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Hondo is a 1953 Western film starring John Wayne and directed by John Farrow. The screenplay is based on the July 5, 1952 Collier's short story "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour. The book Hondo was a novelization of the film also written by L'Amour, and published by Gold Medal Books in 1953. The supporting cast features Geraldine Page as Wayne's leading lady, Ward Bond, James Arness and Leo Gordon.
A Damsel in Distress is a 1937 English-themed Hollywood musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, George Burns, and Gracie Allen. With a screenplay by P. G. Wodehouse, loosely based on his novel of the same name.
Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X."
Astaire's co-star Joan Fontaine was not a dancer and he was reluctant to dance on screen alone. He also felt the script needed more comic relief to enhance the overall appeal of the film. Burns and Allen had each worked in vaudeville as dancers (aka "hoofers") before forming their act and when word of the project reached them, they called Astaire and he asked them to audition.
Burns contacted an act he had once seen that performed a dance using brooms. For the next several weeks, he and Allen worked at home to learn the complicated routine for their audition. When they presented the "Whisk Broom Dance" to Astaire, he was so taken by it, that he had them teach it to him and it was added to the film. Their talents were further highlighted as they matched Astaire step by step in the demanding "Funhouse Dance". Throughout the picture Burns and Allen amazed audiences and critics as they "effortlessly" kept pace with the most famous dancer in the films, as many did not know either of them could dance.
Are Husbands Necessary? is a 1942 American comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Ray Milland and Betty Field. It follows the misadventures of a wacky wife and her sometimes exasperated, but loving, banker husband. The film's screenplay was adapted by the husband-and-wife writing team of Tess Slesinger and Frank Davis, from the novel Mr. and Mrs. Cugat, the Record of a Happy Marriage by Isabel Scott Rorick. This novel would later be a source for the related 1948 radio series My Favorite Husband starring Lucille Ball, which itself would evolve into the television series I Love Lucy.
A one-hour Lux Radio Theater adaptation of the film, featuring George Burns and Gracie Allen, aired February 15, 1943 on CBS Radio.
Burns and Allen, an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and
his wife, Gracie Allen, worked together as a comedy team in vaudeville,
films, radio and television and achieved great success over four
Burns and Allen, an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen, worked together as a comedy team in vaudeville, films, radio and television and achieved great success over four decades.
Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie "Gracie" Allen (July 26, 1895 – August 27, 1964), was an American comedienne who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. From vaudeville to radio to film and television, Gracie Allen was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6672 Hollywood Boulevard. The team of Burns and Allen was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1988.
House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 American horror film. It was directed by William Castle, written by Robb White and stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren. He and his fourth wife, Annabelle, have invited five people to the house for a "haunted house" party. Whoever stays in the house for one night will earn $10,000. As the night progresses, all the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors.
The Saint. November 13, 1949.
Mutual net. "The Case Of The Blonde Who Lost Her Head". A beautiful woman in San Francisco has amnesia, but does
she have a real loss of memory or a real murder? Vincent Price
From 9 July 1947 through 30 June 1948, Vincent Price could be heard in
the role of "The Saint" on CBS. Vincent Price was also heard as "The
Saint" from 10 July 1949 though 28 May 1950 on Mutual. "The Saint"
aired again on NBC from 11 June 1950 - 14 October 1951. During this run,
Vincent Price retained the role of Simon Templar until 20 May 1950
Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films. His career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy.
He appeared on stage, television, and in over one hundred films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures, and one for television.
Price was very active in radio in the 40's and 50's, and during the early 1970s, Price hosted and starred in BBC Radio's horror and mystery series "The Price of Fear".
Mickey Rooney briefly starred in a CBS radio series, Shorty Bell, in the
summer of 1948, and reprised his role as "Andy Hardy", with most of the
original cast, in a syndicated radio version of The Hardy Family in 1949 and 1950.
Stablemates from Lux Radio Theater starring Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney in their original roles. Mickey Rooney stars as a kid who works around the race track stables and ends up getting a broken down horse instead of pay. Wallace Beery is a drunken drifter who happens upon the stable where Rooney tends his horse. This is a heart warming story with great acting. The big race at the end is actually the entire 1938 $50,000 Hollywood Gold Cup race won by Seabiscuit. Lux aired this story on March 31, 1941.
Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. In a career that spanned nearly nine decades and continued until shortly before his death, he appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era.
At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, Rooney played the role of Andy Hardy in a series of fifteen films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values.
He briefly starred in a CBS radio series, Shorty Bell, in the summer of 1948, and reprised his role as "Andy Hardy", with most of the original cast, in a syndicated radio version of The Hardy Family in 1949 and 1950 (repeated on Mutual during 1952).
All About Eve from Lux Radio Theater is a radio play based on the 1950 American drama film which was actually taken from the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve", by Mary Orr.
Stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life, ultimately threatening Channing's career and her personal relationships.
The film was praised by critics at the time of its release, All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards (a feat that was unmatched until the 1997 film, Titanic) and won six, including Best Picture.
Screen Directors' Playhouse.
August 12, 1949.
Sponsored by: Pabst Beer.
A costume drama of old New Orleans, and a Southern belle's loves and hates during a Yellow Fever plague.
Bette Davis, Gerald Mohr, Paul Frees, Ralph Moody.
Of Human Bondage is a 1934 American drama film directed by John Cromwell and is widely regarded by critics as the film that made Bette Davis a star. A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in cinema history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
Betty had many appearances on radio in such programs as Silver Theater, Screen Guild Theater and Lux Radio Theater.
Jimmy & Gloria Stewart finally run out of excuses and the day
they've dreaded for so long arrives: having to double date with Jack to
an opera. To embarrass the classy Stewarts to the max, Jack's date is
the way-over-the-top blonde banshee Mildred Meyerhouser.
The Lux Radio Theatre. April 28, 1952. "No Highway In The Sky". An eccentric British scientist is sure his calculations predict that a new model British aircraft will crash after fourteen-hundred hours of flight. James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich.