Episode 23: Breakfast in Hollywood

Brenneman's restaurant
Breakfast in Hollywood aired on the Blue Network from 1941 to 1948. The show originated daily from Tom Brenneman’s restaurant in Hollywood and featured Brenneman walking through the restaurant, chatting up the mostly female, and frequently tourist patrons.

In 1946, Harold Schuster made film by the same name, using the show (and Brenneman) as a backdrop for a series of intertwined melodramatic stories. You can watch on YouTube, or download it from The Internet Archiv.

The Breakfast in Hollywood radio show ended in 1948, soon after Brenneman’s untimely death.

Episode 22: Greer Garson


MGM star, and serial Academy Award nominee (she won once) Greer Garson spent her radio career performing in adaptations of her own films for Lux Radio Theater. She was also active in on-air wartime fundraising, and performed on variety shows with Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy and Jimmy Durante. This episode of HOTR, which was suggested by a listener, features an episode of Academy Award, in which Garson takes the female lead in a 1946 adaptation of Brief Encounter.

Episode 21: Rita Hayworth

The words Rita Hayworth and radio star don’t seem to quite fit together. Celebrated primarily for her beauty and glamour, Rita Hayworth electrified the motion picture screen. But did she have the personality for a medium without pictures, or even the inclination to perform there? Apparently the answer was yes. Between 1942 and 1947, she is credited with 34 radio appearances, on program ranging from the dramatic Lux Radio Theater and Suspense) to the light-hearted Edgar Bergen. She was also a popular attraction on wartime series, Mail Call and Command Performance. In this episode of HOTR, we hear Rita paying “herself” on the Burns & Allen program from March 21, 1944.

Learn more about Rita’s radio career from this Once Upon a Screen post. The biography I mention in the show intro is If This Was Happiness, by Barbara Leaming.

Episode 12, Lux part 1, The Legionaire & the Lady

Marlene Dietrich

With this episode, I begin a five-part series focusing on the history of Lux RadioTheater, the most successful, longest-running radio drama series in history.

We begin with the first Lux Radio Theater broadcast to originate from Hollywood. In The Legionnaire and the Lady, MarleneDietrich recreates her role in the 1930 film, Morocco. She stars with Clark Gable, who takes the part played by Gary Cooper in the film. From this star-studded beginning, Lux built a phenomenal 20-year run, and sold a whole lot of soap flakes.

Episode 9, Rogue’s Gallery/Richard Diamond Private Detective

Dick Powell began his film career as a juvenile leading man and crooner in musical comedies of the early 1930s. Bored by musicals, Powell remade his image in the 1940s as a hard-boiled film noir hero. His first major noir role was as Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film, Murder, My Sweet. In 1945, Powell began his first radio series, Rogue’s Gallery, playing private eye Richard Rogue. The culmination of Powell’s radio career came in 1949 when he starred as Richard Diamond, Private Detective, in the Blake Edwards-penned series. On today’s show, we hear an episode of each series.

Episode 6, Casablanca

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.

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.<