A collection of classic American short stories, including 'The Old Man's Bride' by Timothy Shay Arthur (read by Van Johnson), 'The Virginian' by Owen Wister (William Holden), 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James (Ronald Colman and Edna Best) and 'The Man That Corrupted Handleyburg' by Mark Twain (Frank Lovejoy).
This episode of Bob Hope's classic NBC radio show originally aired on April 29, 1952.
Norma Desmond was a silent screen goddess but in fifties Hollywood lives as an isolated recluse in a crumbling Sunset Boulevard mansion. Joe Gillis, with William Holden again playing his film role, is a down on his heels screen writer who moves into the mansion to supposedly write her comeback movie and becomes her lover. When Joe becomes interested in a young aspiring actress, Norma becomes insanely jealous, leading to a tragic ending in this gripping classic.