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Lux Radio Theatre

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Initially Lux Radio Theatre adapted Broadway plays during its first two seasons before it began adapting films. In 1936, when sponsor Lever Brothers (who made Lux soap and detergent) moved the show from New York City to Hollywood, the program began to emphasize adaptations of films rather than plays. These hour-long radio programs were performed live before studio audiences. The series premiered at 2:30pm, October 14, 1934 on the NBC Blue Network with a production of Seventh Heaven starring Miriam Hopkins and John Boles. The host was the show's fictional producer, Douglass Garrick (portrayed by John Anthony and later by Albert Hayes). Doris Dagmar played another fictional character, Peggy Winthrop, who delivered the Lux commercials. Each show featured a scripted session with Garrick talking to the lead actors. Cecil B. DeMille took over as the host on June 1, 1936, continuing until January 22, 1945. On several occasions, usually when he was out of town, he was temporarily replaced by various celebrities, including Leslie Howard and Edward Arnold. Lux Radio Theatre strove to feature as many of the original stars of the original stage and film productions as possible, usually paying them $5,000 an appearance. Lux Radio Theatre was broadcast on the NBC Blue Network (1934-35); CBS (1935-54) and NBC (1954-55).



DISC-01 October 28, 1935. "Dulcy". This is a prototypical role for ZaSu as a well-meaning but scatterbrained wife, determined to "help" her husband put through a big merger. This is a program from the brief period when the program originated from New York City. James Marr, Leslie Adams, Clifford Walker, ZaSu Pitts, Gene Lockhart, Donald Foster.

DISC-02 June 1, 1936. "The Legionnaire and The Lady". The first Lux broadcast from Hollywood. The first show hosted by Cecil B. DeMille. A love story between a Legionnaire in the desert and a night club singer. Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich.

DISC-03 June 8, 1936. "The Thin Man". The story of an urbane and witty New York detective who solves a missing-persons murder. Introduced by the director of the original film: W. S. Van Dyke. William Powell, Myrna Loy, Porter Hall, Barbara Luddy, Bret Morrison, Wally Maher, Theda Bara.

DISC-04 June 15, 1936. "Burlesque". A well-done story of backstage love and heartbreak. Eighty-five year old Daniel Frohman (a famous theatrical producer) is interviewed. Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler are interviewed after the story. Jolson sings "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody," "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" and "Toot, Toot Tootsie." Wally Maher, Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Daniel Frohman (intermission guest)

DISC-05 June 29, 1936. "Irene". A shop girl from the upholstery department of a large department store is changed into Irene O'Dare, the famous Irish singer. D. W. Griffith is interviewed; it makes fascinating listening. Jeanette MacDonald is also interviewed after the story and sings, "Would You?" Jeanette MacDonald, Regis Toomey, D. W. Griffith (intermission guest).

DISC-06 July 6, 1936. "The Voice Of Bugle Ann". A melodrama about an old farmer who loves to hunt foxes, and his favorite hunting dog. The program includes a fine tribute to dogs by Lionel Barrymore. Ross Forrester, William Royal, Lou Merrill, Lionel Barrymore, Anne Shirley, Hal Roach (intermission guest).

DISC-07 August 24, 1936. "One Sunday Afternoon". A small town dentist has the opportunity to kill his old rival as he sits in his dental chair. Jack Oakie sings "I Can't Play The Banjo With Susannah On My Knee." Jack Oakie's mother is
interviewed, as is actress Agnes Ayres (Rudolph Valentino's leading lady). Agnes Ayres, Alan Hale.

DISC-08 October 5, 1936. "Elmer The Great". Elmer does not want to leave Gentryville, because Nellie is the one that he loves. Even when Mr. Wade of the Chicago Cubs comes to get him, it is only because Nellie spurns him that he goes. During an intermission interview, Lou Gehrig predicts that the Yankees will win the World Series. Joe E. Brown, June Travis.

DISC-09 November 2, 1936. "The Virginian". The classic western about a strong, silent type, who's fast on the draw when he has to be. Guest Sidney Skolsky does a funny "cowboy column." Charles Bickford, Gary Cooper.

DISC-10 November 9, 1936. "Alias Jimmy Valentine". A good story about a safe-cracker trying to go straight. Pat O'Brien sings "The Charlady's Ball." Guest Melvyn Purvis ("The Greatest G-Man In History") recalls a real safe cracker he met while tracking down John Dillinger. Allen Jenkins, Joan Field (four years old), Pat O'Brien, Melvyn Purvis (intermission guest).