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Shakespeare on Old-Time Radio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1367  Tuesday 3 August 1999.

From:           Martin Jukovsky <
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Date:           Monday, 2 Aug 1999 16:51:46 -0400
Subject:        Fwd: Shakespeare on Old-Time Radio

The following good information appeared in the Old Time Radio Forum
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        --Martin Jukovsky
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>Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 00:21:55 PDT
>From: "Michael Ogden" <
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>Subject: Re: OTR Shakespeare
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>Bob Fells asked about the two series that comprised the "summer of
>Shakespeare" in 1937. They were the COLUMBIA SHAKESPEARE CYCLE on CBS and
>STEAMLINED SHAKESPEARE on NBC.
>
>There were eight broadcasts of the Columbia series, all of which are extant
>and available:
>
>7/12/37: HAMLET, with Burgess Meredith, Grace George, and Montague Love
>
>7/19/37: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, with Leslie Howard and Rosalind Russell
>
>7/26/37: JULIUS CAESAR, with Reginald Denny, Claude Rains, Raymond Massey
>
>8/3/37: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, with Frieda Inescourt, Edward G. Robinson,
>and Andy Devine
>
>8/10/37: KING LEAR, with Thomas Mitchell, Margo, Morris Ankrum
>
>8/17/37: AS YOU LIKE IT, with Frank Morgan, Gail Patrick, and Moroni Olsen
>
>8/24/37: KING HENRY IV, PARTS 1 AND 2, with Walter Huston, Walter Connolly,
>and Humphrey Bogart
>
>8/31/37: TWELFTH NIGHT, with Tallulah Bankhead, Cedric Hardwicke, and Orson
>Welles
>
>STREAMLINED SHAKESPEARE consisted of six broadcasts. None of the original
>broadcasts are available to my knowledge, but all are preserved archivally
>(at the Museum of Television and Radio, I believe). The four shows which Bob
>has are from a 1950 rebroadcast series entitled JOHN BARRYMORE AND
>SHAKESPEARE. They are not the complete STREAMLINED shows, having been cut
>down from 45 minutes to 30.
>
>6/21/37: HAMLET, with John Barrymore, Mary Forbes, and Conrad Nagel
>
>6/28/37: RICHARD III, with JB, Elaine Barrie, and Pedro de Cordoba
>
>7/5/37: MACBETH, with JB, Elaine Barrie, and William S. Farnum
>
>7/12/37: THE TEMPEST, with JB, Elaine Barrie, and Walter Brennan
>
>7/19/37: TWELFTH NIGHT, with JB, Elaine Barrie, and Spring Byington
>
>7/26/37: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, with JB, Elaine Barrie, and Vinton
>Hayworth
>
>Hope the above answers Bob's question. The whole delirious mess that was the
>"summer of Shakespeare" seems like a Shakespearean chronicle in and of
>itself: two rival houses (NBC and CBS), star-crossed and petulant lovers
>(Barrymore and Barrie), etc. It's said that the two series (which ran
>opposite each other on Monday nights) only ended up cancelling each other
>out; the clear cut ratings winner in that time slot was Fibber McGee and
>Molly, who got a big boost to their radio popularity from all the folks who
>were tuning away from the Bard!
>
>Mike Ogden
 

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