Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
The Radio’s Golden Age series, which are being offered for $7.99 each, is comprised of scores of exciting, dramatic and funny radio programs from the 1930s to the 1950s. Most of the programs run about 60 minutes and, in many cases, feature original commercials of the era. Many of these great old shows were originally broadcast on the “Lux Radio Theater,” sponsored by Lever Brothers’ popular Lux soap.
In several programs, the stars of the original movies were engaged to play the same role in their audio versions. So, we have Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert performing in a 1939 broadcast of It Happened One Night; Al Jolson in a 1947 version of the landmark sound film The Jazz Singer; Ginger Rogers repeating her Oscar-winning part as Kitty Foyle; and Cary Grant returning as Mr. Lucky for radio enthusiasts.
Originally, the Lux Radio Theater was broadcast in New York, hosted by a fictitious producer but in 1936, when the show moved to Hollywood, the reins were taken by master Hollywood showman Cecil B. DeMille, who hosted the series into the 1940s, often acting as soap pitchman.
In addition, different performers were often recruited for some of the radio programs bringing their own unique talents to famous roles.
For example, Charlton Heston takes over the lead role Marlon Brando originated in a 1951 version of Viva Zapata! Greer Garson steps into Katherine Hepburn’s shoes for The African Queen; and Alan Ladd and Hedy Lamarr perform the roles Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman made famous in the 1944 radio edition of Casablanca. In 1950, in an interesting crossover, Lux Radio Theater presented William Bendix in a movie-type presentation of The Life of Riley, which at the time, was a very popular radio show.
Also offered are classic radio programs which would later become hits on TV such as Dragnet with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday, Gunsmoke starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon and The Lone Ranger boasting Earle Graser as the masked hero.
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