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Your Movietown Radio Theater

Every week there was an original story played by Hollywood up-and-comers on Your Movietown Radio Theater. The series featured Hollywood stars and starlets in a variety of 30 minute shows. Tune in each week for a different genre from comedy to drama each with a unique twist.

Movietown Theater

71 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 32 hours, 6 min)
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The kettledrum rolls, the music swells before going nearly silent as our charming host, the great Les Mitchell introduces this weeks' star of Your Movietown Radio Theater. Our Star greets the listening audience and then the broadcast breaks for a word from the local sponsor. After the commercial, Mr. Mitchell calls the action to begin as though he was a stage director, and this week's story, sometimes a light drama, more often a low-key romantic comedy, is beginning.

Jane Wyatt

The key to the program was that local sponsor. Movietown Theater was a production of ZIV Syndications. Fred Ziv, who had trained as a lawyer before getting into the advertising game in his hometown of Cincinnati, hit on a formula which allowed him to produce radio (and later, TV) programs which were every bit as good as what was on the big networks, but he sold them to independent broadcasters.

The genius of this scheme was that once a show was produced, it could be sold several times. ZIV would likely recoup their production costs after pitching the show (often as part of a package) to stations unaffiliated with the major networks in big cities. Once the show's popularity began to wane in these larger markets, it could be repackaged and sold for a smaller amount in medium-sized cities. Some of ZIV's programs would sell for as little as $12 per episode, probably pitching ads for feed stores and filling stations in small towns across the country.

The introduction to Your Movietown Radio Theater sounded as glamorous as the opening night of a Hollywood blockbuster, but the show was relatively low-budget, although very well produced. The Stars were generally Hollywood B-Listers, names that the listening audience would recognize from the movies but could be hired relatively cheaply. During the intro, host Les Mitchell would tease the audience with the question he was going to ask the Star after the play, usually about the actor's current project of something from their personal lives. The scripts were adapted from short fiction, mostly unpublished before being adapted for the radio play.

In one 'memorable' episode, a couple is in the hospital after a car wreck.  The problem is that they both have amnesia and don't remember marrying each other!

Stars who appeared on this series include Jeff Chandler, Eddie Bracken, Eddie Albert, Jane Wyatt, Ginger Rogers, Kirk Douglas, Elliott and Cathy Lewis and many more. Les Mitchell hosted, directed, and produced Your Movietown Radio Theater.  The show featured Hollywood stars and starlets in a variety of 30 minute shows.  Each week features a different genre from comedy to drama each with a unique twist. 

Movietown Theater was broadcast more or less concurrently with ZIV's Favorite Story starring Ronald Colman. Although Favorite garnered better reviews, Movietown was probably the better show because it used original stories rather than adaptations. Both brought a lot of money in for ZIV.

See also Academy Award Theater, Hollywood Star Time, Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players, General Electric Theater, Theater of Romance, Your Movietime Radio Theater, and Skippy Hollywood Theater. See also: Lux Radio South African

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    71 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00. Total playtime 32 hours, 6 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 12 hours 46 minutes
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    1. YMRT 470000 East Goes West.mp3
    2. YMRT 470000 ep47 Please Remember.mp3
    3. YMRT 470000 ep48 Play Game.mp3
    4. YMRT 470000 ep49 Last Affair.mp3
    5. YMRT 470000 ep50 Old And New.mp3
    6. YMRT 470000 ep57 Alias John Smith.mp3
    7. YMRT 470000 Flowers For Millie.mp3
    8. YMRT 470000 Strange Courtship.mp3
    9. YMRT 480000 Clown In Home Stretch.mp3
    10. YMRT 480000 Concerto.mp3
    11. YMRT 480000 ep12 Hold That Memory.mp3
    12. YMRT 480000 ep13 Luck Of Adam.mp3
    13. YMRT 480000 ep21 Little Drops Of Water.mp3
    14. YMRT 480000 ep37 Under Big Top.mp3
    15. YMRT 480000 ep38 Crystal.mp3
    16. YMRT 480000 ep46 Sunday Punch.mp3
    17. YMRT 480000 ep52 Happy Prince.mp3
    18. YMRT 480000 ep53 Account Canceled.mp3
    19. YMRT 480000 Hollywood Agent.mp3
    20. YMRT 480000 I Give You Maggie.mp3
    21. YMRT 480000 Major Engagement.mp3
    22. YMRT 490000 Show Business.mp3
    23. YMRT 510000 01 He Knew What He Wanted.mp3
    24. YMRT 510000 White Carnation.mp3
    25. YMRT 510624 Mulligan Mighty.mp3
    26. YMRT 510701 Scientific Touch.mp3
    27. YMRT 510708 Borrowed Father.mp3
    28. YMRT A Book on Rock Gardening.mp3
    Volume 2 - 43 shows - total playtime 19 hours 20 minutes
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    1. YMRT A Bunch of Keys.mp3
    2. YMRT A Visit From Uncle Harry.mp3
    3. YMRT Best Performance.mp3
    4. YMRT Canada 1947 07 Hold That Memory.mp3
    5. YMRT Canada 1947 08 The Woman Who Was Dead.mp3
    6. YMRT Canada 1947 09 Five Days to London.mp3
    7. YMRT Canada 1947 10 Double Concerto.mp3
    8. YMRT Canada 1947 11 The Scientific Touch.mp3
    9. YMRT Canada 1947 12 Sitting Pretty.mp3
    10. YMRT Canada 1947 15 Strictly Business.mp3
    11. YMRT Canada 1947 16 Goodbye My Love.mp3
    12. YMRT Canada 1947 17 Sugar and the Vinegar.mp3
    13. YMRT Canada 1947 18 Three on a Honeymoon.mp3
    14. YMRT Canada 1947 86 Teddy Battles the Ancients.mp3
    15. YMRT Canada 1947 87 The Next Chapter.mp3
    16. YMRT Canada 1947 88 Night Noises.mp3
    17. YMRT Canada 1947 89 High Polish.mp3
    18. YMRT Coming of Mr Snover.mp3
    19. YMRT ep 13 London Legend.mp3
    20. YMRT ep12 Hold That Memory.mp3
    21. YMRT ep14 Goodbye My Love.mp3
    22. YMRT ep22 Other Side Of Moon.mp3
    23. YMRT ep23 Sound Of Her Voice.mp3
    24. YMRT ep24 A Dime A Dozen.mp3
    25. YMRT ep25 Bachelor And Fox Terrier.mp3
    26. YMRT ep26 Next Chapter.mp3
    27. YMRT ep27 Inventory.mp3
    28. YMRT ep28 Picture These Hands.mp3
    29. YMRT ep29 Detour.mp3
    30. YMRT ep30 High Polish.mp3
    31. YMRT ep31 Rappaccini's Daughter.mp3
    32. YMRT ep32 Truth Pays Off.mp3
    33. YMRT For Good of Show.mp3
    34. YMRT Great Dane.mp3
    35. YMRT Help Wanted-Murderer.mp3
    36. YMRT It's Not Cricket.mp3
    37. YMRT Liar.mp3
    38. YMRT London Legend.mp3
    39. YMRT Most Unusual Pet in World.mp3
    40. YMRT One Third Of My Life.mp3
    41. YMRT Something Special.mp3
    42. YMRT There's Nothing Like A Good Cup Of Coffee.mp3
    43. YMRT Throw Back.mp3
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    71 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00. Total playtime 32 hours, 6 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 12 hours 46 minutes
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    1. YMRT 470000 East Goes West.mp3
    2. YMRT 470000 ep47 Please Remember.mp3
    3. YMRT 470000 ep48 Play Game.mp3
    4. YMRT 470000 ep49 Last Affair.mp3
    5. YMRT 470000 ep50 Old And New.mp3
    6. YMRT 470000 ep57 Alias John Smith.mp3
    7. YMRT 470000 Flowers For Millie.mp3
    8. YMRT 470000 Strange Courtship.mp3
    9. YMRT 480000 Clown In Home Stretch.mp3
    10. YMRT 480000 Concerto.mp3
    11. YMRT 480000 ep12 Hold That Memory.mp3
    12. YMRT 480000 ep13 Luck Of Adam.mp3
    13. YMRT 480000 ep21 Little Drops Of Water.mp3
    14. YMRT 480000 ep37 Under Big Top.mp3
    15. YMRT 480000 ep38 Crystal.mp3
    16. YMRT 480000 ep46 Sunday Punch.mp3
    17. YMRT 480000 ep52 Happy Prince.mp3
    18. YMRT 480000 ep53 Account Canceled.mp3
    19. YMRT 480000 Hollywood Agent.mp3
    20. YMRT 480000 I Give You Maggie.mp3
    21. YMRT 480000 Major Engagement.mp3
    22. YMRT 490000 Show Business.mp3
    23. YMRT 510000 01 He Knew What He Wanted.mp3
    24. YMRT 510000 White Carnation.mp3
    25. YMRT 510624 Mulligan Mighty.mp3
    26. YMRT 510701 Scientific Touch.mp3
    27. YMRT 510708 Borrowed Father.mp3
    28. YMRT A Book on Rock Gardening.mp3
    Volume 2 - 43 shows - total playtime 19 hours 20 minutes
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    1. YMRT A Bunch of Keys.mp3
    2. YMRT A Visit From Uncle Harry.mp3
    3. YMRT Best Performance.mp3
    4. YMRT Canada 1947 07 Hold That Memory.mp3
    5. YMRT Canada 1947 08 The Woman Who Was Dead.mp3
    6. YMRT Canada 1947 09 Five Days to London.mp3
    7. YMRT Canada 1947 10 Double Concerto.mp3
    8. YMRT Canada 1947 11 The Scientific Touch.mp3
    9. YMRT Canada 1947 12 Sitting Pretty.mp3
    10. YMRT Canada 1947 15 Strictly Business.mp3
    11. YMRT Canada 1947 16 Goodbye My Love.mp3
    12. YMRT Canada 1947 17 Sugar and the Vinegar.mp3
    13. YMRT Canada 1947 18 Three on a Honeymoon.mp3
    14. YMRT Canada 1947 86 Teddy Battles the Ancients.mp3
    15. YMRT Canada 1947 87 The Next Chapter.mp3
    16. YMRT Canada 1947 88 Night Noises.mp3
    17. YMRT Canada 1947 89 High Polish.mp3
    18. YMRT Coming of Mr Snover.mp3
    19. YMRT ep 13 London Legend.mp3
    20. YMRT ep12 Hold That Memory.mp3
    21. YMRT ep14 Goodbye My Love.mp3
    22. YMRT ep22 Other Side Of Moon.mp3
    23. YMRT ep23 Sound Of Her Voice.mp3
    24. YMRT ep24 A Dime A Dozen.mp3
    25. YMRT ep25 Bachelor And Fox Terrier.mp3
    26. YMRT ep26 Next Chapter.mp3
    27. YMRT ep27 Inventory.mp3
    28. YMRT ep28 Picture These Hands.mp3
    29. YMRT ep29 Detour.mp3
    30. YMRT ep30 High Polish.mp3
    31. YMRT ep31 Rappaccini's Daughter.mp3
    32. YMRT ep32 Truth Pays Off.mp3
    33. YMRT For Good of Show.mp3
    34. YMRT Great Dane.mp3
    35. YMRT Help Wanted-Murderer.mp3
    36. YMRT It's Not Cricket.mp3
    37. YMRT Liar.mp3
    38. YMRT London Legend.mp3
    39. YMRT Most Unusual Pet in World.mp3
    40. YMRT One Third Of My Life.mp3
    41. YMRT Something Special.mp3
    42. YMRT There's Nothing Like A Good Cup Of Coffee.mp3
    43. YMRT Throw Back.mp3
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    71 recordings on 36 Audio CDs. Total playtime 32 hours, 6 min
    71 recordings on 36 Audio CDs
    total playtime 32 hours, 6 min

    Movietown Theater Disc A001

    1. YMRT A Book on Rock Gardening
    2. YMRT A Bunch of Keys

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    Movietown Theater Disc A002

    1. YMRT A Visit From Uncle Harry
    2. YMRT Best Performance

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    Movietown Theater Disc A003

    1. YMRT Canada 1947 07 Hold That Memory
    2. YMRT Canada 1947 08 The Woman Who Was Dead

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    Movietown Theater Disc A004

    1. YMRT Canada 1947 09 Five Days to London
    2. YMRT Canada 1947 10 Double Concerto

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    Movietown Theater Disc A005

    1. YMRT Canada 1947 11 The Scientific Touch
    2. YMRT Canada 1947 12 Sitting Pretty

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    Movietown Theater Disc A006

    1. YMRT Canada 1947 15 Strictly Business
    2. YMRT Canada 1947 16 Goodbye My Love

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    Movietown Theater Disc A007

    1. YMRT Canada 1947 17 Sugar and the Vinegar
    2. YMRT Canada 1947 18 Three on a Honeymoon

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    Movietown Theater Disc A008

    1. YMRT Canada 1947 86 Teddy Battles the Ancients
    2. YMRT Canada 1947 87 The Next Chapter

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    Movietown Theater Disc A009

    1. YMRT Canada 1947 88 Night Noises
    2. YMRT Canada 1947 89 High Polish

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    Movietown Theater Disc A010

    1. YMRT Coming of Mr Snover
    2. YMRT ep 13 London Legend

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    Movietown Theater Disc A011

    1. YMRT ep12 Hold That Memory
    2. YMRT ep14 Goodbye My Love

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    Movietown Theater Disc A012

    1. YMRT ep22 Other Side Of Moon
    2. YMRT ep23 Sound Of Her Voice

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    Movietown Theater Disc A013

    1. YMRT ep24 A Dime A Dozen
    2. YMRT ep25 Bachelor And Fox Terrier

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    Movietown Theater Disc A014

    1. YMRT ep26 Next Chapter
    2. YMRT ep27 Inventory

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    Movietown Theater Disc A015

    1. YMRT ep28 Picture These Hands
    2. YMRT ep29 Detour

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    Movietown Theater Disc A016

    1. YMRT ep30 High Polish
    2. YMRT ep31 Rappaccini's Daughter

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    Movietown Theater Disc A017

    1. YMRT ep32 Truth Pays Off
    2. YMRT For Good of Show

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    Movietown Theater Disc A018

    1. YMRT Great Dane
    2. YMRT Help Wanted-Murderer

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    Movietown Theater Disc A019

    1. YMRT It's Not Cricket
    2. YMRT Liar

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    Movietown Theater Disc A020

    1. YMRT London Legend
    2. YMRT Most Unusual Pet in World

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    Movietown Theater Disc A021

    1. YMRT One Third Of My Life
    2. YMRT Something Special

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    Movietown Theater Disc A022

    1. YMRT There's Nothing Like A Good Cup Of Coffee
    2. YMRT Throw Back

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    Movietown Theater Disc A023

    1. YMRT 470000 East Goes West
    2. YMRT 470000 ep47 Please Remember

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    Movietown Theater Disc A024

    1. YMRT 470000 ep48 Play Game
    2. YMRT 470000 ep49 Last Affair

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    Movietown Theater Disc A025

    1. YMRT 470000 ep50 Old And New
    2. YMRT 470000 ep57 Alias John Smith

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    Movietown Theater Disc A026

    1. YMRT 470000 Flowers For Millie
    2. YMRT 470000 Strange Courtship

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    Movietown Theater Disc A027

    1. YMRT 480000 Clown In Home Stretch
    2. YMRT 480000 Concerto

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    Movietown Theater Disc A028

    1. YMRT 480000 ep12 Hold That Memory
    2. YMRT 480000 ep13 Luck Of Adam

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    Movietown Theater Disc A029

    1. YMRT 480000 ep21 Little Drops Of Water
    2. YMRT 480000 ep37 Under Big Top

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    Movietown Theater Disc A030

    1. YMRT 480000 ep38 Crystal
    2. YMRT 480000 ep46 Sunday Punch

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    Movietown Theater Disc A031

    1. YMRT 480000 ep52 Happy Prince
    2. YMRT 480000 ep53 Account Canceled

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    Movietown Theater Disc A032

    1. YMRT 480000 Hollywood Agent
    2. YMRT 480000 I Give You Maggie

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    Movietown Theater Disc A033

    1. YMRT 480000 Major Engagement
    2. YMRT 490000 Show Business

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    Movietown Theater Disc A034

    1. YMRT 510000 01 He Knew What He Wanted
    2. YMRT 510000 White Carnation

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    Movietown Theater Disc A035

    1. YMRT 510624 Mulligan Mighty
    2. YMRT 510701 Scientific Touch

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    Movietown Theater Disc A036

    1. YMRT 510708 Borrowed Father

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