These words introduced broadcast radios biggest and most
important dramatic program. For two decades, The Lux Radio Theatre
presented radio versions of movie attractions, current or coming,
while the biggest names in cinema played the leading roles.
The Lux Radio Theatre debuted in 1934, dramatizing Broadway
plays from New York. In an effort to improve ratings, the show moved
West in June 1936 to capitalize on Hollywood talent and popular
Luxs extravagant productions were a huge success.
Renowned director Cecil B. DeMillewhose films were synonymous
with spectaclewas brought in to host the show. Stars were
routinely paid up to $5,000 to appear and over 50 actors, musicians
and technicians were on hand every week for productions which ranged
from "The Thin Man" to "The Jazz Singer" to
"The African Queen."
Before the show left the air in 1955, DeMilleand subsequent
hosts William Keighley and Irving Cummingswelcomed nearly
every major movie and radio star to the Lux microphone, including
Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Bing Crosby, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey
Bogart, Judy Garland, Roy Rogers and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
The Lux Radio Theatre was inducted into the Radio Hall of
Fame in 1989.
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