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The Hallmark Playhouse Radio Program

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When Hallmark Playhouse first aired in 1948 it had somewhat modernized its logo as above
When Hallmark Playhouse first aired in 1948 it had somewhat modernized its logo as above.
1949 marked the year that Hallmark redesigned their logo to the more commonly recognized logo above, including Hallmark's 'hallmark', its now-ubiquitous, five-pointed crown
1949 marked the year that Hallmark redesigned their logo to the more commonly recognized logo above, including Hallmark's 'hallmark'--its now-ubiquitous, five-pointed crown.

Hallmark briefly drew the ire of AFRA with its Meet the Navy productions of 1942 and 1943.
Hallmark briefly drew the ire of AFRA with its Meet the Navy productions of 1942 and 1943.


Hallmark Cards of the era prominently featured the works of both Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell
Hallmark Cards of the era prominently featured the works of both Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell.

When Grandma Moses turned 88 on September 7, 1948, Norman Rockwell helped mark the occasion by helping delilver a gigantic birthday cake to Grandma Moses' home
When Grandma Moses turned 88 on September 7, 1948, Norman Rockwell helped mark the occasion by helping deliver a gigantic birthday cake to Grandma Moses' home.

Grandma Moses blows at the candles on the huge birthday cake decorated with elements of her signature paintings
Grandma Moses blows at the candles on the huge birthday cake decorated with elements of her signature paintings.

Note the illustration above, used in Hallmark's print media advertising for the Fall season of 1949. It's from the Life spread on Grandma Moses' 88th birthday. (Click for full size, two-page spread)
Note the illustration above, used in Hallmark's print media advertising for the Fall season of 1949. It's from the Life spread on Grandma Moses' 88th birthday. (Click for full-size, two-page spread)


Compare the two-page ad above with the Norman Rockwell-themed Life spread for Christmas 1949 (Click above for full-size ad)
Compare the two-page ad above with the Norman Rockwell-themed Life spread for Christmas 1949 (Click above for full-size ad)

Billboard announcement of the renewal of Hallmark Playhouse for the Fall of 1948
Billboard announcement of the renewal of Hallmark Playhouse for the Fall of 1948

In 1951, Hallmark began producing its Hallmark Hall of Fame over both Radio (CBS--1953) and Television (NBC--1951)
In 1951, Hallmark began producing its Hallmark Hall of Fame over both Radio (CBS--1953) and Television (NBC--1951)
(Click for full-size ad)

Background

Founded by Mr. Joyce C. Hall in 1910, the Hall Family's internationally famous greeting card company adopted the name, Hallmark, in 1928 and its now ubiquitous slogan, "When you care enough to send the very best," in 1944. The 1940s were Hallmark's most ambitious period of expansion, finding Hallmark advertising internationally over print media and Radio, primarily. During the 1940s and early 1950s, Hallmark sponsored the following Radio productions:

  • 1940 Tony Won's Scrapbook
  • 1942 Meet The Navy [Meet Your Navy/This is Our Navy]
  • 1944 The Hallmark Charlotte Greenwood Show
  • 1946 Radio Reader’s Digest
  • 1948 Hallmark Playhouse
  • 1953 Hallmark Hall of Fame
  • Playhouse 25 [AFRS]

Note that the Playhouse 25 canon, an orginal production of the Armed Forces Radio Service, comprised AFRS-denatured selections from both Hallmark Playhouse and the Screen Guild Theatre, among others.

Hallmark's second sponsored outing eventually drew controversy--and threats from the American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA)--with Hallmark's sponsorship of Meet The Navy [Meet Your Navy/This is Our Navy] in 1943. The issue revolved around the principle of uniformed servicemen competing with civilian performers, a practice specifically proscribed in a 1916 Army regulation. While not affecting the first two seasons of This is Our Navy, by the Fall of 1943 the issue came to a head with Hallmark's sponsorship of "The Bluejacket Choir," a CBS [WBBM, Chicago] production featuring the sailors' choir from Great Lakes Training Station.

Hallmark's generous interim solution was to employ eleven civilian 'stand-by' singers, compensated by Hallmark as card-carrying union performers, though not actually performing in lieu of The Bluejacket Choir. The compromise measure, though simply an expedient, met with the approval of both The Navy Department and AFRA. When it came time for Hallmark to renew with CBS [WBBM] for it's Meet Your Navy and The Bluejacket Choir [Blue Network] productions, The Blue Network got the nod, agreeing to make Meet Your Navy an all-serviceman production directed by newly commissioned Navy Lieutenant, George Zachery, of Columbia Workshop and Ellery Queen fame. That hurdle having been surmounted, the series ran under the new arrangement for at least 26 more weeks. Lessons learned all around, Hallmark resolved to limit its future sponsorship to commercial dramatic productions only. AFRA was happy, The Navy was happy, and the Networks were happy. Indeed everyone came out smelling like roses, except for Hallmark, whose sterling reputation had been mildly challenged due to the broadcasting industry notoriety.

Reminded of the axiom, "no good deed goes unpunished," Hallmark moved forward from that point into exclusively commercial dramatic productions--the only exception being its The Hallmark Charlotte Greenwood Show, a situation comedy already under negotiation, airing as an extension of Charlotte Greenwood's 1944 summer replacement program for The Bob Hope Program. Hallmark picked up the tab for the Fall 1944 production of The Hallmark Charlotte Greenwood Show, which ran over ABC from October 1944 through January 1946.

On the primary business side, it was also the mid-1940s that found Hallmark teaming with some of America's finest artists and illustrators to grace the covers of their greeting cards. The two most famous of the era were Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell, whose illustrations and paintings graced Hallmark's "Gallery Artists" series of seasonal greeting cards of the mid-1940s. The reception of the Gallery Artists series of cards was so great that magazines of the era, most notably, Life Magazine, featured both Hallmark and its artists in at least three feature articles of the era in addition to Hallmark's seasonal advertising.

Hallmark's evolution as a sponsor and producer of award-winning dramatic productions began with their 1946 sponsorship of Radio Reader's Digest until June 1948, at which time Hallmark began producing its own seventy-year, signature series of dramatic programming over Radio, then Television, and ultimately Cable and Satellite Television. The Hallmark Playhouse led to it's Hallmark Hall of Fame productions, produced simultaneously over Radio (CBS) and Television (NBC) from 1951, forward. Hallmark's prestigious Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise has garnered on the order of eighty prime-time Emmys over the years.

Hallmark and CBS bring Hallmark Playhouse to the air

Having sponsored Radio Reader's Digest for its three final seasons, Hallmark determined that its promotional aims could best be served by producing its own signature drama anthology, Hallmark Playhouse, which began airing on June 10, 1948, the week following its last sponsorship of Radio Reader's Digest. Hallmark Playhouse immediately set out to raise the bar in quality, production values, and talent, once its own name was attached to the production. Those earliest Hallmark Playhouse productions eventually evolved into one of Radio and Television's longest running, most prestigious, star-studded, and critically acclaimed dramatic series' in broadcasting history.

Hallmark's sponsorship of Radio Reader's Digest, while a moderately successful promotional vehicle in its own right, found Hallmark airing predominantly adventure, crime, and mystery dramas, characteristic of the type of short stories found in the print version of Reader's Digest of the era. These were mostly compelling, suspenseful, or occasionally salacious short stories one might have found in any popular pulp digests and journals of the era.

It would appear that Hallmark's principal intent in mounting its own signature series of dramatic productions over Radio was to associate its name and sponsorship with a more prestigious and wholesome brand of well-produced and engineered dramas. Indeed, the stark contrast between Hallmark's own signature productions of 1948 and beyond, and those of Radio Reader's Digest, tend to support this hypothesis. And as the quality and critical acclaim of the Hallmark Playhouse dramas increased over its five-year run, Hallmark's reputation for sponsoring a far higher calibre of drama inevitably led to its long-running Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. In this respect, in particular, it's entirely appropriate to consider Hallmark Playhouse as the initial 'template' that ultimately resulted in Hallmark's remarkable series of award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame productions of 1951 and beyond.

The Hallmark Playhouse ushered in a higher quality of production almost from its inception. Perhaps as much as to differentiate itself from its previous three-year sponsorship of Radio Reader's Digest, Hallmark mounted its Hallmark Playhouse with the best soundbooth, soundstage, and music direction it could obtain, world-class dramatic vehicles, the finest scripters and adapters of the era, and some of the era's finest acting talent. The Summer 'replacement' of Radio Reader's Digest was a shoe-in to be picked up in the Fall of 1948--and so it was.

A Hollywood production, world-acclaimed American novelist James Hilton hosted Hallmark Playhouse, lending his fame, demonstrated appreciation for classic fiction, and renowned critic's weight to the production. And indeed, that first season of Hallmark Playhouse was marked by predominantly fiction dramas. The season opener dramatized Stephen Vincent Benét's fiction classic, The Devil and Daniel Webster, with Alan Reed and John McIntyre in the leading roles. Adapted by Jean Holloway and directed by Bill Gay, the premiere production was well mounted and entertaining. Lyn Murray's music direction of Hallmark Playhouse would continue for another four seasons, in yet another 'hallmark' of the overall quality of Hallmark Playhouse.

Hallmark's messaging itself was skillfully crafted into most presentations. Subtle, yet effective, the intertwined commercial messages represented one of the more novel and tasteful commercial gambits of the era and continued on through Hallmark's sponsorship of all of its productions going forward. Hallmark's clear intent--to introduce class into both its messaging and its dramatic productions--paved the way for all of the Hallmark productions that followed--well into the beginning of the 21st century.

The 'Playhouse' format of Radio drama first entered popularity in the late 1920s, experiencing recurring popularity over the following thirty years. Hallmark Playhouse appears to have ushered in a resurgence of 'Playhouse' format dramatic programming, given the number of 'Playhouse' productions that began airing shortly after the premiere of Hallmark Playhouse on June 10, 1948. This, by way of explaining both the aggressive competition in Radio between 1947 and 1953, and the competing networks' desires to capitalize on the success of an emerging, competing, high-quality program.

A by-product of the number of 'Playhouse' productions of the era was that as newspaper listings began the inevitable trend toward emphasizing Television programming over Radio programming, the Radio listings of the era could often contain three to five productions every week listed simply as 'Playhouse.' Indeed the productions most often mistaken for or conflated with Hallmark Playhouse were the various Philip Morris Playhouse programs of the era. Compounding the problem, Hollywood Star Playhouse aired over NBC a half-hour earlier than Hallmark Playhouse in most major markets. Confusing enough in its day, Radio historians of today find the situation even more exasperating as they attempt to research the Hallmark Playhouse canon seventy years later.

In the Fall of 1952, Hallmark Playhouse began airing on Sunday evenings until February of 1953, at which point it transitioned to the Hallmark Hall of Fame canon, again hosted by Lionel Barrymore. Hallmark's television productions of The Hallmark Hall of Fame had begun airing over NBC Television in October 1951. Debuting to overnight critical and popular acclaim, Hallmark's television production of The Hallmark Hall of Fame begged the obvious argument to capitalize on that acceptance by rebranding Hallmark Playhouse as The Hallmark Hall of Fame over Radio or "The Hallmark Radio Hall of Fame," so as to further differentiate them. And so it was that while NBC Television was airing The Hallmark Hall of Fame over the 'orthicon tube' across America, stalwart fans of The Hallmark Hall of Fame over Radio could continue to listen to it for another three seasons over CBS Radio.

But as we've often noted in other articles, the appearance of a Television production of an airing Radio program generally marked the beginning of the end for the Radio production. Rare exceptions of the era were Dragnet, Have Gun Will Travel, Our Miss Brooks, and The Life of Riley, among a handful of others. Even the more ardently and loyally supported Radio productions with Television counterparts eventually gave way to their Television productions. Such was the novelty, popularity, and growing influence of Television during the 1950s. A 'vast wasteland' to some, the proverbial 'candy store to a kid' for others, Television inexorably wrested audience attention from Radio to Television and so, for all intents and purposes, ended The Golden Age of Radio.

Series Derivatives:

Radio Reader's Digest; The Hallmark Hall of Fame [Radio (1953) and Television (1951)]; Playhouse 25 [AFRS]; Bookshelf of The World [AFRS]; This Is The Story [AFRS]; The Hallmark Hall of Fame series over cable; The Hallmark Channel [Cable television]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Drama Anthology
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 48-06-10 01
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 48-06-10 to 53-02-01; CBS; One Hundred Ninety, 30-minute programs [One, one-hour program]; Thursdays in prime time, then Sundays in prime time.
Syndication: CBS; The AFRS (as Playhouse 25, Bookshelf of The World, and This Is the Story)
Sponsors: Hallmark Greeting Cards [Hall Bros., Inc.]
Director(s): Bill Gay, Dee Engelbach [Producers/Directors]
Principal Actors: John McIntire, Alan Reed, Mary Jane Croft, Elliott Lewis, Frank Nelson, Mary Lansing, Joseph Kearns, David Ellis, Joan Banks, Bea Benaderet, William Johnstone, Alan Ordley, Frances Robinson, Gerald Mohr, Frank Lovejoy, Margaret MacDonald, Ed Begley, Anne Whitfield, Lois Corbett, Joseph Kearns, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle, Jeff Chandler, Myra Marsh, William Conrad, Ed Begley, James Hilton, Ann Blyth, Barbara Eiler, Barbara Fuller, Sam Edwards, Tony Barrett, Earle Ross, Peter Leeds, Arnold Moss, Lurene Tuttle, William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Irene Dunne, Ronald Colman, Lionel Barrymore, Luana Patten, John Lund, Rosalind Russell, Edmond O'Brien, Dan O'Herlihy, Claude Jarman, Jean Hersholt, Jack Kirkwood, Jack Benny, Martha Scott, Jack Kirkwood, Victor Moore, Verna Felton, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, Ida Lupino, Gerald Mohr, John Hodiak, Herbert Marshall, Louis Bromfield, Jane Wyman, Ruth Hussey, Ed Begley, Howard McNear, Ward Bond, Jeff Chandler, Gregory Peck, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Peggy Webber, Parley Baer, Virginia Bruce, Jeff Chandler, Howard McNear, Meredith Willson, Jeff Chandler, Gilbert Barnett, Dick Ryan, Richard Conte, Loretta Young, Paul McVey, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Barrett, Christopher Morley, James Dunn, Connie Marshall, Linda Darnell, Verna Felton, William Frawley, Jerry Austin, Richard Widmark, Charles Bickford, Gloria Blondell, Lurene Tuttle, William Tracy, Paul Lukas, Howard McNear, Fred MacMurray, Ed Begley, Roddy McDowall, Anne Whitfield, MacDonald Carey, Sam Edwards, Ann Blyth, Edmund Gwenn, Verna Felton, Charles Coburn, Gerald Mohr, John McIntire, Irene Dunne, Lew Ayres, William Conrad, Frances Robinson, Ted Osborne, Martha Scott, Dorothy McGuire, Frank Lovejoy, Robert Walker, Dana Andrews, Claudette Colbert, Frank Nelson, Joel McCrea, Ronald Colman, Lon McCallister, Ida Lupino, Victor Jory, Ethel Barrymore, Tom Tully, Katina Paxinou, Alan Reed, Burgess Meredith, Jeanette Nolan, Richard Todd, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Charles Bickford, Ann Blyth, Charles Boyer, Jeanne Crain, Elliott Reid, Joan Fontaine, Teresa Wright, Lloyd Nolan, Bobby Driscoll, Maurice Tarplin, Isabel Jewell, Ted Osborne, Ted de Corsia, Herb Butterfield, Parley Baer, Lon Clark, Jane Wyman, Robert Young, Van Heflin, Dana Andrews, Lamont Johnson, Charlotte Lawrence, Dean Stockwell, Lionel Barrymore, Norman Field, Martha Scott, Broderick Crawford, Margaret Brayton, Barbara Jean Wong, Eric Snowden, Ralph Reed, Deborah Kerr, Barbara Eiler, Jay Novello, Ted de Corsia, Judy Garland, Ben Wright, Betty Lou Gerson, Hans Conried, Whitfield Connor, Eleanor Audley, Norma Jean Nilsson, Edward Arnold, Anne Baxter, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Cummings, Edmond O'Brien, Sarah Churchill, Lon McCallister, Earl Lee, Virginia Gregg, Herb Butterfield, Charlie Lung, Jean Tatum, Stanley Farrar,Louis Jordan, Raymond Burr, Paul Dubov, Ray Milland, Collette McMahon, Myra Marsh, Ronald Reagan, Richard Widmark, Loretta Young, Margaret Brayton, Norma Varden, Jean Pierre Aumont, Jeffrey Silver, Eddie Firestone, Angela Lansbury, Jeanette Nolan, David Niven, Barbara Stanwyck, Sammy Ogg, Ellen Morgan, John Doddsworth, Dennis Frazer
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production
Author(s): Charles Rawlings, A.J. Cronin, Rupert Hughes, Edna Ferber, Rose Wilder Lane, Carl Sandburg, James Thurber, Sir Arthur Pinero, Helen Ashton, James Hilton, Maxwell Anderson, Booth Tarkington, Blanche Chenery Perrin, George Bernard Shaw, Bellamy Partridge, Stephen Vincent Benet, Jane Austen, George Agnew Chamberlain, Edith Wharton, Walter Edmonds, Phil Strong, Richard Sherman, Ring Lardner, Sinclair Lewis, Hans Christian Anderson, Stephen Leacock, Hollister Noble, Helen Rose Hull, Christopher Morley, Katharine Havilland-Taylor, John Balderston, Irving Stone, Kathleen Norris, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Fulton Oursler, Will Oursler, Jules Verne, Charles O'Neill, Winston Churchill, Opal Lee Berryman, Margaret Sangster, Ruth McKinney, Alice McKay, Lawrence Houseman, Sanford Salyer, Dan Wickendon, Richard Fowler, Gladys Hasty Carroll, Theodore Pratt, Edward Crook, Octavus Roy Cohen, Jessie Lynch Williams, Washington Irving, Helen L. Morgan, O. Henry, Mildred Cram, Charles Dickens, Ann Farley, Henriette Pringle, James Ronald, Irving Bacheller, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Helen McGinnis, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Richard Henry Dana, Rumor Godden, Carl Van Doren, Anthony Hope, Muriel Elwood, Isabel Dick, George Bernard Shaw, Catherine Brinker Bowen, Emerson Huff, Fanny Kilbourne, Helen Partridge, Marcella Talent, Lorenzo Sears, John Tasker Howard, Howard Breslin, Arthur Hertzler, Susan Ertz, Donald Culross Peattie, Charles Kingsley, Herbert E. Stober, Laura Hillyer, R.E. Gould, Marjorie Sharpe, George Garland, Charlotte Bronte, Richard Blackmoore, Elizabeth Mumford, P.C. Hedley, Virginia Tatnall Peacock, James Fennimore Cooper, Clive Bream Davis, Elswyth Thane, Walter Scott, Fletcher Pratt, Herman Peterson, Lloyd C. Douglas, Catherine Marshall, Mary Bard, Elizabeth Burbridge
Writer(s) James Hilton, Louis Bromfield, Carl Sandburg, Edna Ferber, Irving Stone, Betty Smith, James Thurber, W.F. Harvey, Jean Holloway, Leonard Sinclair [Writers]
Richard Kennedy, Jack Rubin, Joel Murcott, Howard Dimsdale, Jean Holloway, Axel Grindberg, Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee, Leonard St. Clair [Adapters]
Music Direction: Lyn Murray
David Rose, Frederick Steiner, Bernard Hermann [Composers/Conductors]
Musical Theme(s): Charles Williams' “The Dream of Olwen”
Announcer(s): Frank Goss
James Hilton [Host/Narrator]
Lionel Barrymore [Host/Narrator]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
191 broadcasts of 188 scripts
Episodes in Circulation: 134
Total Episodes in Collection: 127
Provenances:

Radio listing from Albuquerque Journal of December 25, 1947
Radio listing from Albuquerque Journal of December 25, 1947
Billboard's review of the June 17, 1948 production of Hallmark Playhouse
Billboard's review of the June 17, 1948 production of Hallmark Playhouse

Billboard's review of the Sep 6, 1951 production of Hallmark Playhouse
Billboard's review of the Sep 6, 1951 production of Hallmark Playhouse

RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, Life Magazine, The Billboard magazine, newspaper listings, Martin Grams' Radio Drama.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings. The most inaccurate was Martin Grams' Radio Drama.

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OTRisms:

The radioGOLDINdex, usually a reliable source for radio program transcription information, cites an episode of Hallmark Playhouse at December 25, 1947, titled, "The Only Wise Man." When we first encountered Goldin's entry for this alleged episode we thought it might have been either a preview of Hallmark Playhouse or a one-off special under a Hallmark Playhouse banner. Unfortunately, the entry is uncharacteristically in error on several counts:

  • It's not a Hallmark Playhouse exemplar at all. It's from the Casey, Crime Photographer canon.
  • It wasn't sponsored by Hallmark Cards. It was sponsored by Anchor Hocking.
  • This can be verified by multiple newspaper listings of the era, one of which we've included in the sidebar at left.

Widely conflated with the various Philip Morris Playhouse and Hollywood Star Playhouse productions that ran concurrent with Hallmark Playhouse, most of the existing logs of Hallmark Playhouse fall into the same trap we almost encountered in logging the Hallmark Playhouse canon ourselves--including 'OTR author,' Martin Grams, Jr..

Again--and again, and again, and again--the key, as always, lies in actually listening to the programs one logs. The Philip Morris Playhouse aired over the same network and in the same approximate timeslot as Hallmark Playhouse [though on different weeknights] for two to three years. In addition, Hollywood Star Playhouse aired over NBC a half-hour earlier than Hallmark Playhouse during the Fall season of 1952. [Hollywood Star Playhouse was the production over which Jimmy Stewart's first performance of The Six Shooter was broadcast. ] This is undoubtedly the reason for between eighteen and thirty-two erroneous titles having entered other widely circulating logs of the Hallmark Playhouse canon over the years. And, incidentally, that's the very reason we undertook our Definitive collection of Golden Age Radio articles and logs in the first place. We'd love to crank out 10 to 15 logs a month like some of our competitors in the hobby. And of course, if we simply dispensed with listening to what we log, we could possibly approach that level of output ourselves. We simply don't subscribe to the widely held OTR notion that quantity trumps quality. Others in the vintage Radio community seem to feel the opposite. We're standing pat on our own methodology and research protocols.

Of the remaining circulating titles (e.g., those not conflated with the Philip Morris Playhouse or Hollywood Star Playhouse productions) at least twenty are simply in error--ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. The key--again--lies in loggers failing to actually listen to what they log.

Remarkably, for a program running almost four years, as best as we can determine there were no preemptions of the canon for its entire run. As such, the episode sequencing for Hallmark Playhouse has a very high level of integrity--once one eliminates all of the bogus Phillip Morris Playhouse episodes that have been superfluously attached to this canon for thirty years.

Given one of the more regrettable characteristics of this hobby--wishful thinking--we weren't very surprised to disover that we'd gotten punked with a version of The Story of Silent Night that we thought we had, but didn't:

The probable most widely circulating exemplar of The Story of Silent Night is the recording of its first broadcast, Episode 29, dated December 23, 1948. The giveaway is Lyn Murray's announcement of the following episode to be James Hilton's own Lost Horizon. If you suspect you got punked like we did, listen to your own exemplar(s) to determine whether--or not--they contain the above mentioned provenance.

The good news is that tens of thousands of Hallmark Playhouse collectors now have only 191 episodes to collect instead of 211 episodes. Going even further, there are only 188 original scripts to be collected in the canon, unless one has a fetish for repeat broadcasts. The bad news is that in all likelihood, this is the only vintage Radio log in the world that will tell you that. Of course if you wish to keep hunting for those other 20 imaginary titles, we wish you well. And so it goes . . .


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The Hallmark Playhouse Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
48-06-10
1
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Y
48-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): new series with James Hilton as host-narrator; "
The Devil and Daniel Webster."
48-06-17
2
Mrs Union Station
Y
48-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents "
Mrs. Union Station."
48-06-24
3
Unless Love Is Music
Y
48-06-24 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Playhouse:
Unless Love Is Music, James Hilton, Narrator
48-07-01
4
Penny Serenade
Y
48-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents "
Penny Serenade."
48-07-08
5
Pride and Prejudice
Y
48-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents "
Pride and Prejudice."
48-07-15
6
Girls Are Like Boats
Y
48-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Charles Rawlings' "
Girls are Like Boats."
48-07-22
7
The Citadel
Y
48-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): presents A.J. Cronin's "
The Citadel."
48-07-29
8
The Phantom Filly
N
[The Phantom Philly, cited below was in error. The production for this day was adapted from George Agnew Chamberlain's serial short story, The Phantom Filly, first published in The Saturday Evening Post in the winter of 1941.]

48-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): "
The Phantom Philly."
48-08-05
9
Afterward
Y
48-08-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): "
Afterward," with Lurene Tuttle.
48-08-12
10
The Old Nest
Y
48-08-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents "
The Old Nest," by Rupert Hughes.
48-08-19
11
Drums Along the Mohawk
Y
48-08-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): "
Drums Along the Mohawk".
48-08-26
12
State Fair
N
48-08-26 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Playhouse:
State Fair; James Hilton, Narrator
48-09-02
13
To Mary With Love
Y
48-09-02 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Playhouse:
To Mary With Love; James Hilton, Narrator
48-09-09
14
Cimarron
Y
48-09-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents Irene Dunne in Edna Ferber's "
Comarron".
48-09-16
15
Goodbye, Mr Chips
Y
48-06-16 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Playhouse:
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, With Ronald Colman; James Hilton, Narrator
48-09-23
16
Captain January
Y
48-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents Lionel Barrymroe as lighthouse keeper in "
Captain January".
48-09-30
17
My Man Godfrey
N
[Moves to 9 p.m. in the Central Time Zone]

48-09-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents Dick Powell in "
My Man Godfrey."
48-10-07
18
Elmer the Great
Y
48-10-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Bob Hope in "
Elmer the Great."
48-10-14
19
Arrowsmith
Y
48-10-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): John Lund in "
Arrowsmith."
48-10-21
20
Mrs Parkington
Mrs. Parkinson
Y
48-10-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Rosalind Russell in "
Mrs. Parkington."
48-10-28
21
O'Halloran's Luck
Y
48-10-28 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Playhouse:
O'Halloran's Luck With Edmund O'Brien; James Hilton, Narrator
48-11-04
22
My Friend Flicka
Y
48-11-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Claude Jarman, Jr., in "
My Friend Flicka".
48-11-11
23
The Wild Swans
Y
48-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Jean Hersholt in "
The Wild Swans".
48-11-18
24
My Financial Career
Y
48-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Jack Benny in Stephen Leacock's "
My Financial Career".
48-11-25
25
Free Land
Y
48-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Martha Scott in "
Free Land," by Rose Wilder Lane.
48-12-02
26
Old Man Minick
Old Man Minnick
Y
48-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Victor Moore in "
Old Man Minick," by Edna Ferber.
48-12-09
27
Woman With A Sword
Y
48-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Ida Lupino in "
Woman With a Sword".
48-12-16
28
The Desert Shall Rejoice
Y
48-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal - 9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): John Hodiak in "The Desert Shall Rejoice," Modern Nativity parable.
48-12-23
29
The Story Of Silent Night
Silent Night

Y
48-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton as Franz Gruber in story of "
Silent Night."

Lyn Murray announces James Hilton's Lost Horizon as the next production
48-12-30
30
Lost Horizon
Y
48-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--James Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Herbert Marshall stars in "
Lost Horizon".
49-01-06
31
McLeod's Folly
McCloud's Folly
Y
49-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Robert Young in "
McLeod's Folly," story of small-town political corruption.
49-01-13
32
Clay-Shuttered Doors
Y
49-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Jane Wyman in "
Clay Shuttered Doors."
49-01-20
33
Parnassus On Wheels
Y
49-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Ruth Hussey in "
Parnassus On Wheels."
49-01-27
34
The Failure
Y
49-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Ward Bond in
story of country doctor who considers himself a failure.
49-02-03
35
The Prairie Years
Y
49-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Gregory Peck as Abraham Lincoln in Sandburg's "
The Prairie Years."
49-02-10
36
Smilin' Through
Y
49-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Lew Ayres in "
Smilin' Through."
49-02-17
37
Random Harvest
Y
49-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal - 9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Joan Fontaine in "Random Harvest."
49-02-24
38
So Big
Y
49-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Virginia Bruce in "
So Big."
49-03-03
39
Berkeley Square
Y
49-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): David Niven in "
Berkeley Square."
49-03-10
40
And There I Stood With My Piccolo
Y
49-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Meredith Wilson as himself in "
And There I Stood With My Piccolo."
49-03-17
41
Our Own Kind
Y
49-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents Barry Fitzgerald in "
Our Own Kind."
49-03-24
42
Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshall
Y
49-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Richard Conte as "
Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal."
49-03-31
43
Immortal Wife
Y
49-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Loretta Young as Jessie Benton, Missouri heroine, in "
Immortal Wife."
49-04-07
44
Morning Glory
Y
49-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Elizabeth Taylor in "
Morning Glory," story of stage-struck Canadian girl.
49-04-14
45
One Foot In Heaven
Y
49-04-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): George Brent in "
One Foot in Heaven."
49-04-21
46
Kitty Foyle
Y
49-04-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): June Allyson in "
Kitty Foyle."
49-04-28
47
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Y
[ Moves back to 8 p.m. in Central Time Zone]

49-04-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Dunn and Connie Marshall in "
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
49-05-05
48
Mother
Y
49-05-05 Wisconsin State Journal - 8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Linda Darnell in Kathleen Norris' "Mother."
49-05-12
49
You Could Look It Up
Y
49-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): William Frawley in "
You Could Look It Up," baseball comedy by James Thurber.
49-05-19
50
The Enchanted Cottage
Y
49-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Richard Widmark in "
The Enchanted Cottage," by Sir Arthur Pinero.
49-05-26
51
The Barker
Y
49-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Charles Bickford in "
The Barker," story of carnival life.
49-06-02
52
I Like It Here
Y
49-06-02 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Playhouse:
I Like It Here, With Paul Lucas; James Hilton, Narrator.
49-09-08
53
Yankee From Olympus
Y
49-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents Robert Young in "
Yankee from Olympus."
49-09-15
54
Anna and the King Of Siam
N
49-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Deborah Kerr in "
Anna and the King of Siam."
49-09-22
55
So Well Remembered
N
49-09-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Van Heflin in "
So Well Remembered."
49-09-29
56
August Heat
Y
[ Moves back to 9 p.m. in Central Time Zone]

49-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): James Hilton presents Fred MacMurray in "
August Heat."
49-10-06
57
National Velvet
Y
49-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Roddy McDowall in "
National Velvet."
49-10-13
58
The Virginian
Y
49-10-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): MacDonald Carey in "
The Virginian."
49-10-20
59
Let the Hurricane Roar
Y
49-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Ann Blyth in "
Let the Hurricane Roar," by Rose Wilder Lane.
49-10-27
60
Doctor Serocold
The Story of Dr. Sericold
Dr. Seracold

Penguin Pocketbook edition of Doctor Serocold by Helen Ashton

Y
49-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Edmund Gwenn in "
The Story of Dr. Sericold," a day in the life of a country doctory whose patients include woman he once loved.
49-11-03
61
Colonel Effingham's Raid
Y
49-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Charles Coburn in "
Col. Effingham's Raid," story of retired officer whose newspaper column becomes civic-affairs weapon.
49-11-10
62
Bride Of Fortune
Y
49-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Irene Dunne as Mrs. Jefferson Davis in "
Bride of Fortune."
49-11-17
63
A Letter To Mr Priest
Y
49-11-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Lew Ayres as small-town lawyer in "
A Letter to Mr. Priest."
49-11-24
64
The Courtship Of Miles Standish
Y
49-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): David Niven as John Alden in "
The Courtship of Miles Standish."
49-12-01
65
Cheers For Miss Bishop
Y
49-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Martha Scott in "
Cheers for Miss Bishop."
49-12-08
66
Christopher and Columbus
Y
49-12-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Dorothy McGuire plays twins in "
Christopher and Columbus."
49-12-15
67
Wedding Morning
Y
49-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Robert Walker in "
Wedding Morning."
49-12-22
68
The Story Of Silent Night
Silent Night
N
49-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): story of how "
Silent Night" was written.
49-12-29
69
Father Flanagan Of Boys' Town
Y
49-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--James Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Dana Andrews as Father Flanagan in Fulton and Will Oursler's "
Father Flanagan of Boys' Town."
50-01-05
70
The Egg and I
Y
50-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Claudette Colbert in "
The Egg and I."
50-01-12
71
The Way West
Y
50-01-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Joel McCrea in "
The Way West."
50-01-19
72
Around the World In 80 Days
Y
50-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Ronald Colman in "
Around the World in 80 Days."
50-01-26
73
Green Grass Of Wyoming
N
50-01-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Lon McCallister in "
Green Grass of Wyoming."
50-02-02
74
The Love Story Of Elizabeth Barrett
The Wine of Youth
Y
50-02-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Ida Lupino in "
The Wine of Youth."
50-02-09
75
Lincoln and the Baltimore Plot
Y
50-02-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Victor Jory as Abraham Lincoln in title unknown story of 1861 assassination plot.

50-02-09 New York Times
10:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Lincoln and the Baltimore Plot, With Victor Jory
50-02-16
76
April 25th As Usual
Y
50-02-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Ethel Barrymore in "
April 25 As Usual."
50-02-23
77
The Autobiography Of Will Rogers
Y
50-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Will Rogers, Jr., as his father in "
The Autobiography of Will Rogers."
50-03-02
78
The Indestructible Julia
Y
50-03-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Katrina Paxinou in "
The Indestructible Julia."
50-03-09
79
Home To the Hermitage
Y
50-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Burgess Meredith as Andrew Jakson in "
Home to the Hermitage."
50-03-16
80
The Three Wishes Of Jamie McRuin
N
50-03-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Richard Todd in "
The Three Wishes of Jamie McRuin."
50-03-23
81
Richard Carvel
N
50-03-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in "
Richard Carvel," story of Revolutionary war hero.
50-03-30
82
Pioneer Preacher
Y
50-03-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Charles Bickford in "
Pioneer Preacher."
50-04-06
83
The Arbutus Bonnet
Y
50-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Ann Blyth in "
The Arbutus Bonnet," an Easter story.
50-04-13
84
Appassionata
Y
50-04-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Charles Boyer in "
Appassionata," based on James Hilton story.
50-04-20
85
My Sister Eileen
Y
50-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Rosalind Russell in "
My Sister Eileen".
50-04-27
86
They Came To A River
Y
50-04-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Jeanne Crain as pioneer woman n "
They Came to a River".
50-05-04
87
Victoria Regina
N
50-05-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Joan Fontaine in "
Victoria Regina."
50-05-11
88
Marmee
N
50-05-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Teresa Wright in "
Marmee," story of Louisa May Alcott's mother.
50-05-18
89
The Wayfarers
N
50-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Lloyd Nolan in "
The Wayfarers," story of man saved from self-pity and despair.
50-05-25
90
Knee Pants
Y
50-05-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Bobby Driscoll in "
Knee Pants."
50-06-01
91
The Story Of Kansas City
Y
50-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Robert Young and Jane Wyman in
dramatic version of Kansas City's story.
50-09-07
92
The Story Of Thomas Edison
N
50-09-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM):
A 32-year-old recording of the voice of Thomas A. Edison will be heard during the story of the inventor's life, starring Van Heflin.
50-09-14
93
The Big Build-Up
N
50-09-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): Dana Andrews as brash movie press agent in "
The Big Build-Up."
50-09-21
94
West Of the Hill
N
50-09-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WBBM): Elizabeth Taylor in "
West of the Hill," story of orphaned girl in lonely Maine village.
50-09-28
95
The Barefoot Mailman
N
50-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WBBM): John Hodiak in '
The Barefoot Mailman," tale of Florida land boom.
50-10-05
96
The Story Of Florence Nightingale
N
50-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Irene Dunne in "
The Story of Florence Nightingale."
50-10-12
97
The Final Tribute
N
50-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Edmund Gwenn in "
The Final Tribute," tale of aging doctor and his young assistant.
50-10-19
98
Not Wanted
N
50-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Dean Stockwell in "
Not Wanted".
50-10-26
99
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
N
50-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): "
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," with Lionel Barrymore as narrator.
50-11-02
100
Mistress Of the White House
N
50-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Teresa Wright as Dolly Madison in "
Mistress of the White House."
50-11-09
101
Great Expectations
Great Expections
N
50-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Richard Todd in "
Great Expectations."
50-11-16
102
The Enchanted April
N
50-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): at new time; Joan Fontaine in "The Enchanted April."
50-11-23
103
Home To Thanksgiving
Home For Thanksgiving
Y
50-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Jane Wyman in "
Home to Thanksgiving," story of Currier and Ives.
50-11-30
104
Decatur
Y
50-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Richard Widmark in "
Decatur," story of American naval hero.
50-12-07
105
The Third Ingredient
Y
50-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Ann Blyth in "
The Third Ingredient," based on O. Henry story.
50-12-14
106
The Promise
Y
50-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Robert Young in "
The Promise," tale of couple whose divorce plans are affected by car accident and hermit.
50-12-21
107
The Story Of Silent Night
Silent Night
N
50-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): "
Silent Night," story of composition of famed carol.
50-12-28
108
Patrick Calls Me Mother
Y
50-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hallmark Playhouse (WKOW): "
Patrick Calls Me Mother."
51-01-04
109
The Life Of Theodore Roosevelt
Y
51-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Broderick Crawford in "
The Life of Theodore Roosevelt."
51-01-11
110
Farmer In the Dell
Y
51-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Charles Bickford in Edna F erber's "
Farmer in the Dell."
51-01-18
111
Old Soldiers Never Die
Y
51-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Raymond Massey in "
Old Soldiers Never Die."
51-01-25
112
The Golden Herd
The Golden Horde
Y
51-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Bruce Cabot in "
The Golden Herd," western drama.
51-02-01
113
Goodbye, Mr Chips
Y
51-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Deborah Kerr in "
Goodbye, Mr. Chips".
51-02-08
114
A Man For the Ages
Y
51-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Joseph Cotton as Abraham Lincoln in "
A Man for the Ages".
51-02-15
115
Cinderella
The Story of Cinderella
Y
51-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Judy Garland in "
Cinderella," story of thwarted writer.
51-02-22
116
Valley Forge
Y
51-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Van Heflin as Gen. George Washington in "
Valley Forge," by Maxwell Anderson.
51-03-01
117
Monsieur Beaucaire
Y
51-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in Booth Tarkington's "
Monsieur Beaucaire".
51-03-08
118
Deepwood
Deep Wood

Deepwood by Blanche Chenery Perrin

Y
51-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Rosalind Russell in "
Deepwood."
51-03-15
119
The Long Winter
Y
51-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Edward Arnold in "
The Long Winter."
51-03-22
120
The Long Love
Y
51-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Van Johnson in "
The Long Love," story of poor boy who marries rich girl.
51-03-29
121
Elizabeth, Captive Princess
Y
51-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Veronica Lake in "
Waterloo Bridge."
51-04-05
122
Rest and Be Thankful
Y
51-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Dorothy McGuire in "
Rest and Be Thankful."
51-04-12
123
Joy Street
Y
51-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Irene Dunne in "
Joy Street".
51-04-19
124
F.O.B. America
Y
51-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Robert Cummings in "
F.O.B. America," story of automobiles' early days.
51-04-26
125
Two Years Before the Mast
Y
51-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Edmund O'Brien in "
Two Years Before the Mast".
51-05-03
126
A Breath Of Air
Y
51-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Sarah Churchill in "
A Breath of Air."
51-05-10
127
A Man's Mother
Y
51-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Ethel Barrymore in "
A Man's Mother."
51-05-17
128
Benjamin Franklin
Y
51-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Lionel Barrymore in Carl Van Doren's "
Benjamin Franklin."
51-05-24
129
Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!
Y
51-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Lon McCallister in "
Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!"
51-05-31
130
The Story Of Johnny Appleseed
The Quest of John Chapman
Y
51-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Lew Ayres as Johnny Appleseed in "
The Quest of John Chapman."
51-09-06
131
Quality Street
N
51-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): returns to the air; Deborah Kerr in "
Quality Street"
51-09-13
132
Francis Scott Key
Y
51-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Robert Young as
Francis Scott Key.
51-09-20
133
The Prisoner Of Zenda
Y
51-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in "
The Prisoner of Zenda".
51-09-27
134
Web Of Destiny
Y
51-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Jane Wyman in "
Web of Destiny," story of French and Indian war.
51-10-04
135
Country Lawyer
Y
51-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Fred MacMurray in "
Country Lawyer".
51-10-11
136
Wild Orchard
Y
51-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Ann Blyth in "
Wild Orchard," story of life in Tasmania.
51-10-18
137
Cashel Byron's Profession
Y
51-10-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Joseph Cotton in "
Cashel Bryon's profession," by George Bernard Shaw.
51-10-25
138
John Adams and the American Revolution
John Adams
The Story of John Adams
Y
51-10-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Van Heflin in "
John Adams and the American Revolution".
51-11-01
139
Evangeline
Y
51-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Joan Fontaine in "
Evangeline."
51-11-08
140
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sky
N
51-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): "
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," dramatization of Jules Verne's scientific fantasy.
51-11-15
141
The Mississippi Bubble
The Mississippi Bubba
N
51-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Ray Milland in "
The Mississippi Bubble."
51-11-22
142
The Widened Heart
Y
51-11-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Ann Harding in "
The Widened Heart."
51-11-29
143
Salad Days
Y
51-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Ronald Reagan in "
Salad Days," by Bellamy Partridge.
51-12-06
144
The Night Of the Hayride
Y
51-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Loretta Young in "
The Night of the Hayride," based on true-life incident.
51-12-13
145
The Story Of John Hancock
Y
51-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Dana Andrews as John Hancock in "
The Picturesque Patriot."
51-12-20
146
The Story Of Silent Night
Silent Night
N
51-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): "
The Story of 'Silent Night'."
51-12-27
147
Stephen Foster, America's Troubador
N
51-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): MacDonald Carey stars as "
Stephen Foster, America's Troubador."
52-01-03
148
The Tamarack Tree
N
52-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): "
The Tamarack Tree."
52-01-10
149
Horse and Buggy Doctor
N
52-01-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Lionel Barrymore in "
Horse and Buggy Doctor."
52-01-17
150
Madame Claire
N
52-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Agnes Moorehead in "
Madame Claire."
52-01-24
151
The Story Of John James Audubon
N
52-01-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW):
story of John Audubon, starring Jean Pierre Aumont.
52-01-31
152
Westward Ho!
Y
52-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Joseph Cotton in "
Westward Ho!"
52-02-07
153
Persuasion
Percussion
Y
52-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Deborah Kerr in Jane Austen's "
Persuasion".
52-02-14
154
The Story Of Clara and Robert Schumann
N
52-02-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Joan Fontaine in "
The Story of Clara and Robert Schumann."
52-02-21
155
Powder Mission
N
52-02-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): "
Powder Mission," story of Washington's time.
52-02-28
156
Mother Of the Groom
N
52-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Ruth Hussey in "
Mother of the Groom."
52-03-06
157
The Man Without A Home
N
52-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Joseph Cotton as John Howard Payne in "
The Man Without a Home".
52-03-13
158
This Pleasant Lea
This Pleasant Leave
This, Pleasantly
Y
52-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Deborah Kerr in "
This Pleasant Lea".
52-03-20
159
Time Remembered
Y
52-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Jane Wyman in "
Time Remembered," story of woman whose three children go off to war.
52-03-27
160
Yankee Storekeeper
N
52-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Lionel Barrymore in "
Yankee Storekeeper".
52-04-03
161
Lise Lillywhite
N
52-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Angela Lansbury in "
Lise Lillywhite," story of naïve beauty.
52-04-10
162
Ben Hur
N
52-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Jeff Chandler in "
Ben Hur".
52-04-17
163
Doubtful Valley
N
52-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Richard Widmark in "
Doubtful Valley".
52-04-24
164
The Professor
N
52-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Joan Fontaine in "
The Professor".
52-05-01
165
Lorna Doone
N
52-05-01 New York Times
8:30-WCBS--Playhouse:
Lorna Doone, With Ray Milland
52-05-08
166
Whistler's Mother
N
52-05-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Jane Wyman in "
Whistler's Mother".
52-05-15
167
Marquis de Lafayette
N
52-05-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Jean Pierre Aumont in "
Marquis de Lafayette."
52-05-22
168
Marcia Burns
N
52-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): Barbara Stanwyck plays role of Washington's first Hostess in "
Marsha Burns". New York Times - 8:30-WCBS--Playhouse: Marcia Burns, With Barbara Stanwyck.
52-05-29
169
Forward the Nation
N
52-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Hilton Playhouse (WKOW): screen actor Van Heflin stars in season's final play, "
Forward the Nation", story of Lewis and Clark expedition.
52-09-07
170
Treasure Island
N
52-09-07 New York Times
9-9:30--Playhouse: "Treasure Island"; Lionel Barrymore, Host--WCBS.
52-09-14
171
The Pathfinder
N
52-09-14 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
The Pathfinder. With Van Heflin; Lionel Barrymore, Host
52-09-21
172
Forty-Odd
N
52-09-21 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse: Forty-Odd, With Jane Wyman; Lionel Barrymore, Host
52-09-28
173
Nebraska Coast
N
52-09-28 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Nebraska Coast, With Fred MacMurray; Lionel Barrymore, Host
52-10-05
174
Mansfield Park
N
52-10-05 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Mansfield Park, With Angela Lansbury; Lionel Barrymore, Host
52-10-12
175
Young Mr Disraeli
N
52-10-12 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Daniel Webster, With Joseph Cotton; Lionel Barrymore, Host.

52-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal - 8 p.m.--Playhouse (WKOW): Joseph Cotton in "
Daniel Webster."
52-10-19
176
Lady Of the Lake
N
52-10-19 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Lady of the Lake, With Joan Fontaine, Lionel Barrymore, Host
52-10-26
177
Preble's Boys
Prebble's Boy

Preble's Boys by Fletcher Pratt

N
52-10-26 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Preble's Boy, With MacDonald Carey; Lionel Barrymore, Host
52-11-02
178
Daniel Webster
N
52-11-02 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse: Daniel Webster, With Lionel Barrymore.

52-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Barrymore Playhouse (WKOW): Lionel Barrymore in "
Daniel Webster."
52-11-09
179
The Covered Bridge
N
52-11-09 New York Times - 9:00-WCBS--Playhouse: The Covered Bridge, with Barbara Stanwyck
52-11-16
180
Thunder Shower
N
52-11-16 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Thunder Shower, With Edward Arnold
52-11-23
181
Standish Of Standish
Standish Outstandish
N
52-11-23 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Standish of Standish, With John Hodiak
52-11-30
182
The Secret Road
N
52-11-30 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
The Secret Road, With Dana Andrews
52-12-07
183
A Miracle On the Blotter
N
52-12-07 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Miracle of the Blotter, with Joan Fontaine.
52-12-14
184
Home For Christmas
N
52-12-14 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse
52-12-21
185
A Christmas Carol
N
52-12-21 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse: Dickens'
A Christmas Carol, With Lionel Barrymore
52-12-28
186
A Man Called Peter
Y
52-12-28 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
A Man Called Peter, With Joseph Cotton
53-01-04
187
Wave High the Banner
Y
53-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Barrymore Playhouse (WKOW): Macdonald Carey as Davy Crockett in "
Wave High the Banner."
53-01-11
188
January Thaw
Y
53-01-11 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse
53-01-18
189
Forty-Odd
Y
53-01-18 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Forty Odd, With Ruth Hussey
53-01-25
190
Big Family
Y
53-01-25 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Big Family, With Fred MacMurray
53-02-01
191
Trenton '76
Y
[Announces The Hallmark Radio Hall of Fame for the following week.]

53-02-01 New York Times
9:00-WCBS--Playhouse:
Trenton '76, with Jane Wyman, Lionel Barrymore, Host
53-02-08
--
The Story of Henry Miller Shreve
N
[The Hallmark Radio Hall of Fame replaces The Hallmark Playhouse.]

53-02-08 Coshocton Tribune
9:00 — CBS — Hallmark Playhouse

53-02-08 Mexia Daily News
8:00 Hallmark Playhouse

53-02-08 Beatrice Daily Sun
KFAB--8:00--Hallmark Playhouse

53-02-08 Idaho State Journal
KJRL--7:00--Hallmark Playhouse

53-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Barrymore Playhouse (WKOW):
story of Henry Shreve, pioneer riverboat operator.

53-02-08 New York Times
9-9:30--Playhouse:
"Story of Henry Miller Shreve"--WCBS.

53-02-08 Independent Press-Telegram
6:00 P. M.
KNX— Hallmark Playh'se:
Lamont Johnson
Barbara Eiler

53-02-08 Paris News
KRLD--8:00--Hallmark Playhouse





AFRS 'Bookshelf of The World' Radio Log

Date AFRTS No. Title Avail. Notes
49-04-23
--
Old Man Minick
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of December 2nd 1948]

49-04-22 Pacific Stars and Stripes
Saturday, April 22, From
the Bookshelf of The World
"Old Man Ninnick." Victor Moore is starred in Edna Ferber's short story "Old Man Ninnick." This is a tender story of a wijower who, finding himself alone in the world accepts an invitation to live with his son and daughter-in-law. But he finds himself lonely there, and in the way and finally moves to Grant's home for aged gentlemen where, at the ripe old age of 70, he finds companionship and a youthful spirit in the friendship of others who in turn have found the same, thing there. Airtime over WVTG
6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 Rebroadcast time 9 a.m. Sunday, April 23.
49-05-07
--
Arrowsmith
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of October 14th 1948]

49-04-30 European Stars and Stripes
1530 Bookshelf of the World
"
Arrowsmith"
49-06-18
--
Goodbye Mr. Chips
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of September 16th 1948]

49-06-15 Pacific Stars and Stripes
June 18
From the Bookshelf of the World
"Goodbye Mr. Chips"—Ronald Coleman stars in this radio adaptation of the James Hilton best seller.
Mr. Chips was a school teacher, a man whom love touched deeply and then vanished in death. But Mr. Chips found 30 more years of happiness with his students who found Mr. Chips a true friend.
49-07-16
--
Lost Horizon
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of December 30th 1948]

49-07-15 Pacific Stars and Stripes
TIP Air Slate
July16
From the bookshelf of the world:
"
Lost Horizon."
To the members of the Army,
Navy and Air Forges, James Hilton
is no stranger. He is best remembered
for such outstanding novels as "Random Harvest," "We Are Not Alone," "Goodbye Mister Chips."
Hilton's creative imagination has gained him the well-deserved title of one qf the world's- most distinguished'writers.
Now we will hear James Hilton narrate his famous "Lost Horizon," starring the distinguished actor, Herbert Marshall,
Airtime over WVTG: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16, Bebroadcast time: 9 a.m., Sunday, July 17.
49-09-12
--
The Failure
N
[AFRS-denatured rendition of the Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of January27th 1949]

49-09-12 European Stars and Stripes
2030 Bookshelf of the World
"
The Failure"
49-10-03
--
Kitty Foyle
N
[AFRS-denatured rendition of the Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of April 21st 1949]

49-09-26 European Stars and Stripes
2030 Bookshelf of the World
"
Casey at The Bat"
49-10-10
--
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
N
[AFRS-denatured rendition of the Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of April 28st 1949]

49-10-10 European Stars and Stripes
AFN MONDAY - 2030 Bookshelf of the World: "
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn"
49-10-25
--
McLeod's Folly
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of January 6th 1949]

49-10-25 Pacific Stars and Stripes
TOKYO AFRS—Bookshelf of the World, tonight at 6:30 will dramatize "
McLeod's Folly" another story by Louis Bromfield.
50-02-18
--
Mother
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of May 5th 1949]

50-02-17 Pacific Stars and Stripes
Linda Darnell Will Star
In 'Bookshelf' Broadcast

HQ., MARBO—Saturday
AFRS Guam will broadcast a page from The Bookshelf of the World entitled "Mother," adapted for radio from the novel of the same name by Kathleen Norris. Starred in "Mother" is Linda Darnell, who does a superb job. Airtime over Guam AFRS will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a rebroadcast at & o'clock Sunday, morning
50-02-21
--
Anna and The King of Siam
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of September 15th 1949]

50-02-20 Pacific Stars and Stripes
February 21
6-7—NEWS, Armed Forces Talk (Your Personal Affairs).
Bookshelf of the World (
Anna and the King of Siam)
50-03-25
--
The Virginian
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of September 15th 1949]

50-03-25 Pacific Stars and Stripes
Carey Has Star Role
In Virginian Aircast

HQ., MARBO—Saturday,
APRS Guam will present from
"The Bookshelf of the World," Owen Wister's 'The Virginian." The starring role of Jeff will be played by the well-known actor, MacDonald Carey. Airtime 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Rebroadcast tune, 9 p.m. Sunday.
50-03-27
--
A Tale of Two Cities
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of September 15th 1949]

50-03-27 European Stars and Stripes
AFN MONDAY
2030 Bookshelf of the World: "
The Virginian"
50-04-24
--
The Courtship of Miles Standish
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of November 24th 1949]

50-04-24 European Stars and Stripes
AFN MONDAY
2030 Bookshelf of the World: "
The Courtship of Miles Standish"
50-05-08
--
Mrs. Parkington
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of October 21st 1948]

50-05-08 European Stars and Stripes
AFN MONDAY
2030 Bookshelf of the World: "
Mrs. Parkington"
50-06-27
--
Home to The Hermitage
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of March 9th 1950]

50-06-27 Pacific Stars and Stripes
8-9—Bookshelf of the World (
Home to the Hermitage)
50-07-18
--
Clay-Shuttered Doors
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of January 13th 1949]

50-07-18 Pacific Stars and Stripes
8-9—Bookshelf of the World (
Clay-Shuttered Doors), Fibber McGee
50-08-05
--
Pioneer Preacher
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of March 30th 1950]

50-08-05 Pacific Stars and Stripes
8-9—Bookshelf of the World (
Pioneer Preacher). Fibber McGee
50-08-12
--
Appassionata
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of April 13th 1950]

50-08-12 Pacific Stars and Stripes
8-9— Bookshelf of the World (
Appassionata). Fibber McGee
50-08-19
--
They Came to A River
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of April 27th 1950]

50-08-19 Pacific Stars and Stripes
8-9— Bookshelf of the World (
They Came to A River). Fibber McGee
50-10-11
--
Wayfarers
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of May 18th 1950]

50-10-11 European Stars and Stripes
AFN MONDAY
2030 Bookshelf of the World: "
Wayfarers"
50-10-18
--
Knee Pants
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of May 25th 1950]

50-10-18 European Stars and Stripes
AFN MONDAY
2030 Bookshelf of the World: "
Knee Pants"
51-01-27
--
Yankee from Olympus
N
[AFRS-denatured Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of September 8th 1949]

51-01-27 Pacific Stars and Stripes
6- 7—NEWS, Club 15, Bookshelf of the World ((
Yankee from Olympus).





AFRS IE-90, IE-99, H-41 and IED-817 'This Is The Story' Program Log

Date AFRTS No. Title Avail. Notes
49-04-21
--
Woman With A Sword
N
[AFRS-denatured rendition of the Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of December 9th 1948]

49-04-20 Pacific Stars and Stripes
Thursday, April 21, This Is The Story, "Woman With A Sword." Screen actress Ida Lupino stars in a radio adaptation of Hollister Noble's story "Woman With A Sword," this is a story of Anne Ella Carrol, a wisp of a girl from the state of Maryland, who in spite of the fact that she was a Southerner, wanted more than anything for the states to remain together, and therefore worked for the Union in the Civil War. This story credits her with the plan to use the Tennessee River instead of the Mississippi for a water passage into the South for the Northern forces, thereby aiding the Union forces with victory. Airtime over WVTG 6:30 p.m. April 21, rebroadcast time 9 a.m. Friday, April 22.





AFRS IE-90, IE-99, H-41 and IED-817 'This Is The Story' Program Log











Date AFRTS No. Title Avail. Notes
50-06-15
--
Father Flanagan Of Boys' Town
N
[AFRS-denatured rendition of the Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of December 29th 1949]

50-06-15 European Stars and Stripes
AFN-THURSDAY—AFN
2030 This is the Story "
Father Flanagan"

50-07-13
--
Green Grass of Wyoming
N
[AFRS-denatured rendition of the Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of January 26th 1950]

50-06-22 European Stars and Stripes
AFN-THURSDAY—AFN
2030 This is the Story "
Green Grass of Wyoming"

AFNotes: At 8:30 the young actor, Lon McAllister stars In "Green Grass of Wyoming" on "This Is the Story."
50-08-07
--
Autobiography of Will Rogers
N
[AFRS-denatured rendition of the Hallmark Playhouse broadcast of February 23rd 1950]

50-08-07 European Stars and Stripes
AFN-MONDAY—AFN
2030 This is the Story "
Autobiography of Will Rogers"

AFNotes: At 8:30 Edward Arnold presents "The Autobiography of Will Rogers" on "This Is the Story"






The Hallmark Playhouse Radio Program Biographies




Lyn Murray [ a.k.a. Lionel Breeze and Lynn Murray]
(Music Director, Composer, Arranger)

(1909-1989)
Birthplace: London, U.K.

Awards: 1986 Emmy for Best Original Score, Documentary

Radiography:
1936
Town Hall Tonight
1939
The Fred Allen Show
1941
The Columbia Workshop
1942
Michael Piper, Detective
1942
This Is War
1942
An American In England
1943
Your All-Time Hit Parade
1943
To Your Good Health from The House of Squibb
1944
Music from The House of Squibb
1944
Columbia Presents Corwin
1944
Something for The Girls
1947
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe
1947
The Ford Theatre
1948
The Hallmark Playhouse
1949
Life with Luigi
1950
For The Living
1956
The CBS Radio Workshiop
1956
Suspense

Caption: Chairmaster Lyn Murray had a definite yearning to be a doctor, and play around with test tubes (1938)
Caption: Chairmaster Lyn Murray had a definite yearning to be a doctor, and play around with test tubes (1938)

Lyn Murray, ca. 1948
Lyn Murray, ca. 1948

Lyn Murray, ca. 1978

Lyn Murray, ca. 1978

Murray's Hollywood Journal

Lyn Murray was a natural to complete the last three installments of An American In England. He'd been a staple of many of Norman Corwin's cutting-edge CBS productions and he'd long since established himself as one of CBS's most talented staff vocalists, directors, composers and arrangers.

Beginning as a vocalist with CBS in 1934, his rising star led CBS to have him assemble various groups of singers and staff chorales over the next three years, each time rewarded by more and more acceptance for his beautiful arrangements.

By 1937, with CBS's encouragement, Vocal Director Lyn Murray was touring the country with his 24-voice chorale, The New Yorkers and a sixteen member ballet company--to rave reviews. If you do the math you'll note he was only 28 at the time.

Murray was often quoted as saying he approached directing his choruses as a mechanical engineering exercise, treating each unique voice as a finely tuned instrument which must fit in perfect concert with all of the other complementary vocal instruments, so as for form a perfectly functioning vocal machine. In this regard he was always obsessed with perfect timing throughout the 'machine' during rehearsals, before he'd ever enter the control room for a recording session.

This approach served him well as his star continued to rise throughout the Radio industry. He was repeatedly selected for many of CBS's most ambitious musical projects. In the 1940s, NBC also took notice of his talent, eventually appointing him as Musical Director.

His radio credits included the 'Radio Reader's Digest,' 'The March of Time,' 'Twenty-Six by Corwin' and, a program that used his mixed choir, the Lyn Murray Singers, 'Your All-Time Hit Parade.'

His first work in Film was in 1947's High Conquest, as one of three music directors. His following assignment as the uncredited vocals director for Walt Disney's Cinderella, in 1950 propelled him into the big leagues. In quick succession he composed the original scores for 1952's Son of Paleface, for Bob Hope, the breathtaking sound-track for 1954's The Bridges at Toko-Ri, and Alfred Hitchcock's masterful To Catch A Thief, in 1955, which immediately propelled him to the level of one of Hitchcock's favorite composers, Bernard Herrmann. It's worth re-screening To Catch A Thief to be reminded of its incredible sound-track alone.

Murray was also in demand for Stage work, composing the choral music for the Broadway musicals ''Panama Hattie'' and ''Finian's Rainbow.''

From 1960, through the remainder of his career he worked mostly in Television, as composer or musical director for over 40 Television projects, among them, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Twilight Zone, It Takes A Thief, Dragnet, 1974's award winning Lincoln mini-series, and he won an Emmy for his 1986 National Geographic Special score for 'Miraculous Machines.'




Lionel Barrymore [Lionel Herbert Blythe]
(Host, Narrator, and Performer)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Composer; Director; Author; Fine Artist
(1878-1954)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Radiography:
1934 CBS Christmas Party
1935 Shell Chateau
1936 Guest Night At the Green Room (Audition)
1936 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 Good News Of...
1939 Federal Theatre Special Broadcast
1939 Campbell Playhouse
1941 Souther California Symphony Orchestra
1941 Kraft Music Hall
1941 Rudy Vallee Sealtest Show
1941 We Hold These Truths
1941 Shirley Temple Tiime
1942 Cavalcade Of America
1942 Lux Radio Theatre
1942 Mayor Of the Town
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1943 Mail Call
1943 The Amos 'n' Andy Show
1943 Christmas Eve At the Front
1944 Radio Almanac
1944 Radio Hall Of Fame
1945 One Night Stand
1945 Command Performance
1945 Guest Critic Series
1945 Victory Chest Program
1945 Hallmark Charlotte Greenwood Show
1946 Request Performance
1946 Encore Theatre
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1946 Concert Hall
1947 March Of Dimes Campaign
1947 Victor Borge Show
1947 Family Theatre
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 America Calling
1948 Wrigley Christmas Party
1948 Sealtest Variety Theater
1949 At Home With Lionel Barrymore
1949 Opportunity U.S.A.
1949 A Christmas Carol (Capehart)
1950 The Story Of Doctor Kildare
1951 The Big Show
1951 Hear It Now
1952 Stars In the Air
1954 Guest Star
1954 Stagestruck
1954 Edgar Bergen Show
1955 Biography In Sound
1957 Recollections At Thirty
MGM Theatre Of the Air
Treasury Star Parade
Lionel Barrymore circa 1921
Lionel Barrymore circa 1921
From the December 17, 1953 edition of the Cedar Rapids Tribune:

Lionel Barrymore in 17th Performance as Dickens' Scrooge

     Lionel Barrymore will offer his 17th radio performance as Ebenezer Scrooge over WMT's "Hallmark Radio Hall of Fame" on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.rn.  Barrymore will do the full story of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol."
     The role of Scrooge has become a Christmas tradition for Lionel, and only once was he unable to go through with a scheduled performance for radio audiences. 
     That was on Christmas 1936.  His wife had died the evening before.  His brother, the late John. Barrymore, volunteered to take his place as Scrooge, without rehearsal.
     On other Sundays, this outstanding radio "series presents dramas based on the lives of well known and lesser-known but unusual heroes of the American past.  Mr. Barrymore is the regular host and narrator for "Hallmark Radio Hall of Fame."
     Lionel, of course, is a distinguished member of America's most illustrious theatrical family.  He made his first professional appearance at the age of 15 with his celebrated grandmother, Mrs. John Drew, on Christmas Day, 1893.
     Brother of the great John and Ethel, "Mr. B." as Lionel is affectionately called by fellow artists, was born in Philadelphia April 28, 1878, the son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgia Drew.
     Shortly after his acting debut, Lionel left to study art in Paris, but returned after a year to join his brother John in a Broadway production of "Peter Ibbetson."
     Barrymore's movie career began in 1909 when he gave a number of rich ,memorable performances for the old Biograph company.  He joined the star roster of MGM in 1926.
     When sound came to the screen, Barrymore turned to directing.  He is credited with a number of technical innovations, among them the distinction of being the first director to use a moving microphone on a sound stage.     He still continued his acting too, and joined the ranks of Academy Award winners for his work in "A Free Soul" opposite Norma Shearer.
     In addition to his artistry in his profession, Lionel Barrymore is talented in other fields.  His etchings rank him among the foremost artists of the day, and his compositions have earned for him sincere praise from the music world.




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