+ Philip Morris inaugurated its 'Playhouse' format in 1941 with its Philip Morris Playhouse, running for eight years, on and off, between 1941 and 1949. Airing first over CBS from August 1941 through February of 1944, the Philip Morris Playhouse aired for one more season between October of 1948 and July of 1949.
The emerging popularity of between three and five other popular playhouse formats of the early 1950s persuaded Philip Morris to ressurect its Philip Morris Playhouse a third time as Phillip Morris Playhouse On Broadway, beginning with its initial CBS run on March 15, 1951. Emphasizing Broadway productions, the subsequent series ran over CBS for twenty-six installments, only to jump to NBC on September 11, 1951. The series ran over NBC for the remainder of 1951, jumping back to CBS on January 13, 1952. CBS aired the remainder of the canon through September 2, 1953. Airing on the heels of the Philip Morris-sponsored, Great Moments from Great Plays, Philip Morris Playhouse offered a few more options to one of Radio's most experienced advertisers and producers. Great Moments from Great Plays had emphasized abridged versions or excerpts of some of the classic stage plays throughout history. Philip Morris Playhouse, by contrast, allowed the producers to mount fuller versions of more popular, contemporary plays of the era.
Charles Martin, the director and producer of Great Moments from Great Plays was retained to produce, write and direct Philip Morris Playhouse, a responsibility he retained, off and on, for the following twelve years for Philip Morris. In addition to writing, producing and directing the new series, Martin also acted as host for most of the series. Charles Martin became so closely identified with the production that whenever Martin was faced with other commitments, Philip Morris ultimately discontinued their Charles Martin-produced productions until he was available once again. It would appear that the reason for the hiatus of Philip Morris Playhouse between 1944 and 1948 was due to Martin's apparent growing dissatisfaction with the production. Hy Brown was initially brought in to replace him, followed by Earl McGill five weeks later. The series finally folded seven weeks after Martin's departure.
Philip Morris Playhouse resurfaced again, four years later on November 5, 1948, running for thirty-nine more episodes. Thereafter, the Philip Morris 'playhouse' format remained dormant for two more years until it resurfaced a final time over radio as the Philip Morris Playhouse On Broadway.
Principal Actors: Dorothy McGuire, Louis Calhern, Dane Clark, Marsha Hunt, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Veronica Lake, Edmond O'Brien, Olga San Juan, Martha Scott, Walter Abel, Chester Morris, Margaret Sullavan, Eva LeGallienne, Lucille Watson, Joan Bennett, Rosalind Russell, Joseph Schildkraut, Nina Foch, Lillian Gish, Edward Edward Everett Horton, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Gloria Swanson, Paulette Goddard, Lee Tracy, Dan Duryea, Wendell Corey, Franchot Tone, Wendy Barrie, Angela Lansbury, Francis L. Sullivan, Freddie Bartholomew, Joan Caulfield, Paul Douglas, Lew Ayres, David Niven, Joseph Cotten, Joan Fontaine, Dennis O'Keefe, Richard Greene, Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Loretta Young, Adolph Menjou, Linda Darnell, Richard Colman, June Allyson, Boris Karloff, Ray Milland, Patricia Morrison, Melvyn Douglas, Vincent Price, Arlene Dahl, Miriam Hopkins, Peter Lorre, Jeffrey Lynn, Janis Paige, Jack Carier, Wanda Hendrix, Charlton Heston, Eve Arden, Louisa Horton, Constance Bennett, Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Treacher, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Sally Forrest, Van Johnson, Corinne Calvet, Glenn Ford, James Mason, Pamela Mason, Macdonald Carey, Madeleine Carroll, Zachary Scott, Charles Coburn, Richard Widmark, Roland Young, John Lund, Jeff Chandler, Deborah Kerr, Van Heflin. Click here to read more about Philip Morris Playhouse, The
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Please enjoy these 8 old time radio episodes:
|03.11.1949||the philip morris playhouse the lady from the sea||
+ "The Lady From The Sea". Sponsored by: Philip Morris, Revelation Pipe Tobacco. A movie starlet co...
|04.01.1949||the philip morris playhouse apology||
+ "Apology". Sponsored by: Philip Morris, Revelation Pipe Tobacco, Tide (local). An ordinary guy...
|05.13.1949||the philip morris playhouse four hours to kill||
+ "Four Hours To Kill". Sponsored by: Philip Morris, Revelation Pipe Tobacco. After killing his bro...
|07.29.1949||the philip morris playhouse the iron man||
+ "The Iron Man". Sponsored by: Philip Morris, Revelation Pipe tobacco. The three owners of a faili...
|05.06.1950||the philip morris playhouse murder needs an artist||
+ "Murder Needs An Artist". Sponsored by: Philip Morris, Revelation Pipe Tobacco. A writer discover...
|09.18.1951||the philip morris playhouse the amazing dr. clitterhouse||
+ We are used to hearing Lew Ayres as Dr Kildare but in this story he plays the role of the Amazing ...
|01.27.1952||the philip morris playhouse princess o'rourke|
|08.19.1953||the philip morris playhouse the night has a thousand eyes||
+ Gripping fantasy in which the life of Jean is dependant on Mr Triton the best friend of her late m...