Radio Works of Edward G. Robinson & James Stewart
Hello MPIR Fans,
Now playing is the radio works of two of my favorite male movie stars, Edward G. Robinson and James (Jimmy) Stewart. The show line up will play several episodes of the Lux Radio Theatre, Suspense, Screen Director's Playhouse and The Six Shooter.
Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-born American actor. A popular star on stage and screen during Hollywood's Golden Age, he appeared in 40 Broadway plays and over 100 films during a 50-year career. He is best remembered for his tough-guy roles as a gangster, such as his star-making film Little Caesar, and Key Largo.
During the 1930s and 1940s, he was an outspoken public critic of fascism and Nazism which was then growing in Europe. His activism included contributing over $250,000 to more than 850 organizations involved in war relief, along with cultural, educational and religious groups.
In Radio from 1937 to 1942, Robinson starred as Steve Wilson, editor of the Illustrated Press, in the newspaper drama Big Town. He also reprised his movie roles in various radio productions suchas The Lux Radio Theatre series.
James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997), also known as Jimmy Stewart (although he seldom used that name in formal credits), was an American actor, known for his distinctive drawl and down-to-earth persona. He starred in many films that are considered to be classics, and is known for portraying an American middle-class man struggling with a crisis. Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story (1940) and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award.
Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by theAmerican Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star. He also had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of brigadier general in the United States Air Force Reserve.
In radio James Stewart starred as Britt Ponset, a drifting cowboy in the final years of the wild west. Episodes ranged from straight western drama to whimsical comedy. A trademark of the show was Stewart's use of whispered narration during tense scenes that created a heightened sense of drama and relief when the situation was resolved. Just as Robinson, James Stewart reprised several of his movie roles in radio. Starring in several productions of The Lux Radio Theatre, Screen Director's Playhouse.
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