta ask ya somethin’. Look: If I took this piece
of wire an’ stood in that puddle of water by the faucets, an’ you
held the other end of the wire in the wash-machine, would I get a
VIC: Ya might.
RUSH: Let's try an’ see.
VIC: I think we better get to work here an’ undo the hard feelings
that Mom …
RUSH: Only take a minute.
VIC: O.K.—but get a move on.
RUSH: [moving off] Boy, I can hardly wait till next year when
I'm a freshman in high school an’ can learn all the electricity…
SADE: [approaching] Vic.
RUSH: [closer] Got it fixed yet?
SADE: Why…a…I was just gonna start to…
RUSH: I didn't think you had. Listen: Mr. Drummond’s upstairs.
Came over to borrow some butter. He knows all about electricity.
I asked him to step down an’ fix the machine.
VIC: Aw, heck, Sade, all I've got to do is wrap a little tape
SADE: Uh-huh, but you haven't done it an’ I'm in a hurry. [calls]
Mr. Drummond, you can come down if you will. I'm just clearing away
some of the rubbish so you'll have room.
VIC: We're rubbish, huh?
SADE: [moving off] Great big men that'd shock a lady with nasty
VIC: We're not so popular, son.
RUSH: Guess not.
VIC: By the way, son, you know Mr. Drummond, don't ya?
RUSH: Know him?
VIC: You have the honor of his acquaintance?
RUSH: Whatcha talkin’ about, Gov.? Heck, I know Mr. Drummond
as well as I know...
VIC: Forget it. Just occurred to me ya might like to shake hands
RUSH: Shake hands with…? Oh. [laughs]
VIC: Get the drift?
RUSH: Yeah. Where shall I stand—right here in the water?
VIC: [affirmative] Uh-huh. An’ hold your left arm behind ya
so I can touch it.
RUSH: O.K. [They both produce a conspiratorial chuckle.]
VIC AND RUSH: [call] Right this way, Mr. Drummond.
ANNOUNCER: Which concludes another brief interlude at the
small house half-way up in the next block.
First broadcast 1934