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Lux Radio Theater
Lux Radio Theater strove to feature as many of the original stars of the original stage and film productions as possible, usually paying them $5,000 an appearance. In 1936, when sponsor Lever Brothers (who made Lux soap and detergent) moved the show from New York City to Hollywood, the program began to emphasize adaptations of films rather than plays. Cecil B. DeMille took over as the host on June 1, 1936, continuing until January 22, 1945. On several occasions, usually when he was out of town, he was temporarily replaced by various celebrities, including Leslie Howard and Edward Arnold.

Sample shows - left click headphones to listen, right-click & save-as to download

Show Title Broadcast Date File Size Length
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Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Thin Man 6/8/36 16.6 00:58:20 William Powell and Myrna Loy re-create their screen roles as Nick and Nora Charles in the first Thin Man mystery.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Alias Jimmy Valentine 11/9/36 13 00:57:03 Pat O'Brian as master cracksman Jimmy Valentine, trying to go straight.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Up Pops The Devil 10/18/37 9.99 00:58:10 A wife goes back to work so her husband can become a writer. It doesn't work out as planned. Starring Fred MacMurray and Madge Evans.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Angels With Dirty Faces 5/22/39 27 00:59:05 James Cagney in his great role as a bigshot criminal coming home to the old neighborhood.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Ruggles Of Red Gap 7/10/39 16.4 00:57:23 An English valet is won in a poker game and brought back to the American west.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download After The Thin Man 6/17/40 13.5 00:59:14 Returning from their big case back east, Nick & Nora confront murder in their own family.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Alias The Deacon 7/1/40 16.3 00:57:10 A travelling card sharp uses his skills to de a few good deeds. Starring Bob Burns.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Dust Be My Destiny 4/14/41 16.6 00:58:19 John Garfield and Claire Trevor in the story of Joe Bell, a nobody with a capital N.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download I Love You Again 6/30/41 13.5 00:59:04 Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in a great romantic comedy revolving around amnesia and crime.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Strawberry Blonde 3/23/42 17 00:59:30 Don Ameche is in top form in this romantic comedy set at the turn of the century.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download I Confess 9/21/43 15.7 00:55:02 Cary Grant plays a priest who hears a confession of murder he can't repeat.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Wake Up And Live 2/21/44 12.7 00:55:50 A young Frank Sinatra makes his dramatic debut as a singer with a disabling fear of microphones.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Devil And Miss Jones 3/12/45 12.8 00:56:00 Think Undercover Boss was a new idea? Think again. With Frank Morgan in the role of the devil.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Johnny Eager 1/21/46 26.7 00:58:28 Rod Taylor as a different kind of gangster. With Van Heflin & Susan Peters.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Kiss Of Death 1/12/48 26.6 00:58:06 A great crime drama starring Victor Mature and new starring Richard Widmark as nutcase killer Tommy Udo.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Merton Of The Movies 6/20/49 17.1 00:59:59 Mickey Rooney as a star sruck young man desperate to make it in pictures.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Union Station 4/7/52 15.3 00:53:28 William Holden reprises his role as a railroad detective tries to rescue a blind girl, kidnapped from a large railroad station.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Welcome Stranger 4/5/54 21.4 00:46:46 Cary Grant and Barry Fitzgerald star in a story of bad first impressions.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Detective Story 4/26/54 13 00:45:31 Kirk Douglasd & Ealenor Parker star in the story of a tough as nails detective who thinks he's judge and jury, too.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Pickup On South Street 6/21/54 14.9 00:52:19 A pickpocket gets in trouble with the reds. With as Moe.

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