Grand Central Station: Dramatic Series (1937 - 1954)
Grand Central Station is a fine dramatic series
that ranges from "coming to New York" stories
to character studies of locals who have remade the big
Apple in their own image. The show continued on one of
the three radio networks through its long run, but is
best remembered for the Saturday slot it held from 1944
through 1953. Adults and kids alike listened avidly to
the stories, sometime heartwarming, sometimes tragic.
Some shows offer twists or psychological tension, and
seem to draw upon the writings of that honored New York
short story writer, O.Henry.
Created and produced in New York City, it featured many
of the many quality talents available: writers, actors
and announcers. Alexander Scourby, one of the best radio
voices ever, narrates on some. Mason and Hume Cronyn were
also featured The show is well paced and solidly done,
if a little pedestrian on occasion. It's a human drama
show, not a thriller.
Grand Central Station has a wonderfully memorable
opening sequence, which featured the rushing train entering
Grand Central Station. Anyone who has been lucky
enough to have heard the old time radio show, and then entered
New York from the North rushing into the belly of New
York from Harlem to enter the very monumental Grand Central
Station underground knows what a thrilling evocation the
show's opening is.
To hear other shows with fine dramatic action, please
click on Academy Award Theater,
Lux Radio Theater, and Orson
Welles Collection. Damon
Runyan Theater and Mr.
And Mrs. North are radio shows that feature New
York City's ambiance, as well as humor and crime. Many
shows have detective or thriller themes, yet offer great
among the best are Suspense
and Escape, and the lesser known high adventure
series, The Voyage
of the Scarlet Queen.
For more fine drama evoking the American experience,
please see Cavalcade
of America, You Are There,
Mr. President, The
American Trail, Adventures
in Research, Destination
Freedom, and the WWII related shows, such as the
WWII Collection and Words
For more railroad theme old time radio shows, see also: Empire Builders, Railroad Hour, Railroad Collection, Green Valley Line, and Mysterious Traveler.
Please note that some of the rare recordings in this collection may be of inferior sound quality.