The Lux Radio Theatre
Fun and Fantasy
Liner Notes by Nick Santa Maria
"Lux Presents Hollywood!"
Hear ye! Hear ye! Happy Holidays to All. Here is the perfect collection for anyone who loves the holiday season. Gather the family around and start to enhance your holiday experience with some of the most heartwarming and delightful film fantasies you’ve ever listened to.
Hear the Lux Radio Theatre broadcast some of your favorite holiday and fantasy films, some featuring the original film’s cast. You’ll hear the Walt Disney version of Peter Pan, featuring original cast members, Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, and Bill Thompson as Smee (John Carradine takes on Captain Hook in grand style). You’ll hear Judy Garland reprise her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, but without the help of her movie cast. In this version Hans Conreid plays the Scarecrow, Herb Vigran plays the Tin Man, and Eddie Max is the Cowardly Lion. Christmas favorite, Miracle on 34th Street features all four of the film’s leading players, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwynn (as Kris Kringle), and a very young, and quite wonderful Natalie Wood. I’m happy to report that Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs includes the wonderful Billy Gilbert displaying his famous comic sneeze as Sneezy. This special episode also features a special guest appearance from Walt Disney himself. It’s a Wonderful Life, based on Frank Capra’s classic film, features the film’s stars, James Stewart and Donna Reed...but of special interest is Victor Moore in the role of Clarence (played by Henry Travers in the film). Regular movie nasty, Edwin Maxwll portrays mean old Mr. Potter. And as a special gift to you all... Lux’s Christmas broadcast of Disney’s Pinnochio. It features the original film’s cast, and was actually broadcast before the release of the film. You’ll get to hear the wonderful Walter Catlett as Honest John Fox, and the sublime Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket singing, When You Wish Upon A Star.
This collection is the perfect gift for those of you who love vintage radio, vintage films, and the warm memories of holidays past. Restored by Radio Archives.
Nick Santa Maria, a published film historian and author, is the Project Producer for this series.
#199 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Starring Billy Gilbert, Roy Atwell, Moroni Olsen, and Stuart Buchanan
Monday, December 26, 1938 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
Starring Walter Catlett, Davey Lee, and Cliff Edwards
Monday, December 25, 1939 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#562 It's A Wonderful Life
Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Victor Moore, and Edwin Maxwell
Monday, March 10, 1947 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#637 Miracle on 34th Street
Starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwynn, and Natalie Wood
Monday, December 20, 1948 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#726 The Wizard of Oz
Starring Judy Garland, Hans Conreid, Herb Vigran, and Eddie Max
Monday, December 25, 1950 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#860 Peter Pan
Starring Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Bill Thompson, and John Carradine
Monday, December 21, 1953 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap