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Although he did not begin working in Hollywood until he was 62, Sidney Greenstreet's contributions to classic film and Old Time Radio make him one of the most well-regarded (and largest) of Hollywood Stars.

Sydney Greenstreet

44 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 21 hours, 31 min)
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"Bob Hope with Guest Sydney Greenstreet"



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Sydney GreenstreetHollywood Stardom is usually a young person's game. After all, beauty is an important element of Stardom, and youth and beauty tend to go together. There have always been good parts for older actors, but, more often than not, these parts usually go to established players who were Stars in their beauteous youth and are respected in the twilight of their careers. A great character role has its own form of beauty, especially when the character is expertly and beautifully played, no matter the age of the actor.

Sydney Greenstreet did not even begin working in film until he was sixty-two, and at nearly 300 pounds, he hardly fit Hollywood's classic definition of beauty. However, from his first screen appearance, Greenstreet absolutely stole the scenes he was in. His pairings with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre are iconic in classic film. After he left the movies, Greenstreet went on to work in radio, creating one of the best-remembered roles in Hard or Soft Boiled Detective programs, Nero Wolfe.

Born just after Christmas in Sandwich, Kent, 1879, Greenstreet was one of seven children born to a leather tanner. At the age of eighteen, during the height of Victorian England, Sydney decided to travel to Ceylon to seek his fortune as a tea planter. Unfortunately, a period of drought in South Asia ruined him financially and he was forced to return to England. He found employment in the relatively easy position of managing a brewery, and as an outlet for his boredom, he began taking acting lessons.

His stage debut came in 1902 when he played the murderer in a Sherlock Holmes story presented at the Marina Theatre in Ramsgate. By 1905, after touring England with Ben Greet's Shakespearean Company, Sydney crossed the pond to make his American debut and appeared with Margaret Anglin in a 1906 production of As You Like It at Broadway's Hudson Theatre. He continued to work on the stage both in America and Great Britain.

Director John Huston attended the Los Angeles presentation of There Shall Be No Night in which Greenstreet was part of the touring company. Huston approached Greenstreet about appearing in his upcoming production of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon (1941), which would set the tone for the lovably despicable heavies he would play for the next eight years. Greenstreet's Kaspar Gutman, "the Fat Man", takes positive delight in confusing Humphrey Bogart's character, upstaging Peter Lorre, and showing an almost giddy love of life while committing unspeakable dastardly deeds.

Sydney GreenstreetGreenstreet would next support Bogart in Across the Pacific (1942). One of the highlights of the film has a sophisticated Greenstreet needling a drunken Bogie into revealing his history with an endless supply of booze (no classic Bogart film is complete without Bogie pouring his heart out while in his cups). The film was an obvious attempt by the studio to recapture the box office magic of The Maltese Falcon, featuring Bogie, Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and director Huston.

Across the Pacific failed to measure up to The Maltese Falcon, but it was a fairly decent action-thriller set against the background of the early years of the Pacific War. Greenstreet would next appear in what has come to be considered one of the greatest films ever made, Casablanca (1942). The film, which was considered almost a B-Grade picture during pre-production, is filled with rich and compelling characters, so much so that Greenstreet's "Signor Ferrari" did not make it into any of the radio adaptations of the film. In the original picture, Ferrari is a competitor to Bogie's "Rick Blaine". Ferrari may or may not have been a "bad guy", he was definitely a "heavy" who contributes to our appreciation of the other characters, the very definition of a supporting player.

In his last film, Malaya (1949), Greenstreet took third billing behind Spencer Tracy and James Stewart. He left the film industry because of health issues, suffering from diabetes and a kidney disorder. However, even in his weakened condition, he was able to create a compelling character, and he was picked up to star in NBC radio's The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe for the 1950-51 season. Based loosely on the novels of Rex Stout, the character had been featured in two previous series. Even though New Adventures did not use Stout's stories, it was the author's favorite radio adaptation because, like the novels, the stories were more focused on characters than plot. Greenstreet's health limited his participation in some of the episodes, and the show had its finale after 26 episodes.

Sidney Greenstreet succumbed to complications related to diabetes and Bright's disease on January 18, 1954. He was 74.

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    44 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 21 hours, 31 min
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      44 shows - total playtime 21 hours 31 minutes
      1. Academy Award Theater 460703 Maltese Falcon.mp3
      2. Amos And Andy Show 440929 Hotel House Detective.mp3
      3. Bergen Mccarthy 430307 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      4. Bob Hope 460402 297 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      5. Cp 450419 170 Kay Kyser Gary Cooper Edward G Robinson.mp3
      6. Cp 450607 178 Myrna Loy Jimmy Durante Dick Haymes.mp3
      7. Cp Peter Lorre Jack Carson Sidney Greenstreet Jack Oakie.mp3
      8. Fabulous Mr Manchester 500506 Man Behind Mystery.mp3
      9. Fred Allen Fred Allen Show 4549 460512 070 Cairo.mp3
      10. Gi Journal 134 Afrs 460200 Jack Carson Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      11. Gi Journal 450518 095 Wanna Eat Juanita.mp3
      12. Lux Radio Theater 490110 640 Velvet Touch.mp3
      13. Nero Wolfe 400700 Last Laugh Murder Santos Ortega.mp3
      14. Nero Wolfe 461215 Shakespeare Portfolio Francis Bushman.mp3
      15. Nero Wolfe 501020 E01 Stamped For Murder.mp3
      16. Nero Wolfe 501027 E02 Care Worn Cuff.mp3
      17. Nero Wolfe 501103 E03 Dear Dead Lady.mp3
      18. Nero Wolfe 501117 E05 Careless Cleaner.mp3
      19. Nero Wolfe 501124 E06 Beautiful Archer.mp3
      20. Nero Wolfe 501201 E07 Brave Rabbit.mp3
      21. Nero Wolfe 501208 E08 Impolite Corpse.mp3
      22. Nero Wolfe 501215 E09 Girl Who Cried Wolfe.mp3
      23. Nero Wolfe 501222 E10 Slaughtered Santas.mp3
      24. Nero Wolfe 501229 E11 Bashful Body.mp3
      25. Nero Wolfe 510105 E12 Deadly Sellout.mp3
      26. Nero Wolfe 510112 E13 Killer Cards.mp3
      27. Nero Wolfe 510119 E14 Calculated Risk.mp3
      28. Nero Wolfe 510126 E15 Phantom Fingers.mp3
      29. Nero Wolfe 510202 E16 Vanishing Shells.mp3
      30. Nero Wolfe 510216 E17 Party For Death.mp3
      31. Nero Wolfe 510223 E18 Malevolent Medic.mp3
      32. Nero Wolfe 510302 E19 Hasty Will.mp3
      33. Nero Wolfe 510309 E20 Disappearing Diamonds.mp3
      34. Nero Wolfe 510316 E21 Midnight Ride.mp3
      35. Nero Wolfe 510323 E22 Final Page.mp3
      36. Nero Wolfe 510330 E23 Telltale Ribbon.mp3
      37. Nero Wolfe 510406 E24 Slight Case Of Perjury.mp3
      38. Nero Wolfe 510420 E25 Lost Heir.mp3
      39. Nero Wolfe 510427 E26 Room 304.mp3
      40. Screen Guild Theater 430125 128 Across Pacific.mp3
      41. Screen Guild Theater 430920 162 Maltese Falcon.mp3
      42. Screen Guild Theater 450416 241 Mask Of Dimitrios.mp3
      43. Sealtest Variety Theater 490505 032 Greenstreet.mp3
      44. Which Is Which 441206 07.mp3
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    44 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 21 hours, 31 min
    44 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      44 shows - total playtime 21 hours 31 minutes
      1. Academy Award Theater 460703 Maltese Falcon.mp3
      2. Amos And Andy Show 440929 Hotel House Detective.mp3
      3. Bergen Mccarthy 430307 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      4. Bob Hope 460402 297 Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      5. Cp 450419 170 Kay Kyser Gary Cooper Edward G Robinson.mp3
      6. Cp 450607 178 Myrna Loy Jimmy Durante Dick Haymes.mp3
      7. Cp Peter Lorre Jack Carson Sidney Greenstreet Jack Oakie.mp3
      8. Fabulous Mr Manchester 500506 Man Behind Mystery.mp3
      9. Fred Allen Fred Allen Show 4549 460512 070 Cairo.mp3
      10. Gi Journal 134 Afrs 460200 Jack Carson Sidney Greenstreet.mp3
      11. Gi Journal 450518 095 Wanna Eat Juanita.mp3
      12. Lux Radio Theater 490110 640 Velvet Touch.mp3
      13. Nero Wolfe 400700 Last Laugh Murder Santos Ortega.mp3
      14. Nero Wolfe 461215 Shakespeare Portfolio Francis Bushman.mp3
      15. Nero Wolfe 501020 E01 Stamped For Murder.mp3
      16. Nero Wolfe 501027 E02 Care Worn Cuff.mp3
      17. Nero Wolfe 501103 E03 Dear Dead Lady.mp3
      18. Nero Wolfe 501117 E05 Careless Cleaner.mp3
      19. Nero Wolfe 501124 E06 Beautiful Archer.mp3
      20. Nero Wolfe 501201 E07 Brave Rabbit.mp3
      21. Nero Wolfe 501208 E08 Impolite Corpse.mp3
      22. Nero Wolfe 501215 E09 Girl Who Cried Wolfe.mp3
      23. Nero Wolfe 501222 E10 Slaughtered Santas.mp3
      24. Nero Wolfe 501229 E11 Bashful Body.mp3
      25. Nero Wolfe 510105 E12 Deadly Sellout.mp3
      26. Nero Wolfe 510112 E13 Killer Cards.mp3
      27. Nero Wolfe 510119 E14 Calculated Risk.mp3
      28. Nero Wolfe 510126 E15 Phantom Fingers.mp3
      29. Nero Wolfe 510202 E16 Vanishing Shells.mp3
      30. Nero Wolfe 510216 E17 Party For Death.mp3
      31. Nero Wolfe 510223 E18 Malevolent Medic.mp3
      32. Nero Wolfe 510302 E19 Hasty Will.mp3
      33. Nero Wolfe 510309 E20 Disappearing Diamonds.mp3
      34. Nero Wolfe 510316 E21 Midnight Ride.mp3
      35. Nero Wolfe 510323 E22 Final Page.mp3
      36. Nero Wolfe 510330 E23 Telltale Ribbon.mp3
      37. Nero Wolfe 510406 E24 Slight Case Of Perjury.mp3
      38. Nero Wolfe 510420 E25 Lost Heir.mp3
      39. Nero Wolfe 510427 E26 Room 304.mp3
      40. Screen Guild Theater 430125 128 Across Pacific.mp3
      41. Screen Guild Theater 430920 162 Maltese Falcon.mp3
      42. Screen Guild Theater 450416 241 Mask Of Dimitrios.mp3
      43. Sealtest Variety Theater 490505 032 Greenstreet.mp3
      44. Which Is Which 441206 07.mp3
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    44 recordings on 23 Audio CDs. Total playtime 21 hours, 31 min
    44 recordings on 23 Audio CDs
    total playtime 21 hours, 31 min

    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A001

    1. Cp Peter Lorre Jack Carson Sidney Greenstreet Jack Oakie
    2. Nero Wolfe 400700 Last Laugh Murder Santos Ortega

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A002

    1. Screen Guild Theater 430125 128 Across Pacific
    2. Bergen Mccarthy 430307 Sidney Greenstreet

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A003

    1. Screen Guild Theater 430920 162 Maltese Falcon
    2. Amos And Andy Show 440929 Hotel House Detective

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A004

    1. Which Is Which 441206 07
    2. Screen Guild Theater 450416 241 Mask Of Dimitrios

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A005

    1. Cp 450419 170 Kay Kyser Gary Cooper Edward G Robinson
    2. Gi Journal 450518 095 Wanna Eat Juanita

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A006

    1. Cp 450607 178 Myrna Loy Jimmy Durante Dick Haymes
    2. Gi Journal 134 Afrs 460200 Jack Carson Sidney Greenstreet

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A007

    1. Bob Hope 460402 297 Sidney Greenstreet
    2. Fred Allen Fred Allen Show 4549 460512 070 Cairo

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A008

    1. Academy Award Theater 460703 Maltese Falcon
    2. Nero Wolfe 461215 Shakespeare Portfolio Francis Bushman

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A009

    1. Lux Radio Theater 490110 640 Velvet Touch

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A010

    1. Sealtest Variety Theater 490505 032 Greenstreet
    2. Fabulous Mr Manchester 500506 Man Behind Mystery

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A011

    1. Nero Wolfe 501020 E01 Stamped For Murder
    2. Nero Wolfe 501027 E02 Care Worn Cuff

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A012

    1. Nero Wolfe 501103 E03 Dear Dead Lady
    2. Nero Wolfe 501117 E05 Careless Cleaner

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A013

    1. Nero Wolfe 501124 E06 Beautiful Archer
    2. Nero Wolfe 501201 E07 Brave Rabbit

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A014

    1. Nero Wolfe 501208 E08 Impolite Corpse
    2. Nero Wolfe 501215 E09 Girl Who Cried Wolfe

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A015

    1. Nero Wolfe 501222 E10 Slaughtered Santas
    2. Nero Wolfe 501229 E11 Bashful Body

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A016

    1. Nero Wolfe 510105 E12 Deadly Sellout
    2. Nero Wolfe 510112 E13 Killer Cards

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A017

    1. Nero Wolfe 510119 E14 Calculated Risk
    2. Nero Wolfe 510126 E15 Phantom Fingers

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A018

    1. Nero Wolfe 510202 E16 Vanishing Shells
    2. Nero Wolfe 510216 E17 Party For Death

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A019

    1. Nero Wolfe 510223 E18 Malevolent Medic
    2. Nero Wolfe 510302 E19 Hasty Will

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A020

    1. Nero Wolfe 510309 E20 Disappearing Diamonds
    2. Nero Wolfe 510316 E21 Midnight Ride

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A021

    1. Nero Wolfe 510323 E22 Final Page
    2. Nero Wolfe 510330 E23 Telltale Ribbon

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A022

    1. Nero Wolfe 510406 E24 Slight Case Of Perjury
    2. Nero Wolfe 510420 E25 Lost Heir

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    Sydney Greenstreet Disc A023

    1. Nero Wolfe 510427 E26 Room 304

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