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Joan Bennett Collection

With her first appearance in film at the age of six, Joan Bennett moved to Hollywood to star in 1929 Bulldog Drummond.

35 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 22 hours, 27 min)
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Joan Bennett

Joan Bennett's star seemed to be on the rise from the day she was born, even if that star had to wait before it could shine brighter than her older sister's. The Bennett girls were born to silent film star Richard Bennett and stage actress Adrienne Morrison. Constance, Barbara and Joan would all go into film. In fact, their first appearance would be when Joan was only six in The Valley of Decision(1916), a silent drama which Richard had written for his wife.

Joan BennettConstance began making silent films in New York before Samuel Goldwyn coaxed her into moving to Hollywood in 1924. Joan appeared on Broadway with her father before she moving to Tinseltown to star with Ronald Colman in Bulldog Drummond (1929), Colman's first talkie.

With her innocent blonde good looks, Joan seemed an ideal ingenue, but her sister Constance tended to get better roles in the early 1930s. As Katherine Hepburn's little sister in Little Women (1933), she caught the eye of producer Walter Wagner, who began managing her increasingly successful career.

A film which made hardly a blip in Joan Bennett's storied career but is of great interest to old time radio fans was 1938's Artists and Models Abroad. The film was a follow-up to Jack Benny's Artists & Models(1937). Jack's popularity on the radio had won him a number of film roles, but Joan happened to be a terrific sport about Jack lampooning their relationship on the air. She was even a guest on The Jello Program during the film's production.

It would also be the last time the world saw Joan as a blonde. Wanger and director Tay Garnett convinced Joan to go brunette for Trade Winds(1938). The new look was drastic enough to change Joan's attitude and Hollywood's attitude toward her. Although the dye job was part of the plot, Joan quipped "everybody liked me in dark hair so I turned my hair dark and got much better parts."

The new hair color caught David O. Selznick's attention, and the producer asked Joan to test for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Although she did not get the role, she was among the final four to be considered, along with Jean Arthur, Paulette Goddard and Vivian Leigh.

In 1940, Joan married her agent Walt Wanger. Her newly darkened locks gave Joan such a femme fatale look that she began to get parts in film noir thrillers, beginning with Man Hunt (1941). She also starred with Edward G. Robinson in The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945).

Joan BennettJoan got to show her comedic talents in Father of the Bride (1950) and the sequel Father's Little Dividend (1951), with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor (Taylor and Joan shared February 27 birthdays).

Talent agent Jennings Lang, one time VP of the Sam Jaffe agency, had taken over management of Joan's career. Her producer husband, Walter Wanger, had a reputation as a womanizer, and their marriage had been rocky for some time. It was whispered around Hollywood that Joan and Jennings were having a weekly rendezvous at an apartment which belonged to an associate of Lang's.

Wanger, whose career had hit a slump while his wife's was taking off, shot Lang while he was leaning on the door of Joan's Cadillac. Although Lang survived the encounter and Wanger served time at the Castaic County Honor Farm (after pleading a "temporary insanity" defense), the scandal effectively derailed Joan's movie career. (After his release, Wanger would go on to produce Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1956) and I Want To Live!(1958).)

For the sake of their children, Joan and Walter did not divorce until 1965. She found work on stage and TV, including the lead in the supernatural TV soap opera Dark Shadow.

In addition to the fun she had with Jack Benny spoofing their relationship in the 1930's, Joan appeared in a number of radio productions in support of her movie roles over the years, including the Lux Radio Theateradaptations of Kid Galahad, Trade Winds, Woman in the Window and several others. Along with the laughs she shared with Jack, she also appeared as herself on Duffy's Tavern. The producers of Suspense took advantage of her reputation as a femme fatale in "Overture in Two Keys".

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6310 Hollywood Blvd honors Joan Bennett's work in Motion Pictures. Sister Constance Bennett has a Star nearby at 6250 Hollywood Blvd, although Joan's Star tends to get more visitors and recognition.

Joan Bennett

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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 22 hours, 27 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 22 hours 27 minutes
      1. Calv 510424 697 No Doll Was Abigail.mp3
      2. Democratic National Comittee Program 441106.mp3
      3. Duffys Tavern 461218 226 Raffle With Joan Bennett.mp3
      4. Duffys Tavern 510126 Actors Club Meeting Vincent Price.mp3
      5. Everything For Boys 440328 11 An Ostrich Bed Broken Glass.mp3
      6. Ford Th 481015 41 Double Indemnity.mp3
      7. Gunsmoke 581228 Choice.mp3
      8. Gunsmoke 590111 353 Wolfer.mp3
      9. Hollywood Star Time 461123 25 Scandal In Paris.mp3
      10. Jack Benny 380612 301 Artists And Models Abroad.mp3
      11. Jack Benny 420308 437 From San Diego Marine Base.mp3
      12. Kraft 411023 There Be Some Changes.mp3
      13. Lux 381219 198 Kid Galahad.mp3
      14. Lux 390703 226 Bordertown.mp3
      15. Lux 400304 253 Trade Winds.mp3
      16. Lux 401111 281 Nothing Sacred.mp3
      17. Lux 410407 302 Standin.mp3
      18. Lux 430111 378 She Knew All Answers.mp3
      19. Lux 441211 E462 Casanova Brown.mp3
      20. Lux 450625 489 Woman In Window.mp3
      21. Magic Key, 360209 018 Thirteen Hours By Air.mp3
      22. Mgm Theatre Of Air 510406 Love Is Headache.mp3
      23. Ogct 450506 Ep27 Hired Wife.mp3
      24. Over Here 430109 Groucho Marx Jane Froman Copy.mp3
      25. Romance 451218 135 One Way Passage.mp3
      26. Screen Guild 401208 064 Torrid Zone.mp3
      27. Screen Guild Theater 390409 014 Variety Review 5.mp3
      28. Screen Guild Theater 421214 122 Mr. And Mrs. Smith.mp3
      29. Suspense 470116 228 Overture In Two Keys.mp3
      30. Suspense 500504 383 Statement Of Mary Blake.mp3
      31. Suspense 581012 772 Treasure Chest Of Don Jose.mp3
      32. Suspense 590201 788 Return To Dust.mp3
      33. The Screen Guild Theater 400107 038 Petrified Forest.mp3
      34. Which Is Which 450124 Phil Silvers, Judy Canova.mp3
      35. Ytjd 590322 631 Lake Mead Mystery Matter.mp3
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    total playtime 22 hours, 27 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 22 hours 27 minutes
      1. Calv 510424 697 No Doll Was Abigail.mp3
      2. Democratic National Comittee Program 441106.mp3
      3. Duffys Tavern 461218 226 Raffle With Joan Bennett.mp3
      4. Duffys Tavern 510126 Actors Club Meeting Vincent Price.mp3
      5. Everything For Boys 440328 11 An Ostrich Bed Broken Glass.mp3
      6. Ford Th 481015 41 Double Indemnity.mp3
      7. Gunsmoke 581228 Choice.mp3
      8. Gunsmoke 590111 353 Wolfer.mp3
      9. Hollywood Star Time 461123 25 Scandal In Paris.mp3
      10. Jack Benny 380612 301 Artists And Models Abroad.mp3
      11. Jack Benny 420308 437 From San Diego Marine Base.mp3
      12. Kraft 411023 There Be Some Changes.mp3
      13. Lux 381219 198 Kid Galahad.mp3
      14. Lux 390703 226 Bordertown.mp3
      15. Lux 400304 253 Trade Winds.mp3
      16. Lux 401111 281 Nothing Sacred.mp3
      17. Lux 410407 302 Standin.mp3
      18. Lux 430111 378 She Knew All Answers.mp3
      19. Lux 441211 E462 Casanova Brown.mp3
      20. Lux 450625 489 Woman In Window.mp3
      21. Magic Key, 360209 018 Thirteen Hours By Air.mp3
      22. Mgm Theatre Of Air 510406 Love Is Headache.mp3
      23. Ogct 450506 Ep27 Hired Wife.mp3
      24. Over Here 430109 Groucho Marx Jane Froman Copy.mp3
      25. Romance 451218 135 One Way Passage.mp3
      26. Screen Guild 401208 064 Torrid Zone.mp3
      27. Screen Guild Theater 390409 014 Variety Review 5.mp3
      28. Screen Guild Theater 421214 122 Mr. And Mrs. Smith.mp3
      29. Suspense 470116 228 Overture In Two Keys.mp3
      30. Suspense 500504 383 Statement Of Mary Blake.mp3
      31. Suspense 581012 772 Treasure Chest Of Don Jose.mp3
      32. Suspense 590201 788 Return To Dust.mp3
      33. The Screen Guild Theater 400107 038 Petrified Forest.mp3
      34. Which Is Which 450124 Phil Silvers, Judy Canova.mp3
      35. Ytjd 590322 631 Lake Mead Mystery Matter.mp3
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    35 recordings on 26 Audio CDs
    total playtime 22 hours, 27 min

    Joan Bennett Disc A001

    1. Magic Key, 360209 018 Thirteen Hours By Air

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    Joan Bennett Disc A002

    1. Jack Benny 380612 301 Artists And Models Abroad

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    Joan Bennett Disc A003

    1. Lux 381219 198 Kid Galahad

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    Joan Bennett Disc A004

    1. Screen Guild Theater 390409 014 Variety Review 5

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    Joan Bennett Disc A005

    1. Lux 390703 226 Bordertown

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    Joan Bennett Disc A006

    1. The Screen Guild Theater 400107 038 Petrified Forest

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    Joan Bennett Disc A007

    1. Lux 400304 253 Trade Winds

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    Joan Bennett Disc A008

    1. Lux 401111 281 Nothing Sacred

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    Joan Bennett Disc A009

    1. Screen Guild 401208 064 Torrid Zone

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    Joan Bennett Disc A010

    1. Lux 410407 302 Standin

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    Joan Bennett Disc A011

    1. Kraft 411023 There Be Some Changes

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    Joan Bennett Disc A012

    1. Jack Benny 420308 437 From San Diego Marine Base
    2. Screen Guild Theater 421214 122 Mr. And Mrs. Smith

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    Joan Bennett Disc A013

    1. Over Here 430109 Groucho Marx Jane Froman Copy

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    Joan Bennett Disc A014

    1. Lux 430111 378 She Knew All Answers

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    Joan Bennett Disc A015

    1. Everything For Boys 440328 11 An Ostrich Bed Broken Glass

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    Joan Bennett Disc A016

    1. Democratic National Comittee Program 441106

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    Joan Bennett Disc A017

    1. Lux 441211 E462 Casanova Brown

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    Joan Bennett Disc A018

    1. Which Is Which 450124 Phil Silvers, Judy Canova
    2. Ogct 450506 Ep27 Hired Wife

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    Joan Bennett Disc A019

    1. Lux 450625 489 Woman In Window

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    Joan Bennett Disc A020

    1. Romance 451218 135 One Way Passage
    2. Hollywood Star Time 461123 25 Scandal In Paris

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    Joan Bennett Disc A021

    1. Duffys Tavern 461218 226 Raffle With Joan Bennett
    2. Suspense 470116 228 Overture In Two Keys

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    Joan Bennett Disc A022

    1. Ford Th 481015 41 Double Indemnity

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    Joan Bennett Disc A023

    1. Suspense 500504 383 Statement Of Mary Blake
    2. Duffys Tavern 510126 Actors Club Meeting Vincent Price

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    Joan Bennett Disc A024

    1. Mgm Theatre Of Air 510406 Love Is Headache

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    Joan Bennett Disc A025

    1. Calv 510424 697 No Doll Was Abigail
    2. Suspense 581012 772 Treasure Chest Of Don Jose
    3. Gunsmoke 581228 Choice

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    Joan Bennett Disc A026

    1. Gunsmoke 590111 353 Wolfer
    2. Suspense 590201 788 Return To Dust
    3. Ytjd 590322 631 Lake Mead Mystery Matter

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