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BROKEN ARROW109 viewsBroken Arrow from Screen Director's Playhouse aired September 7, 1951. Starring in their original roles is James Stewart as Tom Jeffords, Jeff Chandler as Cochise and Debra Paget as Sonseeahray (Morningstar). Broken Arrow is the story of a land, of the people who lived on it in the year 1870, and of a man whose name was Cochise. He was an Indian leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. The performances of James Stewart, Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget are outstanding and Broken Arrow is one of the first westerns to portray Native Americans in a balanced, sympathetic way. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, and won a Golden Globe. Interesting is that the world premier was at the Nusho Theater in downtown Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.


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CIMARRON69 viewsCimarron from Hallmark Playhouse aired on September 9, 1948 starring Irene Dunne. Cimarron is the title of a novel published by popular historical fiction author Edna Ferber in 1929. Ferber was also the author of Giant that starred James Dean. This epic Western won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Picture and was the first Western to win an Oscar, the only western to win until The Unforgiven. In the story Yancey Cravat, a frontiersman, newspaper editor, and former gunslinger brings his young bride Sabra to the wild Oklahoma territory to taste the adventure, crusade for social justice, and leave his family for years at a time. The Oklahoma Land Rush, also called the Cherokee Strip Land Run, plays a pivotal role in the story. The desperation of the settlers involved in the rush provides for great drama and and outstanding story. How many westerns have been made where every settler is desperate to stake his claim on the best piece of land with water?


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Dragonwyck (Vincent Price And Gene Tierney) 1946130 viewsDragonwyck from Lux Radio Theater aired October 7, 1946 starring Vincent Price And Gene Tierney. A chilling Gothic tale of Nicholas Van Ryn (Vincent Price), who becomes infatuated with a servant girl, Miranda (Gene Tierney), and disposes of his wife to be near her. But even Miranda is unable to give Nicholas the male heir he longs for, and when his one son with Miranda dies, he retreats into drug-addled madness.
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Dragonwyck (Vincent Price And Teresa Wright) 1947171 viewsDragonwyck aired January 20, 1947 starring Vincent Price And Teresa Wright. A chilling Gothic tale of Nicholas Van Ryn (Vincent Price), who becomes infatuated with a servant girl, Miranda (Teresa Wright), and disposes of his wife to be near her. But even Miranda is unable to give In tNicholas the male heir he longs for, and when his one son with Miranda dies, he retreats into drug-addled madness. In this version also with Price but with Teresa Wright replacing Tierney, lasts a mere half-hour but has been restructured so that Wells is telling the tale in flashback.
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RED RIVER (JOHN WAYNE) 194969 viewsRed River from Lux Radio Theater aired March 7, 1949 starring John Wayne as Tom Dunson with Joanne Dru and Walter Brennan. Tells the story of the first cattle drive along the Chisholm Trail. One of the all time greatest Westerns featuring impassioned performances and adventure on a grand scale. Red River has everything a great Western ought to have; a sweeping sense of history, stampedes, gunfights, Indian attacks, and, of course, Walter Brennan as Dunson's crusty old cook and comic sidekick, Nadine Groot. A classic!
she_wore_a_yellow_ribbon.mp3
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON74 viewsShe Wore a Yellow Ribbon from Lux Radio Theater aired March 12, 1951 starring John Wayne and Mel Ferrer. This is Wayne's greatest role as an Indian fighting Captain Nathan Brittles. Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. The song She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is still to this day the official anthem of the United States Cavalry Armor. This is without a doubt the best in John Ford's famed cavalry trilogy.


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THE BLIND GUN76 viewsThe Blind Gun from Mutual Radio Theater aired March 24, 1980 starring Corey Burton and Vic Perrin hosted by Lorne Greene. Mutual Broadcasting System acquired the Sears Radio Theater in December 1979 renaming it Mutual Radio Theater, and debuted March 3, 1980. It was to run for 13 weeks on almost 300 stations. The shows were then to be repeated over the summer and fall. It proved to be fairly successful and another 8 weeks of original programs were added; this was followed by another 8 weeks of repeats. The series was broadcast in stereo, making it the only commercial radio network drama program in the nation to use this technology at the time. Great writers were employed for this series including Arch Oboler and Norman Corwin.
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THE PRESIDENTS LADY82 viewsThe President's Lady from Hollywood Radio Theater aired on September 28, 1953 starring Charlton Heston and Joan Fontaine. Based on the novel by Irving Stone this is the story of one of the most vicious rumor campaigns in American political history. It is the story of how the love of the life of our seventh President was destroyed by these rumors, which were based on half-truths. Without question one of the great romances of all time.

the_store_keeper.mp3
THE STORE KEEPER91 viewsThe Storekeeper from Mutual Radio Theater aired March 3, 1980 starring Vic Perrin hosted by Lorne Greene. Mutual Broadcasting System acquired the Sears Radio Theater in December 1979 renaming it Mutual Radio Theater, and debuted March 3, 1980. It was to run for 13 weeks on almost 300 stations. The shows were then to be repeated over the summer and fall. It proved to be fairly successful and another 8 weeks of original programs were added; this was followed by another 8 weeks of repeats. The series was broadcast in stereo, making it the only commercial radio network drama program in the nation to use this technology at the time. Great writers were employed for this series including Arch Oboler and Norman Corwin.
war_of_the_worlds(1938).mp3
WAR OF THE WORLDS (ORSON WELLES) 193879 viewsThe War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween special on October 30, 1938 and aired over the CBS Radio network. Directed by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' classic novel The War of the Worlds. The first half of the 60-minute broadcast was presented as a series of news bulletins, which suggested to many listeners that an actual Martian invasion was in progress (Because the Mercury Theatre on the Air was at that time a 'sustaining show' [without sponsorship], the broadcast had no commercial interruption). Some fled their homes; others merely were terrified. The news-bulletin format was decried as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast, but the episode launched Welles to fame.



   
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