Tag Archives: Robert Young

14 February: A singular love

Love is deeper than a surface or a sight. Tonight I repeat a very special Lux Radio Theater performance that becomes, as of now, our annual Valentine’s Day feature program—even if it wasn’t actually performed on Valentine’s Day.

 

TUNE IN TONIGHT:
Lux Radio Theater: The Enchanted Cottage (CBS, 3 September 1945)

McGuire and Young in the original film. (Photo: RKO.)

McGuire and Young in the original film. (Photo: RKO.)

But it should have been. And if even the least sentimental listener isn’t gripped or embraced by this tastefully arresting adaptation of the film hit—in which Robert Young, Dorothy McGuire, and Herbert Marshall reprise their remarkable film roles—he or she might be prone to charges of lacking soul.

Posted in classic radio, drama/dramatic anthology, fantasy, old-time radio | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

15 April: A presidential farewell and an exposition of horror

FDR's radio friendliness is repaid abundantly upon his death and interment. (Photo: The National Archives.)

FDR’s radio friendliness is repaid abundantly upon his death and interment. (Photo: The National Archives.)

Until Franklin D. Roosevelt, network broadcasting has yet to address the death of a sitting President of the United States. As Edward R. Murrow would say of the United States a decade later, radio comes into its full inheritance at a tender age as it is, but World War II and the death of FDR have combined to tax that inheritance powerfully. It’s to radio’s credit that it has responded to both as powerfully, as effectively, and as memorably as few might have expected when network radio began taking its full shape a decade earlier.

Posted in classic radio, comedy, crime drama, drama/dramatic anthology, History/Documentary, News and comment, old-time radio, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments