Lux Radio Theatre Festival
You are in for a real treat. You're invited to the Lux Radio Theatre Festival from the MPIR Movie Club, movies for your ears! Up for an outstanding listening experience will be 16 radio plays of my favorite movies. In front of each episode you'll hear the sound track from the film trailer. I have posted the trailers in the MPIR Theater for your viewing enjoyment!
Lux Radio Theatre was indisputably the biggest, most important, most expensive drama anthology program on radio. It ran from 1934 until 1955. In all, some 926 episodes were broadcast, providing a record of the most important entertainment events in American theatre. Lux Radio Theatre was always broadcast live, with a studio audience and a full orchestra accompanying the performance and providing musical transitions between scenes. Many film actors were used to numerous takes and not a live performance. They sometimes suffered acute stage fright before the show. However, since most received $5,000 for their performance – in addition to free publicity for upcoming pictures – actors appeared in their original screen roles. Production would halt if necessary on a film if performers were called to appear on Lux.
When the actors were not available, others stepped in. The plays were assembled and rehearsed for a week.
It must have been a glorious moment to watch each performance with the studio audience. To hear the laughter, and sighs along with the orchestration. A bygone era, however made possible today with the MPIR Movie Club. Grab yourself a large bowl of popcorn, and turn up those speakers for some outstanding entertainment. Please don't mind the Lux soap promotions. That's how they paid for the shows folks!
If the Lux Radio Theatre is not for you, then give the MPIR Comedy stream a listen.
Fibber McGee and Molly was an American radio comedy series that maintained its popularity over decades. It ran on NBC in 1935 and continued until 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture.
Fibber McGee and Molly, will be featured along with Jack Benny and several of my favorite comedy shows.