[joe-frank-list] 'Rent-a-family', part 1

Sean Kelly seaniekaye at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 11:43:26 PST 2021

I got around to re-listening to Rent A Family last night, parts 1 & 2 so

The proprietor is Larry Block, for sure. It is cool how he tells a version
of the same story in Karma so many years later. Young Larry sometimes
sounds a lot like Arthur Miller. The eastern European is Tim Jerome.
The second panelist is Arthur Miller. Leaving Nick Ullett as the Brit.
I assume Mark Hammer is 'Arthur' because his is the only male voice that is
unfamiliar to me.

Sounds like Part 3 goes off the rails, so I'm looking forward to listening
to that tonight.

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 8:23 AM <russellbell at gmail.com> wrote:

>         Eleanor, an unemployed divorceé with 2 young daughters,
> (Barbara Sohmers?) having trouble finding work, reluctantly joins
> Rent-a-family, an organization that rents out families to men who want
> one temporarily.
>         9:30: The proprietor (Mark Hammer?) describes how
> Rent-a-family works.
>         10:50: Panelist with a German accent (Tim Jerome?) asks a
> question about how it works.
>         11:50: Panelist #2 (Arthur Miller?) asks a question.
>         12:10: Panelist #3 (English accent, Nick Ullett?) asks a
> question.
>         13:10: The panel and proprietor talk about Rent-a-family and
> society, planned obsolence, the convenience of renting instead of
> owning.
>         18: Carmen introduces herself; more voices of women and
> children, mostly drowned under music and sound effects.  Joe names
> things (...cheeseburgers, zoning regulations...)
>         19:40: Eleanor tells about daughters Wendy and Diane; takes
> them to get filmed for Rent-a-family.  She decides the first applicant
> is suitable, prepares for an outing at the beach.
>         31:50: Arthur Miller says that society sells the happiness of
> families but families are diminishing.  The panel discusses
> Rent-a-family further.
>         41: More voices of women and children, mostly drowned under
> music and sound effects.
>         42:30: The first outing, to the beach, goes well until the
> fellow (un-named and voiceless) takes the girls to get ice cream; no
> one returns.
>         51:40: The panel talks about Rent-a-family further.
>         The cast as listed is: Barbara Sohmers, Mark Hammer, Arthur
> Miller, Tim Jerome, Nick Ullett, Carolyn Swift, Larry Block, Lynn,
> Sarah, Carmen, Thomas, Tim, Sharon, and Christa.
>         I think I recognize Arthur Miller's voice as the second member
> of the panel; I think panelist #3's English accent is real, which
> makes him Nick Ullett (in part 2 he says 'biscuit' when he means
> 'cookie'); Tim Jerome puts on foreign accents, so I think he's
> panelist #1.
>         The cast has 2 women; I don't know them by voice, but Barbara
> Sohmers is listed first, so I guess she's Eleanor.
>         I don't know Mark Hammer's voice; because he's the second name
> on the list and the proprietor is the second voice in the show I
> assign him that role.
>         If the listing is in order of appearance my guesses match
> except for the transposition of Arthur Miller and Tim Jerome.
>         Music: Tim Story's 'A fine line' introduces and accompanies
> Eleanor.
>         Giles Reaves's 'Eihwaz' (Defense) (album: Wunjo) accompanies
> the panel.  (This is a new identification - thanks to audiotag.info)
>         Harold Budd's 'Gypsy violin' plays over the families
> introducing themselves.
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