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Bad Boys of Classic Hollywood on the Air


The boys are back in town. Read about the Bad Boys of old time radio and their notoriety and hijinks in the collections below.

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando

One of the greatest actors in American cinema, Marlon Brando was known for method acting and gripping realism that he brought to his performances.

John Wayne
John Wayne

This collection includes radio appearances by "The Duke" in such shows as Lux Radio Theater, Screen Directors Playhouse, and more.

Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn

Shameless partier, Errol Flynn was one of Hollywood's Original Bad Boys. Even with his reputation, his name on an action movie or swashbuckler was almost guaranteed money at the box office.
Frank Sinatra
Rat Pack

This compilation has choice appearances by members of The Rat Pack in Old Time Radio including Humphrey BogartFrank SinatraDean MartinJudy Garland, and more!








Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart

Bogie is an actor who continues to rank near the top on everybody's list. He made many appearances on radio after he moved his act from Broadway to Hollywood.
John Barrymore
John Barrymore

He had a classic look earning him the nickname "The Great Profile." He was best known as a Shakespearean stage actor, in particular for his performances in Hamlet and Richard III.
Richard Burton
Richard Burton

Although he built a reputation as one of the greatest British Actors of the post-War period, Richard Burton lived a life beset with scandal and debauchery.

Francis X Bushman
Francis X. Bushman

The original "King of the Movies" in the silent era, Francis X. Bushman commanded attention on the big screen and turned to radio in his later years.





Frank Sinatra
 Frank Sinatra

Sinatra was known for his colorful character, sometimes tough, but always loved.
Ward Bond
 Ward Bond
Good friends with John Wayne from their days playing football at USC, Ward Bond was a natural authority figure, and he was usually typed as a friendly cop or a menacing tough guy.
Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
Typecast into film roles as tough-guy type, this collection contains episodes of his guest appearances on various old time radio shows.




Douglas Fairbanks Jr
 Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Avoiding the swashbuckling roles so he wouldn't be compared to his father, Douglas Fairbanks Jr was Hollywood royalty before serving in WWII.

Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
Classic Hollywood Bad Boy, The American Film Institute's list of "100 Years ... 100 Stars" lists Robert Mitchum as the 23rd greatest male star of Hollywood's Golden Era.

Lawrence
Lawrence Tierney
Billed as "the handsome bad man of the screen", Lawrence Tierney was a Hollywood bad boy on and off screen.





Maurce Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier

Began working with his brother as a circus acrobat to support his family, French revues and his way with the ladies gave him is start in entertainment.

Clark Gable
Clark Gable
Known for his swaggering masculinity and paper-thin mustache, Gable is one of the top film actors of all time. This collection includes Clark Gable's old radio shows appearances, including some excellent Lux Radio Theater productions.

Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Enjoy one of the funniest fellows in show business with his very own collection!


 John Barrymore is disappointedBlog Post: John Barrymore Corpse Antics
Before there was the rat pack, there was the “Bundy Drive Gang."
And when legend John Barrymore died, Raoul Walsh stole his corpse ...
click here to find out where they hid Barrymore's corpse.

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COMMENTS

I've bought your MP3 CDs of Frank Sinatra radio performances in the 1940s, and really enjoy them.

Bob

As a record collector of nearly fifty years' standing (I started young!), I have noticed how little communication there is between old record people and old-time radio people. There are some of the record folks who are also ito old-time radio,as well. But there are a lot of us---especially those of us who re into more modern music--who are completely unfamiliar with old-time radio. I am pretty sure that I have an OTR item of which you never heard. I have an audiocassette containing six episodes of "The Blue Coal Minstrels", a syndicated quarter-hour show sponsored by (what else?) Blue Coal--the same home-heating fuel associated with the 1938-49 broadcasts of "The Shadow". This program is from 1931, and was recorded by Columbia for syndication. The late Joe Monte had these single-faced, sixteen-inch discs in his collection, and I got a good dubbing made of them. I'd be willing to have these re-dubbed onto DVD-R and then to send it to you. "The Blue Coal Minstrels" was a vest-pocket minstrel show, featuring Bones and Tambo (one of whom is aurally identified as Al Bernard, a blackface entertainer well known to record collectors), with a "MR. Glen Alden" as interlocutor. (Glenalden was one of the coal companies that manufactured Blue Coal there in the coal country around Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA.) Also featured was 'Blue Coal's own dramatic tenor, Fred Vettel (who had made one record for Victor in 1929), and "Blue Coal's own blues singer", one Billie Dauschia--a name contrived to suggest Julie Dozier, the tragic mulatto from "Show Boat". The orchestra was directed by Larry Briers (on earlier shows), or by Ben Selvin (aurally identified on later shows), with an orchestra that may well include twenty-two year-old Benny Goodman in its reed section. Now, Blue Coal was sponsoring a variety show on CBS during 1931-32. But they also sponsored a syndicated series of these transcriptions, which must have gotten around. If memory serves, the box that Mr. Monte found these discs in was marked to Buffalo, New York. My generation was just a little too young--and from the wrong part of the country--to be able to identify heating one's home with coal. The home coal industry is said to have collapsed in 1949--replaced,no doubt, by liquid heating oil or by natural gas. The idea of Daddy having to go down into a super-cold basement to shovel coal into a furnace seems downright medieval.

James

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