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This is My Best

(update) began as a kind of book-of-the-week show. Popular modern authors were asked to select their best writings, which were created into radio scripts. In 1945, Orson Welles took over the show, directing, acting, narrating, and adapting scripts to his liking.

12 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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6 Audio CDs


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"Heart Of Darkness"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Dramatic Anthology (1944-1946)

Orson Welles looking sharp in a bowtie.This is My Best began as a kind of book-of-the-week show. This is My BestPopular modern authors were asked to select their best writings, which were created into radio scripts. Many authors chose works that were not well known, and had not been dramatized before. Authors such as John Steinbeck and Thornton Wilder were guest authors on the show.

In 1945, Orson Welles took over the show, directing, acting, narrating, and adapting scripts to his liking. He changed the format of the show, insisting that they only recreate classics such as Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Welles, notoriously stubborn and difficult to work with, was criticized by the network for changing the concept of the show and making it too highbrow. He was also criticized for using the show to further his own career by doing one show that he was interested in making into a movie, even though the bigwigs insisted he not do so.

Orson was fired April 24, 1945 after only a little over a month on the show. At this time it became a vehicle for Hollywood movies - potential big movie productions were tried out on this program to gauge audience approval.

For additional Orson Welles recordings, see the extensive Orson Welles Collection.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    12 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 34 min
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      12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 34 minutes
      1. This Is My Best 441121 12 Around World In 80 Days.mp3
      2. This Is My Best 441219 16 Plot To Overthrow Christmas.mp3
      3. This Is My Best 441226 17 Secret Life Walter Mitty No Open.mp3
      4. This Is My Best 450313 28 Heart Of Darkness.mp3
      5. This Is My Best 450320 29 Miss Dilly Says No.mp3
      6. This Is My Best 450327 30 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      7. This Is My Best 450403 31 Diamond As Big As Ritz.mp3
      8. This Is My Best 450410 32 Master Of Ballentrae.mp3
      9. This Is My Best 450417 33 I Will Not Go Back.mp3
      10. This Is My Best 450424 34 Anything Can Happen.mp3
      11. This Is My Best 450529 37 Babes In Woods W Jack Benny.mp3
      12. This Is My Best 451204 49 Happily Ever After-Mr Mrs Cugat.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    12 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 34 min
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      12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 34 minutes
      1. This Is My Best 441121 12 Around World In 80 Days.mp3
      2. This Is My Best 441219 16 Plot To Overthrow Christmas.mp3
      3. This Is My Best 441226 17 Secret Life Walter Mitty No Open.mp3
      4. This Is My Best 450313 28 Heart Of Darkness.mp3
      5. This Is My Best 450320 29 Miss Dilly Says No.mp3
      6. This Is My Best 450327 30 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs.mp3
      7. This Is My Best 450403 31 Diamond As Big As Ritz.mp3
      8. This Is My Best 450410 32 Master Of Ballentrae.mp3
      9. This Is My Best 450417 33 I Will Not Go Back.mp3
      10. This Is My Best 450424 34 Anything Can Happen.mp3
      11. This Is My Best 450529 37 Babes In Woods W Jack Benny.mp3
      12. This Is My Best 451204 49 Happily Ever After-Mr Mrs Cugat.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    12 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 34 min

    Disc A001

    1. This Is My Best 441121 12 Around World In 80 Days
    2. This Is My Best 441219 16 Plot To Overthrow Christmas

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    Disc A002

    1. This Is My Best 441226 17 Secret Life Walter Mitty No Open
    2. This Is My Best 450313 28 Heart Of Darkness

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    Disc A003

    1. This Is My Best 450320 29 Miss Dilly Says No
    2. This Is My Best 450327 30 Snow White And Seven Dwarfs

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    Disc A004

    1. This Is My Best 450403 31 Diamond As Big As Ritz
    2. This Is My Best 450410 32 Master Of Ballentrae

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    Disc A005

    1. This Is My Best 450417 33 I Will Not Go Back
    2. This Is My Best 450424 34 Anything Can Happen

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    Disc A006

    1. This Is My Best 450529 37 Babes In Woods W Jack Benny
    2. This Is My Best 451204 49 Happily Ever After-Mr Mrs Cugat

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