home front were naturally anxious to do what ever they could to help the war effort. One effect of this was that people began to see spies around every corner and under every park bench.
The threat of espionage was of course very real, something that the authorities did not take lightly. Old Time Comedy? They might have taken it lightly!
The June 2, 1944 (just four days before the D-Day invasion) old time radio episode of Amos 'n' Andy opens with Amos, Kingfish, and the boys down at the Lodge Hall, discussing the movies they had seen the night before (four features for twenty cents no less!) One of the favorites was a spy picture. All the sabotage and mayhem the spies create worries our heroes, until they realize there could be a reward for actually catching a spy. It turns out Lightnin' has a job at a hotel (doing anything "too heavy for a maid but not heavy enough to hire a man") and he thinks there may be a spy staying there.
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