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Best Plays - Pgm 4

September 18th, 2009

I don't have that many hour-long dramas in my collection, but I've been lucky enough to obtain a few episodes of NBC's prestigious "Best Plays" program broadcast in the early 1950s and featuring adaptations of works from the New York stage.

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This week, we hear program 4 in the series as broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, and originally heard May 8, 1953 on NBC, Burgess Meredith and Anthony Quinn in a well done adaptation of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men".

The show was transferred from an original vinyl AFRTS transcription set.


  • mackdaddyg

    I had never heard a radio production for this story before. After hearing it, I now see where the Warner Brothers cartoon folks got the gags involving the smart guy and the dumb guy (portrayed as various animals), with the dumb guy calling everybody George.

    Sep 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    In my opinion, BEST PLAYS always did a very respectful job of transferring plays to radio, even more so than THEATRE GUILD OTA and others, especially those that had to do it in 30 minutes.

    I’m glad there’s another to add to my set.

    Sep 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm