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.
The Six Shooter was a weekly old-time radio program in the United States. It was created by Frank Burt, who also wrote many of the episodes, and lasted only one season of 39 episodes on NBC (Sept. 20, 1953-June 24, 1954). Through March 21, 1954 it was broadcast Sundays at 8 p.m. Beginning April 1, 1954 through the final episode it was on Thursdays at 8 p.m.
James Stewart starred as Britt Ponset, a drifting cowboy in the final years of the wild west. Episodes ranged from straight western drama to whimsical comedy. A trademark of the show was Stewart's use of whispered narration during tense scenes that created a heightened sense of drama and relief when the situation was resolved.
James Maitland Stewart
(20 May 1908 – 2 July 1997), popularly known as Jimmy Stewart
especially in the United States, was an iconic, Academy Award-winning
American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen
persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely
considered classics and was nominated for five Oscars, winning one in
competition and one life achievement. He also had a noted military
career, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air
The Radio Career of Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart has said that radio was his favorite medium after the
movies. His radio career spanned seven decades, from his performance in
only one scene of Yellow Jack in 1934 to his It's a Thankful Life
Thanksgiving special which aired on November 22, 1990. Perhaps the radio
show Jimmy Stewart appeared on most frequently was the Lux Radio
Theater. His first appearance on that program was in June 1937.
Colonel Harland David Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was an American businessman, best known for founding fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC) and later acting as the company's goodwill ambassador and symbol.
He began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression.
That Touch of Mink is a 1962 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Doris Day, and directed by Delbert Mann. The film co-stars Gig Young, John Astin, Audrey Meadows, and Dick Sargent. In addition, baseball stars Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Yogi Berra make cameo appearances.
Attraction develops between a suave businessman and a young woman determined to protect her innocence. Nominated for three Academy Awards.
One of the best offerings from RKO in 1949 was "Mr. Blandings Builds His
Dream House." Here is the "Lux Radio Theater," version with Cary Grant
reprising his film role and Irene Dunn playing Mirna Loy' role.
"The Bachelor and The Bobby Soxer" aired on Lux Radio Theater June 13, 1949 on CBS starring Cary Grant and Shirley Temple. A comedy about a womanizing bachelor who is ordered to date the teenage daughter of a beautiful judge.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan from Lux Radio Theater on Jan 26, 1942 stars Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James Gleason. Here Comes Mr. Jordan is a comedy in which a boxer, accidentally killed before his time, is allowed a chance to come back to Earth in the body of a rich man who has just been murdered by his wife. It was taken from the 1941 comedy film and was also remade several times, with different titles: Heaven Can Wait (1978), Heaven's Touch (1983) and Down to Earth (2001). This radio version is an excellent production.
The Awful Truth from Hollywood Radio Theater aired January 18, 1955 starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. This is the radio version taken from the classic 1937 romantic comedy film. The plot concerns the machinations of a soon-to-be-divorced couple, played by Dunne and Grant, who go to great lengths to try to ruin each other's romantic escapades. The bright, zesty, and carefree film was nominated for six Academy Awards.
"Suspicion" is a romantic psychological thriller starring Cary Grant. Handsome, irresponsible cad Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant) sweeps dowdy Lina McLaidlaw off her feet and charms her into running away and marrying him, despite the strong disapproval of her wealthy father, General McLaidlaw.
Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and "dashing good looks", Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men.
Cary Grant was in over 70 movies and over 80 radio programs.
The NBC University Theater. December 12, 1948.
NBC net. "After Many A Summer Dies The Swan".
The famous portrait of a quest for eternal life in the unique culture
of California. Alan Hale, Albert Harris (composer, conductor), Aldous
Huxley (author), Andrew C. Love (director), Don Stanley (announcer),
Donald Morrison, Earl Keen, Ernest Kinoy (writer), Henry Russell
(composer, conductor), Lynn Whitney, Marlene Ames, Norman Cousins, Paul
Henreid, Ralph Montgomery, Ramsay Hale, Theodore Von Eltz, Tony Barrett.
One of the swiftness radio series, the True Detective Mysteries program
broadcast over CBS every Thursday evening, owes much of its popularity
to the action which takes place in the studio. Reproducing as it does
true stories of various police cases, it is often impossible to go into
every detail of the story, and so far no one has actually been murdered
in the broadcast: but when a struggle is indicated in the script the
actors proceed to struggle; when the gong and siren on the police cars
are heard, there are sirens and gongs in the studio.
Staged under the direction of Charles Schenck, one of radio's pioneers
in stagecraft, "True Detective Mysteries" utilizes approximately the
same cast each week to dramatize the more thrilling story in the current
issue of the magazine from which it takes its name. Much of the
program's success is due to the fact Mr. Schenck has been able to
assemble the cast which his experience has shown him possesses really
ideal voices for the microphone, as well as dramatic ability. The sound
effects, pistol shots, slamming doors, crashing glass, speeding
autos---every conceivable noise, in fact---are produced by one man, who
sets up his apparatus before his own special microphone, and, working
from his own copy of the script, follows his cues as carefully and
promptly as do the actors.
"Casablanca" starring Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. Set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca, it focuses on Rick's conflict between love and virtue: he must choose between his love for Ilsa and his need to do the right thing by helping her husband.
Bold Venture. March 26, 1951. Program #1. ZIV Syndication. "Deadly Merchandise". Bogart plays Slate Shannon who owns a hotel in Havana and gets involved in intrigue with his beautiful sidekick "Sailor." Shannon and Sailor get involved with a shipment of arms for a planned revolution. But Shannon never picked up the "merchandise" in Key West, and two murders follow because he doesn't have the guns. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall.
"The African Queen" from Lux Radio Theater aired December 15, 1952 on CBS starrinrg Humphrey Bogart and Greer Garson. The setting, a British Methodist missionary in a village of German East Africa in 1914 during World War I. The missionaries mail and supplies are delivered by a rough-and-ready Canadian boat captain Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) of the African Queen. When Germans burn down the mission village and herd the villagers away, the adventure begins with a trip down the Zambesi river.
Humphrey DeForest Bogart, December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American screen actor whose performances in such iconic 1940s films noir as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep, earned him the legacy of cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. Over his career he received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, winning one.
Bogart performed radio adaptations of some of his best known films, such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. He also recorded a radio series called Bold Venture with Lauren Bacall.
Moth-Eaten Mink from Perry Mason aired December 14, 1957. Perry and Della are enjoying a quiet dinner at Morey Allen's restaurant when a waitress suddenly runs out and is hit by a car, shots are fired, and Perry is left holding a moth-eaten mink.
Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian-American actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. He also had prominent involvement in multiple charitable endeavors, such as working on behalf of the United Service Organizations. His early acting career included roles on Broadway, radio, television and in film.