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Dave

Dave Whittier, CA Member Since 2010

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  • "The Best Trick or Treat Ever"

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    The story of Orson Welles adapting The War of the Worlds on the radio one Halloween and terrifying a ridiculous amount of the United States is kind of legendary today, but as someone who'd never heard it before, I wasn't sure if it'd live up to the legend or not.

    It does, and it's a lot of fun to hear and imagine people listening to it when it originally broadcast. The moments of silence between reporters or military personnel when they go off the air unexpectedly just hangs there, and you can imagine the genuine dread that must've inspired (and still does, for those of us unafraid to use our imaginations).

    I recently listened to Wells' original novel (narrated by Simon Vance) and I was impressed how much Orson Welles channeled that here - particularly the scene toward the end with the artillery man. It's a very solid adaptation, and a genuine piece of Americana.

    It does sound like an old production, but it's well worth listening to if you've ever been curious about how Welles and Wells created possibly the best Trick or Treat in the world.

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    The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mercury Theatre on the Air
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
    Overall
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    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creatve genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth.

    Sandy says: "Classic"
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  • Meet Me in St. Louis: Classic Movies on the Radio

    "Great musical"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was so enjoyable and wonderful to hear Judy Garland singing. It was a delightful presentation with full sound effects.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Esther and Tootie as they played their characters so well. Especially Tootie as the younger sister and the antics she got up to.


    What about Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien ’s performance did you like?

    When Esther was comforting Tootie when they thought they were moving to New York. They were so believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I even enjoyed the ads as they were something new to me even though we have Lux Flakes in Aust I was unaware there had been a shortage during this period. The information about the returning Service Personnel from WW2 was also interesting. I love these little snippets of information. I am now looking forward to listening to more of these productions.

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Paul ANACORTES, WA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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  • "Too little, too late"

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is such a large abridgement that it didnt even begin to tell the story. I was very dissapointed.


    What was most disappointing about Aldous Huxley and CBS Radio Workshop ’s story?

    It was just too short. I did not communicate the idea and meaning of the full book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    no comment


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissappointment. I loved reading this book many years ago - but this version just left me cold.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one.

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    Brave New World (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Aldous Huxley, CBS Radio Workshop
    • Narrated By Aldous Huxley
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    For its premiere episodes, The CBS Radio Workshop aired a two-part adaptation of Brave New World, featuring its author, Aldous Huxley, as narrator. The musical score was created by Academy Award-winner Bernard Hermann, whose film credits included Psycho and Citizen Kane.

    Abbie Brown says: "awesome"

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  • 4.4 (277 ratings)

    The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mercury Theatre on the Air
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creatve genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth.

    Sandy says: "Classic"
  • 4.3 (92 ratings)

    It's a Wonderful Life: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By James Stewart, Frank Capra
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Frank Capra, and features James Stewart re-creating his Oscar-nominated role. It aired on May 8, 1949.

    Beth Anderson says: "A Holiday Favorite"
  • 4.5 (35 ratings)

    All About Eve: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Bette Davis, Anne Baxter
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, features Bette Davis and Anne Baxter re-creating their Oscar-nominated roles. It aired on October 1, 1951.

  • 4.3 (35 ratings)

    It Happened One Night: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, features the original stars: Clark Gable, who was named Best Actor, and Best Actress winner Claudette Colbert. It aired on March 20, 1939.

    Jessica says: "Loved the Movie, Loved the Radio Version"
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  • 4.3 (28 ratings)

    After the Thin Man: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on June 17, 1940.

  • 4.3 (28 ratings)

    Miracle on 34th Street: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie features the original stars, including Edmund Gwenn re-creating his Academy Award-winning role. It aired on December 20, 1948.

  • 4.4 (18 ratings)

    The Uninvited: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By Ray Milland
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie features its original star, Ray Milland. It aired on November 18, 1949.

  • 4.3 (16 ratings)

    Fort Apache: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By John Wayne, Ward Bond, John Ford
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, John Ford, and features the original stars. It aired on August 5, 1949.

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  • 4.3 (15 ratings)

    Red River: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By John Wayne, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on March 7, 1949.

  • 4.5 (15 ratings)

    Stagecoach: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Ward Bond, and others
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, John Ford, and features the original stars. It aired on January 9, 1949.

    Thomas says: "John Wayne in one of his pivotal roles. Wonderful!"
  • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mercury Theatre on the Air
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creatve genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth.

    Sandy says: "Classic"
  • The Letter: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Bette Davis, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on March 6, 1944.

  • Alfred Hitchcock Radio Movies Collection

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs)
    • By Screen Guild Players, Academy Award Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse, and others
    • Narrated By Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Mercedes McCambridge, and others
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This collection of radio dramatizations from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock features many of the classic films' original stars.

  • A Christmas Carol [Radio Spirits Version] (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Orson Welles' dramatic anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air, infamous for its Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, found a sponsor and became Campbell Playhouse in December 1938. The program continued to feature the charismatic and fiery Welles as both a host and an actor. The great Lionel Barrymore portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in Campbell Playhouse's annual performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

    Serval says: "Fun dramatization"
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  • It Happened One Night: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, features the original stars: Clark Gable, who was named Best Actor, and Best Actress winner Claudette Colbert. It aired on March 20, 1939.

    Jessica says: "Loved the Movie, Loved the Radio Version"
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Robert Montgomery
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie originally aired on February 6, 1939.

    Valarie says: "More commercial and fluff than play/story"
  • The Lemon Drop Kid (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Damon Runyon
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Damon Runyon's classic stories of New York City gangsters come to life in this radio series. Broadway, our guide through Runyon's world, introduces us to characters who are often as soft-hearted as they are shady. For gamblers, burlesque queens, murderers, and innocents, comedy and tragedy were found in equal measure on the streets of Damon Runyon's Manhattan.

    George Freeman says: "Dated"
  • After the Thin Man: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on June 17, 1940.

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  • A Farewell to Arms: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Clark Gable
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie originally aired on April 5, 1937.

  • Clark Gable Radio Movies Collection

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Clark Gable's rugged masculinity and casual charm allowed him to play truly memorable villains and heroes in Hollywood. This collection of radio dramatizations features Gable recreating his classic film roles.

  • It's a Wonderful Life: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By James Stewart, Frank Capra
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Frank Capra, and features James Stewart re-creating his Oscar-nominated role. It aired on May 8, 1949.

    Beth Anderson says: "A Holiday Favorite"
  • Brave New World (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Aldous Huxley, CBS Radio Workshop
    • Narrated By Aldous Huxley
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    For its premiere episodes, The CBS Radio Workshop aired a two-part adaptation of Brave New World, featuring its author, Aldous Huxley, as narrator. The musical score was created by Academy Award-winner Bernard Hermann, whose film credits included Psycho and Citizen Kane.

    Abbie Brown says: "awesome"
  • Miracle on 34th Street: A Special Lux Theater Episode Plus Special Commentary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Bill Mills
    • Narrated By Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    An Audio Archive special feature presentation of one of the greatest and most beloved Christmas stories: Miracle on 34th Street. This is the classic movie condensed and performed live as a one-hour radio play by The Lux Radio Theater in 1948. In the words of Lux Theater producer William Keely, "It's wrapped in a gay covering of laughter, tied with a bright ribbon of good humor, and decorated with the three sparkling stars of the 20th Century Fox picture."

    Gil says: "A Christmas classic on your device"
  • The 39 Steps: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Robert Montgomery, Ida Lupino
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    This radio dramatization of the classic Hitchcock movie originally aired on December 13, 1937.

    AudioAddict says: "Refreshingly Different"
  • The Stratton Story: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By James Stewart, June Allyson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on February 13, 1950.

  • Red River: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By John Wayne, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on March 7, 1949.

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  • Heavenly Days: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Guild Players
    • Narrated By Fibber McGee & Molly
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on February 10, 1947.

  • Shirley Temple Radio Movies Collection

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre, Screen Guild Theater
    • Narrated By Shirley Temple, Nelson Eddy, Cary Grant
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Child star Shirley Temple stars in this collection of radio dramatizations of her classic films.

  • After the Thin Man: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By William Powell, Myrna Loy
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on June 17, 1940.

  • The Lemon Drop Kid (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Damon Runyon
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Damon Runyon's classic stories of New York City gangsters come to life in this radio series. Broadway, our guide through Runyon's world, introduces us to characters who are often as soft-hearted as they are shady. For gamblers, burlesque queens, murderers, and innocents, comedy and tragedy were found in equal measure on the streets of Damon Runyon's Manhattan.

    George Freeman says: "Dated"
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  • Between Americans: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Guild Theater
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This radio drama starring Orson Welles originally aired on December 7, 1941, the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Lifeboat: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By Tallulah Bankhead, Jeff Chandler, Alfred Hitchcock
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Alfred Hitchcock, and features one of the original stars, Tallulah Bankhead. It aired on November 16, 1950.

    bethany says: "better than expected"
  • Stella Dallas: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie features the original stars, including Barbara Stanwyck, who re-creates her Oscar-nominated role. It aired on October 11, 1937.

  • A Woman's Face: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Screen Guild Theater
    • Narrated By Bette Davis, Conrad Veidt
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, which originally starred Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, and Conrad Veidt, aired on April 19, 1942.