Let’s Pretend, created and directed by Nila Mack (1891-1953), was a long-run CBS radio series for children. Mack’s Let’s Pretend began March 24, 1934, running for two decades before the final show on October 23, 1954. Adaptations included classics and fairy tales.The series received numerous awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Women’s National Radio Committee Award and five Radio Daily Awards.In 1970 Telegeneral adapted these stories on vinyl records.
Let’s Pretend: Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp / Douban The Physician
Label: TeleGeneral Corporation – TG 107
Format: Vinyl, LP, Stereo
Aladdin is a Middle Eastern folk tale. It is one of the tales in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights), and one of the most famous, although it was actually added to the collection by Antoine Galland.
Aladdin is an impoverished young ne’er-do-well in a Chinese town, who is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin’s late father Qaseem, convincing Aladdin and his mother of his goodwill by apparently making arrangements to set up the lad as a wealthy merchant. The sorcerer’s real motive is to persuade young Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave of wonder. After the sorcerer attempts to double-cross him, Aladdin finds himself trapped in the cave. Fortunately, Aladdin retains a magic ring lent to him by the sorcerer. When he rubs his hands in despair, he inadvertently rubs the ring, and a jinni, or “genie”, appears, who takes him home to his mother. Aladdin is still carrying the lamp, and when his mother tries to clean it, a second, far more powerful genie appears, who is bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp. With the aid of the genie of the lamp, Aladdin becomes rich and powerful and marries Princess Badroulbadour, the Emperor’s daughter. The genie builds Aladdin a wonderful palace – far more magnificent than that of the Emperor himself.
The sorcerer returns and is able to get his hands on the lamp by tricking Aladdin’s wife, who is unaware of the lamp’s importance, by offering to exchange “new lamps for old”. He orders the genie of the lamp to take the palace to his home in the Maghreb. Fortunately, Aladdin retains the magic ring and is able to summon the lesser genie. Although the genie of the ring cannot directly undo any of the magic of the genie of the lamp, he is able to transport Aladdin to Maghreb, and help him recover his wife and the lamp and defeat the sorcerer.
The sorcerer’s more powerful and evil brother tries to destroy Aladdin for killing his brother by disguising himself as an old woman known for her healing powers. Badroulbadour falls for his disguise, and commands the “woman” to stay in her palace in case of any illnesses. Aladdin is warned of this danger by the genie of the lamp and slays the imposter. Everyone lives happily ever after, Aladdin eventually succeeding to his father-in-law’s throne.
Once upon a time there lived a Greek king. This king was a leper, and no doctor had been able to cure him until a very clever physician came to his palace.
This physician spoke many languages and knew a great deal about herbal remedies and medicines. As soon as he was told of the king’s illness, he put on his best robe and presented himself to the king.
“Sire,” he said, “I know that no physician has been able to cure you. But if you will follow my instructions, I promise to cure you while you play your favorite sport.”
The king listened to this proposal and said to the doctor, “If you are clever enough to do this, I promise to make you and your descendants rich forever.”
The physician went to his house and made a polo club. He hollowed out the handle and put in it the drug he wished to use. Then he made a ball. The next day he took these things to the king.
He told the king that he wished him to play polo. So, the king mounted his horse and went into the place where he played. There the physician approached him with the mallet he had made and said, “Take this, Sire, and strike the ball till you feel your hand and your whole body glow. When your hand warms, the remedy that is in the handle of the club will soak into your body. Then you must return to your palace, bathe, and go to sleep. When you awake tomorrow morning, you will be cured.”
The king took the club and urged his horse after the ball, which he had thrown. He struck it, and then it was hit back by the courtiers who were playing with him. When he felt very hot, he stopped playing, went back to the palace, took a bath, and did all that the physician had said. The next day when he woke up, he found, to his astonishment, that he was completely cured!
The physician Douban entered the hall and bowed low to the ground. The king, seeing him, called him and made him sit by his side to honor him.
That evening he gave him a long, regal robe of state to wear and presented him with two thousand gold coins. The physician had done what no other doctor had been able to accomplish: cure the king. For this, the king was forever grateful.