The Lux Radio Theatre, Vol. 1
Hosted by Cecil B. DeMille and starring numerous icons ofthe screen, this collection of old-time radio classics includes six episodes ofThe Lux Radio Theatre—one of thelongest running, most extravagant shows from radio’s golden age. The show featured the greatest stars inHollywood appearing in hour-long radio adaptations of their biggest motionpictures, making this lavish production a veritable checklist of many of Hollywood’sbest films from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. The stars of the movieusually appeared in their audio counterparts, though sometimes contracts orschedules got in the way. The productions were live, with a full orchestra, andmany Hollywood legends were not used to performing in public without thebenefit of retakes. Just some of the stars that appeared on The Lux Radio Theatre include ElizabethTaylor, Ronald Colman, Errol Flynn, Robert Young, Mickey Rooney, HumphreyBogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne,James Stewart, and Loretta Young. Sponsored by Lever Brothers, the makers of LuxSoap, The Lux Radio Theatre came toradio in 1934 and lasted until 1955 for a total of 926 hour-longbroadcasts. It transitioned to televisionin thirty-minute weekly installments in 1950, with James Mason as host.
Episodes include“Kid Galahad,” starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Wayne Morris, with special guest Jack Dempsey“The Perfect Specimen,” starring Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell“The Devil and Miss Jones,” starring Frank “Wizard of Oz” Morgan and Linda Darnell“Only Yesterday,” starring Ida Lupino and Robert Young“The Petrified Forest,” starring Ronald Colman and Susan Hayward“National Velvet,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, and Donald Crisp
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