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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Arch Oboler's Plays






ARCH OBOLER'S PLAYS was the series title for 3 separate series, a series of 53 shows in 1939 and 1940, a series of 26 shows in 1945 and a series of 13 in 1964. The 1964 series is also known as ARCH OBOLER PRESENTS. All shows were produced and directed by Arch Oboler.

The 1939-1940 series aired on the NBC network, sustained, on Saturdays and were heard 10:00 PM EST. The shows ran typically 30 minutes except the show of August 26, 1939, which ran 60 minutes. All the shows in this series were original radio plays written by Arch Oboler,
except for the last two, which were adaptations done by him.

The 1945 series aired on the Mutual network, again sustained, on Thursdays also at 10:00 PM EST. The shows ran 30 minutes.

The 1964 series was syndicated and were all new productions, using many original scripts as well as scripts from previous series. The shows for this series were shorter than those previous, running about 20 minutes.

Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Ingrid Bergman, Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Gale Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco.


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