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There was a time when they would perform radio versions of then current films.
The golden age of radio coincided with the golden age of Hollywood. Many of Hollywood's biggest stars appeared on dramatic anthology shows like Lux Radio Theater (1934-55), usually in adaptations of well known films. Fans may want to check out performances of their favorite stars, often with unexpected co-stars or in unfamiliar material.

Here are a few of the more intriguing titles:

02/03/36 #66 Green Grow The Lilacs w/John Boles, June Walker -- this is the play Oklahoma was based on [Lost]

11/20/39 #238 Goodbye, Mr. Chips w/Laurence Olivier, Edna Best

12/25/39 #243 Pinocchio w/John Garfield (!!!), Cliff Edwards

02/03/41 #293 Rebecca w/Ronald Colman, Ida Lupino -- IIRC Colman was the original choice for the role of Maxim de Winter

03/10/41 #298 The Awful Truth w/Bob Hope, Constance Bennett

09/14/42 #361 This Above All w/Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck -- I don't believe they ever worked together on screen

12/28/42 #376 A Star Is Born w/Judy Garland, Walter Pidgeon -- 12 years before Judy's film version

02/08/43 #382 The Maltese Falcon w/Edward G. Robinson, Gail Patrick

04/05/43 #390 The Road To Morocco w/Bing Crosby, Bob Hope

01/24/44 #423 Casablanca w/Hedy Lamar, John Loder, Alan Ladd

09/11/44 #448 Break Of Hearts w/Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth

04/23/45 #480 The Petrified Forest w/Ronald Colman, Susan Hayward

11/06/50 #719 Rebecca w/Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh

12/25/50 #726 The Wizard Of Oz w/Judy Garland, Hans Conried

12/03/51 #767 Strangers On A Train w/Frank Lovejoy, Ray Milland

12/17/51 #769 The Men w/William Holden, Theresa Wright

11/03/52 #801 Viva Zapata w/Charlton Heston (!?), Jean Peters -- a warm up for Touch Of Evil I guess

07/20/53 #838 The Birds w/Herbert Marshall, Betty Lou Gerson -- yes, Daphne Du Maurier's short story, later filmed by Hitchcock


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What are some Christmas programs we should check out
Nothing puts you in the Yuletide mood like a little murder...

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe -- "The Case of the Slaughtered Santas"

Somebody is killing street corner Santa Clauses -- can genius detective Nero Wolfe stop him?

a short-lived but very entertaining series, thanks in no small part (get it?) to star Sidney Greenstreet, "the Fat Man" in The Maltese Falcon.

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Nothing puts you in the Yuletide mood like a little murder...
Lights Out - "Poltergeist" (October 20, 1942)
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The Lux Radio Theater - "Double Indemnity" (October 30, 1950)

October 30, 1950. CBS network. "Double Indemnity". William Keighley (host, producer), Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, William Conrad, Rhoda Williams, William Johnstone, Robert Griffin, Howard McNear, Norman Field, Edward Marr, Virginia Agnello,


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Escape - "How Love Came to Professor Guildea" (February 22, 1948)

Adapted for radio by Les Crutchfield, based on the short story by Robert Hichens

A man who hates people discovers he is loved by a strange creature that won't take no for an answer.

Spooky fantasy that perfectly suits radio.


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NBC Best Plays - "Rope" (November 30, 1952)

Two Oxford undergraduates think they've expressed their intellectual superiority by committing the perfect murder. To add thrills to their crime, they invite the victim's father and other guests to a macabre dinner party.

Starring Hurd Hatfield and Victor Jory
Adapted by Ernest Kinoy

Intense adaptation of the original 1929 play by Patrick Hamilton (not the Hitchcock film). I'm not a big fan of the latter, which is surprisingly popular on this board. The long-take method kills cinematic momentum, and Jimmy Stewart is badly miscast as the cynical mentor. Here that role is played by a much more comfortable Victor Jory.

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Hey man.

I want to say thanks for all your work in this thread.

I was able to find some of these in podcast form using podbay.


Lux, in fact are all saved: LINK

I listed to the A Star is Born with Judy Garland.

Wow. I liked the whole thing. It was produced by Cecil B. Demile too! I really liked the ads that they did not cut from the original.

The end of this one was weird when Cecil asked the actors how they were going to spend their New Year. And they said things like not to share secrets and have "loose lips". But I understand why.

Outside of the production, what a great taste of life in America then!



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Escape - "The Man Who Liked Dickens"

Written by John Meston, from the story by Evelyn Waugh
December 21, 1952

A strange old man in the Amazon jungle has a taste for Charles Dickens books, but cannot read. He rescues a lost explorer and takes him home to a remote jungle village...

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Suspense - "Death Has A Shadow" (1949)

A lawyer is trapped in his office after hours, waiting for a killer to arrive...

One of the great things about Old Time Radio was it allowed big stars to play against type. The lawyer here is played by none other than Bob Hope, absolutely straight.

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If you have siriusxm - channel 148 is radio classics, always enjoy catching the beginning of one on a road trip


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Suspense - "The Twist" (September 11, 1947)

A radio comedy writer will take any steps necessary to prevent his collaborator from breaking up the partnership.


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"The ABC Murders" -- an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel starring Charles Laughton (who had played Hercule Poirot on stage in the late '20s), done for the great radio show Suspense in 1943 -- but with the character of Poirot completely removed!


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“The Truth” is a good podcast of audio dramas/stories. Excellent actors and sound tech. Their tag used to be “movies for your ears.” A good description.

The episodes vary a lot in subject matter. Not all are great to me, but some are truly excellent, and all are worth a listen.

Most at 20 to 30 minutes, so check out some that sound good.

A recent episode answered questions about how they cast actors, make sound effects, record voices, etc. Pretty interesting.


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Theater Five - "Death Of An Old Flame"
written by George Bamber
May 20, 1965

A piano bar entertainer is cynical about romance until he reconnects with his ex-wife, who tries to talk him into a shady deal...

Not bad little noirish tale, with star Sammy Davis Jr. enjoying the chance to make like Bogart and Mitchum.

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Suspense - "The Night Reveals"
starring Fredric March and Jeanette Nolan
May 26, 1949

A fire investigator suspects that his wife is a compulsive arsonist

Classic episode adapted from a story by Cornell Woolrich


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re: Best radio dramas, past and present(?)
There is an old timer radio station on Roku. I listen sometimes.

When I was a kid I used to never miss The Shadow. The Shadow is some great old timey radio.



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Try Johnny dollar.

The man with the action-packed expense account.

It has surprisingly become one my favorite series on XM Radio Classics.


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If you have siriusxm - channel 148 is radio classics, always enjoy catching the beginning of one on a road trip

I would almost pay the full subscription price for that channel alone.


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