The Ford Theatre

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.


70597. The Ford Theatre. October 5, 1947. NBC net. "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court". Sponsored by: Ford. The first show of the series. The Mark Twain classic is cleverly brought up to date with slang from the wartime era, there's even a Ford at King's Arthur's court! Henry Ford II speaks during the first commercial. An announcement is made that this is the first time the story has been dramatized on the air (not true, it was done July 23, 1946 on "Favorite Story," see cat. #45000). Mason Adams, George Zachery (producer, director), Howard Lindsay (host, narrator), Karl Swenson, Henry Ford II (commercial spokesman), Mark Twain (author), Lillian Shane (adaptor), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Charita Bauer, Ian Martin (doubles), Santos Ortega (doubles), John Moore (doubles), Reese Taylor (doubles), Howard Teichman (editor), George Faulkner (continuity), Horace Braham (doubles), Neil Fitzgerald (doubles), Howard Teichman (story editor), George Faulkner (continuity), Martin Gabel (announcer). 59:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

93516. The Ford Theatre. November 2, 1947. NBC net. "Ah, Wilderness". Sponsored by: Ford. Howard Lindsay (host), Eric Dressler, Anne Seymour, Eugene O'Neill (author), Kenneth Banghart (commercial spokesman), Rosemary Rice, Sylvia Cyril ( adaptor), Howard Teichman (editor), George Faulkner (continuity), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), George Zachery (director), Raymond Ives, Eric Dressler, Anne Seymour, Alan Bunce, Frank James, Elsie Hicks, Evie Juster, James McCallion, Lana Lynn (?), Edgar Stehli, Frank Thomas, Chuck Webster. 59:43. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

51521. The Ford Theatre. November 16, 1947. NBC net. "Carmen Jones". Sponsored by: Ford. The first radio production of the opera, written by Bizet but brought up to date by Oscar Hammerstein. This is a network, sponsored version of cat. #4290. Earl Sidner, Elton J. Warren, George Faulkner (continuity), George Zachery (director), Howard Lindsay (host), Howard Teichmann (editor), Irving Barnes, Juano Hernandez, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Luther Saxon, Lyn Murray and His Orchestra, Maurice Ellis (narrator), Muriel Smith, Oscar Hammerstein (composer), Valerie Black. 59:09. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4290. The Ford Theatre. November 16, 1947. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Carmen Jones". The modernized version (in English) of Bizet's opera. AFRS program name: "Showtime." See cat. #51521 for a network, sponsored version of this program. Lyn Murray and His Orchestra, Earl Sidner, Muriel Smith, Elton J. Warren, Luther Saxon, George Faulkner (continuity), George Zachery (director), Irving Barnes, Juano Hernandez, Lyn Murray (music), Maurice Ellis (narrator), Oscar Hammerstein (composer), Valerie Black. 55:06. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

70598. The Ford Theatre. December 21, 1947. NBC net. "The Man Who Played God". Sponsored by: Ford. A famous pianist is deafened when a grenade explodes in his dressing room. His life and fame crumble; he eventually loses faith in himself and God. A maudlin, unrealistic soap opera that ends as he finds a new life. Jules Eckerd Goodman (author), Claudia Clayton (adaptor), Amzie Strickland, Kenneth Banghart (commercial spokesman), Anne Seymour, Mitzie Gould, Frank Thomas, Guy Spaull, Howard Teichman (editor), George Faulkner (continuity), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), George Zachery (director), Howard Lindsay (host), Warren Brian, Edwin Jerome, Santos Ortega, Gene Leonard, Helen Lewis. 59:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

93517. The Ford Theatre. December 28, 1947. NBC net. "Father, Dear Father". Sponsored by: Ford. Howard Lindsay (host), Edwin Jerome, Fran Carlon, Kenneth Banghart (commercial spokesman), Therese Lewis (writer), Irving Pinkus (writer), Howard Teichman (editor), George Faulkner (continuity), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), George Zachery (director), Bill Adams, Frank Behrens, Alan Hewitt, Elsie Hicks, Margaret Berlin, Fran Rafferty, Joe Latham , Helen Lewis, Bert Parks, Daniel Otto, Charles Mendicks (?), Gladys Thornton, Evelyn Varden. 59:17. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

23208. The Ford Theatre. January 4, 1948. NBC net. "The Adventures Of A Bad Boy". Sponsored by: Ford. A fine murder mystery, deduced and solved by Ellery Queen. A good radio production; Ellery picks the killer like a rabbit out of a magician's hat...almost literally! Guy Wallace, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Charlotte Keane, Brad Barker, Jane Houston, Walter Vaughn, Harold Dryanforth, Avril Harris, Frederic Dannay (writer, as "Ellery Queen"), Manfred B. Lee (writer, as "Ellery Queen"), Santos Ortega, Ted de Corsia, Sarah Fussell, Hugh Marlowe, Anne Seymour, John Gibson. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23209. The Ford Theatre. January 11, 1948. NBC net. "Storm In A Teacup". Sponsored by: Ford. A fine comedy about a small-town journalist who tackles the town's pompous mayor, running for re-election. Arthur Kohl, Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Brad Barker, Geoffrey Bryant, Gene Leonard, Amzie Strickland, Frank Behrens, Sanford Bickart, Eva Condon, Karl Swenson, Wendell Holmes, Jackson Beck, Art Carney, Les Tremayne, Adelaide Klein, Carl Eastman, Dan Ocko, Ted Osborne. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7199. The Ford Theatre. January 18, 1948. NBC net. "Girl Crazy". Sponsored by: Ford. An adaption of the smash 1930 musical about an Eastern playboy in love with a Western cowgirl. Plus all those great Gershwin tunes. George Gershwin (composer), Ira Gershwin (composer), Monica Lewis, Larry Douglas, Marilyn Daye, Ted de Corsia, Lyn Murray (music), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Howard Lindsay (host), George Zachery (adaptor), Lyn Murray (adaptor). 1 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

51166. The Ford Theatre. February 1, 1948. NBC net. "The Green Pastures". Sponsored by: Ford. Stories from the Old Testament, with an all-black point of view. Juano Hernandez, Marc Connelly (author), Max Wiley (adaptor), Maurice Ellis, Emery Richardson, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Elwood Smith, Valerie Black, John Marriot, Ken Reynard, Milton Williams, Earl Sidner, Mercedes Gilbert, Marshall Cole Jr., Avon Long, John D. Battle, Dorn Alexander, Janis Long, Pauline Meyers, Viola Dean, Howard Lindsay (host), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Howard Teichmann (editor), George Faulkner (continuity), George Zachery (director), Georgette Harvey, Juan Jose Hernandez. 59:19. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

93518. The Ford Theatre. February 8, 1948. NBC net. "Abe Lincoln In Illinois". Sponsored by: Ford. The first part of a two-part play. This part had been previously produced on the stage. The second part, to be heard next week, will be, "Abe Lincoln In Washington," written just for the Ford Theatre. The program opens with an excerpt from, "The Lonesome Train." Howard Lindsay (host), Karl Swenson, Kenneth Banghart (commercial spokesman), Robert Sherwood (author), Max Wiley (adaptor), Howard Teichman (editor), George Faulkner (continuity), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), George Zachery (director), Muriel Kirkland, Jean Gillespie, Eric Dressler, Michael Fitzmaurice, Cliff Carpenter, Staats Cotsworth, Richard Gordon, Irene Hubbard, Edwin Jerome, Ginger Jones, Gary Merrill, Ted Osborne, Phillip Wolfe, Cameron Prud'Homme, Millard Lampell (composer), Earl Robinson (composer). 59:39. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

62703. The Ford Theatre. March 21, 1948. NBC net. "It's A Gift. Sponsored by: Ford. A comedy about a wounded war vet who gets dizzy and has to "concentrate." When he "concentrates," he can make people do whatever he wants them to do. A new industry is born! Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (commercial spokesman), Lee Bloomgarten (author), Cliff Carpenter, Carl Eastman, William Zuckert, George Faulkner (continuity), Helen Lewis, James Van Dyke, Elspeth Eric, Howard Teichman (editor), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Frank Dane, Ivor Francis, George Zacherle (director), Rod Hendrickson. 59:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

94605. The Ford Theatre. March 28, 1948. NBC net, WNBC, New York City aircheck. "The Informer". Sponsored by: Ford. Paul Douglas, Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Ruth Yorke, Neil Fitzgerald, Una O'Connor, Bryan Herbert, Howard Teichman (adaptor), George Zachery (director), Max Steiner (composer), Ken Hopkins (music adaptor), Lyn Murray (conductor), Matt Crowley, John Larkin, Walter Burke, Bill Smith, Ian Martin, Audrey Egan, Walter Kinsella, Frank Sundick (?), Horace Braham, Sam Moore (sound), Ed Whittaker (studio engineer), Liam O'Flaherty (uthor). 59:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23210. The Ford Theatre. April 18, 1948. NBC net. "The Silver Cord". Sponsored by: Ford. A well-written, if somewhat heavy-handed melodrama about a domineering mother who cannot let her two sons live their own lives. Evelyn Varden, Barbara Weeks, Les Tremayne, Elaine Rost, Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23211. The Ford Theatre. May 9, 1948. NBC net. "The Front Page". Sponsored by: Ford, Mercury. The classic comedy about the rough and tumble Chicago newspaper game and the escaped murderer in the rolltop desk. Good radio. Ben Hecht (writer), Charles MacArthur (writer), John Larkin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Karl Swenson, Carl Eastman, Ted Osborne, Mary Patton, Mitzi Gould, Dan Ocko, Gilbert Seldes (adapted), Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23212. The Ford Theatre. May 16, 1948. NBC net. "Counselor At Law". Sponsored by: Ford, Mercury. A fine radio production about a wealthy lawyer threatened with disbarment and his unfaithful wife. Adelaide Klein, William Quinn, William Zuckert, Doris Dalton, Elmer Rice, Florence Robinson, Howard Lindsay (host), Jean Ellen, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Lauren Gilbert, Les Tremayne (narrator), Richard Gordon, Toni Darnay, Walter Burke. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23213. The Ford Theatre. May 23, 1948. NBC net. "A Star Is Born". Sponsored by: Ford. The Hollywood classic of a young girl on the way up, while the career of the man she loves is on the way down. James Meighan, Elaine Rost, Edwin Jerome, Mason Adams, Carl Eastman, Adelaide Klein, Dan Ocko, Howard Lindsay (host). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23214. The Ford Theatre. May 30, 1948. NBC net. "Laura". Sponsored by: Mercury. The famous murder mystery with that haunting theme. A detective falls in love with a dead girl he's never met...and then suspects her of murder when she returns from the dead! Virginia Gilmore, John Larkin, Ivor Francis, Alan Hewitt, Anne Seymour, Howard Lindsay (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Betty Garde, Charles Penman, Charles Mendick. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

94179. The Ford Theatre. June 6, 1948. NBC net. "Michael and Mary". Sponsored by: Ford. A melodrama about a married couple confronted by the woman's first husband, thought dead years ago. Alfred Drake (host), A. A. Milne (author), Les Tremayne, Florida Freburg, Kenneth Banghart (commercial spokesman), Nancy Moore (adaptor), Alice Goodkin, Cameron Prud'Homme, Howard Teichman (editor), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), George Zachery (director), Charles Penman, Frank Thomas. 59:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23215. The Ford Theatre. June 13, 1948. NBC net. "My Sister Eileen". Sponsored by: Ford. The classic comedy about two sisters from Columbus, Ohio, who move into a basement flat in Greenwich Village, determined to seek their fortunes in New York. Gilbert Seldes (adapted), Shirley Booth, Virginia Gilmore, Dan Ocko, Carl Eastman, Ted de Corsia, Larry Haines, Arthur Q. Bryan, Gary Merrill, Arnold Moss, Maurice Franklin, Eddie Dowling (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23216. The Ford Theatre. June 20, 1948. NBC net. "The Late Christopher Bean". Sponsored by: Ford. A good story about a rural housekeeper whose one great love was a long-dead artist, whose paintings have suddenly become VERY popular. Alice Goodkin, Beatrice Pons, Warren Brian, Louis Calhern (substitute host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Richard Gordon, Jane Houston, Jo Ann McCoy, James Van Dyke, Harry Worth, Barbara Weeks, Cameron Prud'Homme, Sidney Howard (author), Sylvia Berger (adaptor), Howard Teichman (editor), Amadeo Di Filipi (composer), Howard Barlow (conductor), George Zacher (director). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23217. The Ford Theatre. June 27, 1948. NBC net. "Arrowsmith". Sponsored by: Ford. The story about a young doctor determined to contribute to medical science, but starts by practicing medicine in a small town in the Midwest. The last show of the season. Sinclair Lewis (writer), Lauren Gilbert, Fran Carlon, Peter Capell, Art Carney, Raymond Edward Johnson, Arnold Moss, Ian Martin, Julian Noa, Vivian Barry, Dean Carlton, Leora Thatcher, John Houseman (adaptor), Howard Lindsay (host), Howard Teichman (editor), Amadeo Di Filipi (composer), Howard Barlow (conductor), George Zachery (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

78275. The Ford Theatre. October 8, 1948. CBS net, KNX, Los Angeles. "Madame Bovary". Sponsored by: Ford, Bulova (local), Long Cabin Syrup (previous program). 9:00 P. M. The first show of the season. The recording starts with the conclusion of, "Mr. Ace and Jane." "The American radio premier" of, 'Madame Bovary'." The system cue has been deleted. Claude Rains, Marlene Dietrich, Van Heflin, Gustave Flaubert (author), Fletcher Markle (host, director), Brainard Duffield (adaptor), Emerson Crocker (adaptor), Cy Feuer (composer, conductor), Robert Dryden, Hedley Rennie, Ivor Francis, Mercedes McCambridge, Ronald Liss, Miriam Wolfe, Alan Debit. 57:45. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

78276. The Ford Theatre. October 15, 1948. CBS net, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "Double Indemnity". Sponsored by: Ford, Bulova (local). 9:00 P. M. (7:00 P. M. Pacific). "A curious blend of passion, violence and justice." The system cue has been deleted. Burt Lancaster, Joan Bennett, James M. Cain (author), Fletcher Markle (host, director), Myron McCormick, Joe DeSantis, Mercedes McCambridge, Robert Dryden, Hedley Rennie, Miriam Wolfe, Ivor Francis. 56:31. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

79135. The Ford Theatre. October 29, 1948. CBS net, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "Of Human Bondage". Sponsored by: Ford, Bulova Watch (local). W. Somerset Maugham (author), Fletcher Markle (host, director), Hedley Rennie, Susan Douglas, Jack Manning, Elwood Hoffman (adaptor), Cy Feuer (conductor), Rita Vale, Robert Dryden, Miriam Wolfe, Neil Fitzgerald, Gregory Morton, Ray Milland, Joan Lorring. 57:19. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

83601. The Ford Theatre. January 21, 1949. CBS net. "Anna Christie". Sponsored by: Ford, Bulova (local). Ingrid Bergman, John Qualen, Broderick Crawford, Anne Revere, Eugene O'Neill (author), Fletcher Markle (director, host), Vincent McConnor (adaptor), Cy Feuer (composer, conductor), Robert Dryden, Mercedes McCambridge, Byron Kane, Miriam Wolfe, Phil Gould, Gus Bayes, Frank Martin (announcer). 57:22. Audio condition: Very good. Apparently complete.

103659. The Ford Theatre. February 18, 1949. CBS net. "Shadow Of A Doubt". Is Uncle Charley really, "The Merry Widow Murderer?" Ray Milland, Ann Blyth, Thornton Wilder (author), Sally Benson (author), Fletcher Markle (director, host). 50:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

8489. The Ford Theatre. March 4, 1949. CBS net. "The Horn Blows At Midnight". Sponsored by: Ford. The beautiful and funny story of a junior grade angel with a brief but important task on the Earth. See cat. #61131 for the February 20, 1949 broadcast of "The Lucky Strike Program Starring Jack Benny," on which Fletcher Markle and Jack Warner try to talk Jack out of doing this program. Anne Whitfield, Byron Kane, Claude Rains, Cy Feuer (composer, conductor), Edward Marr, Fletcher Markle (producer, director, performer), Frank Martin (announcer), Hans Conried, Herb Vigran, Howard Snyder (writer), Hugh Wedlock (writer), Jack Benny, Jane Morgan, Jay Novello, Jeanette Nolan, Jerry Farber, John McGovern, Joseph Kearns, Julian Upton, Mercedes McCambridge, Miriam Wolfe, Paul McVey, Shirley Mitchell (?), Sidney Miller. 58:38. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

59743. The Ford Theatre. April 1, 1949. CBS net. "Wuthering Heights". Sponsored by: Ford. Romance on the moors once again. Montgomery Clift, Joan Lorring, Hester Sondergaard, Hedley Rennie, Fletcher Markle (host, director), Emily Bronte (author), Ben Hecht (adaptor), Charles MacArthur (adaptor), Patricia Weil, Gregory Morton, Miriam Wolfe, John Merlin, Nelson Case (announcer), Carl Emory, Rennie Rubin (script preparer), Lana Domian (composer), Cy Feuer (conductor), Robert Dryden, Alan Devitt. 59:50. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

79136. The Ford Theatre. June 24, 1949. CBS net, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "A Farewell To Arms". Sponsored by: Ford, Bulova Watch (local). Helen Hayes, Ernest Hemingway (author), Fletcher Markle (host, adaptor, director, narrator, performer), Everett Sloane, Hester Sondergaard, Joe DeSantis, Lana Domian (composer), Cy Feuer (conductor), Robert Dryden, Walter Black, Miriam Wolfe, Gregory Morton, Alan Devie (?), Nelson Case (announcer). 55:47. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

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