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Josephine Hutchinson Collection

Making her film debut at the age of 13, Josephine Hutchinson made her mark on the silver screen.

11 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 10 hours, 16 min)
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"Lux Radio: Life Of Emile Zola"



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Josephine HutchinsonA career which is touched by scandal can also be a part of a happy life. The secret, perhaps, is to continue to do good work and allow oneself to enjoy circumstances as they come.

Josephine Hutchinson, born in Seattle, Washington, 1903, was the daughter of an ambitious actress, Leona Roberts, who apparently left her husband, Capt. Charles Hutchinson of Seattle, to pursue her own acting career. Leona was friends with Douglas Fairbanks Sr, who helped Josephine to get a small part in Mary Pickford's The Little Princess (1917). Afterwards, Josephine studied at Seattle's Cornish School of Music and Drama for three years and made her stage debut as a dancer in the Seattle Metropolitan Theatre's 1920 production of The Little Mermaid.

In the early Twenties, Ms. Hutchinson struck out for New York and Washington DC, where she met and married theatrical director Robert W. Bell (grandson of Alexander Graham Bell) in 1924. In 1926, she met and was hired by the leader of the Civic Repertory Theater, Eva Le Gallienne. Josephine's mother was already a part of the company, and Le Gallienne was reputed as one of the best acting teachers in the country. It was soon obvious that Le Gallienne's interest in Josephine went beyond her acting prowess and she soon drew her into her "sewing circle", a euphemism employed by one of Eva's former lovers to describe open secret backstage lesbian affairs between actresses. Bell reportedly remained friendly with Josephine, but they separated in 1928 and he granted her a divorce in 1930.

Josephine Hutchinson

At the time of her divorce, Josephine was outed by the press as " Eva Le Gallienne's shadow", a euphemism of the time for a lesbian lover. Although Josephine was living in Le Gallienne's apartment, Eva still sought other lovers. Josephine won glowing reviews starring in Le Gallienne's production of Alice in Wonderland and was only too happy to accept a screen test and contract from Warner Bros in 1934. She also married her agent, James Townsend, with whom she stayed until his death in 1970.

Hutchinson's debut with Warner's was in Happiness Ahead (1934) and she made the cover of Film Weekly magazine on August 23, 1935. She co-starred with Paul Muni in The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) but her most memorable role was at Universal as Elsa Frankenstein in The Son of Frankenstein (1939) starring Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff. It would be Karloff's last time playing the Monster and he and Josephine became lifetime friends. However, about this time starring roles for Ms. Hutchinson began drying up so she began using her extensive training as a drama coach at Columbia Pictures. That training was also put to use on the radio, and she became part of the acting company on Lux Radio Theater and The Chase and Sanborn Hour.

During the Seventies, Josephine had a recurring role on CBS's The Waltons as Mamie Baldwin, one of a pair of spinster bootlegging sisters who innocently sold their Pappy's "Recipe".  After James Townsend passed away, Josephine married Staats Cosworth in 1972, whom she had worked with in Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory company, until his death in 1979. Josephine Hutchinson died at the Florence Nightingale Nursing Home in Manhattan on June 4, 1998, at the age of 94.

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    total playtime 10 hours, 16 min
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      11 shows - total playtime 10 hours 16 minutes
      1. Chase Sanborn Hour 370530 04 Josephine Hutchinson.mp3
      2. Chase Sanborn Hour 390806 Mischa Auer Josephine Hutchinson.mp3
      3. Lux Radio Theater 370405 127 Farewell To Arms.mp3
      4. Lux Radio Theater 370628 139 Front Page.mp3
      5. Lux Radio Theater 390206 205 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
      6. Lux Radio Theater 390508 218 Life Of Emile Zola.mp3
      7. Lux Radio Theater 391113 237 Champ.mp3
      8. Lux Radio Theater 400311 254 My Son My Son.mp3
      9. Lux Radio Theater 420629 358 Champ Repeat.mp3
      10. Lux Radio Theater 420713 360 Hm Pulham Esq.mp3
      11. Screen Guild Theater 390305 Bridge Of Mercy.mp3
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    11 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      11 shows - total playtime 10 hours 16 minutes
      1. Chase Sanborn Hour 370530 04 Josephine Hutchinson.mp3
      2. Chase Sanborn Hour 390806 Mischa Auer Josephine Hutchinson.mp3
      3. Lux Radio Theater 370405 127 Farewell To Arms.mp3
      4. Lux Radio Theater 370628 139 Front Page.mp3
      5. Lux Radio Theater 390206 205 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
      6. Lux Radio Theater 390508 218 Life Of Emile Zola.mp3
      7. Lux Radio Theater 391113 237 Champ.mp3
      8. Lux Radio Theater 400311 254 My Son My Son.mp3
      9. Lux Radio Theater 420629 358 Champ Repeat.mp3
      10. Lux Radio Theater 420713 360 Hm Pulham Esq.mp3
      11. Screen Guild Theater 390305 Bridge Of Mercy.mp3
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    11 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 16 min

    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A001

    1. Lux Radio Theater 370405 127 Farewell To Arms

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A002

    1. Chase Sanborn Hour 370530 04 Josephine Hutchinson

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A003

    1. Lux Radio Theater 370628 139 Front Page

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A004

    1. Lux Radio Theater 390206 205 Count Of Monte Cristo

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A005

    1. Screen Guild Theater 390305 Bridge Of Mercy

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A006

    1. Lux Radio Theater 390508 218 Life Of Emile Zola

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A007

    1. Chase Sanborn Hour 390806 Mischa Auer Josephine Hutchinson

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A008

    1. Lux Radio Theater 391113 237 Champ

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A009

    1. Lux Radio Theater 400311 254 My Son My Son

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A010

    1. Lux Radio Theater 420629 358 Champ Repeat

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    Josephine Hutchinson Disc A011

    1. Lux Radio Theater 420713 360 Hm Pulham Esq

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