Baker’s Broadcast, KDKA, 1938

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KDKA

Baker’s Broadcast

March 13, 1938

Broadcast 7:30 pm (EST)

The Pittsburgh Press, March 11, 1938

How would you like to haunt a ghost? Radio will try that trick Sunday night when Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, two guys who make big dough trying to be cussed mean on the screen, shake hands as Ozzie Nelson’s guests Sunday night at 7:30 on KDKA. Once before they worked together, in a picture called “The Raven.” Sunday they will do an “in person” collision of movie spirits.

Harriet Hilliard, Boris Karloff, Ozzie Nelson, Bela Lugosi

Bela performed a short skit with husband and wife team Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard in which he confided, “If someone says ‘boo’ to me, I’m liable to faint…Once I saw myself in Dracula and I was home in bed for a week.” Later in the show he and  Boris Karloff sang (off-key and out of sync with each other) a short song, We’re Horrible Horrible Men. Bela’s difficult to hear lyrics were deciphered by Gregory William Mank in his Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration (McFarland): 

We’re Horrible, Horrible Men

Bela:

We’re horrible!

Both:

We’re horrible, horrible men.

Boris:

Horrible, horrible men.

Both:

We’re villainous, killinous, lecherous, treacherous, toughiest, roughiest men.

Bela:

To the grave we come in

 It would make strong men afraid

 You can’t blame us for it

 For the rent must be paid.

 Both:

We’re horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible men.

We’re horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible men.

 We’re villainous, killinous, treacherous, lecherous, toughiest, roughiest men.

Boris:

Though the movies would make me

A terrible brute

When my make-up is off

I’m really quite cute

Both:

We’re horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible, horrible men.

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Listen to the song

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