Author's Playhouse

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


53241. Author's Playhouse. March 5, 1941. NBC net, Chicago origination. "Elementals". Sustaining. The first show of the series. The opening is upcut. Two lovers agree to eat nothing for seven days to win a $10,000 bet. The script was subsequently used on "Escape" on October 11, 1953 (see cat. #48221) and on "Suspense" on June 12, 1960 (see cat. #11339). Arthur Kohl, Bob Jellison, Katherine Card, Charles Gusman (adaptor), Fern Persons, John Hodiak, Laurette Fillbrandt, Michael Romano, Nelson Olmsted, Rex Maupin (composer, conductor), Stephen Vincent Benet (author). 28:37. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

53242. Author's Playhouse. December 21, 1941. Red net. "Christmas By Injunction". Sustaining. The program originates from Chicago. A western town needs a young child at Christmas to receive the benefits from one of its citizens who has struck it rich. Carl Kroenke, Clarence Hartzell, Cliff Soubier, Curley Bradley, Dan Bowers, Eva Parnell, Fern Persons, Harriet Allen, Hilda Graham, Jack Mitchell (adaptor), Jerry Spellman, Michael Romano, O. Henry (author), Percy Hemus, Roy Shield (composer, conductor), Sidney Ellstrom. 29:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53243. Author's Playhouse. August 16, 1942. NBC net. "Sam Small's Better Half". Sustaining. After an evening with several pints of ale at the local pub, Sam Small finds himself split in two...it's psychophrerenial! Eric Knight (author), Vernon Olsen (adaptor), Charles Urquhart (director), Charles Penman, Herb Butterfield, Roy Shield (composer, conductor). 27:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

53244. Author's Playhouse. October 7, 1942. NBC net. "Flight To Aras". Sustaining. A beautiful word portrait of a reconnaissance sortie over enemy lines during World War II. The system cue has been deleted. It sounds as if the show ran late and no program closing and end credits were given. Antoine de Saint Exupery (author). 29:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

53245. Author's Playhouse. January 6, 1943. NBC net, Chicago origination. "Off Tokyo Bay". Sustaining. An exciting story about a disabled American submarine at the bottom of Tokyo bay. Richard Sayle (author), Jack Mitchell (adaptor), Frank Papp (director), Roy Shield (composer, conductor), Karl Weber. 29:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4648. Author's Playhouse. March 31, 1943. NBC net. "Midnight Of March Thirty-First". Sustaining. A fascinating story of a town suddenly and permanently and mysteriously cut off from the rest of civilization. Josephine Young Francis (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

5829. Author's Playhouse. April 21, 1943. NBC net. "Dan Peters and Casey Jones". Sustaining. A wild fantasy about a talking locomotive and its engineer who tour the country, off the tracks. The show makes interesting use of the "Sono-Vox," of Bromo Seltzer commercial fame. . 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4649. Author's Playhouse. October 13, 1943. NBC net. "A Promise To Mark". Sustaining. An amusing story of an old washed up lawyer and his last case, defending a young man accused of stealing three prize chickens. James Aswell (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

6825. Author's Playhouse. November 3, 1943. NBC net. "The Groom Wore The Conventional Black". Sustaining. A romance of artists and models. Dorothy Quinnan (author), Virginia Payne. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

4650. Author's Playhouse. June 16, 1944. NBC net. "Command Performance". Sustaining. An actor gets a command performance from the King at the same time the scheming woman he loves ruins his life. I. A. R. Wylie (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4651. Author's Playhouse. July 8, 1944. NBC net. "The Kraken". Sustaining. A science fiction tale about a British submarine captured by a huge sea monster. Frederick Englehart (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4652. Author's Playhouse. July 14, 1944. NBC net. "The Mysterious Stranger". Sustaining. A fantasy about a boy who gets out of a sick bed of a day on the town with a strange yet somehow familiar man. Zachary Gold (writer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4653. Author's Playhouse. July 15, 1944. NBC net. "He Woke Up Famous". Sustaining. A comedy about a gushing socialite, her beautiful secretary, and a supposed shipwrecked sailor. Corey Ford (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4654. Author's Playhouse. July 21, 1944. NBC net. "Mad Dream". Sustaining. A light comedy about a wild dream of a bathing beauty with a fish on her knee that starts to come true. Isabel Scott Rorick (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4655. Author's Playhouse. July 22, 1944. NBC net. "Johnny Cartwright's Camera". Sustaining. A clumsy assistant drops a photographer's camera and breaks it so that it takes pictures of the future. Nelson Bond (writer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4656. Author's Playhouse. July 28, 1944. NBC net. "Two Of A Kind". Sustaining. Two divers descend beneath the sea to rescue men and papers from a sunken sub. H. Vernon Dickson (writer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4657. Author's Playhouse. July 29, 1944. NBC net. "Miracle In The Rain". Sustaining. A tender love story of a girl and a soldier on leave she meets in a middle of a rainstorm. Ben Hecht (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4658. Author's Playhouse. August 4, 1944. NBC net. "Minstrels Of The Mist". Sustaining. A very well-done, if somewhat strange story of two flute players. Ben Lucien Berman (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4659. Author's Playhouse. August 11, 1944. NBC net. "That Old Gordon Place". Sustaining. A tale of Mississippi swamp folk. Granny, who can't read, must interpret J. W.'s planting instructions while he's away in the Army. James Street (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4660. Author's Playhouse. August 18, 1944. NBC net. "Women's Work". Sustaining. A domestic comedy about a devastatingly beautiful career woman who visits discord upon a happily married couple. Elizabeth Dunn (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4661. Author's Playhouse. August 25, 1944. NBC net. "The Widow Of Wasdale Head". Sustaining. A tale of Olde England, a ghost, and a very young and attractive widow. Arthur Wing Pinero (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4662. Author's Playhouse. September 1, 1944. NBC net. "The Soul Of The Great Bell". Sustaining. A famous tale of old China. A bellmaster is ordered by the Emperor to cast a huge bell, and his first two attempts fail. Lafcadio Herne (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4663. Author's Playhouse. September 15, 1944. NBC net. "Southern Exposure". Sustaining. A writer and photographer gang up on a government official in Old Mexico. Robert Parsons (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4664. Author's Playhouse. September 22, 1944. NBC net. "Cry For The Hunted". Sustaining. A man is almost crazy from his attempts to escape from the Nazis. Frederick J. Lipp (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4665. Author's Playhouse. October 16, 1944. NBC net. "The Country Of The Blind". Sustaining. The classic tale of a hidden valley where none can see, and a man with one eye should be king. H. G. Wells (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4666. Author's Playhouse. October 30, 1944. NBC net. "Expense Account". Sustaining. A daring story of the way a team of reporters covers a blimp explosion. Paul Gallico (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4667. Author's Playhouse. November 13, 1944. NBC net. "The Long Way Round". Sustaining. A man has just returned from a sanitarium after a mental break-down to find that wife has developed her own mental problems. James Ronald (author). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4668. Author's Playhouse. November 20, 1944. NBC net. "A Call For Mr. Garrett". Sustaining. A comedy of romance in wartime Washington. Elmira Ressler, Geraldine Kaye, Gilbert Shea, Harry Bubeck (director), Kay Morrow, Louis Webb (organ), Mary C. Quinn (adaptor), Maurice Copeland, Olan Soule, Robert Carson (writer). 24:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53246. Author's Playhouse. December 4, 1944. NBC net, Chicago origination. "The Inexperienced Ghost". Sustaining. A very British experiment in the Great Beyond. Charles Egleston, Clare Baum, Guy De Vry (adaptor), H. G. Wells (author), Herb Butterfield, Jack Lyon (composer, conductor), Norman Felton (producer), Wilms Herbert. 29:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53247. Author's Playhouse. December 11, 1944. NBC net, Chicago origination. "The Pied Piper Of Hamelin". Sustaining. Always pay your rat catcher. The system cue has been deleted. A final public service announcement may have been deleted as well. Albert Crews (director), Charlene Osgood, Cliff Soubier, Elwyn Owen (organist), Guy De Vry (adaptor), Haskell Coffin, Norma Jean Ross, Olan Soule, Paul Hughes, Phillips H. Lord, Robert Browning (author), Wilms Herbert. 27:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

53248. Author's Playhouse. January 15, 1945. NBC net, Chicago origination. "There's Money In Poetry". Sustaining. An amusing story about a young Jewish poet who finds himself working in the garment business. Charles Irving, Conrad Berkovici (author), Edwin Paley (? director), Elwyn Owen (organist), Henry Sachs, Jean Cuni (adaptor), Murray Forbes, Sharon Grainger. 29:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53249. Author's Playhouse. January 22, 1945. NBC net, Chicago origination. "Blood Will Tell". Sustaining. A widow and her young son out west face the circumstances of the death of the father. The system cue has been deleted. Carl Kroenke, Elwyn Owen (organist), Hazel Dotheidi (?), Jane Webb, Leonard Smith, Norman Felton (producer), Ralph Camargo (narrator), Ray Nofziger (author), Sidney Ellstrom, W. C. Simpson (adaptor). 29:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53250. Author's Playhouse. February 19, 1945. NBC net, Chicago origination. "High Air". Sustaining. A sandhog finds his son working on the same tunnel with him. Bordon Chase (author), Ed Prentiss, Elwyn Owen (organist), Fern Persons, Gilbert Ferguson, Harry Bubeck (director), Jim Pease (adaptor), Leo Curley, Michael Romano, Sidney Ellstrom, Stanley Garden. 29:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53251. Author's Playhouse. March 12, 1945. NBC net, Chicago origination. "The Woman At Seven Brothers". Sustaining. The eternal triangle on a lonely lighthouse. Albert Crews (director), Clock Ryder (?), Elwyn Owen (organist), Fern Persons, Frank Behrens (?), Harry Elders, Leslie Edwards (adaptor), Ralph Camargo (narrator), Wilbur Daniel Steele (author). 29:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53252. Author's Playhouse. April 23, 1945. NBC net, Chicago origination. "Forever Walking Free". Sustaining. A story of love in England during the war, with a supernatural ending. Arthur Seltzer, Bob Dearenforth, Cheer Brenson (?), Dorothy Quinnan (adaptor), Elwyn Owen (organist), Haskell Coffin, Herb Butterfield, McKinley Cantor (author), Norman Felton (producer), William Pigley. 29:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53253. Author's Playhouse. May 14, 1945. NBC net, Chicago origination. "Reunion". Sustaining. Henry Sinkin is a quiet accountant who inherits $500 and decides to make a big impression at his college reunion. Arthur Hearn, Art Van Harvey, Charles Egleston, Elwyn Owen (organist), Inez Arsher (adaptor), Kay Miller, Kay Miller, Michael Romano, Nick Reikert, Norman Felton (producer), Phillips H. Lord, Stanley Gordon, Thomas Post, Vincent Sheean (author), William Fein. 29:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53254. Author's Playhouse. May 21, 1945. NBC net, Chicago origination. "My Friend Merton". Sustaining. A funny story about a bank robber on the lam and his deceased friend. Albert Crews (director), Arthur Hern, Clarence Hartzell, Elwyn Owen (organist), Guy De Vry (adaptor), Herb Butterfield, Julius Fass (author), Michael Romano, Norman Gottschalk, William Bigley, William Everett. 29:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

5830. Author's Playhouse. June 16, 1945. NBC net. "Tight Wad". Sustaining. A miserly newspaper accountant is turned by circumstances into a free spending reporter while covering a kidnaping. . 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 38 programs.