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The Academy Award Theater

Hollywood's finest films adapted into old time radio shows with many of their original stars reprising their roles!

48 old time radio show recordings
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"Jezebel"



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Jezebel Snow White Movie Poster Stage Coach Movie Poster

Movie anthology series (1946)

"Hollywood's finest, the great picture plays, the great actors and actresses,
techniques and skills, chosen from the honor roll of those who have won
or been nominated for the famous golden Oscar of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

SquibbStars and movies with Oscars were the idea - in most cases, the movie stars recreated their Academy Award roles for the show, or in other cases, fine actors played the parts and gave it a different character. Both ways made for great radio drama and first class Hollywood motion picture star entertainment. The Lux Radio Theater had been doing this kind of radio show in the grandest manner for many years, but sponsor Squibb had the hubris and deep pockets to take on the competition by doing Academy Award Theater right after the Second World War. The year 1946 was pre-television, and so movies were still the major American visual art form, with radio the other popular network entertainment. In this final pre-TV time, Academy Award Theater was thought of as a premier radio production, a wow show, much like CinemaScope was to be in the 1950s when Hollywood felt the box office blow of early TV.Bette Davis

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The list of films and actors on Academy Award Theater is very impressive. Bette Davis begins the series in Jezebel, with Ginger Rogers following in Kitty Foyle, and then Paul Muni in The Life of Louis Pasteur. The Informer had to have Victor Mclaglen, and the Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet (this movie was his first major motion picture role) plus Mary Astor for the hat trick. Suspicion starred Cary Grant with Ann Todd doing the Joan Fontaine role, Ronald Coleman in Lost Horizon, and Joan Fontaine and John Lund were in Portrait of Jenny.

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Some films are less well known, such as Guest in the House, with Kirk Douglas and Anita Louise, It Happened Tomorrow, with Eddie Bracken and Ann Blythe playing Dick Powell and Linda Darnell's roles, and Cheers for Miss Bishop with Olivia de Havilland. Each adaptation is finely produced and directed by Dee Engelbach, with music composed and conducted by Leith Stevens. Frank Wilson wrote the movie adaptations. In his book,"On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," John Dunning tells us why such a fine production lasted less than a year, "The House of Squibb, a drug firm, footed a stiff bill: up to $5,000 for the stars and $1,600 a week to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for use of the title. The production had all the class of a Lux or Screen Guild showBut the tariff took its toll, and after 39 weeks the series was scrapped."

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For more movies made for radio, please see Lux Radio Theater. Mercury Theater and Campbell Playhouse, both Orson Welles creations, also had many great classic theater works and novels that were adapted for the movies. All of these shows are wonderful old time radio listening. See also: Hollywood Star Time.

Maltese Falcon Movie Poster Watch on the Rhine Movie Poster Suspicion Movie Poster

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    48 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 50 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 21 hours 50 minutes
      1. Academy Award Th 460330 01 Jezebel.mp3
      2. Academy Award Th 460406 02 Kitty Foyle.mp3
      3. Academy Award Th 460413 03 Life Of Louis Pasteur.mp3
      4. Academy Award Th 460420 04 Great Mcginty.mp3
      5. Academy Award Th 460427 05 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      6. Academy Award Th 460504 06 Stagecoach.mp3
      7. Academy Award Th 460511 07 If I Were King.mp3
      8. Academy Award Th 460518 08 My Sister Eileen.mp3
      9. Academy Award Th 460525 09 Informer.mp3
      10. Academy Award Th 460601 10 Arise My Love.mp3
      11. Academy Award Th 460608 11 Ruggles Of Red Gap.mp3
      12. Academy Award Th 460615 12 Pride Of Marines.mp3
      13. Academy Award Th 460622 13 Front Page.mp3
      14. Academy Award Th 460629 14 A Star Is Born.mp3
      15. Academy Award Th 460703 15 Maltese Falcon.mp3
      16. Academy Award Th 460710 16 Young Mr. Lincoln.mp3
      17. Academy Award Th 460717 17 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
      18. Academy Award Th 460724 18 Foreign Correspondent.mp3
      19. Academy Award Th 460731 19 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
      20. Academy Award Th 460807 20 Watch On Rhine.mp3
      21. Academy Award Th 460814 21 Vivacious Lady.mp3
      22. Academy Award Th 460821 22 Keys Of Kingdom.mp3
      23. Academy Award Th 460828 23 One Sunday Afternoon.mp3
      24. Academy Award Th 460904 24 Pinocchio.mp3
      25. Academy Award Th 460911 25 Shadow Of A Doubt.mp3
      26. Academy Award Th 460918 26 White Cliffs Of Dover.mp3
      27. Academy Award Th 460925 27 Guest In House.mp3
      28. Academy Award Th 461002 28 My Man Godfrey.mp3
      29. Academy Award Th 461009 29 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
      30. Academy Award Th 461016 30 Blood On Sun.mp3
      31. Academy Award Th 461023 31 Devil And Miss Jones.mp3
      32. Academy Award Th 461030 32 Suspicion.mp3
      33. Academy Award Th 461106 33 Cheers For Miss Bishop.mp3
      34. Academy Award Th 461113 34 Night Train HQ.mp3
      35. Academy Award Th 461120 35 Brief Encounter.mp3
      36. Academy Award Th 461127 36 Lost Horizon.mp3
      37. Academy Award Th 461204 37 Portrait Of Jennie.mp3
      38. Academy Award Th 461211 38 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
      39. Academy Award Th 461218 39 Lost Angel.mp3
      40. Barbra Streisand 770328 Speech.mp3
      41. Burns Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards.mp3
      42. Fdr 410227 Awards Dinner Of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts.mp3
      43. Frank Sinatra 540325 Academy Awards Acceptance Speech.mp3
      44. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards A Hollywood Portrait.mp3
      45. Jack Benny 480321 648 Academy Awards Are Discussed.mp3
      46. Jack Benny 520323 Jack And Mary Go To Academy Awards.mp3
      47. Judy Garland Academy Awards Ceremony 650405.mp3
      48. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227.mp3
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    48 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 50 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 21 hours 50 minutes
      1. Academy Award Th 460330 01 Jezebel.mp3
      2. Academy Award Th 460406 02 Kitty Foyle.mp3
      3. Academy Award Th 460413 03 Life Of Louis Pasteur.mp3
      4. Academy Award Th 460420 04 Great Mcginty.mp3
      5. Academy Award Th 460427 05 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      6. Academy Award Th 460504 06 Stagecoach.mp3
      7. Academy Award Th 460511 07 If I Were King.mp3
      8. Academy Award Th 460518 08 My Sister Eileen.mp3
      9. Academy Award Th 460525 09 Informer.mp3
      10. Academy Award Th 460601 10 Arise My Love.mp3
      11. Academy Award Th 460608 11 Ruggles Of Red Gap.mp3
      12. Academy Award Th 460615 12 Pride Of Marines.mp3
      13. Academy Award Th 460622 13 Front Page.mp3
      14. Academy Award Th 460629 14 A Star Is Born.mp3
      15. Academy Award Th 460703 15 Maltese Falcon.mp3
      16. Academy Award Th 460710 16 Young Mr. Lincoln.mp3
      17. Academy Award Th 460717 17 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
      18. Academy Award Th 460724 18 Foreign Correspondent.mp3
      19. Academy Award Th 460731 19 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
      20. Academy Award Th 460807 20 Watch On Rhine.mp3
      21. Academy Award Th 460814 21 Vivacious Lady.mp3
      22. Academy Award Th 460821 22 Keys Of Kingdom.mp3
      23. Academy Award Th 460828 23 One Sunday Afternoon.mp3
      24. Academy Award Th 460904 24 Pinocchio.mp3
      25. Academy Award Th 460911 25 Shadow Of A Doubt.mp3
      26. Academy Award Th 460918 26 White Cliffs Of Dover.mp3
      27. Academy Award Th 460925 27 Guest In House.mp3
      28. Academy Award Th 461002 28 My Man Godfrey.mp3
      29. Academy Award Th 461009 29 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
      30. Academy Award Th 461016 30 Blood On Sun.mp3
      31. Academy Award Th 461023 31 Devil And Miss Jones.mp3
      32. Academy Award Th 461030 32 Suspicion.mp3
      33. Academy Award Th 461106 33 Cheers For Miss Bishop.mp3
      34. Academy Award Th 461113 34 Night Train HQ.mp3
      35. Academy Award Th 461120 35 Brief Encounter.mp3
      36. Academy Award Th 461127 36 Lost Horizon.mp3
      37. Academy Award Th 461204 37 Portrait Of Jennie.mp3
      38. Academy Award Th 461211 38 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
      39. Academy Award Th 461218 39 Lost Angel.mp3
      40. Barbra Streisand 770328 Speech.mp3
      41. Burns Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards.mp3
      42. Fdr 410227 Awards Dinner Of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts.mp3
      43. Frank Sinatra 540325 Academy Awards Acceptance Speech.mp3
      44. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards A Hollywood Portrait.mp3
      45. Jack Benny 480321 648 Academy Awards Are Discussed.mp3
      46. Jack Benny 520323 Jack And Mary Go To Academy Awards.mp3
      47. Judy Garland Academy Awards Ceremony 650405.mp3
      48. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227.mp3
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    48 recordings on 23 Audio CDs
    total playtime 21 hours, 50 min

    Disc A001

    1. Fdr 410227 Awards Dinner Of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts
    2. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227
    3. Academy Award Th 460330 01 Jezebel
    4. Academy Award Th 460406 02 Kitty Foyle

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    Disc A002

    1. Academy Award Th 460413 03 Life Of Louis Pasteur
    2. Academy Award Th 460420 04 Great Mcginty

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    Disc A003

    1. Academy Award Th 460427 05 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs
    2. Academy Award Th 460504 06 Stagecoach

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    Disc A004

    1. Academy Award Th 460511 07 If I Were King
    2. Academy Award Th 460518 08 My Sister Eileen

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    Disc A005

    1. Academy Award Th 460525 09 Informer
    2. Academy Award Th 460601 10 Arise My Love

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    Disc A006

    1. Academy Award Th 460608 11 Ruggles Of Red Gap
    2. Academy Award Th 460615 12 Pride Of Marines

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    Disc A007

    1. Academy Award Th 460622 13 Front Page
    2. Academy Award Th 460629 14 A Star Is Born

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    Disc A008

    1. Academy Award Th 460703 15 Maltese Falcon
    2. Academy Award Th 460710 16 Young Mr. Lincoln

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    Disc A009

    1. Academy Award Th 460717 17 Prisoner Of Zenda
    2. Academy Award Th 460724 18 Foreign Correspondent

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    Disc A010

    1. Academy Award Th 460731 19 Hold Back Dawn
    2. Academy Award Th 460807 20 Watch On Rhine

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    Disc A011

    1. Academy Award Th 460814 21 Vivacious Lady
    2. Academy Award Th 460821 22 Keys Of Kingdom

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    Disc A012

    1. Academy Award Th 460828 23 One Sunday Afternoon
    2. Academy Award Th 460904 24 Pinocchio

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    Disc A013

    1. Academy Award Th 460911 25 Shadow Of A Doubt
    2. Academy Award Th 460918 26 White Cliffs Of Dover

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    Disc A014

    1. Academy Award Th 460925 27 Guest In House
    2. Academy Award Th 461002 28 My Man Godfrey

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    Disc A015

    1. Academy Award Th 461009 29 It Happened Tomorrow
    2. Academy Award Th 461016 30 Blood On Sun

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    Disc A016

    1. Academy Award Th 461023 31 Devil And Miss Jones
    2. Academy Award Th 461030 32 Suspicion

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    Disc A017

    1. Academy Award Th 461106 33 Cheers For Miss Bishop
    2. Academy Award Th 461113 34 Night Train HQ

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    Disc A018

    1. Academy Award Th 461120 35 Brief Encounter
    2. Academy Award Th 461127 36 Lost Horizon

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    Disc A019

    1. Academy Award Th 461204 37 Portrait Of Jennie
    2. Academy Award Th 461211 38 Enchanted Cottage

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    Disc A020

    1. Academy Award Th 461218 39 Lost Angel
    2. Jack Benny 480321 648 Academy Awards Are Discussed

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    Disc A021

    1. Burns Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards

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    Disc A022

    1. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards A Hollywood Portrait

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    Disc A023

    1. Jack Benny 520323 Jack And Mary Go To Academy Awards
    2. Frank Sinatra 540325 Academy Awards Acceptance Speech
    3. Judy Garland Academy Awards Ceremony 650405
    4. Barbra Streisand 770328 Speech

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