NBC University Theater was an anomaly among old-time radio series. It dramatized great works of literature. The quality of the adaptations was so high that many colleges used it as part of their course material. The series creators even published study guides to go aslong with the shows. Its 122 episodes ran from 1948 to 1951.
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||The History Of Mr Polly
||Mild-mannered Mr. Polly goes wild and crazy. Story by H G Wells, and starring Boris Karloff.|
||The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber
||An african safari story by Ernest Hemingway.|
||All The King's Men
||A dramatization of Robert Penn Warren's classic novel about the corrupting influence of power.|
||The Pickwick Papers
||Dickens' early comic masterpiece about the consequences of a misunderstanding.
With Charles Coburn as Mr. Pickwick|
||David Niven stars in this adaptation of George Orwell's frightening vision of a totalitarian future.
||Point Of No Return
||A study of a New England banker, by J.P. Marquand.|
||Based on a trilogy by Polosh-born American Jew Sholem Asch, written originally in Yiddish. Asch wrote about Jesus from a Jewish
perspective, and the story ends with the singing of Kaddish for the dead Yeshua ben Joseph. |
||After Many A Summer Dies The Swan
||A novel by Aldous Huxley about a very strange guy obsessed with longevity. Creepy ending alert. Adapted by Ernest Kinoy. |
||England Made Me
||Graham Greene\'s cynical tale of the upper crust.
||In England, on the eve of WWII, writer Christopher Isherwood is hired
to work with an Austrian director on a film.|
||A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court
||A yankee mechanic is transported back to very old England in
Mark Twain's famous comedy.|
||The Crime Of Sylvester Bonard
||Not such a crime after all. By Anatole France.|
||Dostoevsky's tale of a Russian vice we all share and its effect of one family.