Radio City Playhouse was a 30-minute live drama which started airing from July 3, 1948 to January 1, 1950. In its 2-year run, it was among the last long-running series of NBC. Radio City Playhouse consisted of three seasons, which usually featured a delightful mix of drama classics and contemporary radio plays. The performers were veterans of radio and stage actors from New York. In this anthology, NBC also hired those who have excellent voicing skills and talents in technical direction, as well as in writing.
The program was "sustained", meaning the production costs were shouldered by the network and not by a sponsor, as it didn’t have any. Harry W. Junkin, the director and Richard McDonagh, the producer, prefered literary works rather than genre plays, which were required among radio networks. Taking advantage of this freedom, the two presented plays ranging from quirky comedy to taut drama.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 60 old time radio episodes:
|07.10.1948||radio city playhouse (02) ground floor window||
+ "Ground Floor Window". The script was subsequently used on "Radio City Playhouse" on October 23,...
|07.17.1948||radio city playhouse (03) of unsound mind||
+ Program #3. "Of Unsound Mind". A heartless wife tries to drive her husband crazy, a seemingly ea...
|07.31.1948||radio city playhouse (04) whistle, daughter, whistle||
+ "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle". Sustaining. + Every Sunday morning the New York Times brings you fo...
|08.07.1948||radio city playhouse (05) special delivery||
+ "Special Delivery". The story of a dangerous and foolish letter. + Hilda is mixed up with love a...
|08.14.1948||radio city playhouse (06) hit and run||
+ "Hit and Run". A man kills a young boy on the highway and finds himself unable to live with the ...
|08.21.1948||radio city playhouse (07) fanny||
+ "Fanny". The program switches to Monday evening at 10:30 P. M. as of August 23, 1948. + An exper...
|08.30.1948||radio city playhouse (09) betrayal||
+ "Betrayal". The story of a New York cop and a New York kid. + It was four in the morning and Erv...
|09.06.1948||radio city playhouse (10) king of the moon||
+ "The King Of The Moon". The love story of Michael and Margaret. Beginning next week, the program...
|09.11.1948||radio city playhouse (11) mother||
+ "Mother". A psychological study of a strange and sadly confused woman. + It's seven o'clock on N...
|09.18.1948||radio city playhouse (12) soundless||
+ "Soundless". Sustaining. + Connie Blake had been the greatest musical comedy star that Broadway h...
|09.25.1948||radio city playhouse (13) dark hour||
+ "The Dark Hour. Announced as the last program of the series until further notice, "Hollywood Sta...
|11.08.1948||radio city playhouse (14) the promise||
+ "The Promise". The first show of the second series of, "Radio City " A miserable husband final...
|11.15.1948||radio city playhouse (15) the first and the last||
+ "The First and The Last". A judge convicts an innocent man to protect his brother, a murderer. T...
|11.29.1948||radio city playhouse (17) temporarily purple||
+ "Temporarily Purple". A handsome publisher meets a lady author. The program is also known as, "N...
|12.06.1948||radio city playhouse (18) five extra nooses|
|12.13.1948||radio city playhouse (19) heritage of wimpole street||
+ "The Heritage Of Wimpole Street". An interesting story about the Barrett family after the depart...
|12.20.1948||radio city playhouse (20) the three men||
+ "Three Men". A Frenchman, an Australian, and a Negro American find themselves in a train compart...
|12.27.1948||radio city playhouse (21) strange identity||
+ "Strange Identify". A good story about a woman who sees her husband on a New York City bus. Howe...
|01.10.1949||radio city playhouse (23) correction||
+ When a Doctor is slandered in the newspaper over the suicide of a young woman he is intent on retr...
|01.17.1949||radio city playhouse (24) portrait of lenore||
+ "Portrait Of Lenore". A good story about the anguished, beautiful lady in the portrait. The prog...
|01.24.1949||radio city playhouse (25) the wisdom of eve||
+ "The Wisdom Of Eve". The eternal triangle trods the boards. The program is also known as, "NBC ...
|02.07.1949||radio city playhouse (26) machine||
+ "Machine". Don't miss the evocative music score. The protagonist is fat and ugly, and so is the...
|02.14.1949||radio city playhouse (27) elementals||
+ "Elementals". Sustaining. + Elementals is a shocking story concerning the deep and hidden chamber...
|02.21.1949||radio city playhouse (28) one from three leaves two||
+ "One From Three Leaves Two". Three climbers are trapped on the Matterhorn after an avalanche...w...