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Roland Young worked on several broadcasts promoting his films, notably on Lux Radio Theater and MGM’s Good News series and was part of the company for The Dinah Shore Program during the 1943-44 season.

27 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 14 hours, 28 min)
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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Roland YoungSomewhere in the mythical world of Central Casting, there is a desk where they specialize in the Standard Brit. The Standard Brit is not a swinging playboy with ties to the “Landed Gentry”. These are the Brits who play cold war spies, school headmasters, commando officers, or suave jewel thieves. Nor is the Standard Brit a working-class Cockney, wise to the ways of the streets and constantly working a scam to separate a “toff’ from the shillings in his pockets.

The Standard Brit lives in a world between these two. He leaves his flat in the morning after wiping the crumbs of marmalade and toast from his mouth and kissing his wife goodbye with morning tea still on his breath. He buys a newspaper on the way to the office, attends to his menial duties, may stop at the pub for a pint and some darts on the way home, and spends the evening tuned into the British Broadcasting. The Standard Brit sounds like a rather boring fellow, but to American audiences, he is the backbone of the British Empire.

The prototypical Standard Brit was Cosmo Topper, a rather stuffy bank president whose life is turned upside down by a pair of fun-loving ghosts played by Cary Grant and Constance Bennett. Although he has the title role in Topper (1937), Cosmo is only a supporting character, but he was played so well by Roland Young to earn an Oscar nomination.

Roland Young was born a Standard Brit in London, 1887. His father was an architect, and Roland was expected to follow in his father’s business until he was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He began working in London’s West End theaters in 1908. In 1912, he came to New York with the play Hindle Wakes and chose to stay in America. He became a US citizen in 1918 and joined the Army during WWI. He made his film debut in John Barrymore’s silent version of Sherlock Holmes (1922) as Dr. Watson.

Young signed a contract with MGM and made his talkie debut in The Unholy Night (1929) directed by Lionel Barrymore. He played a number of supporting roles as he completed his contract, then he became a freelance player. He still played mostly supporting parts in films, but as a freelancer it was easier to break away and appear on Broadway.

Roland YoungThere were plenty of Radio Row actors who could play “standard Brit” roles, but Young still put together an impressive radio resume. He worked on several broadcasts promoting his films, notably on Lux Radio Theater and MGM’s Good News series. He was part of the company for The Dinah Shore Program during the 1943-44 season. In 1945, he brought his most famous character to the radio in The Adventures of Topper as a summer replacement for The Dinah Shore Program.

Young’s movie career began to slow at the end of the forties, and he played in a few episodic TV show. He was not asked to reprise his role when CBS brought The Adventures of Topper to the small screen in 1953, the year he died of natural causes at the age of 65 in New York City.

Two  Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame were dedicated honoring Roland Young on February 8, 1960, one at 6523 Hollywood Blvd for his contributions to Motion Pictures and the other at 6315 Hollywood Blvd for Television.

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    27 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 28 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 14 hours 28 minutes
      1. Birds Eye Open House 431007 Birdseye Donald Oconnor.mp3
      2. Birds Eye Open House 431014 003 Phil Silvers.mp3
      3. Birds Eye Open House 431021 004 Ill Be Home For Christmas.mp3
      4. Birds Eye Open House 431028 005 Thank Your Lucky Stars.mp3
      5. Birds Eye Open House 431202 010 My Heart.mp3
      6. Birds Eye Open House 431209 011 For First Time.mp3
      7. Birds Eye Open House 431216 012 Paper Doll.mp3
      8. Birds Eye Open House 431223 013 Exactly Like You.mp3
      9. Birds Eye Open House 440210 020 Sleepy Time Girl.mp3
      10. Birds Eye Open House 440217 021 Speak Low.mp3
      11. Birds Eye Open House 440224 022 I Couldnt Sleep Wink.mp3
      12. Birds Eye Open House 440309 024 They Ask About You.mp3
      13. Birds Eye Open House 440323 026 Take It Easy.mp3
      14. Columbia Presents Corwin 440502 09 Cliche Expert 6444.mp3
      15. Good News 391116 46 W Marlene Dietrich.mp3
      16. Hollywoods Open House 000000 Piece Of String.mp3
      17. Hollywoods Open House 480715 Boogie Woogie Washerwoman.mp3
      18. Information Please 410321 150 Roland Young, Deems Taylor.mp3
      19. Information Please 420522 211 Roland Young, Deems Taylor.mp3
      20. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441013 106 Do Married Men Live Longer.mp3
      21. Lux Radio Theater 441204 460 Unguarded Hour.mp3
      22. Magic Key 351103 005 Touch Of Brimstone.mp3
      23. Radio Hall Of Fame 460414 124 Roland Young.mp3
      24. Screen Guild Theater 390528 Review With Nelson Eddy.mp3
      25. Suspense 430323 Customers Like Murder.mp3
      26. Texaco Star Theatre 421011 02 Wee Bonnie Baker Is Engaged.mp3
      27. Topper 450705 Examined Psychiatrists Telephone Repairman.mp3
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    27 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 14 hours, 28 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 14 hours 28 minutes
      1. Birds Eye Open House 431007 Birdseye Donald Oconnor.mp3
      2. Birds Eye Open House 431014 003 Phil Silvers.mp3
      3. Birds Eye Open House 431021 004 Ill Be Home For Christmas.mp3
      4. Birds Eye Open House 431028 005 Thank Your Lucky Stars.mp3
      5. Birds Eye Open House 431202 010 My Heart.mp3
      6. Birds Eye Open House 431209 011 For First Time.mp3
      7. Birds Eye Open House 431216 012 Paper Doll.mp3
      8. Birds Eye Open House 431223 013 Exactly Like You.mp3
      9. Birds Eye Open House 440210 020 Sleepy Time Girl.mp3
      10. Birds Eye Open House 440217 021 Speak Low.mp3
      11. Birds Eye Open House 440224 022 I Couldnt Sleep Wink.mp3
      12. Birds Eye Open House 440309 024 They Ask About You.mp3
      13. Birds Eye Open House 440323 026 Take It Easy.mp3
      14. Columbia Presents Corwin 440502 09 Cliche Expert 6444.mp3
      15. Good News 391116 46 W Marlene Dietrich.mp3
      16. Hollywoods Open House 000000 Piece Of String.mp3
      17. Hollywoods Open House 480715 Boogie Woogie Washerwoman.mp3
      18. Information Please 410321 150 Roland Young, Deems Taylor.mp3
      19. Information Please 420522 211 Roland Young, Deems Taylor.mp3
      20. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441013 106 Do Married Men Live Longer.mp3
      21. Lux Radio Theater 441204 460 Unguarded Hour.mp3
      22. Magic Key 351103 005 Touch Of Brimstone.mp3
      23. Radio Hall Of Fame 460414 124 Roland Young.mp3
      24. Screen Guild Theater 390528 Review With Nelson Eddy.mp3
      25. Suspense 430323 Customers Like Murder.mp3
      26. Texaco Star Theatre 421011 02 Wee Bonnie Baker Is Engaged.mp3
      27. Topper 450705 Examined Psychiatrists Telephone Repairman.mp3
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    27 recordings on 17 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 28 min

    Roland Young Disc A001

    1. Hollywoods Open House 000000 Piece Of String

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    Roland Young Disc A002

    1. Magic Key 351103 005 Touch Of Brimstone

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    Roland Young Disc A003

    1. Screen Guild Theater 390528 Review With Nelson Eddy

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    Roland Young Disc A004

    1. Good News 391116 46 W Marlene Dietrich

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    Roland Young Disc A005

    1. Information Please 410321 150 Roland Young, Deems Taylor
    2. Information Please 420522 211 Roland Young, Deems Taylor

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    Roland Young Disc A006

    1. Texaco Star Theatre 421011 02 Wee Bonnie Baker Is Engaged
    2. Suspense 430323 Customers Like Murder

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    Roland Young Disc A007

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431007 Birdseye Donald Oconnor
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431014 003 Phil Silvers

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    Roland Young Disc A008

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431021 004 Ill Be Home For Christmas
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431028 005 Thank Your Lucky Stars

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    Roland Young Disc A009

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431202 010 My Heart
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431209 011 For First Time

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    Roland Young Disc A010

    1. Birds Eye Open House 431216 012 Paper Doll
    2. Birds Eye Open House 431223 013 Exactly Like You

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    Roland Young Disc A011

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440210 020 Sleepy Time Girl
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440217 021 Speak Low

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    Roland Young Disc A012

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440224 022 I Couldnt Sleep Wink
    2. Birds Eye Open House 440309 024 They Ask About You

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    Roland Young Disc A013

    1. Birds Eye Open House 440323 026 Take It Easy
    2. Columbia Presents Corwin 440502 09 Cliche Expert 6444

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    Roland Young Disc A014

    1. It Pays To Be Ignorant 441013 106 Do Married Men Live Longer

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    Roland Young Disc A015

    1. Lux Radio Theater 441204 460 Unguarded Hour

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    Roland Young Disc A016

    1. Topper 450705 Examined Psychiatrists Telephone Repairman
    2. Radio Hall Of Fame 460414 124 Roland Young

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    Roland Young Disc A017

    1. Hollywoods Open House 480715 Boogie Woogie Washerwoman

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