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Richard Widmark Collection

An actor who truly enjoyed acting, Richard Widmark avoided public exposure, insisting that his work would speak for itself.

69 old time radio show recordings
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Richard Widmark & Marilyn MonroePerhaps the greatest measure of an actor's success is how well they portray characters which are far removed from their true nature. It is also true that the most enduring stars are sometimes the ones who work harder at being great actors rather than great stars. Richard Widmark got his start in Hollywood playing psychopathic heavies, and while he did what was required to promote his films, he did his best to stay out of the public eye, preferring his work to speak for him.

Born Richard Weedt Widmark in Sunrise Township, Minnesota, 1914, his father was a traveling salesman who struggled to support the family. They moved several times around the Midwest, which meant that Richard had to work hard to fit in and make new friends. He was pretty good at it when the family finally settled in Princeton, Illinois, Widmark played on the football team and became the class president. At the age of four, he became a serious movie buff when his grandmother began taking him to the theater and he became wrapped up in the Universal Horror characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy.

Widmark enrolled at Lake Forest College to study law but was bitten by the acting bug when he appeared in a student production (the play was Counselor-at-Law). He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree and took a job at the college as a speech and drama instructor, but two years later a call from a classmate brought him to New York to work in radio soap operas in 1938.  From soaps, it was an easy move into dramas, and he created the role of Front Page Farrell from 1941-42. He also worked with Norman Corwin on Columbia Workshop and other productions. He tried to join the Army on at least three occasions in 1943 but was denied entry because of a perforated eardrum.

Widmark did find work on Broadway, debuting in Kiss and Tell (1943). Most of his stage roles were nice guys, worlds away from the types Hollywood would use him for. 20th Century Fox gave him a screen test for the role "Tommy Udo" in Kiss of Death (1947). Director Henry Hathaway turned him down for the part, but studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck saw something in his clean-cut persona, and he was especially effective as a giggling psychopathic murderer. The role won him his only Oscar nomination (for Best Supporting Actor) but the statuette went to Edmund Gwenn for Miracle on 34th Street. Unfortunately, that much success early in a movie career leads to type casting, and Widmark was forced to follow up by playing a number of psychotic heavies. Most of his early work was in noir thrillers and Westerns, but he finally broke out of the heavy role when Elia Kazan cast him as the hero (against Jack Palance as the heavy) in Panic in the Streets (1950).

Richard WidmarkAnother bad guy role was just around the corner in No Way Out (1950), the film which marked the film debut of Sidney Poitier.  Widmark's character spends most of his screen time hurling hateful racial slurs at Poitier. After every take, Widmark felt he needed to apologize. By 1953, with his seven-year contract with Fox about to expire, Zanuck decided to demonstrate to Widmark that the studio had plenty of star-power to draw upon and his services would no longer be needed. Widmark was given fourth billing (under Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, and Jean Peters) in Broken Lance (1954).

As an actor who enjoyed acting, Widmark was perfectly content to be let go by Fox. As a freelancer, he created his own production company, Heath Productions, not so much as a money-making concern but to ensure that he had creative control of his projects. Heath emphasized meaningful social dramas, but he still appeared in "he-man" roles, even upstaging John Wayne in the patriotically suicidal epic The Alamo (1960). While Wayne's bombastic Davy Crockett carried the film, Widmark's thoughtful Jim Bowie won over critics. His continued presence in Westerns led to co-starring with James Stewart in John Ford's Two Rode Together (1961). Ford feuded with his stars over various issues (most notably Stewart's hat, he insisted on wearing the same battered Stetson which had been part of his personal for a decade of successful horse-operas). Both actors had failing hearing and their receding hairlines needed help from the makeup department, leading Ford to complain that he was directing "a pair of deaf toupees". However, Ford cast Widmark again in his apologetic Cheyenne Autumn (1964).

Widmark continued to work in A-ist projects until retiring in 2001. After battling illness for several years, exacerbated by a fall in 2007, Richard Widmark passed away at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, on March 24, 2008. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6804 Hollywood Blvd was dedicated to honor contributions to Motion Pictures by Richard Widmark.

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    69 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 36 hours, 50 min
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    Volume 1 - 41 shows - total playtime 18 hours 46 minutes
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    1. Agatha Christies Poirot Us 450719 22 Deadest Man In World.mp3
    2. American Gallery Afrs 09 Westward Painter.mp3
    3. Bob Hope 3955 530520 560 Richard Widmarks Afrs.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 440904 What Makes Hero.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 460610 My Freshman Husband.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 490606 Return Of Lodger.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 500328 General Forrest Rides Again.mp3
    8. Cavalcade Of America 500912 Man With Cargo Of Water.mp3
    9. Cavalcade Of America 520311 Adventure On Kentucky.mp3
    10. Cavalcade Of America 521209 Listen My Children.mp3
    11. Chase And Sanborn Hour 471026 Richard Widmark.mp3
    12. Columbia Workshop 400707 037 Cockeyed Wonder.mp3
    13. Columbia Workshop 420301 015 When Bough Breaks.mp3
    14. Cornell Woolrich 441128 Nightmare.mp3
    15. Ft 490511 117 Stolen Symphony.mp3
    16. Ft 500920 188 God And Red Scooter.mp3
    17. Ft 511024 242 Talk About Weather.mp3
    18. Guest Star 531206 0350 Destination Freedom.mp3
    19. Guest Star 531206 350 Cant We Be Friends. Richard Widmark.mp3
    20. Hallmark Playhouse 490519 050 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    21. Hedda Hopper Show 501203 X Dinah Shore.mp3
    22. Hollywood Sound Stage 520124 07 Postman Always Rings Twice.mp3
    23. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 441206 Color Blind Formula.mp3
    24. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 450911 Last Story.mp3
    25. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 451002 Shadow Of Death.mp3
    26. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 451023 Corridor Of Doom.mp3
    27. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460212 Man Who Couldnt Die.mp3
    28. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460423 Make Ready My Grave.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470203 Death Bound.mp3
    30. Just Dream 470518 Starring Richard Widmark.mp3
    31. Lux Radio Theater 480112 Kiss Of Death.mp3
    32. Lux Radio Theater 490131 Street With No Name.mp3
    33. Lux Radio Theater 510305 Panic In Street Widmark Douglas.mp3
    34. Lux Radio Theater 510430 Down To Sea In Ships.mp3
    35. Molle Mystery Theater 460308 Red Wine.mp3
    36. Molle Mystery Theater 460517 Killer Come Back To Me.mp3
    37. Molle Mystery Theater 470530 Double Cross.mp3
    38. Molle Mystery Theater 470704 Challenge To Listener.mp3
    39. News 470518 Wmca Just Dream Richard Widmark.mp3
    40. Operation Nightmare 480410 2 Richard Widmark.mp3
    41. Sealtest Variety Theater 490310 Richard Widmark and Bob.mp3
    Volume 2 - 28 shows - total playtime 18 hours 4 minutes
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    1. Something For Girls 440601 This Lonely Year Rehearsal.mp3
    2. Srt 790316 Wrath Of Zeus.mp3
    3. Srt 790413 Curse Of Princess Chiestry.mp3
    4. Srt 790504 Anne Bonnys Gold.mp3
    5. Srt 790511 Milwaukee Deep.mp3
    6. Srt 790518 Country Of Fear.mp3
    7. Srt 790525 Lone Voyager.mp3
    8. Srt 790601 Mcguffeys Hong Kong Connection.mp3
    9. Srt 790608 White Out.mp3
    10. Srt Choosing.mp3
    11. Srt Climb.mp3
    12. Srt Mcguffey Connection.mp3
    13. Srt Odyssey Of Vigilant.mp3
    14. Srt Then There Were None.mp3
    15. Suspense 501026 Too Hot To Live.mp3
    16. Suspense 510607 Tell You Why I Shouldnt Die.mp3
    17. Suspense 511029 Hunting Of Bob Lee.mp3
    18. Suspense 511203 Murderous Revision.mp3
    19. Suspense 520218 Track Of Cat.mp3
    20. Suspense 520414 Mate Bram.mp3
    21. Suspense 521013 How Long Is Night.mp3
    22. Suspense 530126 Spencer Brothers.mp3
    23. Suspense 530504 Othello Ep01of02.mp3
    24. Suspense 530511 Othello Ep02of02.mp3
    25. Suspense 530914 Message To Garcia.mp3
    26. Suspense 540419 Card Game.mp3
    27. Theater Guild On Air 530426 150 1984.mp3
    28. Words At War 440509 48 Gunners Get Glory.mp3
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    Volume 1 - 41 shows - total playtime 18 hours 46 minutes
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    1. Agatha Christies Poirot Us 450719 22 Deadest Man In World.mp3
    2. American Gallery Afrs 09 Westward Painter.mp3
    3. Bob Hope 3955 530520 560 Richard Widmarks Afrs.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 440904 What Makes Hero.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 460610 My Freshman Husband.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 490606 Return Of Lodger.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 500328 General Forrest Rides Again.mp3
    8. Cavalcade Of America 500912 Man With Cargo Of Water.mp3
    9. Cavalcade Of America 520311 Adventure On Kentucky.mp3
    10. Cavalcade Of America 521209 Listen My Children.mp3
    11. Chase And Sanborn Hour 471026 Richard Widmark.mp3
    12. Columbia Workshop 400707 037 Cockeyed Wonder.mp3
    13. Columbia Workshop 420301 015 When Bough Breaks.mp3
    14. Cornell Woolrich 441128 Nightmare.mp3
    15. Ft 490511 117 Stolen Symphony.mp3
    16. Ft 500920 188 God And Red Scooter.mp3
    17. Ft 511024 242 Talk About Weather.mp3
    18. Guest Star 531206 0350 Destination Freedom.mp3
    19. Guest Star 531206 350 Cant We Be Friends. Richard Widmark.mp3
    20. Hallmark Playhouse 490519 050 Enchanted Cottage.mp3
    21. Hedda Hopper Show 501203 X Dinah Shore.mp3
    22. Hollywood Sound Stage 520124 07 Postman Always Rings Twice.mp3
    23. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 441206 Color Blind Formula.mp3
    24. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 450911 Last Story.mp3
    25. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 451002 Shadow Of Death.mp3
    26. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 451023 Corridor Of Doom.mp3
    27. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460212 Man Who Couldnt Die.mp3
    28. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460423 Make Ready My Grave.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470203 Death Bound.mp3
    30. Just Dream 470518 Starring Richard Widmark.mp3
    31. Lux Radio Theater 480112 Kiss Of Death.mp3
    32. Lux Radio Theater 490131 Street With No Name.mp3
    33. Lux Radio Theater 510305 Panic In Street Widmark Douglas.mp3
    34. Lux Radio Theater 510430 Down To Sea In Ships.mp3
    35. Molle Mystery Theater 460308 Red Wine.mp3
    36. Molle Mystery Theater 460517 Killer Come Back To Me.mp3
    37. Molle Mystery Theater 470530 Double Cross.mp3
    38. Molle Mystery Theater 470704 Challenge To Listener.mp3
    39. News 470518 Wmca Just Dream Richard Widmark.mp3
    40. Operation Nightmare 480410 2 Richard Widmark.mp3
    41. Sealtest Variety Theater 490310 Richard Widmark and Bob.mp3
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    1. Something For Girls 440601 This Lonely Year Rehearsal.mp3
    2. Srt 790316 Wrath Of Zeus.mp3
    3. Srt 790413 Curse Of Princess Chiestry.mp3
    4. Srt 790504 Anne Bonnys Gold.mp3
    5. Srt 790511 Milwaukee Deep.mp3
    6. Srt 790518 Country Of Fear.mp3
    7. Srt 790525 Lone Voyager.mp3
    8. Srt 790601 Mcguffeys Hong Kong Connection.mp3
    9. Srt 790608 White Out.mp3
    10. Srt Choosing.mp3
    11. Srt Climb.mp3
    12. Srt Mcguffey Connection.mp3
    13. Srt Odyssey Of Vigilant.mp3
    14. Srt Then There Were None.mp3
    15. Suspense 501026 Too Hot To Live.mp3
    16. Suspense 510607 Tell You Why I Shouldnt Die.mp3
    17. Suspense 511029 Hunting Of Bob Lee.mp3
    18. Suspense 511203 Murderous Revision.mp3
    19. Suspense 520218 Track Of Cat.mp3
    20. Suspense 520414 Mate Bram.mp3
    21. Suspense 521013 How Long Is Night.mp3
    22. Suspense 530126 Spencer Brothers.mp3
    23. Suspense 530504 Othello Ep01of02.mp3
    24. Suspense 530511 Othello Ep02of02.mp3
    25. Suspense 530914 Message To Garcia.mp3
    26. Suspense 540419 Card Game.mp3
    27. Theater Guild On Air 530426 150 1984.mp3
    28. Words At War 440509 48 Gunners Get Glory.mp3
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    69 recordings on 43 Audio CDs
    total playtime 36 hours, 50 min

    Richard Widmark Disc A001

    1. American Gallery Afrs 09 Westward Painter

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    1. Srt Choosing

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    1. Srt Climb

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    1. Srt Mcguffey Connection

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    1. Srt Odyssey Of Vigilant

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    Richard Widmark Disc A006

    1. Srt Then There Were None

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    Richard Widmark Disc A007

    1. Columbia Workshop 400707 037 Cockeyed Wonder
    2. Columbia Workshop 420301 015 When Bough Breaks
    3. Words At War 440509 48 Gunners Get Glory

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    Richard Widmark Disc A008

    1. Something For Girls 440601 This Lonely Year Rehearsal
    2. Cavalcade Of America 440904 What Makes Hero

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    Richard Widmark Disc A009

    1. Cornell Woolrich 441128 Nightmare
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 441206 Color Blind Formula

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    Richard Widmark Disc A010

    1. Agatha Christies Poirot Us 450719 22 Deadest Man In World
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 450911 Last Story

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    Richard Widmark Disc A011

    1. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 451002 Shadow Of Death
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 451023 Corridor Of Doom
    3. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460212 Man Who Couldnt Die

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    Richard Widmark Disc A012

    1. Molle Mystery Theater 460308 Red Wine
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460423 Make Ready My Grave
    3. Molle Mystery Theater 460517 Killer Come Back To Me

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    Richard Widmark Disc A013

    1. Cavalcade Of America 460610 My Freshman Husband
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 470203 Death Bound

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    Richard Widmark Disc A014

    1. Just Dream 470518 Starring Richard Widmark
    2. News 470518 Wmca Just Dream Richard Widmark
    3. Molle Mystery Theater 470530 Double Cross

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    Richard Widmark Disc A015

    1. Molle Mystery Theater 470704 Challenge To Listener
    2. Chase And Sanborn Hour 471026 Richard Widmark

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    Richard Widmark Disc A016

    1. Lux Radio Theater 480112 Kiss Of Death

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    1. Operation Nightmare 480410 2 Richard Widmark

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    Richard Widmark Disc A018

    1. Lux Radio Theater 490131 Street With No Name

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    Richard Widmark Disc A019

    1. Sealtest Variety Theater 490310 Richard Widmark and Bob
    2. Ft 490511 117 Stolen Symphony

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    Richard Widmark Disc A020

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 490519 050 Enchanted Cottage
    2. Cavalcade Of America 490606 Return Of Lodger

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    Richard Widmark Disc A021

    1. Cavalcade Of America 500328 General Forrest Rides Again
    2. Cavalcade Of America 500912 Man With Cargo Of Water

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    Richard Widmark Disc A022

    1. Ft 500920 188 God And Red Scooter
    2. Suspense 501026 Too Hot To Live

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    Richard Widmark Disc A023

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 501203 X Dinah Shore

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    Richard Widmark Disc A024

    1. Lux Radio Theater 510305 Panic In Street Widmark Douglas

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    Richard Widmark Disc A025

    1. Lux Radio Theater 510430 Down To Sea In Ships

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    Richard Widmark Disc A026

    1. Suspense 510607 Tell You Why I Shouldnt Die
    2. Ft 511024 242 Talk About Weather

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    Richard Widmark Disc A027

    1. Suspense 511029 Hunting Of Bob Lee
    2. Suspense 511203 Murderous Revision

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    Richard Widmark Disc A028

    1. Hollywood Sound Stage 520124 07 Postman Always Rings Twice
    2. Suspense 520218 Track Of Cat

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    Richard Widmark Disc A029

    1. Cavalcade Of America 520311 Adventure On Kentucky
    2. Suspense 520414 Mate Bram

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    Richard Widmark Disc A030

    1. Suspense 521013 How Long Is Night
    2. Cavalcade Of America 521209 Listen My Children

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    Richard Widmark Disc A031

    1. Suspense 530126 Spencer Brothers

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    Richard Widmark Disc A032

    1. Theater Guild On Air 530426 150 1984

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    Richard Widmark Disc A033

    1. Suspense 530504 Othello Ep01of02
    2. Suspense 530511 Othello Ep02of02

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    Richard Widmark Disc A034

    1. Bob Hope 3955 530520 560 Richard Widmarks Afrs
    2. Suspense 530914 Message To Garcia
    3. Guest Star 531206 0350 Destination Freedom

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    Richard Widmark Disc A035

    1. Guest Star 531206 350 Cant We Be Friends. Richard Widmark
    2. Suspense 540419 Card Game

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    Richard Widmark Disc A036

    1. Srt 790316 Wrath Of Zeus

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    Richard Widmark Disc A037

    1. Srt 790413 Curse Of Princess Chiestry

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    Richard Widmark Disc A038

    1. Srt 790504 Anne Bonnys Gold

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    Richard Widmark Disc A039

    1. Srt 790511 Milwaukee Deep

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    Richard Widmark Disc A040

    1. Srt 790518 Country Of Fear

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    Richard Widmark Disc A041

    1. Srt 790525 Lone Voyager

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    Richard Widmark Disc A042

    1. Srt 790601 Mcguffeys Hong Kong Connection

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    Richard Widmark Disc A043

    1. Srt 790608 White Out

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