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NBC University Theater
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.

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 History Of Mr Polly 10/17/48 13.3 00:58:28 Mild-mannered Mr. Polly goes wild and crazy. Story by H G Wells, and starring Boris Karloff.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber 11/21/48 17.2 00:60:14 An african safari story by Ernest Hemingway.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download All The King's Men 1/16/49 15.7 00:54:57 A dramatization of Robert Penn Warren's classic novel about the corrupting influence of power.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Pickwick Papers 3/13/49 17.2 00:60:05 Dickens' early comic masterpiece about the consequences of a misunderstanding. With Charles Coburn as Mr. Pickwick

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download 1984 8/27/49 12.4 00:54:15 David Niven stars in this adaptation of George Orwell's frightening vision of a totalitarian future.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Point Of No Return 11/27/49 13.7 00:61:00 A study of a New England banker, by J.P. Marquand.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Nazarene 4/9/50 13.8 60:20 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.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download After Many A Summer Dies The Swan 4/16/50 54 00: A novel by Aldous Huxley about a very strange guy obsessed with longevity. Creepy ending alert. Adapted by Ernest Kinoy.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download England Made Me 5/7/50 13.7 00:60:07 Graham Greene\'s cynical tale of the upper crust.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Prater Violet 5/14/50 13.7 00:60:07 In England, on the eve of WWII, writer Christopher Isherwood is hired to work with an Austrian director on a film.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court 8/6/50 17.1 00:59:59 A yankee mechanic is transported back to very old England in Mark Twain's famous comedy.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Crime Of Sylvester Bonard 9/3/50 17.3 00:60:34 Not such a crime after all. By Anatole France.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Gambler 12/27/50 8.58 00:29:58 Dostoevsky's tale of a Russian vice we all share and its effect of one family.

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