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Everyman's Theater

An Arch Oboler production, this old time radio show attracted a "Who's-Who" of pre-war Hollywood Talent: Bette Davis, Boris Karloff, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, and more.

5 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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3 Audio CDs


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"Cat Wife"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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(October 1940 - March 1941)

Everyman's Theater starring Marlene Dietrich in Madame AffameRadio was in an interesting place as the late 30s turned into the early 40s. WWII is just around the corner. The nation has only recently recovered from the devastation of the Great Depression.  A nation glued to the radio, trying to relax while facing an uncertain future, almost cried for a good scare. And Arch Oboler did his best to give it to them.

Arch ObolerDiminutive Oboler (standing only 5'1") has been called "Inch for inch, pound for pound, the scariest writer in the history of radio." While not as popular as his contemporary Orson Welles, Oboler was Welles' equal in talent, skills, and versatility as a playwright-actor-director.

Everyman's Theater was a follow-up to the popular Arch Oboler's Plays of the 1939 season. And both of these built on the success of the Horror anthology "Lights Out". Oboler opened each episode of Lights Out with the ominous warning: "These Lights Out stories are definitely not for the timid soul. So we tell you calmly and very sincerely, if you frighten easily, turn off your radio now."

Oboler promised that Every Man's Theater would provide programs for "every man's" taste. The program was a departure for sponsor Oxydol Detergent. Oxydol had advertised heavily in the melodramatic serial programs (the Soap Operas). The gamble with Every Man's Theater paid off with critics and the public alike. The show attracted a "Who's-Who" of pre-war Hollywood Talent: Bette Davis, Boris Karloff, Brian Dunlevy, Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, Marlene Dietrich, Walter Huston, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey, and Elsa Lanchester all made appearances. This ability to attract star power was based on Oboler's reputation as a writer and director.

Obobler, like Orson Welles, would make the move to Hollywood and the movies, and was eventually given the chance to direct. He was an early pioneer of the 3-D films with his "Bwana Devil" (1952).

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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.



    5 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 15 min
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      5 shows - total playtime 2 hours 15 minutes
      1. Everymans Theater 401004 01 The Lonely Heart.mp3
      2. Everymans Theater 401011 02 This Precious Freedom.mp3
      3. Everymans Theater 401018 03 Cat Wife.mp3
      4. Everymans Theater 401220 12 The Women Stayed At Home.mp3
      5. Everymans Theater 410328 26 Baby.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    5 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 15 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      5 shows - total playtime 2 hours 15 minutes
      1. Everymans Theater 401004 01 The Lonely Heart.mp3
      2. Everymans Theater 401011 02 This Precious Freedom.mp3
      3. Everymans Theater 401018 03 Cat Wife.mp3
      4. Everymans Theater 401220 12 The Women Stayed At Home.mp3
      5. Everymans Theater 410328 26 Baby.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    5 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 15 min

    Disc A001

    1. Everymans Theater 401004 01 The Lonely Heart
    2. Everymans Theater 401011 02 This Precious Freedom

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    Disc A002

    1. Everymans Theater 401018 03 Cat Wife
    2. Everymans Theater 401220 12 The Women Stayed At Home

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    Disc A003

    1. Everymans Theater 410328 26 Baby

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