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The Ford Theater

The Ford Theater began as a low budget project to bring movie adaptations to the air using lower scale NY actors. In order to increase car sales, the show was reformatted using A-List Hollywood talent.

16 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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16 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from January 11, 1948:

"Storm In A Teacup"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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1947 - 1949

Marlene Dietrich and Perry ComoThe Ford Theater has an interesting history and reflect the change in radio to adapt to the popularity of Hollywood. It began as a show that wished to distinguish itself from Hollywood-leeching old time radio shows such as Lux Radio and Academy Award Theater. The show stared good but not famous New York Radio performers. Producer George Zachary attempted to use genres popular radio stars rather than Hollywood stars. This version of the show was marked by minimal success and low ratings thus Zachary was replaced with Fletcher Markle, husband to radio legend Mercedes McCambridge.

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1947 FordMarkle made a reputation for flashy-high budget shows such as Studio One which Ford Theater replaced. The second version included a star-studded cast in which no expense was spared. The Ford Theater also moved west, it starred the top Hollywood celebrities including Jack Benny, Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, and many others. This move made the show a hit old time radio show with these top named Hollywood performers.

The Ford Sunday Evening Hour featured music, but in order to reach all Americans, The Ford Theatre began and included drama, comedy, and adaptations of literature and film. They spared no expensive and used the best radio personalities to entertain and advertise Ford Motor products. Though very short lived, The Ford Radio Theater was popular in the two years that it lasted.

For more Ford-sponsored entertainment see: The Ford Show

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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.



    16 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 9 min
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      16 shows - total playtime 16 hours 9 minutes
      1. Ford Th 471116 07 Carmen Jones.mp3
      2. Ford Th 480104 14 The Adventures of a Bad Boy.mp3
      3. Ford Th 480111 15 Storm in a Teacup.mp3
      4. Ford Th 480113 16R Girl Crazy Dress Rehearsal.mp3
      5. Ford Th 480201 18 The Green Pastures.mp3
      6. Ford Th 480321 25 It's a Gift.mp3
      7. Ford Th 480509 32 The Front Page.mp3
      8. Ford Th 480516 33 Counselor-at-Law.mp3
      9. Ford Th 480523 34 A Star is Born.mp3
      10. Ford Th 480530 35 Laura.mp3
      11. Ford Th 480613 37 My Sister Eileen.mp3
      12. Ford Th 480620 38 The Late Christopher Bean.mp3
      13. Ford Th 480627 39 Arrowsmith.mp3
      14. Ford Th 481015 41 Double Indemnity.mp3
      15. Ford Th 490304 61 The Horn Blows at Midnight.mp3
      16. Ford Th 490401 65 Wuthering Heights.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    16 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 9 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      16 shows - total playtime 16 hours 9 minutes
      1. Ford Th 471116 07 Carmen Jones.mp3
      2. Ford Th 480104 14 The Adventures of a Bad Boy.mp3
      3. Ford Th 480111 15 Storm in a Teacup.mp3
      4. Ford Th 480113 16R Girl Crazy Dress Rehearsal.mp3
      5. Ford Th 480201 18 The Green Pastures.mp3
      6. Ford Th 480321 25 It's a Gift.mp3
      7. Ford Th 480509 32 The Front Page.mp3
      8. Ford Th 480516 33 Counselor-at-Law.mp3
      9. Ford Th 480523 34 A Star is Born.mp3
      10. Ford Th 480530 35 Laura.mp3
      11. Ford Th 480613 37 My Sister Eileen.mp3
      12. Ford Th 480620 38 The Late Christopher Bean.mp3
      13. Ford Th 480627 39 Arrowsmith.mp3
      14. Ford Th 481015 41 Double Indemnity.mp3
      15. Ford Th 490304 61 The Horn Blows at Midnight.mp3
      16. Ford Th 490401 65 Wuthering Heights.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



    16 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 16 hours, 9 min

    Disc A001

    1. Ford Th 471116 07 Carmen Jones

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    Disc A002

    1. Ford Th 480104 14 The Adventures of a Bad Boy

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    Disc A003

    1. Ford Th 480111 15 Storm in a Teacup

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    Disc A004

    1. Ford Th 480113 16R Girl Crazy Dress Rehearsal

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    Disc A005

    1. Ford Th 480201 18 The Green Pastures

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    Disc A006

    1. Ford Th 480321 25 It's a Gift

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    Disc A007

    1. Ford Th 480509 32 The Front Page

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    Disc A008

    1. Ford Th 480516 33 Counselor-at-Law

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    Disc A009

    1. Ford Th 480523 34 A Star is Born

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    Disc A010

    1. Ford Th 480530 35 Laura

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    Disc A011

    1. Ford Th 480613 37 My Sister Eileen

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    Disc A012

    1. Ford Th 480620 38 The Late Christopher Bean

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    Disc A013

    1. Ford Th 480627 39 Arrowsmith

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    Disc A014

    1. Ford Th 481015 41 Double Indemnity

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    Disc A015

    1. Ford Th 490304 61 The Horn Blows at Midnight

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    Disc A016

    1. Ford Th 490401 65 Wuthering Heights

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