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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Screen Guild Theater


The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio, broadcast from 1939 until 1952, with leading Hollywood actors performing in adaptations of popular motion pictures such as Going My Way and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It initially was heard on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. It was broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1950 to May 31, 1951 and returned to CBS on March 13, 1952. It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater.

George Murphy hosted the show in 1939. In 1940, Roger Pryor began hosting the show. The show began as a general variety show and later changed formats to include old time radio versions of popular films. It starred most of the big name Hollywood celebrities of the time.

Actors on the series included Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Agnes Moorehead, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. Fees these actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors.

The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Old Radio Times for Mar-Apr 2011

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dangerous Assignment


Brian Donlevy plays U.S. Government Agent Steve Mitchell who travels the globe investigating cases of espionage, sabotage and threats to National Security. The episodes are opened with “Yeah, danger is my assignment. I get sent to a lot of places I can’t even pronounce. They all spell the same thing though, trouble.”

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Broadcasting History Links

Elizabeth McLeod (born 1963) is a journalist and broadcast historian who lives and works on the coast of Maine.

McLeod has written numerous articles on radio pioneers and the history of early radio. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Nostalgia Digest, Journal of the Radio Historical Association of Colorado, and Radio Recall. She has contributed to (among others) Exploring Cultural History: Living Through the Great Depression and Encyclopedia of Radio. McLeod has also written liner notes for Radio Archives' Radio Legends: Matinee with Bob and Ray and other CD collections. McLeod made much of The Original Amos ’n’ Andy: Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll and the 1928–1943 Radio Serial available on the internet prior to its 2005 publication. A biography of radio's first major stars that examines their long-term impact on the medium, the book refutes frequent condemnations of the radio and television series. Between 1997 and 2006 she contributed over 800 scripts to the daily CBS Radio Network program "Sound*Bytes."


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References: Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Wikipedia, Frank Passage & Others OTR Logs, Archive.org, Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio by John Dunning, Australian Old Time Radio Group

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