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Fredric March in Old Time Radio

One of the greatest actors of his generation, Frederic March won two Oscars as well as two Tonys.

Fredric March

38 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 21 hours, 13 min)
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Fredric March
(1897 – 1975)

Fredric MarchSelecting a stage name is an important if sometimes traumatic step in an actor's career. Traumatic because it sometimes signifies the surrender of a very personal part of ones' identity, however, it is a sacrifice that is hard to avoid. Some people's given names are, frankly, less than glamorous, so a name that will look better on a marquee is chosen. The Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild both have rules stating that no actor can use the professional name used by another actor.

When John and Cora Bickel of Racine, Wisconsin's little boy, born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel in 1897 got into the acting game, he had a method for selecting a stage name. His lucky number was twelve, so he took two letters off his mother's maiden name, Marcher, and one from his to get Frederic March.

Fred attended Winslow Elementary School and Racine High before entering the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he attained a degree in economics. The good looking lad played sports and participated in student productions, whetting his appetite for the acting game. During the Great War, he served as a Lieutenant of Artillery, and after his service, he began a career with the First National City Bank in New York.

The world of high finance lost out when Fred was stricken with appendicitis. While recovering, his landlady regaled him with tales of her time on the stage, and Fred determined to give acting a serious go. His sights were set on Broadway, but to make ends meet he appeared in several films being shot in local studios. March made his Broadway debut in The Melody Man (1924, Central Theatre, 80 performances). He continued to hone his craft in various stock companies until Paramount offered him a contract in 1929.

Paramount quickly began grooming March as a serious leading man. A notable early film role was based on John Barrymore in the comic send-up The Royal Family of Broadway (1930, filmed at Astoria Studios in New York), garnering March his first of five Academy Award nominations. He won Best Actor the following year for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Frederic MarchMarch is notable among actors of the period for bucking the Studio System. When his initial contract with Paramount ran out he decided not to sign a long-term contract with any one studio. This would allow him to choose the projects that interested him and to return to Broadway, which he did in 1937 in the flop Yr. Obedient Husband (opened January 10, 1938, at the Broadhurst Theatre, closed after 8 performances). 

March divided his working time between Hollywood and Broadway. He was, along with Helen Hayes, one of only two actors to win two Tony's as well as two Oscar's. He shared the stage, screen, and radio microphone on several occasions with his wife, Florence Eldridge. Perhaps as an escape from the madness of show business, they maintained a farm in New Milford, Connecticut.

As March began to age out of leading man roles, he made a graceful transition to character parts. Although he enjoyed stage and movie acting for different reasons, he was less enthused about TV, although he did appear in several small-screen productions, including adaptations of A Christmas Carol costarring Basil Rathbone as Marley's Ghost.

A life-long Democrat, March was named by an FBI report as a Communist on June 8, 1949, the report did not, however, name sources. March appeared before the HUAC but never faced direct Blacklisting. On February 12, 1959, he appeared before a Joint Session of Congress to read the Gettysburg Address as part of a celebration of Lincoln's birthday.

Frederic March succumbed to prostate cancer on April 14, 1975, at the age of 77. His remains were cremated and interred beneath a favorite tree on his Connecticut farm.

On February 8, 1960, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated in honor of Frederic March's contributions to Motion Pictures at 1620 Vine St.

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    38 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 21 hours, 13 min
    38 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 13 min
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    1. 38 shows - total playtime 21 hours 13 minutes
    2. Abraham Lincoln Celebration 590212 C.Sandburg F.March.mp3
    3. Barretts Of Wimpole Street 470909.mp3
    4. Best Plays 530125 29 There Shall Be No Night.mp3
    5. Bill Stern 500728 560 Fredric March Subs.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 411103 One Foot In Heaven.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 430412 Lengthening Shadow.mp3
    8. Columbia Presents Corwin 440530 Untitled.mp3
    9. Command Performance 440909 G.Marx G.Dehaven F.Morgan.mp3
    10. Forecast 400715 Gentleman From Indiana.mp3
    11. General Electric Theater 530924 12 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    12. Great Plays 410216 Cyrano De Bergerac.mp3
    13. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490107 15 Citadel.mp3
    14. Hollywood Hotel 370430 134 Star Is Born.mp3
    15. Jack Benny Program 411130 423 Dr Jekyl And Mr Hyde Part One.mp3
    16. Liberation 441123 Stars Fredrick March.mp3
    17. Lux 370531 Plainsman Fredrick March Jean Arthur.mp3
    18. Lux 370920 Outsider Fredrick March Florence Eldridge.mp3
    19. Lux 400122 Bachelor Mother Ginger Rogers Fredric March.mp3
    20. Lux 420420 One Foot In Heaven Fredric March Martha Scott.mp3
    21. Nbc Short Story Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde.mp3
    22. Nbc Star Playhouse 531227 13 Alice In Wonderland.mp3
    23. On Stage 530702 26 Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere.mp3
    24. Radio Hall Of Fame 440213 011 Jane Eyre.mp3
    25. Screen Guild Theater 440731 205 Good Fairy.mp3
    26. Sdp 490417 015 Best Years Of Our Lives Dana Andrews.mp3
    27. Sdp 490529 Trade Winds Fredric March Lurene Tuttle.mp3
    28. Silver Theater 381002 014 Stronger Than Steel.mp3
    29. Soldiers In Greasepaint 431125 Soldiers In Greasepaint.mp3
    30. Suspense 440824 Actorsblood Fredricmarch.mp3
    31. Suspense 480909 Big Shot.mp3
    32. Suspense 490526 Night Reveals.mp3
    33. This Is War 19420228 03 Your Navy.mp3
    34. Tsp 009 Walter Huston Fredric March.mp3
    35. Tsp 012 Fredric March.mp3
    36. Tsp 016 Fredric March Janet Gaynor.mp3
    37. Tsp 018 Fredric March Frank Parker.mp3
    38. Tsp 208 This Is America Eleanor Roosevelt Fredric March.mp3
    39. Un Story Crossroads Fredric March.mp3
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    38 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 21 hours, 13 min
    38 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 21 hours, 13 min
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    1. 38 shows - total playtime 21 hours 13 minutes
    2. Abraham Lincoln Celebration 590212 C.Sandburg F.March.mp3
    3. Barretts Of Wimpole Street 470909.mp3
    4. Best Plays 530125 29 There Shall Be No Night.mp3
    5. Bill Stern 500728 560 Fredric March Subs.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 411103 One Foot In Heaven.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 430412 Lengthening Shadow.mp3
    8. Columbia Presents Corwin 440530 Untitled.mp3
    9. Command Performance 440909 G.Marx G.Dehaven F.Morgan.mp3
    10. Forecast 400715 Gentleman From Indiana.mp3
    11. General Electric Theater 530924 12 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    12. Great Plays 410216 Cyrano De Bergerac.mp3
    13. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490107 15 Citadel.mp3
    14. Hollywood Hotel 370430 134 Star Is Born.mp3
    15. Jack Benny Program 411130 423 Dr Jekyl And Mr Hyde Part One.mp3
    16. Liberation 441123 Stars Fredrick March.mp3
    17. Lux 370531 Plainsman Fredrick March Jean Arthur.mp3
    18. Lux 370920 Outsider Fredrick March Florence Eldridge.mp3
    19. Lux 400122 Bachelor Mother Ginger Rogers Fredric March.mp3
    20. Lux 420420 One Foot In Heaven Fredric March Martha Scott.mp3
    21. Nbc Short Story Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde.mp3
    22. Nbc Star Playhouse 531227 13 Alice In Wonderland.mp3
    23. On Stage 530702 26 Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere.mp3
    24. Radio Hall Of Fame 440213 011 Jane Eyre.mp3
    25. Screen Guild Theater 440731 205 Good Fairy.mp3
    26. Sdp 490417 015 Best Years Of Our Lives Dana Andrews.mp3
    27. Sdp 490529 Trade Winds Fredric March Lurene Tuttle.mp3
    28. Silver Theater 381002 014 Stronger Than Steel.mp3
    29. Soldiers In Greasepaint 431125 Soldiers In Greasepaint.mp3
    30. Suspense 440824 Actorsblood Fredricmarch.mp3
    31. Suspense 480909 Big Shot.mp3
    32. Suspense 490526 Night Reveals.mp3
    33. This Is War 19420228 03 Your Navy.mp3
    34. Tsp 009 Walter Huston Fredric March.mp3
    35. Tsp 012 Fredric March.mp3
    36. Tsp 016 Fredric March Janet Gaynor.mp3
    37. Tsp 018 Fredric March Frank Parker.mp3
    38. Tsp 208 This Is America Eleanor Roosevelt Fredric March.mp3
    39. Un Story Crossroads Fredric March.mp3
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    38 recordings on 25 Audio CDs. Total playtime 21 hours, 13 min
    38 recordings on 25 Audio CDs
    total playtime 21 hours, 13 min

    Fredric March Disc A001

    1. Nbc Short Story Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
    2. This Is War 19420228 03 Your Navy

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    Fredric March Disc A002

    1. Tsp 009 Walter Huston Fredric March
    2. Tsp 012 Fredric March
    3. Tsp 016 Fredric March Janet Gaynor
    4. Tsp 018 Fredric March Frank Parker

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    Fredric March Disc A003

    1. Tsp 208 This Is America Eleanor Roosevelt Fredric March
    2. Un Story Crossroads Fredric March

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    Fredric March Disc A004

    1. Hollywood Hotel 370430 134 Star Is Born

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    Fredric March Disc A005

    1. Lux 370531 Plainsman Fredrick March Jean Arthur

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    Fredric March Disc A006

    1. Lux 370920 Outsider Fredrick March Florence Eldridge

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    Fredric March Disc A007

    1. Silver Theater 381002 014 Stronger Than Steel

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    Fredric March Disc A008

    1. Lux 400122 Bachelor Mother Ginger Rogers Fredric March

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    Fredric March Disc A009

    1. Forecast 400715 Gentleman From Indiana

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    Fredric March Disc A010

    1. Great Plays 410216 Cyrano De Bergerac

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    Fredric March Disc A011

    1. Cavalcade Of America 411103 One Foot In Heaven
    2. Jack Benny Program 411130 423 Dr Jekyl And Mr Hyde Part One

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    Fredric March Disc A012

    1. Lux 420420 One Foot In Heaven Fredric March Martha Scott

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    Fredric March Disc A013

    1. Cavalcade Of America 430412 Lengthening Shadow
    2. Soldiers In Greasepaint 431125 Soldiers In Greasepaint

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    Fredric March Disc A014

    1. Radio Hall Of Fame 440213 011 Jane Eyre

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    Fredric March Disc A015

    1. Columbia Presents Corwin 440530 Untitled
    2. Screen Guild Theater 440731 205 Good Fairy

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    Fredric March Disc A016

    1. Suspense 440824 Actorsblood Fredricmarch
    2. Command Performance 440909 G.Marx G.Dehaven F.Morgan

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    Fredric March Disc A017

    1. Liberation 441123 Stars Fredrick March

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    Fredric March Disc A018

    1. Barretts Of Wimpole Street 470909

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    Fredric March Disc A019

    1. Suspense 480909 Big Shot
    2. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490107 15 Citadel

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    Fredric March Disc A020

    1. Sdp 490417 015 Best Years Of Our Lives Dana Andrews
    2. Suspense 490526 Night Reveals

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    Fredric March Disc A021

    1. Sdp 490529 Trade Winds Fredric March Lurene Tuttle
    2. Bill Stern 500728 560 Fredric March Subs

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    Fredric March Disc A022

    1. Best Plays 530125 29 There Shall Be No Night

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    Fredric March Disc A023

    1. On Stage 530702 26 Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere
    2. General Electric Theater 530924 12 Enchanted Cottage

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    Fredric March Disc A024

    1. Nbc Star Playhouse 531227 13 Alice In Wonderland

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    Fredric March Disc A025

    1. Abraham Lincoln Celebration 590212 C.Sandburg F.March

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