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Listeners Playhouse Radio Program

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Background


Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Dramas
Network(s): NBC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 40-06-29 01 The Twenty-First Girl
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 40-06-29 to 41-01-04; NBC [WEAF]; Twenty-six, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: National Broadcasting Corporation
Sponsors: Sustained
Director(s): Albert N. Willilams [Producer/Director]
Principal Actors: Gertrude Warner, Mark Smith, Peter Arnold, Eric Dressler, Winston O'Keefe, Ed Latimer, Abbey Lewis, Barbara Lee, Ken Degen, Norman Lloyd, Dwight Weist, Olive Deering, Ian MacAllaster, Luis Van Routen, Joan Banks, William S. Rainey, Peter Donald,
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): Jay Bennett
Writer(s) John Luthridge, Ranald MacDougall, Albert N. Williams, John LaTouche
Music Direction: Joseph Stopak [Music Director]
Tom Bennett [ Composer]
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s):
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
26
Episodes in Circulation: 15
Total Episodes in Collection: 21
Provenances:
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Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Listeners Playhouse Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
40-06-22
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40-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Life of Dr. Still--WMAQ WTMJ
40-06-29
1
The Twenty-First Girl
Y
40-06-28 Sacramento Bee
Hailed in advance as a new forward step in the development of radio drama, NBC will inaugurate the Listener's Playhouse tomorrow. A cooperative enterprise of the NBC New York Script and Production Divisionsthe weekly dramatic series will feature new radio writers and experimental production techniques. The series will be entrusted to a group of three men, augmented from time to time by guest writers and directors. The group is composed of Albert N. Willilams of the NBC production staff, Ranald MacDougall of the NBC script division and John LaTouche. (KPO at 4:30 P.M. tomorrow.)

40-06-29 Lima News
Paul Bunyan, gigantic lumberjack of American legend, who used pine trees for toothpicks, stopped up rivers with his feet, and once turned a mountain upside down in a fit of rage, will be the hero of "The Twenty-First Girl," which Albert N. Williams has written and will direct as the first program in the Listener's Playhouse series. The new feature will debut on Saturday over WEAF at 7:30 p.m.

40-06-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 6:30 p.m.--Listeners Playhouse (WMAQ): "
The Twenty-First Girl," Paul Bunyan and his romances.

Announces
The Rebellion of Emery Simms as next

40-07-06
2
The Rebellion Of Emery Simms
Y
40-07-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Listeners' Playhouse (WMAQ): "
The Rebellion of Emery Simms," tale of a timid sould who dreams his friends and enemies have been changed into animals.

Announces
No Program Tonight as next

40-07-13
3
No Program Tonight
The Director's Dilemma
Y
40-07-13 Harrisburg Evening News
At 8:30 the "Listener's Playhouse" program over WEAF will present "
No Program Tonight," an original radio drama by John Latouche, composer of the lyrics for "Ballad for Americans."

Announces
City of Silence as next

40-07-20
4
The City of Silence
Y
40-07-20 Wisconsin State Journal - 6:30 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WMAQ): "The City of Silence," story of man unable to express his great thoughts until too late.

Announces
I'm A Liar as next

40-07-27
5
I'm A Liar
Y
40-07-27 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WMAQ): "I'm a Liar," story of falsifier who decides to turn truthful.

Announces
A special broadcast from the two World Fairs -- 'The American System of Broadcasting' as next

40-08-03
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Pre-Empted
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[ Preempted over all Networks]

40-08-03 New York Times
8:00-WEAF -- Drama: This Is Radio; Round Table on Labor, Education, Children's Programs, Religion, Free Speech, Press and Government; William Green, Pres., A. F. of L.; James L. Fly, Chairman, FCC; Roger Baldwin, Mrs. Harold V. Milligan, Dr. John W. Studebaker; Opera, Radio and Stage Stars; Message From President Roosevelt, read by Stephen Early; Unveiling of Plaques at New York World's Fair and Golden Gate Exposition: Acceptance by Neville Miller, President, N.A.B, (also WOR, WJZ, WABC, WMCA, WQXR, WEVD at 8:15; WHN, WNYC at 8:30)

40-08-03 Harrisburg Telegraph
8:30 WEAF--Listeners Playhouse and Six Came Back

40-08-03 Canandaigua Daily Messenger
8:30 WEAF--Listener's Playhouse and Six Came Back

40-08-10
6
And Six Came Back
Y
[ Hour-long broadcast]

40-08-09 Fresno Bee The Republican
The Listener's Playhouse production at 4 p.m. tomorrow will be a dramatization of the heroism and hardships of hte Brainard Expedition which attempted to reach the North Pole in 1881. The material for the play is taken from the diary of Brigadier General David L. Brainard, who as a sergeant of the United States Army led twenty three soldiers and two Esquimes within a few miles of the pole. 40-08-10 Wisconsin State Journal - 6:00 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WMAQ): "Six Came Back," a study of monotony based on the Lady Franklin Bay Arctic expedition of 1881-84.

40-08-10 Pittston Gazette
WEAF 8:30--Listener's Playhouse "And Six Came Back."

40-08-17
7
The Traitor
Y
40-08-17 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WMAQ): "The Traitor," poetic psychoanalysis of Benedict Arnold.

40-08-17 Sandusky Register
WTAM--7 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse presents "The Traitor."

40-08-24
8
The Trees That Shelter
Y
40-08-24 Wisconsin State Journal - 6:00 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WMAQ): "Victory Celebration," fantasy warning against wars' boost to race suicide.

40-08-31
9
Who You Pushing, Brother?
Y
40-08-31 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WMAQ): Peter Donald and Jane Waring in "Who You Pushing," an experiment in autobiographical drama by Ranald R. MacDougall.

40-08-31 Iola Register
6:00 P.M. WDAF--Listeners' Playhouse, "Who You Pushing Brother?"

40-09-07
10
Men With Wings
Y
40-09-14
11
Farewell, Papa Haydn
Y
40-09-13 Sacramento Bee
LISTENER'S PLAYHOUSE The dramatized case history of Andrew Aaye, a little clerk with a schizoid or split personality, who escapes from sordid frustrations of everyday life by creating a dream world which eventually becomes real to him, will be presented by the "Listener's Playhouse over KFBK at 4 o'clock tomorrow.

40-09-14 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WMAQ): "Farewell, Papa Haydn."






40-09-19
12
Death House Bluebottle
N
40-09-19 New York Times
10:30-WEAF--Listener's Playhouse--Drama

40-09-26
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Pre-Empted
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40-09-26 New York Times
10:30-WEAF--Wendell Willkie, Republican Presidential Candidate, From Omaha, Neb.

40-10-03
13
The First Dance
Y
40-10-03 New York Times
10:30-WEAF--Listener's Playhouse--Drama
40-10-10
14
Title Unknown
N
40-10-10 New York Times
10:30-WEAF--Musical Americana: Kate Smith, Songs; Paige Orch.
40-10-17
15
Title Unknown
N
40-10-26
16
Strap Buckner and the Devil
Y
40-10-26 Harrisburg Evening News
The Listener's Playhouse will return to the air at 6:30 this evening over the WJZ network.

40-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal - 5:30--Listener's Playhouse--WENR

40-11-02
17
We Take You Now To Lethe
Y
40-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30--Listener's Playhouse--WENR

40-11-09
18
Medium Rare
N
40-11-09 Pittston Gazette
WJZ 6:30--Listener's Playhouse, "Medium Rare"

40-11-16
19
Roger Dirk Is Dead
Y
40-11-16 Lima News
The frantic struggle of a man to re-establish his identity after he has been declared legally dead by pre-arrangement between some supposed friends who will be described in Ranald R. MacDougall's exciting drama "Roger Dirk Is Dead," which is the Listener's Playhouse presentation over WJZ Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

40-11-23
20
Thanksgiving Aftermath
Y
40-11-22 Elwood Call-Leader
At 5:30 p.m., tomorrow the "Listeners' Playhouse" will present "Thanksgiving Aftermath," by Merritt P. Allen, as an aftermath of the official Thanksgiving, Nov. 21 and a sort of preview for those who intend to celebrate the holiday a week later. NBC's red network.

40-11-30
21
Boat On the Serchio
Y
40-11-30 Pittston Gazette
WJZ 6:30--Listener's Playhouse: "Boat on Serchio."

40-12-07
22
Baby
N
40-12-07 Appleton Post-Crescent
Listener's Playhouse will present, "Baby," by Arthur Laurents at 6:30 tonight over WTMJ.

40-12-14
23
Baby
Y
40-12-14 Pittston Gazette
WJZ 7:30--Listener's Playhouse: "Baby"

40-12-21
24
Christmas Eve At Eli Crumps
Y
40-12-19 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jay Bennett, Borough Park radio script writer, will have two shows on coast-to-coast hookups within the next few days. On Saturday evening his latest play "Lou Rose," will be heard over the NBC Blue Network on the "Listener's Playhouse" program. "Lou Rose" tells the story of a conscientious young prizefighter who is determined to become a champion and a hard-boiled but honest manager who knows the kid doesn't have the stuff whereof champions are made. Lewis H. Titterton, head of hte NBC script division, considers "Lou Rose" one of the dramatic finds of the year.

40-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Listener's Playhouse (WTMJ): "Christmas Eve at Eli Crumps."

40-12-28
25
Sire DeMaletroit's Door
Y
41-01-04
26
Time Out Of Mind
Y
41-01-11
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Listeners Playhouse Radio Program Biographies




Frederick W. Ziv
(Creator/Syndicator)

(1905-2001)
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Education: University of Michigan

Radiography:

Easy Aces (1935)




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