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Eight By Request spot ad from August 4 1949
Eight By Request spot ad from August 4 1949
Radio City Playhouse was one of the last of a long series of premium Drama productions NBC offered as flagship, sustaining productions over the years. As with it's previous premium dramatic and Classic music productions, NBC spared no apparent expense to mount these flagship efforts. And it shows. NBC, yet again, brings the greatest voice talent, writing, and technical direction to this anthology of wonderful, popular modern dramas.

NBC's previous dramatic sustaining productions consisted of either the pure Classics, or Modern Stage Plays from the 19th and 20th Centuries. This series of three seasons tended to feature a delightful mix of both contemporary original radio plays and classic dramas, backed by the very finest voice talent on contract with NBC. But Director Harry Junkin also introduced several new talents into the mix, which made for a wonderful combination of both tried and true productions with just enough orginal dramas and writers to keep the series both timely and timeless.

As was the hallmark of all of NBC's corporate sustaining productions, the staff, music, sound engineering and voice talent were absolutely top-drawer from top to bottom and beginning to end. Even the newcomers the series showcased during its three seasons were remarkably talented young finds in their own right.

This is yet another in a long, distinguished line of absolutely impeccable NBC-sustained productions, and its historic cultural contribution to The Golden Age of Radio merits inclusion in any serious Radio Collector's active holdings--active as in, the ones they actually listen to from time to time.

Series Derivatives:

Eight By Request [Eight Episodes; Six episodes allegedly Available ]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Dramas
Network(s): National Broadcasting Company
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): Summer Series: 48-07-03 01 Long Distance
Series 1: 48-11-08 14 The Promise
Series 2: 49-10-02 55 Affliction
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Summer Series: 48-07-03 - 48-09-25
  • 48-07-03 - 48-07-24: Saturday, 10:00 pm
  • 48-07-31 - 48-08-21: Saturday, 10:30 pm
  • 48-08-23 - 48-09-06: Monday, 10:30 pm
  • 48-09-11 - 48-09-25: Saturday, 8:00 pm

Series 1: 48-11-08 - 49-08-29, Monday, 10:30 pm

Series 2: 49-10-02 - 50-01-01, Sunday, 5:00 pm

Syndication: None
Sponsors: None
Director(s): H. W. Junkin; Producer: Richard P. McDonagh
Principal Actors: Summer Season: Jan Miner, Bernard Grant, Jean Tatum, Lenore Garland, Abby Lewis, Lon Clark, Casey Allen, Arthur Q. Bryan, Ian Martin

Series 1: John Larkin, Marilyn Erskine, Edith Gresham, Arnold Moss, Jan Miner, David Gothard, Cathleen Cordell, Charles Penman, James Monks, Bernard Grant, Virginia Dwyer, Charles Penman, Sylvia Davis

Series 2: Lyle Sudrow, Connie Lembcke, Luis Van Rooten, Richard Seff, Dolores Sutton, Stephen Gethers, Tom Collins, Mackie Quabe, Ivan Curry, Butch Cavell, Bryna Raeburn, Lyle Sudrow, Marilyn Erskine, James Monks, Joe Helgeson, Leon Janney, Fred Collins, Ian Martin, Arthur Kohl, Inge Adams, Alexander Scourby

Recurring Character(s): Varied from production to production
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production
Author(s): Harry W. Junkin, Cornell Woolrich, Ray Bradbury, John Galsworthy, Stephen Vincent Benét, Ernest Kinoy, Max Schoub, Joseph Schull, Stanley Robert Mednick, Charles Bennett, Paul Gallico, John Hasty, James Sussex, Robert Essen, Joel Hamil, Philip MacDonald, Roald Dahl, Nelson S. Bond, Ernest Lehman, John Shaw, F. Willis Croft, Allen Sloan

Writer(s) Harry W. Junkin, Cornell Woolrich, Ray Bradbury, John Galsworthy, Stephen Vincent Benét, Ernest Kinoy, Max Schoub, Joseph Schull, Stanley Robert Mednick, Charles Bennett, Paul Gallico, John Hasty, Robert Essen, Joel Hamil, Roald Dahl

Music Direction: Dr. Roy Shield and Arlo Hults; Sound Technician, Jerry McGee, Engineer, Monroe J. Lawrence
Musical Theme(s): Shangri-La (1946) by Carl Sigman (lyricist), Matt Malneck, and Robert Maxwell.
Announcer(s): Summer Series: Robert 'Bob' Warren
Series 1: Robert 'Bob' Warren and Fred Collins
Series 2: Fred Collins
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
Summer Series: 12
Series 1: 40
Series 2: 13
Episodes in Circulation: Summer Series: 13
Series 1: 37
Series 2: 13
Total Episodes in Collection: 64 [ includes 4, 'Eight By Request' episodes ]
Provenances:
















































































Eight By Request spot ad from August 4 1949
Eight By Request spot ad from August 4 1949
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, Martin Grams' Radio Drama, and the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress'.

Notes on Provenances:

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We invite you to compare our fully provenanced research with the '1,500 expert researchers' at the OTRR and their Radio City Playhouse log, which the OTRR claims to be correct according to their 'OTTER log'. We've provided a screen shot of their current log for comparison, HERE to protect our own due diligence and intellectual property.

OTRisms:

All above cited provenances are in error in one form or another. The most helpful provenances were the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings. This is quite understandable, given both the ambiguity of the provenance cues contained within those productions actually broadcast, and the apparent failure of the script continuity editor to keep track of the script order for all three series' Indeed, the radioGOLDINdex qualifies its episode numbering as follows: "The program numbers indicated are based on the calendar, not the announcement ."

In the first place, there were never the reported 72 scheduled broadcasts cited by virtually all independent log preparers. Indeed as can best be determined there were never more than 65 Radio City Playhouse scripts produced--or broadcast--by any verifiable historical provenance. Neither were there ever any more than 68 scheduled broadcasts of Radio City Playhouse, in any market--certainly not the 72 broadcasts continually reported.

'Commercial otr traders' [sellers] had a vested interest in keeping this and many other marginally documented programs as murky as possible for as long as possible so as to 'trade' more ambiguous, questionable recordings over the years. The advent of several commercial digital libraries of newspaper 'morgues' has finally made it possible to debunk many of these self-appointed 'expert traders' for what they've been doing all these years until technology finally caught up with them.

The confusion for collectors in cataloging this series arises from the Announcer and Director announcements of the 'Attraction Number' of any given week's production. Normally this would be a godsend for the attentive collector, assuming the 'Attraction Number' provenances remained accurate through the entire run. Such was not the case in these three series' of Radio City Playhouse and it's derivative, 'Eight By Request'--eight specially requested rebroadcasts of Radio City Playhouse episodes, broadcast on a different day and in a differing time slot between 49-06-30 and 49-08-18. NBC employed this strategy several times between 1948 and 1952, in their head-to-head battle with CBS for ratings. Another similar cross-promotion, 'For Your Approval' or 'by request' gambit was a series of Night Beat episodes aired out of the regular schedule to promote other programming in the NBC line-up.

Continuity for this provenance remained accurate through episode 9, correctly announced as Attraction Number 9. But from that point forward things began to get quite out of hand, with, for example: skipping Attraction 10 altogether and jumping to Attraction 11, then announcing two Attraction 12's with differing scripts and casts, then, variously, announcements of two Attraction 27's, two Attraction 30's, two Attraction 56's and finally two Attraction 65's, etc.--all with differing casts, scripts and provenances.

To further add to the confusion, several unannounced rebroadcasts were introduced into the lineup over the years--with no continuity cues, and an obvious overdub at the intro. In addition, there were several other overdubbed intros for genuinely unique episodes, which contained neither an attraction number, nor exposition by Harry W. Junkin, the director for the series.

And if that didn't create enough confusion, NBC introduced eight other apparently 'by request' episodes called, appropriately enough, Eight By Request, between scheduled episodes from 49-06-30 through 49-08-18. The eight scripts were re-cast and re-adapted for the eight new productions of previously aired scripts:

  • Item 1, Long Distance, rescripted for Geraldine Fitzgerald (previously aired with Jan Miner)
  • Item 2, Treasure Trove, (previously aired with Claudia Morgan)
  • Item 3, One From Three Leaves Two, (previously aired with Jan Miner and John Larkin)
  • Item 4, Two Moods From The Past, rescripted for Frederic March and his wife, Florence Eldridge (previously aired with Jan Miner and John Larkin)
  • Item 5, The Door, rescripted for John Garfield (previously aired with Casey Allen)
  • Item 6, Hit and Run, rescripted for Paul Henreid (previously aired with John Larkin)
  • Item 7, Soundless, rescripted for Marla Toren (previously aired with John Larkin and Jan Miner)
  • Item 8, Machine, rescripted for Lizabeth Scott (previously aired with Elspeth Eric)

Given the above, one is forewarned to be on the lookout for commericial 'otr' sites claiming that the Eight By Request recordings were simply 2nd--or 3rd--rebroadcasts from the regular Radio City Playhouse canon. Clearly, they were not. Buyer beware. By the same token, be advised that virtually all circulating Radio City Playhouse episodes annotated 'rebroadcast' are simply the original broadcast with a different file date.

The beginning and end of the respective series' were also kept somewhat murky by the Network itself. The network unaccountably ended the Summer series with an abrupt announcement at the end of Episode 13, citing no rationale for the termination of the run. But the series reappeared six weeks later as 'Series 1'. If, as it was, the Summer series of 1948 was just a Summer replacement run, it was never announced as such. It may have been promoted that way within other broadcasts.

Specific Provenance Notes:

1. NBC's attraction naming issues began with 'Attraction #9', Betrayal, 48-08-30. At the end of the production, Bob Warren announces 'Attraction 10' for the following Monday, as The King of The Moon. However, by the following Monday the script for The King of The Moon has Bob Warren announce the production as 'Attraction 11'.

This is a script continuity problem from production to production which plagues NBC and Radio City Playhouse from this point forward, until 49-01-10 for a run of fair continuity for almost three months, then drifts again until the last three episodes of Series 2. It would appear that NBC underestimated the reception the series would receive, since at various times throughout the series, H.W. Junkin would comment on how far behind they were in answering their mail from appreciative listeners. One can only surmise that any number of those correspondents were addressing NBC's Attraction continuity issues.

A possible mitigating factor in this confusing oversight might be NBC shuffling the series all over the timeslot map for the Summer series--a total of four different days and timeslots for the first thirteen productions. It goes without saying that only a Network-sustained production could get away with such quixotic re-scheduling.

2. 'The's: Actual Attraction 10, Episode 10, of 48-09-06 is titled The King of The Moon, not King of The Moon. Actual Attraction 13, Episode 13, of 48-09-25 is titled The Dark Hour, not Dark Hour. Actual Attraction 19, Episode 19, of 48-12-13 is titled The Heritage of Wimpole Street, not Heritage of Wimple Street.

Why so picky about 'The's? For one reason, most of the scripts in this series of productions are, in all probability, still under copyright protection, and should be correctly identified for both parties' protection. The other obvious reason is simple accuracy. But from a practical standpoint, it keeps the common databases of these details sorted accurately and efficiently, not to mention verifying provenances for the series.

This is the same rationale for absolute accuracy in spelling episode titles for due diligence research purposes. It does no good, for example, to look--in vain--for a title named 'Conquerers Isle' when the only true result set from an accurate database--in any form--would be 'Conqueror's Isle'. Most unsophisticated 'fuzzy search' techniques would fail in this situation, since there are two 'fuzzy neighbor' issues to detect and resolve: the incorrect 'e' and the possessive apostrophe--within one character of each other. Accurate resolution is even more vital when seaching 'OCR', or optical character recognition-sourced results--such as digital newspaper morgues. So it's not simply common sense. It's absolutely vital for accurate, consistent, fruitful database or search engine results.

3. With that thought fresh in mind, Terry Salomonson, a respected, disciplined radio scholar, cites an episode of Radio City Playhouse titled, 'Conqueror's Isle', broadcast on 49-10-02. We can find no provenance for that script, or any published record of its actual broadcast.

4. Announced Attraction 35, actual Episode 38, dated 49-05-02, is titled 'The Hands of Mr. Ottermole', not 'Hands of Dr. Ottermole'. (For some reason, 'The Hands of Mr. Ottermole' is often conflated with another popularly performed drama from the era, 'The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse.' This conflation of the two recurs over and over again throughout otr logs.)

5. Announced Attraction 65, actual Episode 66, dated 49-12-18, is titled 'The Wine of Oropalo', not 'Wine of Ora Paula'.

6. The 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress', is in error as to it's citation of announced Attraction 31, actual Episode 33, 'The Wardrobe Trunk', as broadcast on 49-04-06, a Wednesday. There was no WNBC broadcast of Radio City Playhouse on Wednesday that week. The actual broadcast date of that episode was 49-04-04, a Monday. The 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress' is simply in error. This is also the 'authoritative source' that alleges that the series began July 3, 1949. This is demonstrably false. The Summer Series actually began on July 3, 1948. Given the importance of the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress' we felt obliged to capture a snapshot of it from October 28, 2008. As an official document of The Library of Congress, we're pleased to have preserved it here to illustrate how we assisted the Library of Congress in improving it even more (note also that the original published date of the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress' was September 11, 2001, the day of the infamous 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., where the Library of Congress is located):

Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress

.pdf of Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress

WayBack Machine archive of Radio City Playhouse Official Log from 07-12-15

[Update: both of the above cited errors have apparently been corrected via the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress'. We're pleased to have helped them correct their Official Radio City Playhouse Log. We quite naturally didn't mind the failure to attribute our assistance. It is, afterall, from our own Library of Congress.]

7. The 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress', is in error as to it's title of announced Attraction 41, actual Episode 41, dated 49-06-06, as 'Danger B'. The correct title is Note On Danger 'B'. This can easily be resolved by actually listening to it--both the opening and the close.

[Update: the above cited error has apparently been annotated via the notation of an a.k.a. of "Note On Danger B" in the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress'. We were equally pleased correct the Official Radio City Playhouse Log. It appears that it has yet to actually listen to the episode to hear what was actually announced in that recording. Naturally, we recognize how busy they are preserving and archiving Golden Age Radio recordings. We're happy to help anyone correct the Official Radio City Playhouse Log as often as it cares to, without ever attributing our own research. ]

8. The 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress', cites the broadcast of an Episode titled, 'Affliction', as broadcast on 49-09-25, a Sunday. There was no WNBC broadcast of Radio City Playhouse on that Sunday that week in the announced 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm timeslot--or any other timeslot, in either the L.A Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, or The N.Y. Times. The program in that timeslot that day was WNBC's America United.

[Update: the above cited error has apparently been annotated to reflect that "NBC Log files show this, but no newspaper record of it airing can be found" by the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress'. Of course there's a very good reason they can find no record of it airing anywhere in the world on September 25, 1949. No Radio City Playhouse program ever did air anywhere in the world on September 25, 1949.]

9. As does the Salomonson log, the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from The Library of Congress' cites the broadcast of an episode titled, 'Conqueror's Isle', broadcast on 49-10-02, a Sunday, with a 25-second portion of the broadcast "pre-empted for the announcement of a Sports Bulletin concerning the Yankees and Dodgers World Series Play." Now under normal circumstances that would be a wonderfully seredipitous provenance in and of itself for dating an episode. There's just one problem with the cited provenance: the 1949 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers didn't even commence until October 5, 1949. As any red-blooded New Yorker would attest, any announcement regarding a cross-town World Series would certainly merit a break during even a series as popular and prestigious as Radio City Playhouse--but not three days before the World Series was yet to begin.


Here's our recording of Game 5 of the 1949 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers played at Ebbets Field on October 9, 1949 beginning at 1:45 E.S.T. over WOR. Heard are Mel Allen and Red Barber with the play by play for Gillette. Game 5 ran 2 hours and 58 minutes. Radio City Playhouse aired at 5 p.m. in New York over WNBC.

[Update: the above cited error has apparently been annotated to insert the word "to" between "Dodgers" and "Play" via the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress'. The fact, however, remains, that the episode in question can't possibly have aired on October 2, 1949. The episode that actually aired that day, as announced and widely advertised across our great nation, was the Premiere of Series 2 of Radio City Playhouse, a program titled, Affliction.]

The Library of Congress was by no means alone in their errors. Martin Grams' "Radio Drama," contains all of the above errors--and a few more. Unfortunately all of Radio Drama's errors remain uncorrected.

Another more trivial, yet audibly factual, point we need to address are the series' of productions themselves. They were never addressed as 'seasons'--ever. They were three series': a Summer Series, a Series One [1] and a Series Two [2]. Given the painstaking detail of the 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress,' we'd have hoped that fact might have been updated as well in time. As of this writing, it stands uncorrected after going on nine years now.

Exercising inductive logic, we are told that there were five scripts purported to be available for broadcast during the four week period, 49-10-02 through 49-10-23, not the five week period between 49-09-25 through 49-10-23 (we have only three of these recordings from which to actually listen for provenances):

  • Affliction
  • Conqueror's Isle *
  • The Plotters
  • Duet
  • Ground Floor Window (with a different cast than 48-07-10) *

We know from contemporaneous Radio Listings from four different, reputable newspapers that no Radio City Playhouse aired on September 25, 1949, as alleged by virtually every other log in circulation--even the prestigious 'Radio City Playhouse Official Log based upon records from of The Library of Congress.' And from actually listening to 'Affliction', we can hear the announcement of 'Conqueror's Isle' for the following week. That provenance tends to reinforce the likelihood that Conqueror's Isle--if indeed it aired at all--had to have aired during Game 5 of the 1949 World Series, or 49-10-09--Q.E.D..

If Conqueror's Isle actually aired as alleged, then that leaves only two remaining weeks to air the other three purported episodes at issue: The Plotters, Duet, and the re-casting of Ground Floor Window, because every following weekly production until the end of the series on January 1, 1950 can be both accounted for and provenanced.

Time Magazine published the Radio City Playhouse schedule for October 16, 1949 as follows: "Radio City Playhouse (Sun. 5 p.m., NBC). Two playlets:
The Lake and Collector's Item." One might well imagine that Duet, given that it starred the Announcer, Fred Collins in its first of two, 13-minute plays should certainly have demanded airing as scheduled. Added to that, Duet was actually announced as the production to follow The Plotters. Giving further weight is the announcement of Ground Floor Window to follow Duet.

That leaves two episodes as the more plausible candidates for never having actually aired: Conqueror's Isle and the re-cast Ground Floor Window:

  • Given the elaborate alleged embedded "World Series provenance" for Conqueror's Isle, which, by the way, we don't doubt in the least, given that it came directly from our own Library of Congress, it seems more likely that if it aired as alleged, then it had to have aired on October 9, 1949. We've already established that it couldn't possibly have aired on October 2, 1949 and the snippet announcing the World Series couldn't have been announced on October 2, 1949 because the playoffs hadn't been resolved as of air time on October 2, 1949.
  • Indeed, if any episode didn't actually air, it seems more likely that it would have been the alleged re-cast Ground Floor Window

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Radio City Playhouse Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
48-07-03
1
Long Distance

Y
[Premiere Episode, Summer Series
Saturday, 10:00 pm]

48-07-03 New York Times - 10:00-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Long Distance.
48-07-10
2
Ground Floor Window
Y
48-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00 Playhouse
48-07-17
3
Of Unsound Mind
Y
48-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WIBA): Jeanne Tatum in "
Of Unsound Mind."
48-07-24
--
N
[ Pre-empted for 1948 'New Party' (Progressives) Acceptance Speeches ]

48-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 9:00-10:00 Third Party
48-07-31
4
Whistle, Daughter, Whistle
Y
[Saturday, 10:30 pm]

48-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Whistle, Daughter, Whistle," a comedy-drama (on WIBA at 9:30).
48-08-07
5
Special Delivery
Y
48-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
jealous wife frantically tries to retrieve a letter (on WIBA at 9:30).

48-08-07 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
Special Delivery.
48-08-14
6
Hit . . . and Run
Y
48-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhosue (WMAQ): "
Hit . . . And Run", story of man's reactions to fatal car accident (on WIBA at 9:30).
48-08-21
7
Fanny
Y
48-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
eccentric, wealthy woman adopts piano tuner, turns him into musical star (on WIBA at 9:30).

48-08-21 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
Fanny.
48-08-23
8
Long Distance
N
[ RB of 48-07-03; Monday, 10:30 pm]

48-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): on new schedule; "
Long Distance," story of frenzied wife trying to save husband from electric chair (on WIBA at 9:30)
48-08-30
9
Betrayal
Y
48-08-30 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
Betrayal

48-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
dead-end kid steals watch form soft-hearted policeman (on WIBA at 9:30).

48-08-30 La Crosse Tribune
RADIO CITY PLAYHOUSE experimental drama series has been assigned the Monday evening 9:30 P.M. time spot on the WKBH
stations. First broadcast of the
Monday night series will be
"Betrayal,"
a tale of what happens to a tender-hearted New York policeman when a tough youngster steals his watch,
48-09-06
10
The King of the Moon
Y
[Announced as Attraction 11]

48-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:30 Playhouse.

48-09-06 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
King of the Moon.
48-09-11
11
Mother
Y
[Announced as Attraction 12; Saturday, 8:00 pm]

48-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): on new schedule;
"Mother," story of dead woman's domination of her daughter (on WIBA at 7).

Robert Warren announces next production,
Soundless as Attraction 13.
48-09-18
12
Soundless
Y
[Announced as Attraction 12]

48-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"Soundless," story of musical comedy actress stricken by deafness (on WIBA at 7).

Robert Warren correctly announces next production,
The Dark Hour as Attraction 13.
48-09-25
13
The Dark Hour
Y
[ End of Summer Series]

48-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
a war veteran fights against blindness in "The Dark Hour" (on WIBA at 7).





48-11-08
14
The Promise
Y
[ Begin Series 1; Monday, 10:30 pm]

48-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "A Promise," by a a wife who plans to kill her husband because of his humiliating treatment of her.
48-11-15
15
The First and the Last
Y
48-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
The First and the Last," by John Galsworthy.
48-11-22
16
The Door
N
[John Larkin]

48-11-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"The Door," story of man awaiting execution.
48-11-29
17
Temporarily Purple
Y
48-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Temporarily Purple," story of author whose research book becomes a racy best-seller.
48-12-06
18
Five Extra Nooses
Y
[ John Larkin Provenance from NY Times]

48-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Five Extra Nooses," showing community's and families' blame for juvenile delinquency.
48-12-13
19
The Heritage of Wimpole Street
Y
48-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"The Heritage of Wimpole St.," story of the Brownings' son.
48-12-20
20
Three Men
Y
48-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
three army officers dream they are "The Three (Wise) Men."
48-12-27
21
Strange Identity
Y
48-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"Strange Identity," talk of a 1948 Enoch Arden.
49-01-03
--
N
[Pre-empted - Plans for The New Congress]

49-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 New Congress' Plans
49-01-10
22
Correction
Y
[Announced Attraction 22]

49-01-10 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
Correction, with John Larkin.
49-01-17
23
Portrait of Lenore
Y
[Announced Attraction 23]

49-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): Peggy Wood in "I Remember Mama."

49-01-17 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
Portrait of Lenore.
49-01-24
24
The Wisdom of Eve
Y
[Announced Attraction 24]

49-01-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Playhouse (WMAQ):
"The Wisdom of Eve," the story of the playwright's wife and her reactions to her husband's plays written for one particular leading lady.
49-01-31
--
N
[ Pre-empted for March of Dimes Broadcast ]

49-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 March of Dimes
49-02-07
25
Machine
Y
[Announced Attraction 25]

49-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
story of gallant but unattractive girl, afraid to reveal her love.

49-02-07 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama,
Machine.
49-02-14
26
Elementals
Y
[Announced Attraction 26]

49-02-14 Wisconsin State Journal - 9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "Elementals," by Stephen Vincent Benet."
49-02-21
27
One from Three Leaves Two
Y
[Announced Attraction 27]

49-02-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
two men and woman stranded on mountain, with enough rope to save two of them.

49-02-21 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama,
One From Three Leaves Two.
49-02-28
28
Deadline
Y
[Announced Attraction 27]

49-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
critic denounces wrong actor.

49-02-28 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio Citiy Playhouse:
Deadline Drama.
49-03-07
29
Two Moods from the Past
Y
[Two Short Plays: "A Passion in the Desert", by Honore de Balzac, which Larkin will narrate, and "Story of Ming Yi", by Lafcadio Hearn, which Jan Miner will narrate.]

49-03-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
A Passion in the Desert," Balzac, and "Some Chinese Ghosts," Hearn.
49-03-14
30
Weather Ahead
Y
[Announced Attraction 29]

49-03-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
man's fear for own safety endangers plane over Guatemala.

49-03-14 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama,
Weather Ahead.
49-03-21
31
Blind Vengence
Y
[Announced Attraction 30]

49-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Radio City Playhouse.

49-03-21 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama
Blind Vengeance.
49-03-28
32
Luck
Y
[Announced Attraction 30]

49-03-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Luck," by Wilbur Daniel Steele.
49-04-04
33
Wardrobe Trunk
Y
[Announced Attraction 31]

49-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Wardrobe Trunk," mystery thriller by Wiliam Irish.
49-04-11
34
Treasure Trove
N
49-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Treasure Trove," tale of Roman coins' effect couple and friends.
49-04-18
35
Only Unto Him
Y
[Announced Attraction 33]

49-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 9:30 Radio City Playhouse.

49-04-18 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama--
Only Unto Him.
49-04-25
36
Witness for the Prosecution
Y
[Announced Attraction 34]

49-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--"
Strike Off the Chains" (WMAQ): story of mental patients' care through the ages; WMAQ 8:30 Radio City Playhouse.

49-04-25 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama--
Witness for the Prosecution.

49-04-25 Washington Post
WRC 10:30 Radio City Playhouse

Announces
The Hands of Mr. Ottermole as next
49-05-02
37
The Hands of Mr. Ottermole
Y
[Announced Attraction 35]

49-05-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 WMAQ Radio City Playhouse.

49-05-02 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama--
The Hands of Mrs. Ottermole.
49-05-09
38
No Shoes
Y
[Announced Attraction 36]

49-05-09 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "No Shoes," radio version of television favorite.
49-05-16
--
N
[Pre-empted for Pres. Truman Address]

49-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal - WMAQ 8:30 Bond Program
49-05-23
39
Murder Is a Matter of Opinion
Y
[Announced Attraction 39]

49-05-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:30 Gov. Adlai Stevenson.

49-05-23 Chicago Daily Tribune
9:30-WMAQ-Gov. Stevenson.

49-05-23 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse.

49-05-23 Washington Post
WRC 10:30 Radio City Playhouse
49-05-30
40
The Promise
Y
[Announced Attraction 40]

49-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:30 Radio City Playhouse.

49-05-30 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
The Promise.
49-06-06
41
Note On Danger 'B'
Y
[Announced Attraction 41]

49-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 8:30 Radio City Playhouse
49-06-13
42
How Love Came to Professor Guildea
Y
[Announced Attraction 42]

49-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal - WMAQ 8:30 Charles F. Brannan.

49-06-13 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse--Drama:
How Love Came to Professor Guilden. With Luis Van Rooten.
49-06-20
43
Motive for Murder
Y
49-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
policeman tries to clear wife in murder case.

49-06-20 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse--Drama:
Motive for Murder. With Bernard Grant.
49-06-27
44
Legend of Teresa
Y
[Announced Attraction 44]
[Speed corrected]

49-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"Legend of Teresa," story of girl sent on errand by Mexico's patron saint.

Announces
Eight By Request for the following eight weeks, beginning with Long Distance, Thursday, June 30, 1949
49-07-04
45
Murder Is the Easiest Way
Y
[Announced Attraction 45]

49-07-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Murder Is the Easiest Way."

49-07-07 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9 P.M. KFI-8 By Request
49-07-11
46
Disintegration
Y
49-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
Luis Van Rooten plays all 12 roles in his own play, "Disintegration," tale of.

49-07-14 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9 P.M. KFI-8 By Request
49-07-18
47
Local Storm
N
49-07-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
selfish, unloved invalid faces deadly crisis alone.

49-07-18 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
Local Storm.
49-07-25
48
The Birthday Party
Y
[Announced Attraction 48]

49-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
tale of neurotic man whose family protects him from his own violence.

49-07-25 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
The Birthday Party.
49-08-01
49
Tension in 643
Y
[Announced Attraction 49]

49-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
insane wife holds husband at gun-point.

49-08-01 New York Times - 10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse:
Tension in 643--Drama.
49-08-08
50
Level Crossing
Y
[Announced Attraction 50]

49-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
Man accidentally frames himself for murder.

49-08-08 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama,
Level Crossing.
49-08-15
51
Blackout
Y
[Announced Attraction 51]

49-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
lapse of memory on murder night threatens a playboy.

49-08-15 New York Times
10:30-WNBC--Radio City Playhouse: Drama,
Blackout.
49-08-22
52
Joey Was Different
Y
[Announced Attraction 52]

49-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Joey Was Different," drama of juvenile crime.
49-08-29
53
The Unguarded Moment
Y
[Announced Attraction 53]
[ End Series 1]

49-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
The Unguarded Moment," story of psychiatrist who faces two major crises in single day.
49-09-25
--
-- 49-09-25 New York Times
5:00-WNBC-
America United

49-09-25 New York Times
5:30-WNBC-
Harvest of Stars

49-09-25 Washington Post
5:00-WRC-
Surprise Serenade

49-09-25 Washington Post
5:30-WRC-
Harvest of Stars

49-09-25 Chicago Tribune
5:00-WMAQ-
Surprise Serenade

49-09-25 Chicago Tribune
5:30-WMAQ-
Harvest of Stars

49-09-25 Los Angeles Times
2:00-KFI-
U.N. Project

49-09-25 Los Angeles Times
2:30-KFI--
Harvest of Stars





49-10-02
54
Affliction
Y
[Announced Attraction 54]
[ Begin Series 2; Sunday, 5:00 pm]

'Conqueror's Isle' announced as the following episode

Harry W. Junkin welcomes the audience to
"the first Radio City Playhouse of the Second Series of plays under the Radio City Playhouse banner"

49-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 4:00 Radio City Playhouse

49-10-02 New York Times
5:00-WNBC-
Radio City Playhouse

49-10-02 New York Times
5:30-WNBC-
Harvest of Stars

49-10-02 Washington Post
5:00-WMAQ-
Radio City Playhouse

49-10-02 Washington Post
5:30-WMAQ-
Harvest of Stars

49-10-02 Chicago Tribune
5:00-WMAQ-
Radio City Playhouse

49-10-02 Chicago Tribune
5:30-WMAQ-
Harvest of Stars

49-10-02 Los Angeles Times
2:00-KFI-
U.N. Project

49-10-02 Los Angeles Times
2:30-KFI--
Harvest of Stars

49-10-02 Hutchinson News Herald
Returning Shows — Amos 'n Andy back at 6:30 p.m. today for CBS. . .The winter schedule of the CBS Family Hour of Stars, with Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, Dana Andrews, arid Irene Dunne rotating the leading roles — at 5 p. m. today. The Camel Caravan with Vaughn Monroe at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. . .Back on NBC are Jimmy Durante at 8:30 p.m. Friday, . .The Radio City Playhouse at 4 p.m. today . . .William Bendlx In "The Life of Riley" at 8 p.m. Wednesday. . .Henry Aldrich at 7 p.m. Thursday. . And the Screen Guild Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday, starting off with "Homecoming]" starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner.

49-10-02 Charleston Daily Mail
WGKV-NBC — 3 p. m., One Man's Family returns to a Sunday spot after being heard for some time on Monday nights.
5, Radio City Playhouse returns after a summer vacation
49-10-09
55
Conqueror's Isle
?
[ See Provenance Notes above ]

49-10-09
55
The Plotters
Y
[Announced Attraction 56]
[ See Provenance Notes above ]

49-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
two men plot wives' deaths for insurance money.

Announces a 'Duet", comprised of "The Lake" and "Collector's Item" as next
49-10-16
56
Duet
Y
[Announced Attraction 56]
Two Short Plays: The Lake & Collector's Item .
The Lake stars the Series Announcer, Fred Collins
[ See Provenance Notes above ]

49-10-16 Time Magazine
Radio City Playhouse (Sun. 5 p.m., NBC). Two playlets:
The Lake and Collector's Item.

49-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
The Lake" and "Collector's Item."

Announces
Ground Floor Window as next.
49-10-23
57
Ground Floor Window
?
[Same script as 48-07-10 with new cast; See Provenance Notes above ]

49-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 4:00 Radio City Playhouse
49-10-30
58
The Wind
Y
[Announced Attraction 58]

49-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 4:00 Radio City Playhouse
49-11-06
59
Malice Domestic
N
49-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"Malice Domestic," story of marriage destroyed by suspicion.
49-11-13
60
Problem Child
Y
[No announcement; beginning and end edited out]

49-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 4:00 Radio City Playhouse
49-11-20
61
Deception
Y
[Announced Attraction 61]

49-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Deception," with Jan Miner as woman whose past jeopardized hre husband's career.

Airs from radio station WIS, Columbia, SC (the only episode not originating from Manhattan)
49-11-27
62
Interval
Y
[Announced Attraction 62]

49-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"Interval," story of man's terror on a secret mission.
49-12-04
63
Local Storm
Y
[ 25-minute RB of 49-08-17]

49-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ):
"Local Storm," story of wealthy shut-in, deserted during storm.
49-12-11
64
Sibling
Y
[Announced Attraction 65]

49-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 4:00 Radio City Playhouse

'The Wine of Oropalo' announced as Attraction 66
49-12-18
65
The Wine of Oropalo
Y
[Announced Attraction 65]

49-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WMAQ 4:00 Radio City Playhouse.

49-12-25
66
'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Y
[Announced Attraction 66]

49-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): "
Twas the Night Before Christmas," by Paul Gallico.
50-01-01
67
Reflection
Y
[Announced Attraction 67]
[ Last Episode of Series 2 ]

50-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Radio City Playhouse (WMAQ): Jan Miner in
"Reflection."





Eight By Request Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
49-06-30
1
Item 1 - Long Distance
N
49-06-30 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Eight by Request (WIBA):
new series of dramas.

49-06-30 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
Long Distance, With Geraldine Fitzgerald.

49-06-30 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9 P.M. KFI-8 By Request

49-06-30 Los Angeles Times
9 P.M. KFI-Eight By Request.
49-07-07
2
Item 2 - Treasure Trove
N
49-07-07 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
Treasure Trove, With Irene Dunne.

49-07-07 Long Beach Press-Telegram
9 P.M. KFI-8 By Request
49-07-14
3
Item 3 - Portrait of Lenore
N
49-07-14 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
One From Three Leaves Two. With Jan Miner, John Larkin, Stefan Schnabel.
49-07-21
4
Item 4 - Two Moods From The Past













Some Chinese Ghosts by Lafcadio Hearn
Some Chinese Ghosts by Lafcadio Hearn

N
49-07-21 Cedar Rapids Gazette
Eight By Request;
March, Eldridge

49-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p. m. — Eight by Request (WIBA): "A Passion in the Desert," Balzac, and "Some Chinese Ghosts," Hearn, with Mr. and Mrs. Fredric March (Florence Eldridge) as narrators.

49-07-21 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
Two Moods From the Past. With Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Narrators.

49-07-21 Lowell Sun
EIGHT BY REQUEST SERIES: '
Two Moods From the Past," co-starrlng: Frederic March and wife, as narrators WBZ, 8.30

49-07-21 Portsmouth Times
Around The Radio DialNotes On Programs Coming Up Tonight
 
NBC and WPAY-CBS will present two dramatic programs to spotlight the airlanes tonight.
     Mr. and Mrs. Fredric March (Florence Eldridge) will share the stage as narrators in "Two Moods from the Past" on NBC's "Eight by Request" series at 8:30 p.m.
     "Eight by Request" is a Summer showcase spot for requested repeat performances of the most popular of the last year's productions on "Radio City Playhouse".
     "Two Moods from the Past" was broadcast on that program March 7.  It is a radio adaptation of two short story classes--"A Passion in the Desert", by Honore de Balzac, which March will narrate, and "Some Chinese Ghosts", by Lafcadio Hearn, which Miss Eldridge will narrate.
     There will be no other players in the performance.  Music is by Dr. Roy Shield and his orchestra.
49-07-28
5
Item 5 - The Door
Y
49-07-28 La Crosse Tribune
JOHN GARFIELD, one of the "tough guy" actors ot the' big screen, will be starred in the dramatic scries "Eight by Request" on WKBH-NBC nt 7:30 tonight.
The play, one of the top Radio City Playhouse stories of the past year, reveals the thoughts of a man awaiting execution, beginning with hope for a reprieve, his fear of death, and the courage he finds in accepting the inevitable.

49-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p. m. — Eight by Request (WIBA): John Garfield in "
The
Door
." last minutes of man condemned to death

49-07-28 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
The Door, With John Garfield.
49-08-04
6
Item 6 - Hit and Run

Eight By Request spot ad from August 4 1949
Eight By Request spot ad from August 4 1949

Y
49-08-04 El Paso Post
6:30 - KTSM - Eight by Request with
Paul Henreid

49-08-04 Syracuse Herald Journal
PAUL HENREID, film star will play the part of a man tortured by his accidental "killing of 'a little boy in "Hit and Run" on NBC's Eight by Request over WSYR at 8:30 tonight.
Hal Lawrence, a traveling salesman, is hurrying home to his wife and his own little son when a child runs into the path of his automobile and Lawrence cannot avoid hittins him.
Hit, and Run explores the emmotional and legal problems arising from ths accident.

49-08-04 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
Hit and Run, With Paul Henreid.
49-08-11
7
Item 7 - Soundless
Y
49-08-18 El Paso Post
6:30 - KTSM - Eight by Request with Marla Toren

49-08-11 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
Soundless, with Marta Toren.
49-08-18
8
Item 8 - Machine
Y
49-08-18 Logansport Press
7:30 — Eight by Request

49-08-18 El Paso Post
6:30 - KTSM - Eight by Request with
Lizabeth Scott

49-08-18 New York Times
8:30-WNBC--Drama:
Machine. With Lizabeth Scott.

49-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p. m. —Eight b y Request (WIBA): Lizabeth Scott in "
Machine," story of factory girl's hopeless love; last of series





AFRS 'Bookshelf of The World' Radio Log

Date AFRTS No. Title Avail. Notes
49-11-15
--
Two Moods from The Past
N
[AFRS-denatured Radio City Playhouse broadcast of the March 7th 1949--OR--the Eight By Request broadcast of July 21st 1949]

49-11-15 Pacific Stars and Stripes
6-7—NEWS,, Supper Club, Bookshelf of the World, (
Two Moods from the Past)






Radio City Playhouse Biographies




Radio City
(Production Namesake)

(1932 -)
Founded: Manhattan, New York City, NY

Radiography:
1935
Radio City Matinee
1938
Great Plays
1938
Radio City Revels
1941
Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra
1942
Radio City Music Hall On The Air
1948
Radio City Playhouse






Radio City, c. 1934

Hildreth Meiere-designed art-deco Rondel, Dance

Hildreth Meiere-designed art-deco Rondel, Drama

Hildreth Meiere-designed art-deco Rondel, Song

Radio City's 'Spirit of The Dance'


Radio City's remarkable 76-year legend begins with The Stock Market Crash of 1929. Famous financier, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., held a $91 million, 24-year lease from Columbia University on a piece of midtown Manhattan property anecdotally known as "the speakeasy belt" for intuitively obvious reasons. One of the preliminary plans for the property was a project to build a new Metropolitan Opera House on the property, to both anchor the development, and to help gentrify the previously seedy neighborhood.

Needless to say, The Crash dashed The Metropolitan Opera's grandiose plans, along with those of many other ambitious cultural projects previously under development throughout the Nation before The Crash.

The names 'Radio City' and 'Radio City Music Hall' come from the complex's first major tenant, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The Radio City Music Hall was a continuation of the project orginally envisioned by J.D.Rockefeller, Jr., along with Samuel 'Roxy' Rothafel, who opened the Roxy Theatre in 1927, and RCA's chairman David Sarnoff.

RCA had developed numerous studios for NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, just south of The Music Hall. The Radio and TV complex that lent The Music Hall its name is still known as the NBC Radio City Studios.

The Music Hall itself opened to the public on December 27, 1932 with an extraordinary stage show featuring Ray Bolger and Martha Graham. The opening was meant to be a return to "high-class variety entertainment". 'Variety' was apparently not the best use of the stunning new venue. The premiere program was very long and individual variety acts were lost in the cavernous hall. Acting quickly, on January 11, 1933, the Music Hall converted to the then familiar format of a feature film with a spectacular stage show which 'Roxy' Rothafel had perfected at the Roxy Theatre. The first film was shown on the giant screen was Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea of General Yen starring Barbara Stanwyck. This was the formula they needed, and the Music Hall soon became the premiere showcase for films from the RKO-Radio Studio.

According to the Radio City Music Hall website [ HERE ], "The film plus stage spectacle format continued at the Music Hall until 1979 with four complete performances presented every day."

No discussion of Radio City would be complete without a discussion of the world-famous art-deco architecture, decor, appointments and sculpture of the complex. Detail after detail was meticulously designed by some of the most famous artists, craftsmen, muralists and interior decorators available to the World of the 1930s.

A few examples, to the left, highlight the extraoridnarily ambitious project: from its 886 ft high structure, with it's unprecedented tangle of complex wiring bundles, its breathtaking Procenium, and the walls of state-of-the-art air handler controls to support its 70 stories.

In addition to it's stunning interior murals, the exterior street-level edifice is dominated by the three huge rondels--directly above its block-long neon sign-depicting, Dance, Drama, and Song, and designed by Hildreth Meiere.

Next is the William Zorach's remarkable 9-foot tall scupture, 'Spirit of The Dance' cast in aluminum, only to be removed from display for decades, due to its 'risque' display of the human form.

Then finally, the breathtaking view of the entire neon light display at the entrance to the Music Hall, showing the illuminated rondels along The Avenue of The Americas.



Harry W. Junkin
Radio, Television, Film and Stage Writer, Screenwriter, Director
(1919 - ?)
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Radiography:
1948-1050
Radio City Playhouse
1949
Big Town
1950
Top Secret
1951
Mr. I. A. Moto
1952
The Chase
1952
Mr. District Attorney


Harry Junkin, ca. 1947

Harry W. Junkin, ca. 1970
Harry W. Junkin, a Canadian-born screenwriter, did most of his work from the late 1940s through the 1950s in the U.S., and from the 1960s to the 1970s in Great Britain. While attending school in Winnipeg, Junkin became interested in the entertainment industry.

He tried acting while attending the University of Manitoba in the late 1930s. After service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, he went to work in advertising, first in Montreal and later in New York, before he decided to try writing scripts.

Initially, his work was limited to writing commercials, through which he also picked up experience as a producer. By the end of the 1940s, however, Junkin had graduated to authoring dramatic scripts and also producing radio shows, among them Radio City Playhouse from 1948-1949, Mr. I.A.Moto, Mr. District Attorney, Big Town, and Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons.

He made the leap to television in the early 1950s, and by the end of the decade had over a thousand radio shows to his credit as a writer, producer, or director, and 700 teleplays, for such series' as Studio One, Kraft Television Theatre, Lux Video Theatre, and Philco Television Playhouse, as well as the daytime drama Love of Life and network crime shows such as M Squad. Junkin also authored the screenplay to the MGM drama Slander (1956).

He moved to England at the end of the decade, and in the early 1960s served as script supervisor on the British television series' The Saint and Gideon's Way. He contributed scripts or served as a production executive on such subsequent series' as Department S and The Persuaders, and wrote the script for the two-part color Saint episode "Vendetta for the Saint," also released as a feature film. Junkin retired in the 1970s.



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