Dr Mac was a series of
self-contained quarter-hour episodes, recounting tales of Dr. Robert
McIntyre, a gentle old Scottish medico, practicing in a country town in
Australia, known only as Dr. Mac to his patients, friends and his many
thousands of warmly devoted radio listeners. The series was created by
E. Mason Wood for the Macquarie Network and the keynote was simplicity.
In most episodes we find Dr. Mac dealing more in homespun wisdom and
philosophy, always laced with compassion, rather than in the clinical
practice of medicine.
Lou Vernon played Dr. Mac; one of radio's most experienced and
best-loved character actors. He came to radio in the mid 1930s after
some 30 years in show business, first as a ballad singer (a baritone),
then in vaudeville, and in the theatre. He played everything from
black-faced comics to Grand Opera excerpts and Shakespeare. On radio in
1936 he was famous for his Italian greengrocer Luigi in Dolly and Dan
for the BSA Players, and among many hundreds of dramatic performances
his Thomas Carlyle in Genius at Home for the Macquarie Radio Theatre was
Several actresses played Ettic, Dr. Mac's wife, but Enid Lorimer, an
actress of great strength and experience, played her more often than
anyone else. She is heard in this episode.
Enlish-born Enid Lorimer (1887-1982) was a distinguished actor in radio
plays, stage productions, film and television. She lectured on theosophy
and was a foundation member of Actor's Equity. Lorimer was posthumously
awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1982.
Mini Bios of Scots-Australians
Looking at all the
significant people that had biographies written about them 12 per cent
were born in Scotland.
Alexander Black (1827-1897) A
Scot that ventured to Australia and made his name in the field of
surveying, becoming a pioneer surveyor who marked a state boundary
between New South Wales and Victoria and who later went onto become a
Victorian Surveyor-General. Article by Bob Taylor.
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