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Lux Radio Theatre - Lighthearted Fare - 6 hours [Download] #RA318D
Lux Radio Theatre - Lighthearted Fare

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The Lux Radio Theatre
Lighthearted Fare
Liner Notes by Nick Santa Maria
Cecil B. DeMille, host of "The Lux Radio Theatre"
"Lux Presents Hollywood!"
Get ready to listen to some of the finest films Hollywood ever produced, because The Lux Radio Theatre is on the air. In this classic collection you’ll hear some of the best lighthearted comedies from the golden age of Hollywood. Hosted by Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille, these shows are interesting not only as great radio plays, but they stand as a kind of “what if” scenario for movie buffs. For instance, what if Robert Taylor starred in Frank Capra’s Broadway Bill instead of Warner Baxter? Well, this is your chance to find out as Taylor takes on the lead role with the help of leading lady, Frances Dee.
Also featured in this collection are: Wallace Beery, Clara Kimball Young, and Marjorie Rambeau in an adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s classic novel, The Plutocrat. Beery plays a simple American businessman trying to mix with sophisticated Europeans during an ocean voyage. As a bonus, in this episode Walt Disney and Clarence “Ducky” Nash make an appearance and have some fun with Beery’s real life daughter, Carol Ann. You’ll also hear Ginger Rogers, Warren William, and the very funny Alan Mowbray starring in The Curtain Rises. Frank Capra is not only represented in this collection with the radio version of Broadway Bill, but you’ll also hear his classic, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, starring the film’s original stars, Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. Listen for co-star, Lionel Stander also repeating his performance from the film. Ginger Rogers is back, playing opposite George Brent (in the roles originated by Claudette Colbert and Melvyn Douglas) in She Married Her Boss, featuring young Edith Fellows recreating her role as a spoiled little brat. And finally, you’ll hear one of the great actors of all time, Charles Laughton, appearing with his real life wife, Elsa Lanchester in The Sidewalks of London, featuring the great British comedian, Claude Allister in fine support. This is an adaptation of the British film, St. Martin’s Lane, re-titled The Sidewalks of London for American consumption. This was broadcast on Lincoln’s birthday, by the way, and in honor of the occasion Mr. Laughton performs his classic reading of The Gettysburg Address.
This is a set you don’t want to miss, whether you’re a classic film fan, or a fan of classic radio. You’ll be proud to add these to your collection so you can settle back and listen to a great film, lovingly restored by Radio Archives.
Nick Santa Maria, a published film historian and author, is the Project Producer for this series.
#100 The Plutocrat
Starring Wallace Beery and Clara Kimball Young
Interview with Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck
Monday, September 28, 1936 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#102 The Curtain Rises
Starring Ginger Rogers and Warren William
Monday, October 12, 1936 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#118 Mr Deeds Goes to Town
Starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur
Monday, February 1, 1937 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#216 Broadway Bill
Starring Robert Taylor and Frances Dee
Monday, April 24, 1939 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#230 She Married Her Boss
Starring Ginger Rogers and George Brent
Monday, September 25, 1939 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap
#250 The Sidewalks of London
Starring Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester
Charles Laughton performing his famous recitation of The Gettysburg Address
Monday, February 12, 1940 - 60:00 - CBS, sponsored by Lux Soap

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