Ronald Colman - Vocal Velvet - Radio
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NBC wartime broadcast, with British stars Greer Garson, Leslie Howard, Vivien Leigh, Brian Aherne, Ronald Colman and Basil Rathbone

 

Ronald Colman on the Radio

 

Academy Award Theater

 

On the air for only one season, this series dramatized many stories taken directly from the movies. Original film stars were used whenever possible. Each story that was broadcast, or the stars heard, had been nominated for or had won an Academy Award. The average appearance fee for the stars was $4,000, and the sponsors of this series also paid the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences an additional $1,600 to use the name. After 39 broadcasts, the series left the air permanently due to the high production costs.

 

Network: CBS
03/30/46 to 06/29/46 Saturday 7:00 p.m.
07/03/46 to 12/18/46 Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
Music:
Leith Stevens
Writers:
Frank Wilson
Director/Producer:
Dee Engelbach
Sound Effects:
Berne Surrey, Gene Twombly, Jay Roth, Clark Casey
Sponsors:
The House Of Squibb

If I Were King - 05-11-46 - 30:00

 

Lost Horizon - 11-27-46 - 30:00

 

Columbia Workshop

 

"Daybreak" - 07-10-45 - 30:00

 

Command Performance

 

RONALD COLMAN, Jeanette MacDonald, Ginny Simms, Ella Mae Morse, Jimmy Davis, Dick Ryan - 07-10-43 - 30:00

 

RONALD COLMAN, Jascha Heifetz, Rise Stevens, Lena Horne, Robert Benchley, Walter Tetley - 09-18-43 - 30:00

 

CLAUDETTE COLBERT, Alan Hale, Jimmy Durante, Betty Hutton, Ronald Colman, Dale Evans - 07-08-44 - 30:00

 

RONALD COLMAN, Ginny Simms, Ida Lupino, Dame Mae Whitty, Cary Grant, Sir Aubrey Smith, Reggie Gardner - 07-22-44 - 30:00

 

Everything for the Boys

 

NBC - Autolite - Host: Ronald Colman

 

Petrified Forest - 01-18-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers

 

Lost Horizon - 02-01-44 - 30:00

 

Berkeley Square - 02-08-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Greer Garson

 

A Man to Remember - 02-15-44 - 30:00

 

The Woman Stayed at Home - 02-22-44 - 30:00

 

Of Human Bondage - 03-07-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Bette Davis

 

The Ghost Goes West - 03-14-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Anne Baxter

 

A Girl on the Road - 03-21-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Martha Scott

 

An Ostrich in Bed - 03-28-44 - 30:00

 

This Living Book - 04-04-44 - 30:00

 

The Citadel - 04-11-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Ida Lupino

 

The Jarvis Bay Goes Down - 04-18-44 - 30:00

 

Death Takes a Holiday - 04-25-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Ingrid Bergman

 

Holy Matrimony - 05-02-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Ruth Chatterton and Ella Mae Morris

 

This Above All - 05-09-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Olivia de Havilland

 

Blithe Spirit - 05-16-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Loretta Young and Edna Best

 

Quality Street - 05-23-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman and Maureen O'Sullivan

 

Favorite Story

 

Triple appeal was the hook for this series. A well known host of the series, a classic immortal play, and the selection of the play by a famous personality as their "favorite story." The series was hosted by Ronald Colman, who, from time-to-time also appeared in the stories. Which do you think is Fred Allen's favorite story? Great listening! One of radio's best.

 

Cast members heard over these broadcasts include Ronald Colman, William Conrad, Byron Kane, Herb Butterfield, Lurene Tuttle, Howard Duff, Frank Lovejoy, Hans Conried, Janet Waldo, Eric Snowden, Norman Field, Gloria Gordon, Raymond Burr, Vincent Price, Joseph Kerns, Ethel Barrymore, Jimmy Lydon, John Beal, Berry Kroeger, Edmund MacDonald, Jeff Chandler, Jeff Corey, Betty Lou Gerson and Helen Craig.

 

Network: NBC (Ziv Syndication)
First Season: 06/25/46 to 05/27/47
Second Season: 09/23/47 to 06/08/48
Third Season: 09/14/48 to 04/19/49
Music: Claude Sweeten
Producers/Writers: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee
Sound Effects: Jack Hayes

 

Les Miserables - 09-13-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Rockwell Kent

 

The Diamond Lens - 09-20-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of George Antheil

 

Little Women - 09-27-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Shirley Temple

 

Wuthering Heights - 10-04-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Bennett Cerf

 

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - 10-11-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Ed Gardner

 

Cyrano De Bergerac - 10-18-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Ronald Colman

 

David Copperfield - 10-25-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Alec Templeton

 

The Queen of Spades - 11-01-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of (Arctic explorer and author - ??? name)

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - 11-08-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Artie Shaw

 

1001 Arabian Nights - 11-15-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Lowell Thomas

 

Jane Eyre - 11-22-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Brock Pemberton

 

Vanity Fair - 11-29-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Sinclair Lewis

 

Joan of Arc - 12-06-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Jennifer Jones

 

Frankenstein - 12-13-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Fred Allen

 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - 12-20-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Orson Welles

 

The Importance of Being Earnest - 12-27-47 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Margaret Webster

 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - 01-10-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Alfred Hitchcock

 

The Man Who Sold His Shadow to the Devil - 01-17-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Robert Frost

 

Lodging for the Night - 01-24-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Frank Sullivan

 

Alice in Wonderland - 01-31-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Irving Berlin

 

Rappaccini's Daughter - 0-07-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Sydney Greenstreet

 

Moby Dick - 02-14-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Howard Lindsay

 

Great Expectations - 02-21-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Walter Hamdon

 

The Phantom Rickshaw - 02-28-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Deems Taylor

 

The Sire De Maletroit's Door - 03-06-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Henry Seidel Canby

 

God Sees the Truth, but Waits - 03-13-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Eddie Dowling

 

The Debt Collector - 03-20-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Van Johnson

 

Gulliver's Travels - 03-27-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Ray Milland

 

Mayerling - 04-09-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Gregory Peck

 

Mister Shakespeare - 04-10-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Spencer Tracy

 

Casey at the Bat - 04-17-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Tris Speaker

 

The Light That Failed - 04-24-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of George Palmer Putnam

 

The Man Without a Country - 05-01-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Theresa Helburn

 

Mary, Queen of Scots - 05-08-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Bing Crosby

 

Dr. Heidegger's Experiment - 05-15-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Robert Walker

 

Oliver Twist - 05-22-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Father Edward J. Flanagan

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - 05-29-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Walter Huston

 

The Three Musketeers - 06-05-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Gene Tunney

 

The Mystery of Room 323 - 06-12-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of George Burns and Gracie Allen

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 06-19-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Ruth Gordon

 

Peter Ibbetson - 06-26-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Merle Oberon

 

The Necklace - 07-03-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Greer Garson

 

Jamie Freel and the Young Lady - 07-10-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Barry Fitzgerald

 

The Strange Mister Bartleby - 07-17-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Robert Montgomery

 

Lost Horizon - 07-24-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Mary Pickford

 

The Lady of the Lamp - 07-31-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Robert Young

 

The Moonstone - 08-07-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Russel Crouse

 

Pride and Prejudice - 08-14-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Oliver Smith

 

The Bottle Imp - 08-21-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Ed Wynn

 

Cashel Byron's Profession - 08-28-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Henry Fonda

 

Ben-Hur - 09-04-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Clyde Beatty

 

Mutiny on the Bounty - 09-11-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Walter Wanger

 

The Man Who Made Gold - 09-18-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Lauritz Melchior

 

The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine - 10-02-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard

 

The Travels of Marco Polo - 10-09-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Eva Le Gallienne

 

The Man from Yesterday - 10-16-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Frank Sinatra

 

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp - 10-30-48 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Rogers Hornsby

 

The Glass Eye - 11-01-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Jerome Robbins

 

The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife - 01-22-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Helen Traubel

 

The Young Years - 01-29-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Ethel Barrymore

 

Green Mansions - 02-05-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Dinah Shore

 

The Bet - 03-05-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Charles Boyer

 

A Piece of String - 04-16-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Jean Hersholt

 

Strange Valley (The Country of the Blind) - 04-23-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Gladys Swarthout

 

The Time Machine - 05-28-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Kay Kyser

 

The Monkey's Paw - 06-04-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Oscar Hammerstein II

 

The Copper Penny - 06-11-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Michael Curtiz

 

The Roll-Call of the Reef - 06-18-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of McKinley Cantor

 

Judgement of Paris - 07-09-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Cornelia Otis Skinner

 

Around the World in 80 Days - 07-23-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Eddie Rickenbacker

 

The Dynamiter - 07-30-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of ??? (no opening)

 

Enoch Soames - 08-13-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Donald Ogden Stewart

 

The Turn of the Screw - 09-17-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Edgar Bergen

 

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg - 09-24-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Dennis Day

 

The Brushwood Boy - 11-19-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Humphrey Bogart

 

In the Time of the Terror - 11-26-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Jack Dempsey

 

The Doll in the Pink Silk Dress - 12-03-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of Art Linkletter

 

A Christmas Carol - 12-24-49 - 30:00 - Favorite story of everyone at Christmastide

 

Fibber McGee and Molly

 

Fibber Grows a Moustache - 12-02-41 - 30:00

 

Expecting a Visit from Ronald Colman - 11-12-46 - 30:00

 

Hallmark Playhouse

 

Good-bye, Mr. Chips - 09-16-48 - 30:00

 

Around the World in 80 Days - 01-19-50 - 30:00

 

The Halls of Ivy

 

Situation Comedy:
January 6th, 1950 - June 25th, 1952
NBC - 30:00 - Fridays at 8:00 pm
Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company
Cast:
Ronald Colman as William Todhunter Hall
Benita Hume Colman as Vicky
Herb Butterfield as Clarence Wellman
Willard Waterman as John Merriweather
Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid
Also:
Jerry Hausner, Paula Winslowe, Raymond Lawrence, Sheldon Leonard, Heerb Vigran, Ken Christy, Jean Vander Pyl, Jeffre Silver, Johnny McGovern, Charles Seel, Bob Sweeney, Virginia Gregg, Rolfe Sedan
Announcer: Ken Carpenter
Music: Henry Russell
Creator-Writer: Don Quinn
Producer-Director: Nat Wolff
Writers: Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee; Milton and Barbara Merlin
Theme: The Halls of Ivy

 

 

Lux Radio Theater

 

Originally created through collaboration between the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency and its client Lever Brothers, maker of Lux toilet soap. Broadcasts were from New York dramatizing Broadway plays on NBC. After the first season, the program moved networks to CBS, but still remained in New York. The Hollywood move was at the beginning of the third season, and the program was able to capture major Hollywood talent for its productions, which greatly increased the listening audience. It quickly became a prestige program.

 

The Prisoner of Zenda - 06-05-39 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Benita Hume GUEST: Col. Ivar Enhorning

 

Libel - 01-13-41 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Francis Robinson, Otto Kruger

 

Lost Horizon - 09-15-41 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Donald Crisp, Lynn Carter

 

Libel - 03-15-43 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Edna Best, Otto Kruger

 

The Talk of the Town - 05-17-43 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Leo Cleary

 

In Which We Serve - 06-21-43 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Edna Best, Pat O'Malley

 

Random Harvest - 01-31-44 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Ray Lawrence

 

Berkeley Square - 12-18-44 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dorothy Lovett

 

The Petrified Forest - 04-23-45 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Susan Hayward, Lawrence Tierney - Host: Thomas Mitchell

 

A Tale of Two Cities - 03-18-46 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Heather Angel

 

The Browning Version - 11-23-53 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Benita Hume

 

Request Performance

 

A Tour of New Orleans - 10-07-45 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Frances Langford, Arthur Treacher, Bea Benaderet, Marlin Hurt, Charlie Cantor, Mel Blanc. Radio tour of New Orleans. Great Jazz music. This is the only time RC ever did narration to a jazz backdrop ... Terrific job! Miss Langford sings "I Wish I Knew." Mr. Colman reads "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran. Great start to an excellent series!

 

Screen Directors Playhouse

 

The Prisoner of Zenda - 02-20-49 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Benita Hume

 

Screen Guild Theater

 

None Shall Part Us - 10-15-39 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Lew Ayres, Montague Love

 

The Juggler of Notre Dame - 12-22-40 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Nelson Eddy - Christmas program

 

The Juggler of Our Lady - 12-21-42 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Nelson Eddy - Christmas program

 

The Dark Angel - 05-08-44 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Merle Oberon, Donald Crisp

 

The Talk of the Town - 05-13-46 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Virginia Bruce, Allyn Joslyn

 

Michael and Mary - 10-21-46 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Claudette Colbert

 

Champagne for Caesar - 10-05-50 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Audrey Totter, Vincent Price, Barbara Britton, Art Linkletter

 

Suspense

 

August Heat - 05-31-45 - 30:00 - Ronald Colman, Dennis Hoey

The Dunwich Horror - 11-01-45 - 30:00

Noose of Coincidence - 04-07-49 - 30:00

A Vision of Death - 03-08-51 - 30:00

A Vision of Death - 06-01-53 - 30:00

Trent's Last Case - 12-07-53 - 30:00

 

Theater Guild on the Air

 

Green Goddess - 10-20-46 - 60:00 - Ronald Colman, Anita Louise, Walter Abel

 

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