Hosted by Cecil B. DeMille and starring numerous icons of the screen, this collection of old-time radio classics includes six episodes of
The Lux Radio Theatre—one of the longest running, 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, making this lavish production 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, though sometimes contracts or schedules got in the way. The productions were live, with a full orchestra, and many Hollywood legends were not used to performing in public without the benefit of retakes. Just some of the stars that appeared on The Lux Radio Theatre include Elizabeth
Taylor, Ronald Colman, Errol Flynn, Robert Young, Mickey Rooney, Humphrey
Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne,
James Stewart, and Loretta Young. Sponsored by Lever Brothers, the makers of Lux
Soap, The Lux Radio Theatre came to radio in 1934 and lasted until 1955 for a total of 926 hour-long broadcasts. It transitioned to television in thirty-minute weekly installments in 1950, with James Mason as host.
- “The Perfect Specimen,” starring Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell
- “The Devil and Miss Jones,” starring Frank “Wizard of Oz” Morgan and Linda Darnell
- “Only Yesterday,” starring Ida Lupino and Robert Young
- “The Petrified Forest,” starring Ronald Colman and Susan Hayward
- “National Velvet,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, and Donald Crisp
About the Author
Hollywood 360 is a syndicated radio show heard every Saturday evening on radio stations throughout the United States. Hollywood 360 showcases a wide variety of audio entertainment, from the golden age of Hollywood right up to today’s most current headlines.
B. DeMille (1881–1959) was a world-renowned
American film director and producer. He was behind such major films as The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Show on Earth, Adam’s Rib, and Cleopatra.