Rush and Russell
This image originally appears in The Story of Vic and Sade by Bill Idelson (BearManor Media) and shows Bernardine Flynn (top center), then from left to right: David Whitehouse, Art Van Harvey, and Bill Idelson. David Whitehouse played Vic and Sade's newly adopted son, Russell Miller, from 1943 to 1945 while Idelson served in the WWII naval air force.
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Vic and Sade was written by the prodigious Paul Rhymer for the entire length of its long run. The principal characters were a married couple living in "the small house halfway up in the next block." After the first weeks in production an extra character, an adopted son, was added to the show, and it was in this format, with only three characters, that the program thrived for the next eight years and won many awards for the writer, actors and sponsor.
In 1940, the actor who played Vic (Art Van Harvey) became ill, and, uncertain whether he'd be able to carry on the role, Sade's Uncle Fletcher (Clarence Hartzell) was added to the cast to fill the place of the missing male lead. When Van Harvey recovered his health, Uncle Fletcher was kept on as a fourth character.
During the war years, the actor who played Rush (Bill Idelson) was called into military service, and he left the show. The spring months of 1943 were a tumultuous period, but eventually a second son figure, Russell Miller (David Whitehouse), was brought in, and the program continued as it always had.
Vic and Sade went off the air September 29, 1944 but was brought back several times. In 1945, the cast was augmented to include many characters who were previously only talked about. In 1946 it was a summer replacement series which also featured an augmented cast. In 1949 three television episodes were made using an elaborate set that included the whole house as well as the front and back yards. And finally in 1957 it ran for seven weeks as a television series but returned to the original three-character format.
The show's strength and appeal stem from its author's unique outlook on the world, his peculiar sense of humor and his ability to create a universe of people, places and fascinating situations out of exiguous material. The magic of Vic and Sade is that all of the action, all of the people and all of the places in the town were created strictly through the dialogue. Listeners heard just the voices of the principal speaking characters, embellished with very few sound effects.