+ This entire article could have just as easily have been about the marriage of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, as about the Radio program, The Marriage. The graphics could have remained the same in any case--and been just as appropriate; and any emphasis on the program details could very well have been simply incidental to a discussion of this remarkable couple's 52 year marriage--both to each other, and to their craft. But to fully appreciate this wonderful Golden Age Radio gem, one must understand its back-story, the dynamics between its two principal actors, and the Stage, Film, Radio and Television events of 1951 through 1954 that surrounded the incremental stages of the program's development and ultimate production. The selection of the title itself was prescient, to say the least--and on so many levels. Its two principal actors' lives together--interwoven as they were for 52 years--could very well be called 'The Marriage' of the 20th Century--in the arena of The Performing Arts, at the least. Such was the marriage of the marvelous couple that performed in The Marriage, that it absolutely epitomized the very nature of the project's entire premise. NBC's inspiration for The Marriage, was the marvelous--and moving--stage chemistry between Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in Jan de Hartog's hit play, The Fourposter [titled The Four Poster for Broadway]. Not surprisingly, Cronyn and Tandy weren't picked to perform the same roles in the 1952 movie adaptation, since the 632 performances of the stage play hadn't fully run their course until May, 1953, by which time the movie was already in wide distribution, and nominated for three Academy Awards. This also serves to explain the year-long gap between The Marriage audition and its production run. As it was, Stanley Kramer and Jan de Hartog instead tapped Europeans Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer for the starring roles in the movie adaptation. Text from Digital Deli To
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Please enjoy these 24 old time radio episodes:
|10.24.1952||how they met and married||
+ The first episode/audititon program. How Ann Caldwell met James Wallace. James' first meeting wi...
|10.04.1953||pta 5th grade volunteer||
+ The married couple are now named Liz and Ben Marriott and have a family. Ben tries to ask questi...
|10.18.1953||emilys first formal||
+ Alan Mercedes is planning to take fifteen-year-old daughter Emily to the formal dance, or will i...
|10.25.1953||an old friend of lizs is in town||
+ After a not-so-interesting cocktail party, Elizabeth gets to meet Putt Trimble, her old boyfrien...
|11.08.1953||bens shady client||
+ Jake Hagister is Ben's new client. Jake is a somewhat shady character, who is very grateful. The...
|11.15.1953||liz fights for a traffic ticket||
+ Elizabeth finds herself an expert on traffic safety, and very much in the limelight. The program...
|11.22.1953||fred hertzell visits from kansas||
+ A Thanksgiving visit from Fred Hetzell...from Kansas.
|11.29.1953||emily pledges omega chi||
+ Daughter Emily is pledging Omega Chi sorority, a trying time for all.
|12.06.1953||liz takes up painting||
+ Mrs. Liz Marriott decides to take up oil painting without much success.
|12.13.1953||ben represents stan in juvenile court||
+ It's Ben Marriott's first experience in children's court, and it's not a very pleasant one.
|12.20.1953||liz gets a christmas job at the perfume counter||
+ Liz gets a Christmas job in a department store and gets a new point of view on the holiday.
|12.27.1953||ben and liz recall how they first met||
+ Fantasies of a literary New Year's Eve.
|01.03.1954||liz paints the apartment and ben meets judy||
+ While Mrs. Marriot repaints the apartment, Mr. Marriot meets an interesting young lady at his of...
|01.10.1954||ben and liz spend the weekend in vermont||
+ Ben and Liz spend a weekend in Vermont, trying to buy a house for an Indian. This is not an easy...
|01.17.1954||the grandfather clock||
+ The gift of grandfather's clock gives Liz a new outlook on the passage of time. A well-written a...
|01.24.1954||liz gets to know bobby logan emilys boyfriend||
+ Liz gets a chance to meet Bobby Logan, a young man with a lot on his mind. The story features ve...
|01.31.1954||liz decides to get a job||
+ Liz has decided to go back to work, but first, there's a battery of psychological tests.
|02.07.1954||bens father comes for a three week visit||
+ Ben's father has arrived for a three week visit, and is a most disruptive influence. A well-writ...
|02.14.1954||bens law firm is dissolving||
+ The law firm that Ben works for is being dissolved, and it looks like unemployment looms!
|02.28.1954||is liz pregnant||
+ Important news: Liz Marriot is expecting! Or is she?
|03.07.1954||filling out income tax forms||
+ It's income tax time, and the 1952 returns are being audited. How much really is eight times sev...
+ Young Pete has drawn a picture of Abraham Lincoln without a beard. Is this a revolt against regi...
|03.21.1954||emily worships her father||
+ Emily thinks very highly of her father, the lawyer. She even volunteers his legal servics!
|03.28.1954||ben arranges a date for emily with herold||
+ Ben thinks his daughter Emily has been seeing too much of Bobby Logan. He sets Emily up with a d...