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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!

57 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 26 hours, 31 min)
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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

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.

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."

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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    57 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 26 hours, 31 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 13 minutes
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    1. Academy Award 460330 01 Jezebel.mp3
    2. Academy Award 460406 02 Kitty Foyle.mp3
    3. Academy Award 460413 03 Story Of Louis Pasteur.mp3
    4. Academy Award 460420 04 Great Mcginty.mp3
    5. Academy Award 460427 05 Snow White.mp3
    6. Academy Award 460504 06 Stagecoach.mp3
    7. Academy Award 460511 07 If I Were King.mp3
    8. Academy Award 460518 08 My Sister Eileen.mp3
    9. Academy Award 460525 09 Informer.mp3
    10. Academy Award 460601 10 Arise My Love.mp3
    11. Academy Award 460608 11 Ruggles Of Red Gap.mp3
    12. Academy Award 460615 12 Pride Of Marines.mp3
    13. Academy Award 460622 13 Front Page.mp3
    14. Academy Award 460629 14 Star Is Born.mp3
    15. Academy Award 460703 15 Maltese Falcon.mp3
    16. Academy Award 460710 16 Young Mr. Lincoln.mp3
    17. Academy Award 460717 17 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    18. Academy Award 460724 18 Foreign Correspondent.mp3
    19. Academy Award 460731 19 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    20. Academy Award 460807 20 Watch On Rhine.mp3
    21. Academy Award 460814 21 Vivacious Lady.mp3
    22. Academy Award 460821 22 Keys To Kingdom.mp3
    23. Academy Award 460828 23 One Sunday Afternoon.mp3
    24. Academy Award 460904 24 Pinnochio.mp3
    25. Academy Award 460911 25 Shadow Of Doubt.mp3
    26. Academy Award 460916 26 White Cliffs Of Dover.mp3
    27. Academy Award 461002 27 In My House.mp3
    28. Academy Award 461002 28 My Man Godfrey.mp3
    29. Academy Award 461009 29 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
    30. Academy Award 461016 30 Blood On Sun.mp3
    31. Academy Award 461023 31 Devil And Miss Jones.mp3
    32. Academy Award 461030 32 Suspicion.mp3
    33. Academy Award 461106 33 Cheers For Miss Bishop.mp3
    34. Academy Award 461113 34 Night Train.mp3
    35. Academy Award 461120 35 Brief Encounter.mp3
    36. Academy Award 461127 36 Lost Horizon.mp3
    37. Academy Award 461204 37 Portrait Of Jennie.mp3
    38. Academy Award 461211 38 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    39. Academy Award 461218 39 Lost Angel.mp3
    Volume 2 - 18 shows - total playtime 7 hours 17 minutes
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    1. Barbra Streisand 770328 Speech.mp3
    2. Bob Hope 530318 551 William Bendix.mp3
    3. Burns Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards.mp3
    4. Burns And Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards.mp3
    5. Duffys 440523 131 Archie Uses Paul Lukas For Publicity.mp3
    6. Fdr 410227 Awards Dinner Of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts.mp3
    7. Frank Sinatra 540325 Academy Awards Acceptance Speech.mp3
    8. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards A Hollywood Portrait.mp3
    9. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards Hollywood Portrait.mp3
    10. Hollywood Calling 490703 001 Birthday Salute George Murphy.mp3
    11. Jack Benny 480321 648 Academy Awards Are Discussed.mp3
    12. Jack Benny 520323 Jack And Mary Go To Academy Awards.mp3
    13. Judy Garland Academy Awards Ceremony 650405.mp3
    14. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227 Excerpt.mp3
    15. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227.mp3
    16. Screen Guild Theater 420322 109 How Green Was My Valley.mp3
    17. Sealtest Variety 490324 27.mp3
    18. Tonight In Hollywood 450203 Lucille Your Fired.mp3
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    57 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 26 hours, 31 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 13 minutes
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    1. Academy Award 460330 01 Jezebel.mp3
    2. Academy Award 460406 02 Kitty Foyle.mp3
    3. Academy Award 460413 03 Story Of Louis Pasteur.mp3
    4. Academy Award 460420 04 Great Mcginty.mp3
    5. Academy Award 460427 05 Snow White.mp3
    6. Academy Award 460504 06 Stagecoach.mp3
    7. Academy Award 460511 07 If I Were King.mp3
    8. Academy Award 460518 08 My Sister Eileen.mp3
    9. Academy Award 460525 09 Informer.mp3
    10. Academy Award 460601 10 Arise My Love.mp3
    11. Academy Award 460608 11 Ruggles Of Red Gap.mp3
    12. Academy Award 460615 12 Pride Of Marines.mp3
    13. Academy Award 460622 13 Front Page.mp3
    14. Academy Award 460629 14 Star Is Born.mp3
    15. Academy Award 460703 15 Maltese Falcon.mp3
    16. Academy Award 460710 16 Young Mr. Lincoln.mp3
    17. Academy Award 460717 17 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    18. Academy Award 460724 18 Foreign Correspondent.mp3
    19. Academy Award 460731 19 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    20. Academy Award 460807 20 Watch On Rhine.mp3
    21. Academy Award 460814 21 Vivacious Lady.mp3
    22. Academy Award 460821 22 Keys To Kingdom.mp3
    23. Academy Award 460828 23 One Sunday Afternoon.mp3
    24. Academy Award 460904 24 Pinnochio.mp3
    25. Academy Award 460911 25 Shadow Of Doubt.mp3
    26. Academy Award 460916 26 White Cliffs Of Dover.mp3
    27. Academy Award 461002 27 In My House.mp3
    28. Academy Award 461002 28 My Man Godfrey.mp3
    29. Academy Award 461009 29 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
    30. Academy Award 461016 30 Blood On Sun.mp3
    31. Academy Award 461023 31 Devil And Miss Jones.mp3
    32. Academy Award 461030 32 Suspicion.mp3
    33. Academy Award 461106 33 Cheers For Miss Bishop.mp3
    34. Academy Award 461113 34 Night Train.mp3
    35. Academy Award 461120 35 Brief Encounter.mp3
    36. Academy Award 461127 36 Lost Horizon.mp3
    37. Academy Award 461204 37 Portrait Of Jennie.mp3
    38. Academy Award 461211 38 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    39. Academy Award 461218 39 Lost Angel.mp3
    Volume 2 - 18 shows - total playtime 7 hours 17 minutes
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    1. Barbra Streisand 770328 Speech.mp3
    2. Bob Hope 530318 551 William Bendix.mp3
    3. Burns Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards.mp3
    4. Burns And Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards.mp3
    5. Duffys 440523 131 Archie Uses Paul Lukas For Publicity.mp3
    6. Fdr 410227 Awards Dinner Of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts.mp3
    7. Frank Sinatra 540325 Academy Awards Acceptance Speech.mp3
    8. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards A Hollywood Portrait.mp3
    9. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards Hollywood Portrait.mp3
    10. Hollywood Calling 490703 001 Birthday Salute George Murphy.mp3
    11. Jack Benny 480321 648 Academy Awards Are Discussed.mp3
    12. Jack Benny 520323 Jack And Mary Go To Academy Awards.mp3
    13. Judy Garland Academy Awards Ceremony 650405.mp3
    14. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227 Excerpt.mp3
    15. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227.mp3
    16. Screen Guild Theater 420322 109 How Green Was My Valley.mp3
    17. Sealtest Variety 490324 27.mp3
    18. Tonight In Hollywood 450203 Lucille Your Fired.mp3
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    57 recordings on 27 Audio CDs
    total playtime 26 hours, 31 min

    Academy Award Theater Disc A001

    1. Fdr 410227 Awards Dinner Of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts
    2. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227 Excerpt
    3. Judy Garland Academy Awards Dinner 410227
    4. Screen Guild Theater 420322 109 How Green Was My Valley
    5. Duffys 440523 131 Archie Uses Paul Lukas For Publicity

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A002

    1. Tonight In Hollywood 450203 Lucille Your Fired
    2. Academy Award 460330 01 Jezebel

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A003

    1. Academy Award 460406 02 Kitty Foyle
    2. Academy Award 460413 03 Story Of Louis Pasteur

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A004

    1. Academy Award 460420 04 Great Mcginty
    2. Academy Award 460427 05 Snow White

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A005

    1. Academy Award 460504 06 Stagecoach
    2. Academy Award 460511 07 If I Were King

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A006

    1. Academy Award 460518 08 My Sister Eileen
    2. Academy Award 460525 09 Informer

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A007

    1. Academy Award 460601 10 Arise My Love
    2. Academy Award 460608 11 Ruggles Of Red Gap

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A008

    1. Academy Award 460615 12 Pride Of Marines
    2. Academy Award 460622 13 Front Page

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A009

    1. Academy Award 460629 14 Star Is Born
    2. Academy Award 460703 15 Maltese Falcon

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A010

    1. Academy Award 460710 16 Young Mr. Lincoln
    2. Academy Award 460717 17 Prisoner Of Zenda

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A011

    1. Academy Award 460724 18 Foreign Correspondent
    2. Academy Award 460731 19 Hold Back Dawn

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A012

    1. Academy Award 460807 20 Watch On Rhine
    2. Academy Award 460814 21 Vivacious Lady

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A013

    1. Academy Award 460821 22 Keys To Kingdom
    2. Academy Award 460828 23 One Sunday Afternoon

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A014

    1. Academy Award 460904 24 Pinnochio
    2. Academy Award 460911 25 Shadow Of Doubt

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A015

    1. Academy Award 460916 26 White Cliffs Of Dover
    2. Academy Award 461002 27 In My House

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A016

    1. Academy Award 461002 28 My Man Godfrey
    2. Academy Award 461009 29 It Happened Tomorrow

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A017

    1. Academy Award 461016 30 Blood On Sun
    2. Academy Award 461023 31 Devil And Miss Jones

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A018

    1. Academy Award 461030 32 Suspicion
    2. Academy Award 461106 33 Cheers For Miss Bishop

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A019

    1. Academy Award 461113 34 Night Train
    2. Academy Award 461120 35 Brief Encounter

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A020

    1. Academy Award 461127 36 Lost Horizon
    2. Academy Award 461204 37 Portrait Of Jennie

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A021

    1. Academy Award 461211 38 Enchanted Cottage
    2. Academy Award 461218 39 Lost Angel

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A022

    1. Jack Benny 480321 648 Academy Awards Are Discussed
    2. Burns Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A023

    1. Burns And Allen 490324 Jane Wyman Academy Awards
    2. Sealtest Variety 490324 27

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A024

    1. Hollywood Calling 490703 001 Birthday Salute George Murphy

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A025

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

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A026

    1. Hear It Now 510330 16 Academy Awards Hollywood Portrait

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    Academy Award Theater Disc A027

    1. Jack Benny 520323 Jack And Mary Go To Academy Awards
    2. Bob Hope 530318 551 William Bendix
    3. Frank Sinatra 540325 Academy Awards Acceptance Speech
    4. Judy Garland Academy Awards Ceremony 650405
    5. Barbra Streisand 770328 Speech

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