+ MGM Theater of the Air ran from 1949 to 1952 and was a series of mostly dramatic plays performed for the radio. Though sometimes the plays could be about comedy or romance, there were always dramatic undertones to stories. Arguably the jewel of the eight-program portfolio, M-G-M Theatre of the Air brought an initial twenty-six, hour-long M-G-M film adaptations to Radio starring M-G-M's greatest talent. By 1939, M-G-M had produced over 1,600 feature films, many of them award winners. With such a deep bench from which to draw upon, M-G-M Theatre of the Air was a natural pick to headline M-G-M Radio Attractions' first major portfolio of programming. By April 1950 the demand for the package remained strong enough for M-G-M to produce another 26 weeks of M-G-M Theatre of the Air, for an intial season offering of 52 episodes. The first 26 weeks of programming headlined Deborah Kerr, Van Heflin, Charles Laughton, Margaret Sullavan, Burgess Meredith, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Edward Arnold, John Garfield, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret O'Brien, Brian Aherne, Cornel Wilde, Ann Sothern, Rex Harrison, Celeste Holm, Madeleine Carroll, Mickey Rooney, Melvyn Douglas, Luise Rainer, Ralph Bellamy, George Murphy, and June Havoc (almost all of whom can be seen in the photo below). With such an array of award winning M-G-M talent, often appearing in the very roles they made famous, the hour-long drama offering was a natural winner for any station broadcasting the package.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 12 old time radio episodes:
|11.18.1949||mgm theater of the air (06) citadel||
+ MGM syndication. "Anna Karenina". Love and heartbreak in old Russia.
|12.09.1949||mgm theater of the air (09) anna karenina||
+ MGM syndication. "Anna Karenina". Love and heartbreak in old Russia. A heart wrenching adaptatio...
|12.16.1949||mgm theater of the air 010 the youngest profession|
|01.13.1950||mgm theater of the air 014 crossroads (rex harrison)|
|01.20.1950||mgm theater of the air (15) slightly dangerous||
+ MGM syndication. "Slightly Dangerous". A well-done adaptation of the comedy about a small town g...
|01.27.1950||mgm theater of the air (16) riptide||
+ MGM syndication. "Riptide". A love story about a jealous English nobleman and his wronged wife.
|02.03.1950||mgm theater of the air (17) stablemates||
+ MGM syndication. "Stablemates". A young boy with a love of horses, a grizzled old vet with a tas...
|02.10.1950||mgm theater of the air 018 third finger, left hand|
|02.24.1950||mgm theater of the air (20) come live with me||
+ MGM syndication. "Come Live With Me". An immigrant showgirl marries an unpublished author in an ...
|05.12.1950||mgm theater of the air chained|
|05.26.1950||mgm theater of the air (32) his brother's wife||
+ MGM syndication. "A Tale Of Two Cities". Sponsored by: . A story of the best of times...and the w...
|06.02.1950||mgm theater of the air (33) joe smith, american||
+ MGM syndication. "His Brother's Wife". A melodrama about a doctor fighting disease in the jungle...
|07.28.1950||mgm theater of the air (40) public hero number one||
+ MGM syndication. "Public Hero Number One". An undercover cop makes friends with a gangster in pr...
|08.04.1950||mgm theater of the air (41) a letter to evie|
|08.11.1950||mgm theater of the air (42) stamboul quest||
+ MGM syndication. "Stamboul Quest". A good spy romance about the infamous "Fraulein Doktor," doub...
|03.16.1951||mgm theater of the air (71) hold your man|
|04.06.1951||mgm theater of the air (74) love is a headache||
+ MGM syndication. "Love Is A Headache". A comedy/romance about a Broadway columnist and an actres...