Arch Oboler's Plays

March 25, 1939 to December 26, 1964
92 episodes known to exist
Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio anthology series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945. More on Wikipedia
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Radio series often ran for multiple seasons and/or through many incarnations with different radio networks, sponsors, cast/crew, and revivals after many years.
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Dates
Show
# Episodes (Known)
Network
1
March 25, 1939 - March 23, 1940
Arch Oboler's Plays
53
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2
April 5, 1945 - October 11, 1945
Arch Oboler's Plays
26
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3
October 3, 1964 - December 26, 1964
Arch Oboler's Plays
13
Syndicated
Arch Oboler's Plays
March 25, 1939 - March 23, 1940
53 episodes known to exist
Produced and Directed By: Arch Oboler
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
March 25, 1939 
The Ugliest Man in the World 
Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:00 

 
April 1, 1939 
Mirage 
Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:00 

 
April 8, 1939 
The Truth 
Ray Collins 
30:00 

 
April 15, 1939 
The Ways of Men; Past, Present and Future 
"MEMORIUM" "SOLE SURVIVORS" "LAUGHING MAN" Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:50 

 
April 22, 1939 
Mr. Important 
Martin Gabel 
30:00 

 
April 29, 1939 
The Cliff 
Frank Lovejoy 
29:50 

 
May 6, 1939 
Engulfed Cathredal 
Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:40 

 
May 13, 1939 
Baby 
Ireene Wicker 
30:00 

 
May 20, 1939 
Crazy Town 
Edmond O'Brien NO OPENING OR MIDDLE SPOTS - SHOW IS INTACT 
28:30 

 
10 
May 27, 1939 
The Word 
 
30:00 

 
11 
June 3, 1939 
Dark World / Steel / Humbug 
 
30:00 

 
12 
June 10, 1939 
Nero's Wife 
 
30:00 

 
13 
June 17, 1939 
Immortal Gentleman 
Edmond O'Brien 
29:50 

 
14 
June 24, 1939 
The Luck of Mark Street 
Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:00 

 
15 
July 1, 1939 
Visitor From Hades 
Frank Lovejoy 
30:00 

 
16 
July 8, 1939 
The Ivory Tower 
Madame Nazimova. Raymond Edward Johnson, Martin Gabel. John Brown. Show moves to 9:30pm 
29:40 

 
17 
July 15, 1939 
The Shooting Star / Talisman / Eigerwund 
Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:00 

 
18 
July 22, 1939 
The Ugliest Man in the World 
Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:00 

 
19 
July 29, 1939 
Another World 
Betty Garde 
29:49 

 
20 
August 5, 1939 
Mr. Pip / Man to Hate / Rich Kid 
 
30:00 

 
21 
August 12, 1939 
History of a Mug 
 
30:00 

 
22 
August 19, 1939 
Efficiency Island 
 
30:00 

 
23 
August 26, 1939 
This Lonely Heart 
Madame Nazimova 
1:00:00 

 
24 
September 2, 1939 
Love Story Ltd / the Trail / Mungahra 
Santos Ortega 
30:00 

 
25 
September 9, 1939 
And Adam Begot 
 
30:00 

 
26 
September 16, 1939 
Suffer Little Children / Finale / I Do 
Frank Lovejoy 
30:00 

 
27 
September 23, 1939 
Mr. Whiskers 
Morris Carnovsky 
30:00 

 
28 
September 30, 1939 
Holiday 1939 
Raymond Edward Johnson 
30:00 

 
29 
October 7, 1939 
Women and Their Ways 
Three Short Stories: "Autumn Flower", "The Machine", "Happy Year" 
30:00 

 
30 
October 14, 1939 
The Word 
Edmond O'Brien 
30:00 

 
31 
October 21, 1939 
Perfect Party 
Lurene Tuttle 
30:00 

 
32 
October 28, 1939 
Profits Unlimited 
 
30:00 

 
33 
November 4, 1939 
Young Mr. Trouble 
Billy Halop 
30:00 

 
34 
November 11, 1939 
I'll Tell My Husband 
Gale Sondergard 
30:00 

 
35 
November 18, 1939 
Bathysphere 
George Zucco 
30:00 

 
36 
November 25, 1939 
Mirage/miss American 
Katharine Hepburn, Burgess Meredith 2nd half (Miss American) only. Followed by 9 minute interview with Arch Oboler commenting on the series. 
13:05 

 
37 
December 2, 1939 
State Executioner / Danse Macabre 
 
30:00 

 
38 
December 9, 1939 
Hometown / New World 
 
30:00 

 
39 
December 16, 1939 
Nobody Died 
Jay Novelo 
29:20 

 
40 
December 23, 1939 
These Are Your Brothers 
 
30:00 

 
41 
December 30, 1939 
This Precious Freedom 
Lou Merrill 
28:30 

 
42 
January 6, 1940 
Money, Money, Money 
 
30:00 

 
43 
January 13, 1940 
The Truth 
Lou Merrill, Lurene Tuttle, Hans Conreid 
29:20 

 
44 
January 20, 1940 
Sensitive Mr. Ginsberg 
 
30:00 

 
45 
January 27, 1940 
Three Stories - with Tongue-In-Cheek 
"BACK TO THE INDIANS", "THE DAY THE EARTH EXPLODED", "LAUGHING MAN" 
30:00 

 
46 
February 3, 1940 
A Hollywood Special 
Geraldine Page 
30:00 

 
47 
February 10, 1940 
Memoriam / Dark World 
 
30:00 

 
48 
February 17, 1940 
Genghis Kahn 
 
30:00 

 
49 
February 24, 1940 
The Women Stayed At Home 
Elsa Manchester 
30:00 

 
50 
March 2, 1940 
Baby 
Joan Crawford 
30:00 

 
51 
March 9, 1940 
Johnny Got His Gun 
James Cagney 
30:20 

 
52 
March 16, 1940 
The Most Dangerous Game 
Ronald Colman 
30:00 

 
53 
March 23, 1940 
The Ivory Tower 
Madame Nazimova 
30:00 

 
Arch Oboler's Plays
April 5, 1945 - October 11, 1945
26 episodes known to exist
Produced and Directed By: Arch Oboler
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
April 5, 1945 
Strange Morning 
Greer Garson VE Day prophecy program 
29:40 

 
April 19, 1945 
Lust For Life 
Martin Gabel, Raymond Edward Johnson PROGRAM OF 4/12 PRE-EMPTED DUE TO DEATH OF F.D.R. 
 

 
April 26, 1945 
The House I Live In 
Raymond Massey, Mercedes McCambridge, Ann Shephard, Alfred Ryder, Hester Sondegaard 
29:39 

 
May 3, 1945 
Love, Love, Love 
Carlton Young, Raymond Lawrence, Bruce Elliot, Cathy Lewis, Trudy Marsden, Lurene Tuttle, Jane Morgan, Irene Tedrow, Betty Reubin, Nanette Balbot, Lou Merrill, Lisa Goan, Joseph Granby, Frank Martin, Rose Ann Murray 
29:56 

 
May 10, 1945 
Holiday 194x 
Bea Benaderet, Norman Field, Bill Christy, Rhoda Elaine Williams, Lou Merrill, Irene Tedrow, Joseph Granby, Mary Jane Croft, Raymond Severn, Bruce Elliot 
29:44 

 
May 17, 1945 
Mr. Ten Percent 
Bruce Elliott, Bob Bailey, Mary Jane Croft, Everett Allen, Earle Ross, Rose Ann Murray, Evelyn Scott, Harold Cornsweet, Harry Lang 
29:54 

 
May 24, 1945 
An Excercise in Horror (a Peculiar Comedy) 
Peter Lorre, Bruce Elliott, Theodore Von Eltz, Will Wright, Bill Christy, George Sorel, Frances Pasco, Victor Rodman, Harry Lang, Frank Martin, Winifred Wolfe, Lisa Goan, Jane Morgan, Bill Shaw. NETWORK LOST SHOW TEMPORARILY AND INSERTED MUSIC. MODERATE-HEAVY DISC NOISE THROUGHOUT - Taken from 78s in poor condition 
29:28 

 
May 31, 1945 
Double Feature 
"OSTRICH IN MY BED" Wally Meyer, Mary Jane Croft & "REPORT TO MY RELATIVES", Bruce Elliot 
29:53 

 
June 7, 1945 
Night 
Gloria Blondell, Elliott Lewis, Frank Martin, Theodore Von Eltz, Terese Lyon, Griff Barnett, Edmund McDonald, Barney James, Rose Ann Murray, Everett Allen, Dorothy Scott, Joseph Granby, Bruce Elliot 
28:59 

 
10 
June 14, 1945 
Mr. Pyle 
Burgess Meredith THE STORY OF ERNIE PYLE 
29:51 

 
11 
June 21, 1945 
The Naked Mountain 
Franchot Tone, Lurene Tuttle, Tommy Cook, Joel Davis 
29:57 

 
12 
June 28, 1945 
The Truth 
Edmond Gwenn, Rose Ann Murray, Antony Ellis 
29:43 

 
13 
July 5, 1945 
Dr. Bluff 
Morris Carnovsky, Mary Jane Croft, Gloria Blondell 
29:25 

 
14 
July 12, 1945 
A Gallery of Big Shots - Feminine 
Lurene Tuttle, Mary Jane Croft, Jane Morgan, Barbara Eiler, Lynne Whitney, Louise Erickson, Dorothy Scott. 
29:50 

 
15 
July 19, 1945 
Special to Hollywood 
Gail Page, Bruce Elliot, Lou Merill 
29:59 

 
16 
July 26, 1945 
My Chicago 
Tommy Cook, Cathy Lewis, Eddie McCambridge, Bea Benaderet, Truda Marson, Joe Gilbert, Evelyn Scott. 
29:50 

 
17 
August 2, 1945 
Parade 
Van Heflin, Elliott Lewis, Frank Lovejoy, Dawn Bender, Jane Morgan, Olive Dearing. Tribute to the ARMY AIR FORCES 38th birthday. 
29:40 

 
18 
August 9, 1945 
History of a Mug 
Bea Benaderet, Gerald Mohr, John Alden, Rose Ann Murray, Jay Novello, Dorothy Scott, Leo Cleary, Theodore Von Eltz. 
30:20 

 
19 
August 16, 1945 
Lust For Life 
Morris Carnovsky, Helen Beverly, Roman Bonan, J. Edward Bomberg, Hugo Hass, Ruth Nelson, Lloyd Bridges, Phil Brown, William Watts. The Story of Vincent Van Goah 
30:00 

 
20 
August 23, 1945 
Three About Children 
"I DO" Frank Martin, Mary Lansing. "FACTS OF MEN" Lurene Tuttle. "BABY" Olive Dearing, Harry Standish 
29:30 

 
21 
September 6, 1945 
Mirage 
Raymond Edward Johnson, Joan Blaine PROGRAM OF 8/30 WAS PRE-EMPTED for the All-Star Football game from Chicago. 
21:50 

 
22 
September 13, 1945 
A Gallery of Big Shots - Masculine 
Elliott Lewis, Griff Barnett, Jane Morgan, Lou Merrill, Theodore Von Eltz, Bill Johnston, Sidney Miller, Cathy Lewis, Elga Moret 
30:00 

 
23 
September 20, 1945 
Rocket From Manhatten 
Lou Merrill, Elliott Lewis, Ervin Lee 
30:00 

 
24 
September 27, 1945 
The Family Nagachi 
Elliott Lewis Injustice towards Japanese Americans during WW2. 
30:00 

 
25 
October 4, 1945 
Mr. Miller 
Eddie Cantor 
29:52 

 
26 
October 11, 1945 
This Living Book (i Declare War) 
Paul Muni, Elliot Lewis, Barbara Eiller, Lou Merril, Tommy Cook, Irvin Lee, Jack Edwards, jr., Barry Lansing, Theodore Von Eltz, Bill Johnstone, Bill Shaw. 
29:14 

 
Arch Oboler's Plays
October 3, 1964 - December 26, 1964
13 episodes known to exist
Syndicated
Produced and Directed By: Arch Oboler
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
October 3, 1964 
The Word 
William Shatner, Barbara Eiler, Hal Perry 
21:50 
October 10, 1964 
Visitor From Hades 
Lurene Tuttle, Bill Phips, Paula Winslow 
21:10 
October 17, 1964 
Special to Hollywood 
William Shatner, Joan Blondell, Alan Reed 
21:30 
October 24, 1964 
The Day Sinatra Got Fat 
Jack Kruchoen Valarie Barton 
21:30 
October 31, 1964 
Come to the Bank 
Virginia Gregg, Jay Novelo 
21:30 
November 7, 1964 
The Immortal Gentleman 
 
21:30 
November 14, 1964 
Big Ben 
Virginia Gregg, Ben Wright 
21:30 

 
November 21, 1964 
Rocket From Manhattan 
Barney Philips, Jay Novelo 
21:30 
November 28, 1964 
African Story 
Lurene Tuttle 
20:00 
10 
December 5, 1964 
Revolt of the Worms 
 
21:30 
11 
December 12, 1964 
Bathysphere 
 
21:30 
12 
December 19, 1964 
Mirage 
 
21:30 
13 
December 26, 1964 
Him Or Me 
LAST SHOW OF THE SERIES 
21:30 
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