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  • Hollywood 360

    The Lux Radio Theatre was one of the longest running-and most extravagant-shows from radio's golden age. The show featured the greatest stars in Hollywood appearing in hour-long radio adaptations of their biggest motion pictures. Cecil B. DeMille was the host for the lavish production of what was to become a veritable checklist of many of Hollywood's best films from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. The stars of the movie usually appeared in their audio counterparts, although sometimes contracts or schedules meant that another actor took the part. The productions were live, with a full orchestra, and many Hollywood legends were not used to performing in public without the benefit of...read more

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    Conceived as a potential radio vehicle for Alfred Hitchcock to direct, Suspense was a radio series of epic proportion. It aired on CBS from 1942 to 1962, and is considered by many to be the best mystery/drama series of the golden age. Often referred to as "Radio's Outstanding Theater of Thrills" it focused on suspenseful, thrillers starring the biggest names in Hollywood. Early in the run, the episodes were hosted by the 'Man in Black' who, from an omniscient perch, narrated stories of people thrown into dangerous or bizarre situations with plots that, at the very end, usually had an unseen twist or two. Hollywood's finest actors jumped at the chance to appear on Suspense, including: Cary...read more

  • A Hollywood 360 Collection

    Raymond Chandler'scelebrated hard-boiled private eye, Philip Marlowe, made his radio debut in1945 on the Lux Radio Theatre with "Murder, My Sweet," starring Dick Powell. Twoyears later, NBC brought the character to the air in his own weekly seriesstarring Van Heflin, The New Adventuresof Philip Marlowe. A summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show, the series was short-lived, ending September 9,1947. CBS revived it in 1948 with TheAdventures of Philip Marlowe, starring Gerald Mohr. With producer/directorNorman MacDonnell at the helm, the series captured the largest audience inradio by 1949. Scripts were by Gene Levitt, Robert Mitchell, Mel Dinelli, and KathleenHite. While Chandler's...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    OurMiss Brooks was a highly popular radio sitcom that waseventually adapted for both television and film. It starred Hollywood film andNew York stage veteran Eve Arden, who specialized in playing the wisecrackingfriend. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nominationfor the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Since her skill with the wicked one-liner was beginning to lead to typecasting, Ardensigned on for the lead in radio's OurMiss Brooks to find a new image. The series centers on Connie Brooks, a sharp-witted,lovable English teacher at fictional Madison High School. Between gentle wisecracks,Miss Brooks dotes on nerdish student Walter Denton, played by Richard Crenna, and...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    Hosted by Cecil B. DeMille and starring numerous icons ofthe screen, this collection of old-time radio classics includes six episodes ofThe Lux Radio Theatre-one of thelongest running, most extravagant shows from radio's golden age. The show featured the greatest stars inHollywood appearing in hour-long radio adaptations of their biggest motionpictures, making this lavish production a veritable checklist of many of Hollywood'sbest films from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. The stars of the movieusually appeared in their audio counterparts, though sometimes contracts orschedules got in the way. The productions were live, with a full orchestra, andmany Hollywood legends were not used to...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll made their radiodebut January 12, 1926, as the comedic, blackface characters Sam 'n' Henry. On March 19, 1928, theyintroduced Amos 'n' Andy, which wenton to become one of the most popular and longest-running programs in radio history. During the height of the show's popularity,almost the entire country listened to the fifteen-minute adventures of Amos andAndy that aired Monday through Friday. Department stores open in the eveningpiped in the broadcasts so shoppers wouldn't miss an episode; movie theatersscheduled their features to end just prior to the start of Amos 'n' Andy so they, too, could pipe it in. The characters were members of the Mystic Knights...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    Taking its name from a popular series of mysterynovels, Inner Sanctum Mysteries debuted over NBC's BlueNetwork in January 1941. It featured one of the most memorable and atmosphericopenings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknobturned, and the famous "creaking door" slowly began to open. Every week, InnerSanctum Mysteries told stories of ghosts, murderers, and lunatics.Produced in New York, the cast usually consisted of veteran radio actors, withoccasional guest appearances by such Hollywood stars Boris Karloff, PeterLorre, and Claude Rains. What made Inner Sanctum Mysteries uniqueamong radio horror shows was its host, a slightly sinister sounding felloworiginally...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    Broadway Is My Beat was a dark, gritty radio crime drama that ran on CBS from 1949 until 1954. The series was originally broadcast from New York with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Police Detective Danny Clover. Produced by Lester Gottlieb, it was directed by John Dietz. But by the thirteenth episode, the series moved to Hollywood (still set in NYC) with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin (the duo that would later write and develop TV's popular secret-agent series I Spy). The re-creation of Manhattan's rich, aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects artists. The opening theme of "I'll Take Manhattan" introduced...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    This collection spotlights the iconic Orson Welles in nine of his works from the golden age of radio. These radio dramas, airing from 1938 through 1951, are among his very best and can be enjoyed for years to come. Armed with the nickname the "Boy Genius," Orson Welles graduated from the New York stage to expand his creative talents in the radio industry, hoping to use the audio medium to promote his stage ventures. Welles followed the practice followed by most stage actors: he played roles in hundreds of radio dramas produced by advertising agencies and the radio networks. After creating a minor panic among radio listeners with his 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, Welles attracted...read more

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    "Countdown for blastoff ... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one ... Fire! From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future; adventures in which you'll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds." Thus began each episode of X minus One, a half-hour science fiction radio series which was broadcast from 1955 until 1958. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X, the first fifteen episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    This collection showcases Lucille Ball's amazing spectrum of radio work, from comedy to mystery and everything in between. As Lucy Ricardo, Lucille Ball brought a tomboy's enthusiasm and a scatterbrained quality to the long-running television program I Love Lucy. She was the wacky wife making life difficult for her loving but exasperated husband Ricky Ricardo, played by Ball's real-life husband Desi Arnaz. Long before I Love Lucy, Ball worked her way up Hollywood's ladder, appearing in films and many radio shows, including dramatic roles in which she could show her acting chops. In the summer of 1948, she accepted the role of Liz Cooper, a zany housewife who found herself facing...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    From the golden age of radio comes twelve episodes of this popular and realistic police procedural. The Lineup was a hard-boiled drama. Like Dragnet, it realistically showed police doing their jobs. The show always began with a police sergeant ordering suspects to stand at attention so that the victim, behind one-way glass, could try to identify the criminal. While the lineup was rarely the key to solving the case, it did give the show a rhythm and also allowed for humor in the interrogation of the suspects by the sergeant. Bill Johnstone, best known as one of the voices of The Shadow, starred as Lieutenant Ben Guthrie. Wally Maher originally played Sergeant Matt Grebb, until the...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    Every week, Inner Sanctum Mysteries told a story of ghosts, murderers, and lunatics. Taking its name from a popular series of mystery novels, Inner Sanctum Mysteries debuted over NBC radio's Blue Network in January 1941 and featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history as an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned, and a creaking door slowly began to open. Inner Sanctum Mysteries was produced in New York, the cast usually consisting of veteran radio actors, with occasional guest appearances by such Hollywood stars as Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Claude Rains. What made Inner Sanctum Mysteries unique among radio horror shows was its host, a...read more

  • A Hollywood 360 collection

    A hilarious collection of episodes from the beloved radioshow The Great Gildersleeve Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve was a popular character,appearing each week on the Fibber McGee& Molly radio show. On August 31, 1941, Gildersleeve landed his ownsituation comedy show, The GreatGildersleeve, which was radio's first spin-off. Gildersleeve moved from thetown of Wistful Vista to Summerfield, where he oversaw his late brother-in-law'sestate and took on the rearing of his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie (originally played by Lurene Tuttle and followed by Louise Erickson and MaryLee Robb) and Leroy Forrester (Walter Tetley). The household also included acook named Birdie. The Great...read more

  • A Hollywood 360 collection

    A hilarious collection of episodes from the beloved radio show Fibber McGee & Molly Excitable and loose-lipped Fibber means well enough, but it's not always easy for even-tempered Molly to keep him in check and out of trouble. Of course, the long suffering Mrs. McGee's penchant for patience makes it all the funnier when she's finally pushed to the point of exasperation. What both McGees have in common is that they're fabulously friendly, opening their door at seventy-nine Wistful Vista to welcome all sorts of interesting guests, including Mayor LaTrivia, Doc Gamble, and neighborly nemesis Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. Jim and Marian Jordan star in this radio comedy classic, in which...read more

  • A Hollywood 360 Collection

    The Whistlerwas one of radio's top mystery programs airing from May 16, 1942 untilSeptember 22, 1955. The Whistler was an ominous narrator who opened eachepisode with, "I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk bynight. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men andwomen who have stepped into the shadows. I know the nameless terrors of whichthey dare not speak." The opening dialog was heard over the echo of footstepsand Wilbur Hatch's haunting signature thirteen-note theme, whistled each weekby Dorothy Roberts. The stories followed an effective formula in which a person'scriminal acts were typically undone by their own missteps. The Whistler...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    This collection contains twelve of the greatestcomedy shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio. You'll hear Ozzie andHarriet Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as Amos 'n' Andy, Robert Young in FatherKnows Best, Jim and Marian Jordan as FibberMcGee and Molly, William Bendix as Chester A. Riley in The Life of Riley, Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, Eve Arden asEnglish teacher Connie Brooks in Our MissBrooks, plus many others, including TheFred Allen Show, The Aldrich Family,The Great Gildersleeve, Life with Luigi, and Lum & Abner. Relive twelve of the best classic radio comedy showsfrom yesterday and hear the legendary stars who...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    The Mercury Theatre was an independent repertory company founded in New York City in 1937 by Orson Welles and producerJohn Houseman, who is best known for his Oscar-winning performance as Professor CharlesKingsfield in the The PaperChase. After a series ofacclaimed stage productions, Welles and his Mercury Theatre were offered theirown weekly hour-long radio program over the CBS radio network. Here Welles-along with Agnes Moorehead, RayCollins, Joseph Cotten, Alice Frost, Martin Gabel, and others-presentedpowerful adaptations of literary classics with Bernard Herrman as composer and conductor. Considered by many critics as the finest dramatichour on radio, The MercuryTheatre on the Air was...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    Created by Blake Edwards, RichardDiamond, Private Detective came to NBC Radio in 1949, starring film actorand crooner Dick Powell. Powell had recently played Philip Marlowe in thepopular RKO film Murder, My Sweet andjumped at the chance to play a suave detective on the radio. Diamond was a lighthearted,New York-based private eye who enjoyed ribbing the cops and singing songs tohis millionaire girlfriend, Helen Asher. Its theme, "Leave It to Love," waswhistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode. Powell's production company, Four Star Television,produced a version of RichardDiamond, Private Detective for CBS in 1957. The lead role went to David Janssen, who would later gain fame as...read more

  • Hollywood 360

    This collection contains twelve of the greatest detectiveshows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio. You'll hear SydneyGreenstreet as Nero Wolfe, Howard Duff as Sam Spade, Tom Conway and Nigel Bruceas Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, Dick Powell as Richard Diamond, EdmondO'Brien as Johnny Dollar, and Les Tremayne as Nick Charles, a.k.a. "The ThinMan"-plus many more gumshoes, including Boston Blackie, Philip Marlowe, The FatMan, and others. With this incredible collection, relive twelve of the bestclassic radio detective shows from yesterday and the legendary stars who madethem great. Contents include: TheAdventures of Nero Wolfe, "The Case of the Vanishing Shells,"starring...read more