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Your Movietown Radio Theatre - Pgm 13

October 8th, 2009

I've posted a number of drama anthologies to the blog in recent weeks.  This type of show seemed to be ubiquitous in 1940s radio and this one isn't as well known as some of the others.  Lets listen to "Your Movietown Radio Theatre", syndicated by Ziv, and dating from around 1947, according to Goldin.

Program 13 is "The London Legend" with Jane Wyatt, possibly a previously lost/uncirculated program in the series.  The story concerns a love triangle involving a real diva, actress Victoria London, her secretary, and a small-town newspaper man.  You'll notice there's no opening announcement to identify the show - just music.  Your local announcer would provide the opening, along with a commercial from one of your fine local merchants.

You younger listeners prying your eyes away from the television to listen to some classic old time radio might recognize Jane Wyatt for her roles on "Father Knows Best" and as Spock's human mother on "Star Trek".

The show was transferred from original ZIV vinyl transcription set, matrix numbers UR 174870 AU1 and UR 174871 AU1.  This one doesn't have a scan since there are no labels left on the discs - the set suffered water damage.  The discs were also pretty heavily scratched, so the file has been click-reduced before converting to mp3 format.

I have several more shows from the series that I'll post on occasion.

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  • DavidinBerkeley

    Interesting note in one of the Goldin entries for this series:

    “See also cat. #4295, ‘Skippy Hollywood Theatre,’ which is essentially a sponsored version of this broadcast.”

    I’ve been interested to hear SHT, but nobody trading had any to share. I’m glad to get to try it out here.

    Also interesting: this series didn’t seem to attract a wealth of the most-recognizable actors in Hollywood, if the Goldin’s entries are an indication. Nor any A-picture titles either. Both of which make it more interesting to me. (I was always bored by Lux RT).

    Oct 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    I found another copy of this show posted elsewhere, but yours is MUCH cleaner.

    Nov 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm
  • Jackie B

    I am searching for a broadcast from October 1948 Skippy Hollywood Theater entitled “Inventory.” Do you know where I might start searching for a recording or original?

    Thank you, Jackie B

    Feb 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm