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Charles Boyer Collection

He was one of the busiest stage actors in Paris, and it was only a matter of time before Hollywood took notice.

57 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 35 hours, 26 min)
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Charles Boyer

He was the exotic and mysterious European who made lady movie-goers swoon while teaching hard-bitten American lads a thing or two about romance. On screen, he was oh so very French, with a bevy of beautiful women at his beck and call, but in reality he was quite happy to be in America and dedicated himself to his English bride to whom he was married for 34 years.

Much of Charles Boyer’s on screen persona seems to be an illusion, and while this false persona is the one which had so much Hollywood success, it cannot hide what an interesting and even admirable person the real Charles Boyer was.

Boyer was born in the small farming town of Figeac in Southwestern France. His father was a merchant, dealing in farm implements and coal and probably looked forward to young Charles taking over the family business in time, but when a stroke took him when the boy was only 10, his mother sold the business and tried to raise Charles as a gentleman of leisure.

Charles was infected with the acting bug at eleven. He began haunting Figeac’s tiny movie house, and was delighted whenever Mme. Boyer would take him to Paris to see plays. He volunteered as a hospital orderly during WWI, and was known for entertaining the convalescing soldiers with sketches and small scenes.

Near the end of the War, a film company came to town to shoot some location scenes, and Charles won a small part as a member of a local crowd. His enthusiasm was such that the leading actor helped to convince Mme. Boyer that Charles should go to Paris to pursue an acting career.

He enrolled in the Sorbonne at the age of 18. He largely neglected his studies, but he put his time to good use making connections with society people, especially those connected in any way to the theater. When the leading man of a large production was forced to drop out just before the opening, friends convinced the director that Boyer had an uncanny ability to memorize lines, and the dapper young man was a hit.

Soon, he was one of the busiest stage actors in Paris, and it was only a matter of time before Hollywood took notice. MGM expected great things from their exotic new star. Although he spoke Spanish, German and Italian in addition to French, he did not speak any English when he moved to Hollywood in 1929. However, he loved the American lifestyle, the American people, as well “all thees monee”, so accepted work in silent films as doing voice work for French versions of MGM films (for the foreign market), unsatisfying as it was.

When talking pictures became important, Boyer’s deep voice and charming accent found demand. In 1934, he meet British actress Pat Paterson at a dinner party, proposed marriage to her two weeks later and they were married within three months. Although his growing success allowed the Boyers to “go Hollywood” buy purchasing a Beverly Hills home, a beach cottage, new cars and a cabin cruiser, they settled in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and just came to Hollywood for work.

Ingrid Bergman and Charles BoyerIn 1938, Boyer played a thief on the run in Algiers, with Ingrid Bergman. The film was said to be the inspiration for Casablanca (1942), and Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew was based on Boyer’s character. The line “Come with me to the Casbah” was never uttered in the film, although it was used in the trailer.

Boyer was one of the first in the film community to recognize the dangers of a man called Hitler. While many still considered the Nazi leader as a joke, Boyer joined the French military at the age of 40. His service was short lived, as France capitulated (there are rumors that studio influence was also used to keep him from serving directly). He did maintain contacts with the Resistance and was a supporter of Free France.

Although audiences could not get enough of the dapper Frenchman, Boyer began losing his hair at an early age and developed a paunch. He was also much shorter in real life than he appeared on screen. Bette Davis tried to have him removed from the set of All This, and Heaven Too (1940) before she realized that he was her co-star.

Boyer was a frequent guest on Lux Radio Theater in his roles as well as others. In 1947 he played Capt Grerr for Rex Harrison in The Ghost and Mrs Muir. He was also a popular guest on comedy programs like Burns and Allen and The Jack Benny Program, usually as a straight man but sometimes lampooning his screen persona.

Charles and Pat had one son, Michael Boyer. In September, 1965, Michael’s girlfriend told him that she did not want to see him anymore. He went into the den and a shot was heard to ring out. He was found with a bullet wound to his right temple, but it was reported that he had been playing Russian roulette, so the death was listed as accidental. Boyer had been filming in Paris, and returned to Los Angeles after Pat phoned with the tragic news.

During the late 1970's, Pat was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Charles set his career aside so that he could care for her, and she passed away on August 24, 1978. Boyer quickly put his affairs in order, and two days later, just two days before his 79th birthday, took an overdose of Seconal. The couple was interred next to their son at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.

Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6300 Hollywood Blvd honor Charles Boyer’s contributions to the Motion Picture and Television Industry.

Charles Boyer and Ginger Rogers

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    57 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 35 hours, 26 min
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    Volume 1 - 27 shows - total playtime 19 hours 47 minutes
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    1. A Date With Judy 450403 104 Judys Singing Debut.mp3
    2. Big Show 501210 Guests Clifton Webb And Jimmy Durante.mp3
    3. Burns And Allen 431130 14 Charles Boyer As Tex.mp3
    4. Cav 501205 Grand Design.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 420112 Gentleman From Paris.mp3
    6. Command Perf 450329 168 Bob Hope, Ingrid Bergman.mp3
    7. Command Perf 450531 177 Rita Hayworth, Charles Boyer.mp3
    8. Ft 470403 008 Passion And Death Of Christ.mp3
    9. Ft 471127 042 Home For Thanksgiving.mp3
    10. Ft 540505 369 Flight To Bermuda.mp3
    11. Hedda Hopper Show 510408 X Andrews Sisters.mp3
    12. Hotpoint Holiday Hour 491225 Man Who Came To Dinner.mp3
    13. Kraft 790624 Kraft Family Reunion.mp3
    14. Kraft Music Hall 410626 Smile Your Troubles Away, Don Ameche.mp3
    15. Kraft Music Hall 471120 Hello, Tucky, Hello, Charles Boyer.mp3
    16. Kraft Music Hall 480219 Im Sitting On Top Of World.mp3
    17. Kraft Music Hall 480415 Chinatown, My Chinatown.mp3
    18. Lux Radio Theater 410707 315 Algiers.mp3
    19. Lux Radio Theater 411110 325 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 411215 330 All This And Heaven Too.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 420223 340 Appointment For Love.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 420706 359 Love Affair Repeat.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 421214 374 Algiers Repeat.mp3
    24. Lux Radio Theater 440110 422 Constant Nymph.mp3
    25. Lux Radio Theater 460429 525 Gaslight.mp3
    26. Lux Radio Theater 470127 556 Cluny Brown.mp3
    27. Lux Radio Theater 471201 592 Ghost And Mrs Muir.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 15 hours 38 minutes
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    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 500613 Adventures Queen Sheba Aud.mp3
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500620 01 Mr. Smiths Painting.mp3
    3. Presenting Charles Boyer 500627 02 Mademoiselle Goldilocks.mp3
    4. Presenting Charles Boyer 500711 04 Thief Beautiful Woman.mp3
    5. Presenting Charles Boyer 500718 05 Mink Adventure.mp3
    6. Presenting Charles Boyer 500725 06 Adv Perfumed Bloodhound.mp3
    7. Presenting Charles Boyer 500801 07 Royal Phantom Versailles.mp3
    8. Presenting Charles Boyer 500808 08 Adv Fortune Teller.mp3
    9. Presenting Charles Boyer 500822 10 Lady In Question.mp3
    10. Presenting Charles Boyer 500921 15 Adventure Of Painting 137.mp3
    11. Presenting Charles Boyer 500928 16 Clock.mp3
    12. Presenting Charles Boyer 501005 17 Artist And Orphans.mp3
    13. Presenting Charles Boyer 501019 19 Reincarnation.mp3
    14. Presenting Charles Boyer 501026 20 Parismarseille Highway.mp3
    15. Radio Hall Of Fame 441112 050 Condemned In Paris.mp3
    16. Screen Directors Playhouse 490515 019 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    17. Screen Directors Playhouse 490826 031 Appointment For Love.mp3
    18. Screen Directors Playhouse 501123 078 Cluney Brown 1 Hour.mp3
    19. Screen Guild Theater 400128 Private Worlds.mp3
    20. Screen Guild Theater 401110 History Is Made At Night.mp3
    21. Screen Guild Theater 430208 130 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    22. Screen Guild Theater 430621 149 Back Street.mp3
    23. Screen Guild Theater 440320 188 Constant Nymph.mp3
    24. Screen Guild Theater 450423 242 Flesh And Fantasy.mp3
    25. Screen Guild Theater 470203 333 Gaslight.mp3
    26. Suspense 500608 Case Of Henri Vivard.mp3
    27. Suspense 510517 Another Mans Poison.mp3
    28. Suspense 540426 Bertillion Method.mp3
    29. The Jimmy Durante Show 471203 10 Charles Boyer.mp3
    30. Woodburys Hollywood Playhouse 400529 Starring Charles Boyer.mp3
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    57 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 35 hours, 26 min
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    Volume 1 - 27 shows - total playtime 19 hours 47 minutes
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    1. A Date With Judy 450403 104 Judys Singing Debut.mp3
    2. Big Show 501210 Guests Clifton Webb And Jimmy Durante.mp3
    3. Burns And Allen 431130 14 Charles Boyer As Tex.mp3
    4. Cav 501205 Grand Design.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 420112 Gentleman From Paris.mp3
    6. Command Perf 450329 168 Bob Hope, Ingrid Bergman.mp3
    7. Command Perf 450531 177 Rita Hayworth, Charles Boyer.mp3
    8. Ft 470403 008 Passion And Death Of Christ.mp3
    9. Ft 471127 042 Home For Thanksgiving.mp3
    10. Ft 540505 369 Flight To Bermuda.mp3
    11. Hedda Hopper Show 510408 X Andrews Sisters.mp3
    12. Hotpoint Holiday Hour 491225 Man Who Came To Dinner.mp3
    13. Kraft 790624 Kraft Family Reunion.mp3
    14. Kraft Music Hall 410626 Smile Your Troubles Away, Don Ameche.mp3
    15. Kraft Music Hall 471120 Hello, Tucky, Hello, Charles Boyer.mp3
    16. Kraft Music Hall 480219 Im Sitting On Top Of World.mp3
    17. Kraft Music Hall 480415 Chinatown, My Chinatown.mp3
    18. Lux Radio Theater 410707 315 Algiers.mp3
    19. Lux Radio Theater 411110 325 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 411215 330 All This And Heaven Too.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 420223 340 Appointment For Love.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 420706 359 Love Affair Repeat.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 421214 374 Algiers Repeat.mp3
    24. Lux Radio Theater 440110 422 Constant Nymph.mp3
    25. Lux Radio Theater 460429 525 Gaslight.mp3
    26. Lux Radio Theater 470127 556 Cluny Brown.mp3
    27. Lux Radio Theater 471201 592 Ghost And Mrs Muir.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 15 hours 38 minutes
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    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 500613 Adventures Queen Sheba Aud.mp3
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500620 01 Mr. Smiths Painting.mp3
    3. Presenting Charles Boyer 500627 02 Mademoiselle Goldilocks.mp3
    4. Presenting Charles Boyer 500711 04 Thief Beautiful Woman.mp3
    5. Presenting Charles Boyer 500718 05 Mink Adventure.mp3
    6. Presenting Charles Boyer 500725 06 Adv Perfumed Bloodhound.mp3
    7. Presenting Charles Boyer 500801 07 Royal Phantom Versailles.mp3
    8. Presenting Charles Boyer 500808 08 Adv Fortune Teller.mp3
    9. Presenting Charles Boyer 500822 10 Lady In Question.mp3
    10. Presenting Charles Boyer 500921 15 Adventure Of Painting 137.mp3
    11. Presenting Charles Boyer 500928 16 Clock.mp3
    12. Presenting Charles Boyer 501005 17 Artist And Orphans.mp3
    13. Presenting Charles Boyer 501019 19 Reincarnation.mp3
    14. Presenting Charles Boyer 501026 20 Parismarseille Highway.mp3
    15. Radio Hall Of Fame 441112 050 Condemned In Paris.mp3
    16. Screen Directors Playhouse 490515 019 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    17. Screen Directors Playhouse 490826 031 Appointment For Love.mp3
    18. Screen Directors Playhouse 501123 078 Cluney Brown 1 Hour.mp3
    19. Screen Guild Theater 400128 Private Worlds.mp3
    20. Screen Guild Theater 401110 History Is Made At Night.mp3
    21. Screen Guild Theater 430208 130 Hold Back Dawn.mp3
    22. Screen Guild Theater 430621 149 Back Street.mp3
    23. Screen Guild Theater 440320 188 Constant Nymph.mp3
    24. Screen Guild Theater 450423 242 Flesh And Fantasy.mp3
    25. Screen Guild Theater 470203 333 Gaslight.mp3
    26. Suspense 500608 Case Of Henri Vivard.mp3
    27. Suspense 510517 Another Mans Poison.mp3
    28. Suspense 540426 Bertillion Method.mp3
    29. The Jimmy Durante Show 471203 10 Charles Boyer.mp3
    30. Woodburys Hollywood Playhouse 400529 Starring Charles Boyer.mp3
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    57 recordings on 39 Audio CDs
    total playtime 33 hours, 57 min

    Charles Boyer Disc A001

    1. Screen Guild Theater 400128 Private Worlds
    2. Woodburys Hollywood Playhouse 400529 Starring Charles Boyer

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    Charles Boyer Disc A002

    1. Screen Guild Theater 401110 History Is Made At Night

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    Charles Boyer Disc A003

    1. Kraft Music Hall 410626 Smile Your Troubles Away, Don Ameche

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    Charles Boyer Disc A004

    1. Lux Radio Theater 410707 315 Algiers

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    Charles Boyer Disc A005

    1. Lux Radio Theater 411110 325 Hold Back Dawn

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    Charles Boyer Disc A006

    1. Lux Radio Theater 411215 330 All This And Heaven Too

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    Charles Boyer Disc A007

    1. Cavalcade Of America 420112 Gentleman From Paris

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    Charles Boyer Disc A008

    1. Lux Radio Theater 420223 340 Appointment For Love

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    Charles Boyer Disc A009

    1. Lux Radio Theater 420706 359 Love Affair Repeat

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    Charles Boyer Disc A010

    1. Lux Radio Theater 421214 374 Algiers Repeat

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    Charles Boyer Disc A011

    1. Screen Guild Theater 430208 130 Hold Back Dawn
    2. Screen Guild Theater 430621 149 Back Street

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    Charles Boyer Disc A012

    1. Burns And Allen 431130 14 Charles Boyer As Tex

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    Charles Boyer Disc A013

    1. Lux Radio Theater 440110 422 Constant Nymph

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    Charles Boyer Disc A014

    1. Screen Guild Theater 440320 188 Constant Nymph

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    Charles Boyer Disc A015

    1. Radio Hall Of Fame 441112 050 Condemned In Paris

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    Charles Boyer Disc A016

    1. Command Perf 450329 168 Bob Hope, Ingrid Bergman
    2. A Date With Judy 450403 104 Judys Singing Debut

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    Charles Boyer Disc A017

    1. Screen Guild Theater 450423 242 Flesh And Fantasy
    2. Command Perf 450531 177 Rita Hayworth, Charles Boyer

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    Charles Boyer Disc A018

    1. Lux Radio Theater 460429 525 Gaslight

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    Charles Boyer Disc A019

    1. Lux Radio Theater 470127 556 Cluny Brown

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    Charles Boyer Disc A020

    1. Screen Guild Theater 470203 333 Gaslight
    2. Ft 470403 008 Passion And Death Of Christ

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    Charles Boyer Disc A021

    1. Kraft Music Hall 471120 Hello, Tucky, Hello, Charles Boyer
    2. Ft 471127 042 Home For Thanksgiving

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    Charles Boyer Disc A022

    1. Lux Radio Theater 471201 592 Ghost And Mrs Muir

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    Charles Boyer Disc A023

    1. The Jimmy Durante Show 471203 10 Charles Boyer
    2. Kraft Music Hall 480219 Im Sitting On Top Of World

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    Charles Boyer Disc A024

    1. Kraft Music Hall 480415 Chinatown, My Chinatown
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490515 019 Hold Back Dawn

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    Charles Boyer Disc A025

    1. Screen Directors Playhouse 490826 031 Appointment For Love

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    Charles Boyer Disc A026

    1. Hotpoint Holiday Hour 491225 Man Who Came To Dinner

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    Charles Boyer Disc A027

    1. Suspense 500608 Case Of Henri Vivard
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500613 Adventures Queen Sheba Aud

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    Charles Boyer Disc A028

    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 500620 01 Mr. Smiths Painting
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500627 02 Mademoiselle Goldilocks

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    Charles Boyer Disc A029

    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 500711 04 Thief Beautiful Woman
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500718 05 Mink Adventure

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    Charles Boyer Disc A030

    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 500725 06 Adv Perfumed Bloodhound
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500801 07 Royal Phantom Versailles

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    Charles Boyer Disc A031

    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 500808 08 Adv Fortune Teller
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500822 10 Lady In Question

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    Charles Boyer Disc A032

    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 500921 15 Adventure Of Painting 137
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 500928 16 Clock

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    Charles Boyer Disc A033

    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 501005 17 Artist And Orphans
    2. Presenting Charles Boyer 501019 19 Reincarnation

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    Charles Boyer Disc A034

    1. Presenting Charles Boyer 501026 20 Parismarseille Highway

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    Charles Boyer Disc A035

    1. Screen Directors Playhouse 501123 078 Cluney Brown 1 Hour

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    Charles Boyer Disc A036

    1. Cav 501205 Grand Design
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510408 X Andrews Sisters

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    Charles Boyer Disc A037

    1. Suspense 510517 Another Mans Poison
    2. Suspense 540426 Bertillion Method

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    Charles Boyer Disc A038

    1. Ft 540505 369 Flight To Bermuda

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    Charles Boyer Disc A039

    1. Kraft 790624 Kraft Family Reunion

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