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Loretta Young Collection

Loretta’s career began as a child actress during the Silent Picture era and remained strong until the Fifties when she left film to make a strong presence in television. Update: additional broadcasts

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Loretta YoungHollywood has been in the business of perpetuating fantasy since the first director hollered “Cut! Print it!” at the end of a take. Movies are supposed to be fantasy, for the audience a movie is a chance to escape from their everyday reality. This is good business, it sells a lot of tickets. The tragedy is the idea that the fantasy had to be maintained even when the cameras stopped rolling.

Movies are fantasies, but they are made by real people with real lives, real relationships, real problems and real faults. The studio bosses believed that if too much of this truth was revealed to the general public, the public would stop buying tickets and the whole system would collapse. Better to keep the public from realizing that the people they saw on the screen could have any faults, so strict moral codes were devised and enforced for not only movies but the people who made them.

The characters played by screen diva Loretta Young have been described as “Sweet, Sweeter, and Sweetest.” Loretta’s career began as a child actress during the Silent Picture era and remained strong until the Fifties when she left film to make a strong presence in television. For all her box office magic and image, Loretta Young was touched by scandal. However, because of the power of the Studio’s morality codes, the true extent and pain of the scandal would not come to light for decades, leaving a legacy of unresolved hurt and guilt.

Born on January 6, 1913, in Salt Lake City, Gretchen Michaela Young was the prettiest of Gladys and John Earle Young’s daughters. Even three beautiful daughters is not always enough to make an unhappy marriage work. Gretchen was two, Gladys left John and took the girls with her to California.

At the age of 3, she played a small role as a fairy in The Primrose Ring and laughed as she was tied to a pulley to emulated flying.  She enchanted silent movie queen Mae Murray who was also in the film and Murray offered to adopt the young Gretchen.  Her mother declined (at first) but entered her young daughters (Polly Ann Young, and Elizabeth Jane Young later to be known as Sally Blane) into small roles in film and the family saved enough to buy a boarding house and then an apartment complex.

Loretta YoungThe Young girls, Polly Ann, Elizabeth Jane, and Gretchen, were enrolled in parochial schools and worked as child actors and extras in movies, as well as helping out at the boarding house. All of the girls enjoyed the glamor of the studios. As the prettiest and most popular, Gretchen was also the most ambitious and found the most success.

At the age of 14, she was signed to talent agent John McCormick, whose wife Coleen Moore gave her the name Loretta (after a favorite doll). In 1928, Loretta co-starred with Lon Chaney in the silent Laugh, Clown, Laugh, but in 1930 at the age of 17 she shocked everyone by eloping to Yuma, Arizona, with 26-year-old Grant Withers. The marriage was annulled the next year, just as the couple’s picture was released, ironically titled Too Young to Marry.

In 1935, Loretta co-starred with Clark Gable in The Call of the Wild. Despite the temptations of the Hollywood lifestyle and her ill-advised marriage, Loretta remained a devout Catholic. However, she was also hungry for affection and notoriously flirtatious.  She had just ended an affair with Spencer Tracy. The cast and crew of Call of the Wild set out into the wilderness near Washington’s Mt. Baker, normally a three-hour drive from Seattle, only to find themselves marooned for eight days by a blizzard. Loretta and Clark spent the time intensifying their flirtations, and director William Wyler later complained of “monkey business”. Loretta insisted that nothing was wrong so long as “a certain line” wasn’t crossed.

Loretta YoungHowever, after the shoot was completed, Loretta realized she was pregnant. Gable was married to his second wife at the time, and the morals clauses in their contracts would have meant the end for both their careers if word got out. Loretta and her mother left for an extended “vacation” in Europe before quietly returning to Los Angeles for the birth. When Judy was born, Loretta sent Gable a telegram which he allegedly ripped to shreds. Gladys took the baby girl to an orphanage some months later where she would be “adopted” by her “new” mother. In 1940, Loretta married producer Tom Lewis and Judy was raised as Judy Lewis, although Tom never adopted her.

Loretta Young was very prolific and made as many as nine movies a year starring with big name actors.  In 1935, she made the film The Call of the Wild with Clark Gable, the two had an affair and a secret lovechild.  She won an Oscar in 1947 for her performance in The Farmer's Daughter.  She also starred in The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant and Mother is a Freshman with Rudy Vallee.  She moved her career to television and hosted The Loretta Young Show donning extravagant evening dresses and spinning into the room.

Loretta Young went on to win Best Actress for The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) and appeared with Cary Grant and David Niven in the Christmas favorite, The Bishop’s Wife (1947). She hosted and starred in the very successful TV anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The New Loretta Young Show, repackaged as a drama/situation comedy, aired on CBS during the 62-63 season. This was the first time Loretta appeared as a recurring character, and the show did not do well, largely because it shared its late Monday time-slot with ABC’s Ben Casey. It was not renewed for a second season.

This collection encompasses many of her radio appearances including the many productions of Lux Radio Theater in which she appeared and Sealtest Variety Hour.

Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame have been dedicated to honor Loretta Young, one at 6135 Hollywood Blvd for her work in Television and the other at 6100 Hollywood Blvd for contributions to Motion Pictures.



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    69 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 44 hours, 30 min
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    Volume 1 - 38 shows - total playtime 23 hours 4 minutes
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    1. Burns And Allen 431123 13 Secret Lover Of Loretta Young.mp3
    2. Campbell Playhouse 400114 45 Theadora Goes Wild.mp3
    3. Cavalcade Of America 401002 LostColony.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 451015 Children This Is Your Father.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 501031 Whither Thou Goest.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 520115 Port Of Missing Men.mp3
    7. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391126 134 Loretta Young.mp3
    8. Command Performance 420623 019 Loretta Young, Phil Silvers.mp3
    9. Command Performance 440219 107 Loretta Young, Connie Boswell.mp3
    10. Command Performance 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
    11. Eftb 440516 18 Blithe Spirit.mp3
    12. Family Theater 470213 Flight From Home.mp3
    13. Forecast 400729 05 Angel.mp3
    14. Ft 480304 056 Dear Mr American.mp3
    15. Ft 491012 139 Happy Prince.mp3
    16. Ft 491221 149 Littlest Angel.mp3
    17. Ft 501227 201 Littlest Angel.mp3
    18. Ft 510214 207 Treasury Of Holmes.mp3
    19. Ft 511024 242 Talk About Weather.mp3
    20. Ft 520213 257 Heritage Of Home.mp3
    21. Ft 521119 294 Just For Tonight.mp3
    22. Ft 530218 306 Heritage Of Home.mp3
    23. Ft 530701 325 Longest Hour.mp3
    24. Ft 540203 356 Man Who Bought Phone Company.mp3
    25. Ft 541027 393 Hound Of Heaven.mp3
    26. Ft 570213 508 Treasury Of Holmes.mp3
    27. Guest Star 530426 0318 Headliner.mp3
    28. Hallmark Playhouse 490331 043 Immortal Wife.mp3
    29. Hedda Hopper Show 510121 Fernando Lamas.mp3
    30. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million.mp3
    31. Hour Of St. Francis Hope For World.mp3
    32. Jack Benny 430418 478 Jack Opens Swimming Pool For Season.mp3
    33. Lux Radio Theater 361130 109 Polly Of Circus.mp3
    34. Lux Radio Theater 380516 176 Girl From Tenth Avenue.mp3
    35. Lux Radio Theater 390327 212 Mans Castle.mp3
    36. Lux Radio Theater 391030 235 Old Maid.mp3
    37. Lux Radio Theater 400513 263 True Confessions.mp3
    38. Lux Radio Theater 401125 283 Jezebel.mp3
    Volume 2 - 31 shows - total playtime 21 hours 25 minutes
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    1. Lux Radio Theater 410616 312 Lady From Cheyenne.mp3
    2. Lux Radio Theater 420302 341 Great Lie.mp3
    3. Lux Radio Theater 421214 374 Algiers.mp3
    4. Lux Radio Theater 430614 400 Philadelphia Story.mp3
    5. Lux Radio Theater 431122 415 China.mp3
    6. Lux Radio Theater 440605 442 Jane Eyre.mp3
    7. Lux Radio Theater 450226 472 Bedtime Story.mp3
    8. Lux Radio Theater 450521 484 And Now Tomorrow.mp3
    9. Lux Radio Theater 450917 493 Christmas Holiday.mp3
    10. Lux Radio Theater 460422 524 Love Letters.mp3
    11. Lux Radio Theater 460909 536 Barretts Of Winpole Street.mp3
    12. Lux Radio Theater 480105 597 Farmers Daughter.mp3
    13. Lux Radio Theater 491017 672 Mother Was Freshman.mp3
    14. Lux Radio Theater 520324 783 Come To Stable.mp3
    15. Rudy Vallee Philip Morris 461224 16 Santa Claus Is Coming.mp3
    16. Screen Directors Playhouse 490320 011 Perfect Marraige.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 390115 Miss Brown Of Worcester.mp3
    18. Screen Guild Theater 391105 029 Going My Way.mp3
    19. Screen Guild Theater 401117 Star Is Born.mp3
    20. Screen Guild Theater 420215 104 Libertys Lady.mp3
    21. Screen Guild Theater 430628 150 Remember Day.mp3
    22. Screen Guild Theater 431206 173 Only Yesterday.mp3
    23. Screen Guild Theater 441113 219 Holiday.mp3
    24. Screen Guild Theater 460121 Suspicion.mp3
    25. Screen Guild Theater 461202 Love Letters.mp3
    26. Screen Guild Theater 480301 Bishops Wife.mp3
    27. Screen Guild Theater 481118 401 Rebecca.mp3
    28. Silver Theater 390205 032 It Maybe Forever.mp3
    29. Suspense 500302 Lady Killer.mp3
    30. Theater Of Romance 450925 Hired Wife.mp3
    31. Vox Pop 420112 402 Army Air Corps Cadets, Randolph Field TX.mp3
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    69 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 44 hours, 30 min
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    Volume 1 - 38 shows - total playtime 23 hours 4 minutes
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    1. Burns And Allen 431123 13 Secret Lover Of Loretta Young.mp3
    2. Campbell Playhouse 400114 45 Theadora Goes Wild.mp3
    3. Cavalcade Of America 401002 LostColony.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 451015 Children This Is Your Father.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 501031 Whither Thou Goest.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 520115 Port Of Missing Men.mp3
    7. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391126 134 Loretta Young.mp3
    8. Command Performance 420623 019 Loretta Young, Phil Silvers.mp3
    9. Command Performance 440219 107 Loretta Young, Connie Boswell.mp3
    10. Command Performance 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
    11. Eftb 440516 18 Blithe Spirit.mp3
    12. Family Theater 470213 Flight From Home.mp3
    13. Forecast 400729 05 Angel.mp3
    14. Ft 480304 056 Dear Mr American.mp3
    15. Ft 491012 139 Happy Prince.mp3
    16. Ft 491221 149 Littlest Angel.mp3
    17. Ft 501227 201 Littlest Angel.mp3
    18. Ft 510214 207 Treasury Of Holmes.mp3
    19. Ft 511024 242 Talk About Weather.mp3
    20. Ft 520213 257 Heritage Of Home.mp3
    21. Ft 521119 294 Just For Tonight.mp3
    22. Ft 530218 306 Heritage Of Home.mp3
    23. Ft 530701 325 Longest Hour.mp3
    24. Ft 540203 356 Man Who Bought Phone Company.mp3
    25. Ft 541027 393 Hound Of Heaven.mp3
    26. Ft 570213 508 Treasury Of Holmes.mp3
    27. Guest Star 530426 0318 Headliner.mp3
    28. Hallmark Playhouse 490331 043 Immortal Wife.mp3
    29. Hedda Hopper Show 510121 Fernando Lamas.mp3
    30. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million.mp3
    31. Hour Of St. Francis Hope For World.mp3
    32. Jack Benny 430418 478 Jack Opens Swimming Pool For Season.mp3
    33. Lux Radio Theater 361130 109 Polly Of Circus.mp3
    34. Lux Radio Theater 380516 176 Girl From Tenth Avenue.mp3
    35. Lux Radio Theater 390327 212 Mans Castle.mp3
    36. Lux Radio Theater 391030 235 Old Maid.mp3
    37. Lux Radio Theater 400513 263 True Confessions.mp3
    38. Lux Radio Theater 401125 283 Jezebel.mp3
    Volume 2 - 31 shows - total playtime 21 hours 25 minutes
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    1. Lux Radio Theater 410616 312 Lady From Cheyenne.mp3
    2. Lux Radio Theater 420302 341 Great Lie.mp3
    3. Lux Radio Theater 421214 374 Algiers.mp3
    4. Lux Radio Theater 430614 400 Philadelphia Story.mp3
    5. Lux Radio Theater 431122 415 China.mp3
    6. Lux Radio Theater 440605 442 Jane Eyre.mp3
    7. Lux Radio Theater 450226 472 Bedtime Story.mp3
    8. Lux Radio Theater 450521 484 And Now Tomorrow.mp3
    9. Lux Radio Theater 450917 493 Christmas Holiday.mp3
    10. Lux Radio Theater 460422 524 Love Letters.mp3
    11. Lux Radio Theater 460909 536 Barretts Of Winpole Street.mp3
    12. Lux Radio Theater 480105 597 Farmers Daughter.mp3
    13. Lux Radio Theater 491017 672 Mother Was Freshman.mp3
    14. Lux Radio Theater 520324 783 Come To Stable.mp3
    15. Rudy Vallee Philip Morris 461224 16 Santa Claus Is Coming.mp3
    16. Screen Directors Playhouse 490320 011 Perfect Marraige.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 390115 Miss Brown Of Worcester.mp3
    18. Screen Guild Theater 391105 029 Going My Way.mp3
    19. Screen Guild Theater 401117 Star Is Born.mp3
    20. Screen Guild Theater 420215 104 Libertys Lady.mp3
    21. Screen Guild Theater 430628 150 Remember Day.mp3
    22. Screen Guild Theater 431206 173 Only Yesterday.mp3
    23. Screen Guild Theater 441113 219 Holiday.mp3
    24. Screen Guild Theater 460121 Suspicion.mp3
    25. Screen Guild Theater 461202 Love Letters.mp3
    26. Screen Guild Theater 480301 Bishops Wife.mp3
    27. Screen Guild Theater 481118 401 Rebecca.mp3
    28. Silver Theater 390205 032 It Maybe Forever.mp3
    29. Suspense 500302 Lady Killer.mp3
    30. Theater Of Romance 450925 Hired Wife.mp3
    31. Vox Pop 420112 402 Army Air Corps Cadets, Randolph Field TX.mp3
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    69 recordings on 50 Audio CDs
    total playtime 42 hours, 51 min

    Disc A001

    1. Hour Of St. Francis Hope For World

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    Disc A002

    1. Lux Radio Theater 361130 109 Polly Of Circus

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    Disc A003

    1. Hollywood Hotel 361218 One In Million

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    Disc A004

    1. Lux Radio Theater 380516 176 Girl From Tenth Avenue

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    Disc A005

    1. Screen Guild Theater 390115 Miss Brown Of Worcester
    2. Silver Theater 390205 032 It Maybe Forever

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    Disc A006

    1. Lux Radio Theater 390327 212 Mans Castle

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    Disc A007

    1. Lux Radio Theater 391030 235 Old Maid

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    Disc A008

    1. Screen Guild Theater 391105 029 Going My Way

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    Disc A009

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391126 134 Loretta Young

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    Disc A010

    1. Campbell Playhouse 400114 45 Theadora Goes Wild

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    Disc A011

    1. Lux Radio Theater 400513 263 True Confessions

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    Disc A012

    1. Forecast 400729 05 Angel
    2. Cavalcade Of America 401002 LostColony

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    Disc A013

    1. Screen Guild Theater 401117 Star Is Born

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    Disc A014

    1. Lux Radio Theater 401125 283 Jezebel

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    Disc A015

    1. Lux Radio Theater 410616 312 Lady From Cheyenne

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    Disc A016

    1. Vox Pop 420112 402 Army Air Corps Cadets, Randolph Field TX
    2. Screen Guild Theater 420215 104 Libertys Lady

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    Disc A017

    1. Lux Radio Theater 420302 341 Great Lie

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    Disc A018

    1. Command Performance 420623 019 Loretta Young, Phil Silvers

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    Disc A019

    1. Lux Radio Theater 421214 374 Algiers

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    Disc A020

    1. Jack Benny 430418 478 Jack Opens Swimming Pool For Season

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    Disc A021

    1. Lux Radio Theater 430614 400 Philadelphia Story

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    Disc A022

    1. Screen Guild Theater 430628 150 Remember Day

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    Disc A023

    1. Lux Radio Theater 431122 415 China

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    Disc A024

    1. Burns And Allen 431123 13 Secret Lover Of Loretta Young
    2. Screen Guild Theater 431206 173 Only Yesterday

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    Disc A025

    1. Command Performance 440219 107 Loretta Young, Connie Boswell
    2. Eftb 440516 18 Blithe Spirit

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    Disc A026

    1. Lux Radio Theater 440605 442 Jane Eyre

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    Disc A027

    1. Screen Guild Theater 441113 219 Holiday

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    Disc A028

    1. Lux Radio Theater 450226 472 Bedtime Story

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    Disc A029

    1. Lux Radio Theater 450521 484 And Now Tomorrow

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    Disc A030

    1. Lux Radio Theater 450917 493 Christmas Holiday

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    Disc A031

    1. Theater Of Romance 450925 Hired Wife
    2. Cavalcade Of America 451015 Children This Is Your Father

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    Disc A032

    1. Screen Guild Theater 460121 Suspicion

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    Disc A033

    1. Lux Radio Theater 460422 524 Love Letters

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    Disc A034

    1. Lux Radio Theater 460909 536 Barretts Of Winpole Street

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    Disc A035

    1. Screen Guild Theater 461202 Love Letters
    2. Rudy Vallee Philip Morris 461224 16 Santa Claus Is Coming

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    Disc A036

    1. Family Theater 470213 Flight From Home

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    Disc A037

    1. Lux Radio Theater 480105 597 Farmers Daughter

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    Disc A038

    1. Screen Guild Theater 480301 Bishops Wife
    2. Ft 480304 056 Dear Mr American

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    Disc A039

    1. Screen Guild Theater 481118 401 Rebecca
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490320 011 Perfect Marraige

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    Disc A040

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 490331 043 Immortal Wife
    2. Ft 491012 139 Happy Prince

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    Disc A041

    1. Lux Radio Theater 491017 672 Mother Was Freshman

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    Disc A042

    1. Ft 491221 149 Littlest Angel
    2. Suspense 500302 Lady Killer

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    Disc A043

    1. Cavalcade Of America 501031 Whither Thou Goest
    2. Ft 501227 201 Littlest Angel

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    Disc A044

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 510121 Fernando Lamas
    2. Ft 510214 207 Treasury Of Holmes

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    Disc A045

    1. Ft 511024 242 Talk About Weather
    2. Cavalcade Of America 520115 Port Of Missing Men

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    Disc A046

    1. Ft 520213 257 Heritage Of Home

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    Disc A047

    1. Lux Radio Theater 520324 783 Come To Stable

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    Disc A048

    1. Ft 521119 294 Just For Tonight
    2. Ft 530218 306 Heritage Of Home
    3. Guest Star 530426 0318 Headliner

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    Disc A049

    1. Ft 530701 325 Longest Hour
    2. Ft 540203 356 Man Who Bought Phone Company

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    Disc A050

    1. Ft 541027 393 Hound Of Heaven
    2. Ft 570213 508 Treasury Of Holmes

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