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Screen Directors' Playhouse - 10 hours [Audio CDs] #RA128
Screen Directors' Playhouse
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Screen Directors' Playhouse

Joan Crawford rehearses a script for "Screen Director's Playhouse"A late entry in the Hollywood-movie-adaptation genre, "Screen Directors' Playhouse" may lack the prestige of 'The Lux Radio Theatre" or the flashiness of "The Screen Guild Players," but nonetheless, this series stands out as one of the forgotten gems of big time radio's twilight years.

The program aired on NBC for just two and a half years, but during that time it gave a fresh burst of energy to a radio format overcome in many ways by its own limitations. The process of condensing a full-length feature film into a radio drama rarely did full justice to the source material, but "Screen Directors Playhouse" managed to do a solid job thru the strength of excellent scripts, with writers Milton Geiger and Dick Simmons doing a remarkable job of cutting to the essential plot points in each story without seriously compromising essential character development. The performers enacting these scripts were likewise up to the challenge -- with the series emphasizing not just any big film name that happened to be available, but rather showcasing movie actors who also had a clear gift for radio. The result is a series which deserves a far wider audience than it ever received in its original broadcasts.

Now you can be part of that audience in this exciting collection of programs - ten complete and unedited hour-long NBC network broadcasts featuring the finest talents of both radio and motion pictures. You'll hear stars like Rosalind Russell, Joseph Cotten, Lucille Ball, Frank Lovejoy, Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Joan Crawford, as well as legendary and versatile radio performers like Herb Butterfield, Howard McNear, Stan Waxman, Ralph Moody, Gil Stratton, Herb Vigran, William Conrad, Hy Averback, Ruth Perrott, and Peggy Webber. As an extra bonus, each broadcast also features a brief interview with a well-known screen director; film buffs will be intrigued to hear the voices of legendary directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Vincent Sherman, Henry King, and many more.

Starring Joseph Cotten, Mercedes McCambridge, and guest screen director Alfred Hitchcock
Thursday, January 25, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Anacin and RCA Victor

Dark Victory
Starring Tallulah Bankhead, David Brian, and guest screen director Edmund Goulding
Thursday, February 15, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Anacin, RCA Victor, and Chesterfield Cigarettes

A Foreign Affair
Starring John Lund, Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich, and guest screen director Billy Wilder
Thursday, March 1, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Anacin, RCA Victor, and Chesterfield Cigarettes

Thelma Jordan
Starring Wendell Corey, Barbara Stanwyck, and guest screen director Robert Siodmak
Thursday, March 15, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by RCA Victor, and Chesterfield Cigarettes

Next Time We Love
Starring James Stewart, Eleanor Parker, and guest screen director E. H. Griffith
Thursday, March 29, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Anacin, RCA Victor, and Chesterfield Cigarettes

The Damned Don't Cry
Starring Joan Crawford, Frank Lovejoy, and guest screen director Vincent Sherman
Thursday, April 5, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Anacin, RCA Victor, and Chesterfield Cigarettes

Hired Wife
Starring Rosalind Russell, Jeff Chandler, and guest screen director William Seiter
Thursday, April 12, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Anacin, RCA Victor, and Chesterfield Cigarettes

The Captain from Castile
Starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Paula Morgan, and guest screen director Henry King
Thursday, May 3, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Cannon Towels, Anacin, RCA Victor, and Chesterfield Cigarettes

The Lady Takes a Chance
Starring John Lund and Joan Caulfield
Thursday, June 28, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by RCA Victor, Chesterfield Cigarettes, and Anacin

Stairway to Heaven
Starring Robert Cummings and Julia Adams

Thursday, July 26, 1951 - 60:00 - NBC, sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes, Anacin, and RCA Victor

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review

  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 The twilight years of radio shown brightly..... April 16, 2017
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
Although this program was a late entry in the final years of the Golden Age of Radio, it stands up exceedingly well alongside any genre of its' type of programming offered including the LUX Radio Theater and others.  Possibly because the adaptations are closer to our own time period or the excellent radio adaptions of the films in this series, the talented stars in each adaption with interviews by the Director, Screen Director's Playhouse is truly one of the great shows of radio.  Well known and talented stars such as Joan Crawford, Tallulah Bankhead, Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Lovejoy contribute greatly to the show's place in radio history.

The Radio Archives staff have restored the episodes from the original transcription discs to their original sound and tonal quality for crystal clarity in audio.  This one Volume comes in a heavy duty plastic case with individual sleeves for added protection of each CD.  Hopefully additional Volumes will come out soon.


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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 The Quality is Superb September 18, 2009
Reviewer: Creig Slayton  
I continue to get excellent service, receiving my orders within about three days of ordering with today's mail service, this is almost unheard of. The quality is superb, as I've had an opportunity to compare your work with some other suppliers. Keep up the good work.

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