Episode 7, I Was A Communist For The FBI

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Leading man Dana Andrews stars in the syndicated series that chronicles the stylized adventures of FBI undercover man Matt Cvetic. Cvetic worked for the FBI as a Communist Party mole in the 40s, before being fired for erratic behavior. He sold his story to The Saturday Evening Post, and then to Hollywood. Radio actor Frank Lovejoy starred in the film version, which became a cult classic. Taking advantage of the red hysteria of the early 50s, the IWACFTF radio series debuted in 1952 with Andrews as star. Seventy eight episodes were produced between ’52 and ’54.
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Episode 6, Casablanca

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Hedy LamarrWhat would it have been like if Alan Ladd and Hedy Lamarr had starred in Casablanca, rather than Bogey and Bergman? Find out in this 1944 episode of Lux Radio Theater. Oh, and Hedy’s husband John Loder takes the Paul Henreid part.

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Episode 5, Big Town/Suspense

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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.<

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Episode 4, Bold Venture

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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.

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Episode 3, Screen Guild Theater/Leo On The Air

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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.

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Episode 2, Good News of 1938

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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.

 

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

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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.

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