Episode 5, Big Town/Suspense

Edward G Robinson

Edward G Robinson was both a prolific film actor, and a frequent radio performer. Today we feature an episode of Robinson’s radio series, Big Town, entitled.”Harding Factory Fire,” from October 26, 1937. Claire Trevor co-stars with Robinson. Next, it’s an episode of Suspense with an interesting twist; Robinson plays a dual role in “The Man Who Wanted To Be Edward G Robinson”, from October 17, 1946.<

Episode 4, Bold Venture

Bogart and Bacall on radio
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall star in an episode from Bold Venture, a syndicated show created to entice Bogart into series radio. With Bogart as a hotel operator in the seedy section of Havana, and Bacall as his sultry ward,Bold Venture traded on the pair’s existing screen images and usually featured murder and detective work by Bogey.

Episode 3, Screen Guild Theater/Leo On The Air

judy garland at microphone
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney star in the November 1941 Screen Guild Theater adaptation of their 1939 MGM film, Babes In Arms. Promoting the newest film in the “let’s put on a show” cycle, Rooney and Garland sing their way through theBabes script in a quick 30 minutes. We follow this production with an episode of Leo On The Air, MGM’s radio trailer series. This one features the 1941 entry in the Rooney-Garland musical series, Babes On Broadway. Think of it as a radio infomercial for the film.

Episode 2, Good News of 1938

Fanny Bryce as Baby SnooksGood News was a production of MGM Studios and the Maxwell House Coffee company. The show’s goal was to promote MGM’s movies and its stars. In the March 31 1938 episode, host Robert Taylor welcomes studio head Louis B Mayer, speaking from England, along with series regulars Meredith Wilson and Frank Morgan. Singer Connie Boswell and character actress Una Merkel also appear.

 

Episode 1, Lux Radio Theater: A Man’s Castle

Lux Radio Theater’s production of A Man’s Castle, starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young. The episode of Lux was broadcast March 27, 1939. This recording is a dress rehearsal for that show.