Best Plays

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.


92059. Best Plays. June 8, 1952. NBC net. "Winterset". Sustaining. The first show of the series. John Chapman (host, editor), Fred Collins (announcer), Burgess Meredith, Maureen Stapleton, Maxwell Anderson (author), Joe DeSantis, Edwin Jerome, Roger De Koven, Joseph Julian, Ralph Bell, Bill Lipton, Gilbert Mack, Matt Crowley, Hal Benhoe (? music selector), William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director). 59:30. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

84081. Best Plays. June 15, 1952. NBC net. "On Borrowed Time". Sustaining. A delightful story about an old man who gets the Devil up a tree...literally! See cat. #97987 for a similar script of the story, but with Boris Karloff playing the Devil. Parker Fennelly, Mildred Natwick, David Anderson, Peter Capell, William Griffis, Agnes Young, Teri Keane, Luis Van Rooten, Karl Weber, John Chapman (host), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Paul Osborn (author), George Lefferts (adaptor). 59:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92060. Best Plays. June 22, 1952. NBC net. "Angel Street". Sustaining. This program was rebroadcast on April 4, 1954 as, "NBC Star Playhouse." John Chapman (host), Howard Reig (announcer), Patrick Hamilton (author), Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Melville Cooper, Elizabeth Eustis, Earl Hamner (adaptor), Margery Maude, Edward King (director), William Welch (supervisor). 59:49. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92061. Best Plays. June 29, 1952. NBC net. "The Hasty Heart". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), John Patrick (author), John Sylvester, Anne Burr, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor, transcriber), William Zuckert, Guy Spaull, Victor Chapin, Ivor Francis, Maurice Ellis, Don Stanley, William Griffis, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:47. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92062. Best Plays. July 6, 1952. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Arsenic and Old Lace". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Packard (local). John Chapman (host), Joseph Kesselring (author), Boris Karloff, Donald Cook, Jean Adair, Edgar Stehli, Evelyn Varden, Wendell Holmes, Joan Tompkins, Arthur Matlin, Ted Osborne, Ed Latimer, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:57. Audio condition: Good to very good. Complete.

92063. Best Plays. July 20, 1952. NBC net. "The Voice Of The Turtle". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), John Van Druten (author), Elliott Nugent, Martha Scott, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Audrey Christie. 59:36. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

105920. Best Plays. July 27, 1952. NBC net. "All My Sons". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Arthur Miller (playwright), Fred Collins (announcer), Ed Begley. 59:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

92064. Best Plays. August 3, 1952. NBC net. "Outward Bound". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Sutton Vane (author), Jean Adair, Alexander Scourby, John Stanley, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Chester Stratton, Susan Douglas, Leona Powers, Norman Rose, Wendell Holmes, William Podmore, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92065. Best Plays. August 10, 1952. NBC net. "Uncle Harry". Sustaining. The drama was transcribed in Hollywood. John Chapman speaks from New York City. John Chapman (host), Thomas Job (author), Joseph Schildkraut, Agnes Moorehead. 56:48. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

92066. Best Plays. August 17, 1952. NBC net. "The Philadelphia Story". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Philip Barry (author), Joan Alexander, Betty Furness, Myron McCormick, Vera Allen, Robert Tallman (adaptor), Joseph Curtin, Karl Weber, William Quinn, Denise Alexander, Edwin Jerome, Gene Leonard, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 55:08. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92067. Best Plays. August 24, 1952. NBC net. "Home Of The Brave". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Arthur Laurents (author), Donald Buka, Peter Capell, Russell Hardie, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), George Lefferts, Joseph Julian, Bill Lipton, William Redfield, Ray Balderek, James Stevens, Jack Lloyd, Fred Collins (announcer). 59:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92068. Best Plays. August 31, 1952. NBC net. "Blithe Spirit". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Noel Coward (author), Mildred Natwick, John Loder, Haila Stoddard, Anne Burr, Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:41. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

105921. Best Plays. September 7, 1952. NBC net. "Tonight At 8:30". Sustaining. This short play ("Ways and Means") was repeated on August 30, 1953 (see cat. #92069). . 36:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

92070. Best Plays. October 3, 1952. NBC net. "Victoria Regina". Sustaining. This program was rebroadcast on November 1, 1953 as, "NBC Star Playhouse." See cat. #106186. John Chapman (host), Carl Esmond, Helen Hayes, Laurence Housman (author), Clarence Derwent, Clarice Watt (? adaptor, trascriber), Norman Rose (narrator), Leona Powers, John Stanley, Irene Hubbard, Guy Spaull, Robert Carroll, Burford Hampden, Charles Francis, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 56:44. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92071. Best Plays. October 10, 1952. NBC net. "She Loves Me Not". Sustaining. Ann Thomas, Howard Lindsay (adaptor), Edward Hope (author), Harry Belova, Mason Adams, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor, transcriber), Anne Sargent, Cathleen Cordell, Edwin Jerome, Bill Lipton, William Zuckert, John Chapman (host), Eddie Bracken, Matt Crowley, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:21. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92072. Best Plays. October 17, 1952. NBC net. "High Tor". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Maxwell Anderson (author), Burgess Meredith, Maureen Stapleton, Edgar Stehli. 58:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

92073. Best Plays. October 24, 1952. NBC net. "Biography". Sustaining. This play was produced again on February 7, 1954 on, "NBC Star Theatre" (see cat. #105928). John Chapman (host), Fred Collins (announcer), S. N. Behrman, Faye Emerson, Donald Buka. 59:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

85372. Best Plays. November 9, 1952. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Elizabeth, The Queen". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Seaboard Finance (local). The program has also been dated November 7, 1952. Eva Le Gallienne, John Chapman (host), Maxwell Anderson (author), Richard Waring, Joan Lorring, Horace Braham, Guy Spaull, Edwin Jerome, Phillip Ornoff, Ivor Francis, Arthur Hughes, Lester Fletcher, Cliff Owen, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 1:02:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92074. Best Plays. November 16, 1952. NBC net. "The Madwoman Of Chaillot". Sustaining. The program has also been dated November 14, 1952. The program was repeated on September 27, 1953. John Chapman (host), Aline MacMahon, Estelle Winwood, Agnes Young, Irene Hubbard, James Westerfield, Peter Capell, Edwin Jerome, Raymond Edward Johnson, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director). 59:06. Audio condition: Good. Complete.

92075. Best Plays. November 23, 1952. NBC net. "Missouri Legend". Sustaining. The program has also been dated November 21, 1952. John Chapman (host), John Forsythe, Virginia Payne, Tom Glazer (balladier), Elizabeth B. Ginty (author), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Ken Williams, Karl Weber, Bryna Raeburn, Wendell Holmes, Scott Tennyson, Edwin Jerome, Lawson Zerbe, William Redfield, Robert Denton (announcer), William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director). 59:06. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

85373. Best Plays. November 30, 1952. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Rope". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Entre Cafeterias (local). A murder at Oxford University. The program has also been dated November 28, 1952. Victor Jory, John Chapman (host), Hurd Hatfield, Patrick Hamilton (author), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), Lloyd Bockner, William Podmore, Ivor Francis, Dierdre Owens, Guy Spaull, William Welch (supervisor), Fred Weihe (director), Robert Denton (announcer). 62:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

65423. Best Plays. December 7, 1952. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Skylark". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Entre Cafeterias (local). An advertising man seems to be more in love with his job than his wife. When she threatens a divorce, there are some changes made. The program has also been dated December 5, 1952. John Chapman (host), June Havoc, Donald Cook, Samuel Raphaelson (author), George Lefferts (adaptor), Mason Adams, William Welch (supervisor), Robert Denton (announcer), Fred Weihe (director), Lawson Zerbe, Eileen Palmer, Mary Patton, Joseph Boland, Edgar Stehli. 60:27. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

61288. Best Plays. December 14, 1952. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Craig's Wife". Sustaining. A good drama about a woman who wants her house, not really caring about the husband that comes along with it. She gradually drives everyone around her away. The play won a Pulitzer Prize and was known as a "woman's play." The program has also been dated December 12, 1952. John Beal, Irene Hubbard, Jane Webb, Virginia Payne, William Redfield, Robert Denton, Patricia Hosley, Ethel Wilson, John Gibson, Ross Martin, George Kelly (author), William Welch (supervisor), Fred Weihe (director), Robert Denton (announcer), Clarice A. Ross (adaptor), John Chapman (host), Judith Evelyn. 58:59. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92076. Best Plays. December 21, 1952. NBC net. "Night Must Fall". Sustaining. The program has also been dated November 19, 1952. John Chapman (host), Mary Boland, Alfred Drake, Emlyn Williams (author), Carmen Matthews, Richard Newton, Mary Michael, George Lefferts (adaptor, transcriber), Horace Braham, Cathleen Cordell, William Welch (supervisor), Fred Weihe (director), Robert Denton (announcer). 59:49. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

50446. Best Plays. December 28, 1952. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "A Bell For Adano". Sustaining. An excellent drama about a U.S. army major from The Bronx who is placed in charge of an Italian village during the second world war. Well done! The program has also been dated December 26, 1952. This story was rebroadcast on October 11, 1953 on, "NBC Star Playhouse" (see cat. #106183). Arthur Kennedy, William Griffis, Edward King (director), Ernest Kinoy (writer), Fred Lightner, Gilbert Mack, Joe DeSantis, John Chapman (host), John Hersey (author), Joseph Julian, Karl Weber, Louis Sorin, Luis Van Rooten, Myron McCormick, Paul Osborne (author), Robert Denton (announcer), Roger De Koven, Susan Douglas, Tony Randall, William Welch (supervisor). 59:07. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92077. Best Plays. January 4, 1953. NBC net. "Accent On Youth". Sustaining. The program has also been dated January 2, 1953. The system cue has been deleted. Cyril Ritchard, Samson Raphaelson (author), Earl Hamner (adaptor, transcriber), Edwin Jerome, Leon Janney, Edith Gresham, Helen Claire, John Chapman (host), Gene Leonard, William Welch (supervisor), Sally Forrest, Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

65241. Best Plays. January 11, 1953. NBC net, KFI, Los Angeles aircheck. "Men In White". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Seaboard Finance (local). A Pulitzer Prize winning drama, described as an "adult play with an adult theme." A medical drama about a talented physician who must decide between wealth, a beautiful wife and his own practice and a chance to do real medicine, serve humanity and a pretty nurse too! The program has also been dated January 9, 1953. Santos Ortega, John Chapman (host), Sidney Kingsley (author), Ernest Kinoy (adaptor), John Sylvester, Cameron Prud'Homme, Matt Crowley, Marion Carr, Karl Weber (narrator), William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Joan Lorring, Bill Adams, John McGovern, Ted Osborne, Barbara Karen (?), Ann Shephard, Richard Basehart, Patricia Weil. 60:30. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92078. Best Plays. January 25, 1953. NBC net. "There Shall Be No Night". Sustaining. The program has also been dated January 23, 1953. The play won a Pulitzer Prize and was rebroadcast on November 29, 1953 on, "NBC Star Playhouse" (see cat. #106190). John Chapman (host), Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Robert Sherwood (author), Robert Carroll, Joan Lorring, George Lefferts (adaptor, transcriber), Fred Collins (announcer), William Redfield, Luis Van Rooten, Leon Janney, William Zuckert, Bill Lipton, Donald Buka, John Sylvester, Ivor Francis, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director). 56:01. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

92079. Best Plays. February 1, 1953. NBC net. "Camille". Sustaining. The program has also been dated January 30, 1953. John Chapman (host), Eva Le Gallienne, Richard Waring, Alexandre Dumas (author), Vincent Peconner (? adaptor), Edwin Jerome, Betty Garde, Karl Weber, Frederick Rolfe, Marian Evanson, Bryna Raeburn, Gene Leonard, Susan Douglas, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:28. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

92080. Best Plays. February 8, 1953. NBC net. "John Loves Mary". Sustaining. The program has also been dated February 6, 1953. The system cue has been deleted. This program was rebroadcast on January 17, 1954 on, "NBC Star Playhouse" (see cat. #106196). John Chapman (host), Nina Foch, Van Johnson, Norman Krasna (author), Lawson Zerbe, Wendell Holmes, Vera Allen, Bill Lipton, Joseph Boland, Cathleen Cordell, Luis Van Rooten, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:31. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.

84155. Best Plays. May 8, 1953. NBC net. "Of Mice and Men". Sustaining. Burgess Meredith, Anthony Quinn, Fred Collins (announcer), John Chapman (host), Robert Tallman (adaptor), Luis Van Rooten, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Frank Maxwell, Joan Lorring, Karl Weber, Ralph Bell, Cameron Prud'Homme, Frank Wilson, John Steinbeck (author). 59:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92081. Best Plays. May 15, 1953. NBC net. "St. Helena". Sustaining. R. C. Sherriff (author), Jeanne De Casalis (author), Earl Hamner (adaptor, transcriber), Alexander Scourby, Horace Braham, Guy Spaull, Ralph Bell, Lester Fletcher, Guy Repp, June Field, John Stanley, Ronald Long, Ivor Francis, Edwin Jerome, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Philip Bourneuf, John Chapman (host), Dennis King. 59:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

105922. Best Plays. May 22, 1953. NBC net. "Summer and Smoke". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Geraldine Page, Richard Kiley, Tennessee Williams (playwright), Earl Handler (adaptor), Agnes Young, Virginia Payne, Santos Ortega, Edwin Jerome, Jane Webb, Luis Van Rooten, William Griffis, Lawson Zerbe, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Wally Bestor. 60:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92082. Best Plays. May 29, 1953. NBC net. "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse". Sustaining. Cedric Hardwicke, John Stanley, Alfred Shirley, Horace Braham, June Peel, Ivor Francis, Cathleen Cordell, Richard Newton, Burford Hampden, Guy Spaull, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Robert Cenedella (adaptor), Eddie Cantor (public service announcement). 59:56. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92083. Best Plays. June 5, 1953. NBC net. "Autumn Crocus". Sustaining. Walter Slezak, Bob McKenzie (announcer), C. L. Anthony (author), Fred Collins (announcer), Earl Hamner (adaptor, transcriber), Elaine Rost, Robert Carroll, Margery Maude, Guy Spaull, Irene Hubbard, Lily Valente, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), John Chapman (host), Carmen Matthews. 59:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92084. Best Plays. June 21, 1953. NBC net. "Another Language". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Faye Emerson, Rose Franken (author), Margaret Hamilton, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Brice Disque Jr., Arthur Maitland, Ethel Wilson, Ralph Bell, Edith Gresham, Lawson Zerbe, Agnes Young, Charles Penman, Joseph Curtin, Donald Buka, Fred Collins (announcer). 59:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92085. Best Plays. June 28, 1953. NBC net. "The Farmer Takes A Wife". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), John Forsythe, Joan Lorring, Frank B. Elser (author), Marc Connelly (author), Tom Glazer (balladeer), William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director). 56:59. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

106288. Best Plays. July 5, 1953. NBC net. "Arsenic and Old Lace". Sustaining. The first 28:55 only. John Chapman (host), Fred Collins (announcer), Boris Karloff, Donald Cook, Jean Adair, Edgar Stehli, Evelyn Varden. 28:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

60845. Best Plays. July 12, 1953. NBC net. "Macbeth". Sustaining. The system cue has been deleted. William Shakespeare (author), John Chapman (host), Eva Le Gallienne, Staats Cotsworth, Paul McGrath, Horace Braham, Fred Collins (announcer). 55:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

92087. Best Plays. July 19, 1953. NBC net. "The Rose Tattoo". Sustaining. William Welch (supervisor), Earl Hamner (adaptor, transcriber), Augusta Merighi, Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Jane Hoffman, Eli Wallach, Tennessee Williams (author), Jane Webb, John McGovern, Luis Van Rooten, Agnes Young, Anne Diamond, Bob Hastings, John Chapman (host), Maureen Stapleton, Virginia Payne. 59:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92088. Best Plays. August 2, 1953. NBC net. "There's Only Juliet". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Paul McGrath, Margaret Phillips, John Van Druten (author), Fred Collins (announcer), William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director). 56:59. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

92089. Best Plays. August 9, 1953. NBC net. "The Male Animal". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Elliott Nugent (author, performer), Martha Scott, James Thurber (author), John Gerstad, Nancy Nugent, Ernest Kinoy (adaptor, transcriber), Joseph Julian, Ralph Bell, Edwin Jerome, Edith Gresham, Lawson Zerbe, Margery Maude, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), Eulabelle Moore. 59:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92090. Best Plays. August 16, 1953. NBC net. "Detective Story". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Sidney Kingsley (author), Wendell Corey, Alexander Scourby, George Lefferts (adaptor, transcriber), Charme Allen, William Lally, Matt Crowley, Peter Capell, Ted Osborne, Rolly Bester, Elspeth Eric, Mandel Kramer, Nat Polen, John McGrath, Elaine Rost, Leon Janney, James Westerfield, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

92069. Best Plays. August 30, 1953. NBC net. "Tonight At 8:30". Sustaining. "Ways and Means" This might be a rebroadcast of the "Best Plays" program of September 7, 1952 (see cat #105921). Madeleine Carroll, Jerome Cowan, Earl Hamner (adaptor, transcriber), Tony Randall, Irene Hubbard, Helen Ray, Horace Braham, John Chapman (host), Noel Coward (author), Cathleen Cordell, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:33. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92092. Best Plays. September 6, 1953. NBC net. "Kiss The Boys Goodbye". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Clare Boothe Luce (author), Helen Claire, Peter Robert Gray (adaptor, transcriber), William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer), William Zuckert, Jan Miner, Alexander Scourby, Leon Janney, Wendell Holmes, Ralph Bell, Mason Adams, Fran Carlon. 59:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92093. Best Plays. September 13, 1953. NBC net. "Ethan Frome". Sustaining. John Chapman (host), Owen Davis (stage adaptor), Donald Davis (stage adaptor), Edith Wharton (author), Geraldine Page, Robert Cenedella (adaptor, transcriber), Luis Van Rooten, Arthur Maitland, Lawson Zerbe, Bill Lipton, Jane Webb, William Welch (supervisor), Edward King (director), Fred Collins (announcer). 59:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92094. Best Plays. September 20, 1953. NBC net. "The Petrified Forest". Sustaining. Cyril Ritchard, Earl Hamner (adaptor, transcriber), Joan Lorring, Ralph Bell, Joseph Julian, Adelaide Klein, Ted Osborne, Wendell Holmes, Larry Haines, Ken Lynch, Edgar Stehli, Jim Boles, John Chapman (host), Robert Denton (announcer), William Welch (supervisor), Robert Sherwood (author), Edward King (director). 59:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 47 programs.