Radio City Playhouse

July 3, 1948 to January 1, 1950
77 episodes known to exist
Radio City Playhouse was a drama radio show which ran from July 3, 1948 to January 1, 1950.
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July 3, 1948 - January 1, 1950
Radio City Playhouse
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June 30, 1949 - August 18, 1949
Radio City Playhouse
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Radio City Playhouse
July 3, 1948 - January 1, 1950
69 episodes known to exist
Monday 10: 30pm till 9-11, Saturday 8
Monday 10: 30pm till 10-2-49, Sunday 5
Directed and Narrated By: Harry W. Junkin
Announcers: Fred Collins, Bob Warren
Production Supervisor: Richard P. McDonough
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Air Date
Title
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July 3, 1948 
Long Distance 
Stars: Jan Minor. A drama of suspense in which a young wife has thirty minutes to get through a long distance telephone call that will save her husband from the electric chair. Note: Script was originally written by Harry W. Junkin for the NBC series "The Chase." 
29:30 

 
July 10, 1948 
Ground Floor Window 
Writer: Ernest Kinoy Stars: Bill Redfield as Danny a boy with cerebral palsy spends twenty-three years of his life just sitting at a window watching the world go by before other boys realize what it meant to be just an "onlooker." 
29:40 

 
July 17, 1948 
Of Unsound Mind 
Stars: Jeanne Tatum (Myra); Casey Allan (Caleb); Phyl Sterling (Jeff) A woman thinks her husband is insane. But gradually we find that she is the one with the "twisted, mouldy little mind." Writer: Harry W. Junkin 
30:00 

 
July 31, 1948 
Whistle, Daughter, Whistle 
Stars: Lenore Garland (Mrs. Kalat); Mildred Clinton (Mrs Marks); Jeanne Tatum (Peggy Marks); Lamont Johnston (Alan Kalat) A comedy about two ever-loving "mamas" who are determined their son and daughter should wed each other. Writer: Ernest Kinoy Show of 7/24 Pre-Empted for Progrecessive Party acceptance speeches 
29:40 

 
August 7, 1948 
Special Delivery 
Stars: Abby Lewis as Hilda Bradley, A wife tormented by doubts and jealousy. Writer: Harry W. Junkin. 
29:40 

 
August 14, 1948 
Hit and Run 
Stars: Casey Allen as Hal Lawrence; Fran Carlon as Ellen Lawrence; Lon Clark and Donald Hastings A man strikes a child with his car and drives away. Tormented by guilt from this mistake, he tries to make amends realizing he cannot live with his untold knowledge about the accident. Writer: Max Schoub. Note: Casey Allan and Fran Carlon were married in real life. 
29:50 

 
August 21, 1948 
Fanny 
Stars: Grace Keddy as Fanny, a very rich, very old, very bored, and very funny old woman who decides to adopt a piano player. Writer: Harry W. Junkin 
29:50 

 
August 23, 1948 
Long Distance 
Stars: Jan Minor. A drama of suspense in which a young wife has thirty minutes to get through a long distance telephone call that will save her husband from the electric chair. Note: Script was originally written by Harry W. Junkin for the NBC series "The Chase." Show Moves to Mondays 10:30 - 11:00 pm - Repeat 
30:00 

 
August 30, 1948 
Betrayal 
Stars: Bernard Grant (Cop); Edwin Bruce (Boy); Arthur Q. Bryan; Alan Stevenson. A policeman attempts to befriend a "Dead End Kid" who had tried to steal a watch from him. For a while, the policeman's influence and friendship has its way with the boy but finally a situation arises in which the policeman has to turn in his "friend." The boy is sent to reformatory school. The policeman, after a struggle with his conscience, accepts the $100 ransom for turning in the boy. "A hundred dollars is a hundred dollars even blood money 
29:40 

 
10 
September 6, 1948 
King of the Moon 
Stars: Ian Martin (Michael); Andrea Wallace (Margaret); Grace Keddy; Roy Irving. A loveable and loving couple, Michael and Margaret, living in Dublin, Ireland have had a pleasant married life, but like to dream. The dream includes a flashback to the days when Michael was courting Margaret. In those days, Michael dreamed of owning plantations and diamond mines - of being "King of the Moon." Now, he sits in his garden and thinks maybe his son will place his name in the "King of the Moon" category. Writer: Joseph Schull 
29:50 

 
11 
September 11, 1948 
Mother 
Stars: Abby Lewis (Daughter). A tense story of a dead mother's domination over her daughter's weak mind. Writer: Stanley R. Mednick Show Moves to Saturdays 8:00 - 8:30 pm 
29:40 

 
12 
September 18, 1948 
Soundless 
Stars: Jan Miner (Constance Blake); John Larkin (Paul); Eve Young (singing sequences). A story of Constance Blake, a famous musical comedy star loses her hearing. She begins to disintigrate morally and mentally finally allowing herself to become the instrument in the strangling of a baby. Writer: Harry W. Junkin 
29:40 

 
13 
September 25, 1948 
The Dark Hour 
Stars: John Larkin (Paul); Alan Stevenson (the Voice). A War veteran struggles in a fight against blindness. Writer: Charles Bennett 
29:40 

 
14 
November 8, 1948 
The Promise 
Stars: Charlotte Holland (Ellen); Joe de Santis (Herbert). A gripping drama about an intensely cruel man and his uncomplaining wife has been his victim for many years. She finally poisons him. Writer: Harry W. Junkin Show Moves to Mondays 10:30 - 11:00 pm 
30:00 

 
15 
November 15, 1948 
The First and the Last 
Stars: Ian Martin (Larry Durrant); John Stanley (Keith Durrant). Two brothers, one a judge and the other a murderer, are involved together in a struggle when the weaker brother, the judge, convicts an innocent man to protect his brother. But conscience is a powerful force as the judge struggles to regain his self-respect. Writer: John Galsworthy Adapted by: Nelson Olmstead 
29:50 

 
16 
November 22, 1948 
The Door 
Stars: John Larkin (Criminal); Bernard Grant (Chaplain); Luther Johnson (singer). The drama concerns the last hours of a young criminal who has always been pushed around and who delights in pushing others around. He refuses to admit his crime of murder and also that the Governer will not save him from going through the little green door at the end of the Death House corridor. The Chaplain brings courage to the boy at the end and even gets him to admit his guilt. Writer: Harry W. Junkin 
29:30 

 
17 
November 29, 1948 
Temporarily Purple 
Stars: Anne Pitoniack (Micki Farrell); Lamont Johnson (Herb Barrett). A comedy involving a young publisher and a lady author. Writer: Ernest Kinoy 
29:40 

 
18 
December 6, 1948 
Five Extra Nooses 
Stars: John Larkin as a magazine writer who visits a jail to talk with a "kid who is due to hang in the morning." The writer prepares a fiction masterpiece in which he envisions a law by which six persons at least, who have been responsible for a murderer's downfall, must be executed for every murder committed. Writer: Charles Lee Hutchings 
29:40 

 
19 
December 13, 1948 
The Heritage of Wimpole Street 
Stars: Butch Cavell (Robert); Alfred Shirley (Papa); Grace Keddy and Betty Harrison (Barrett girls). The story of Elizabeth Barrett's son who returns home to his grandfather's house. This is the house that Elizabeth Barrett was driven from when she married Robert Browning. Writer: Robert Knipe Adapted by: Ernest Kinoy End missing - story intact 
28:00 

 
20 
December 20, 1948 
Three Men 
Chrismas Show End cut - story intact 
27:20 

 
21 
December 27, 1948 
Strange Identity 
Jan Minor 
29:40 

 
22 
January 3, 1949 
A Matter of Life and Death 
 
29:30 

 
23 
January 10, 1949 
Correction 
John Larkin Program of 1/3 Pre-empted for "Plans for the New Congress" 
29:40 

 
24 
January 17, 1949 
Portrait of Lenore 
Jan Minor, Bernard Grant THIS SHOW WAS INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE "LAURA" I REMEMBER MAMA was supposed to be aired in this slot but was replaced by this powerful story ... one of my favorites! 
29:20 

 
25 
January 24, 1949 
The Wisdom of Eve 
Claudia Morgan 
29:30 

 
26 
February 7, 1949 
Machine 
Lizabeth Scott Show of 1/31 Pre-Empted for "March of Dimes" special 
29:30 

 
27 
February 14, 1949 
Elementals 
 
29:30 

 
28 
February 21, 1949 
One From Three Leaves Two 
Jan Minor, John Larkin, Stephan Schnabel 
29:40 

 
29 
February 28, 1949 
Deadline 
Claudia Morgan, Paul Nugent, Bernard Grant 
29:30 

 
30 
March 7, 1949 
Two Moods From the Past 
"Passion In The Desert" (John Larkin) and "The Story Of Miny Y" (Jan Minor) 
29:30 

 
31 
March 14, 1949 
Weather Ahead 
Joe De Santos, Robert Clark 
30:10 

 
32 
March 21, 1949 
Blind Vengence 
Stars: John Larkin (Emmett); Elspeth Eric (Helen) A psychological study in blindness about a couple who are both blinded in an automobile accident following the husband's speeding in a new car. First, the husband finds difficulty in adjusting to his blindness; then the wife, who is regaining her sight but is not telling her husband, grows bitter and distorted in her mind as she seeks to try to kill her husband. Writer: George Bellack 
29:40 

 
33 
March 28, 1949 
Luck 
 
30:00 

 
34 
April 4, 1949 
Wardrobe Trunk 
 
29:40 

 
35 
April 11, 1949 
Treasure Trove 
Irene Dunne 
29:30 

 
36 
April 18, 1949 
Only Unto Him 
 
29:40 

 
37 
April 25, 1949 
Witness For the Prosecution 
Arnold Moss, David Gothard By Agatha Christie 
29:40 

 
38 
May 2, 1949 
The Hands of Mr. Ottermole 
John Larkin 
29:40 

 
39 
May 9, 1949 
No Shoes 
Bernard Grant, Ivor Francis 
29:10 

 
40 
May 23, 1949 
Murder Is a Matter of Opinion 
Show of 5/16 Pre-Empted for Bond Drive and speech by Harry Truman 
29:40 

 
41 
May 30, 1949 
The Promise 
Ralph Bell 
29:30 

 
42 
June 6, 1949 
Danger B 
 
29:30 

 
43 
June 13, 1949 
How Love Came to Professor Guildea 
 
29:30 

 
44 
June 20, 1949 
Motive For Murder 
 
29:30 

 
45 
June 27, 1949 
Legend of Teresa 
Ralph Bell, Bryna Raeburn, Mitzi Gould, Adelaide Klein, Luis Van Rooten, Sarah Fussell 
29:30 

 
46 
July 4, 1949 
Murder Is the Easiest Way 
Karl Swenson 
29:30 

 
47 
July 11, 1949 
Disintegration 
Louie Van Rooten 
29:30 

 
48 
July 18, 1949 
Local Storm 
 
29:30 

 
49 
July 25, 1949 
The Birthday Party 
Charles Pennman, Sylvia Davis 
29:30 

 
50 
August 1, 1949 
Tension in 643 
Virginia Dwyer, Bernard Grant 
29:30 

 
51 
August 8, 1949 
Level Crossing 
David Dockard, Kathleen Cordell, Ralph Bell 
29:30 

 
52 
August 15, 1949 
Blackout 
Jan Minor, Arnold Moss 
29:30 

 
53 
August 22, 1949 
Joey Was Different 
Louie Van Rooten 
29:30 

 
54 
August 29, 1949 
The Unguarded Moment 
 
29:30 

 
55 
September 25, 1949 
Affliction 
 
29:30 

 
56 
October 2, 1949 
Conqueror's Isle 
 
29:30 

 
57 
October 9, 1949 
The Plotters 
 
29:30 

 
58 
October 16, 1949 
Duet 
"The Lake" (Fred Collins - first starring role), "Collectors Item" (Leon Janney) 
29:30 

 
59 
October 23, 1949 
Ground Floor Window 
Joel Helgeson 
29:30 

 
60 
October 30, 1949 
The Wind 
 
29:30 

 
61 
November 6, 1949 
Malice Domestic 
 
29:30 

 
62 
November 13, 1949 
Problem Child 
Ivan Cury (age 12), Butch Cavall (age 10) 
29:30 

 
63 
November 20, 1949 
Deception 
John Larkin, Jan Minor Broadcast from WIS in South Carolina, the first show broadcast from their new studio. 
29:30 

 
64 
November 27, 1949 
Interval 
 
29:30 

 
65 
December 4, 1949 
Local Storm 
 
29:30 

 
66 
December 11, 1949 
Sibling 
 
29:30 

 
67 
December 18, 1949 
The Wine of Oropalo 
 
29:30 

 
68 
December 25, 1949 
Twas' the Night Before Christmas 
Christmas Program 
29:30 

 
69 
January 1, 1950 
Reflection 
 
29:30 

 
Radio City Playhouse
Also known as RADIO CITY PLAYHOUSE
June 30, 1949 - August 18, 1949
8 episodes known to exist
Directed and Narrated By: Harry W. Junkin
Announcers: Fred Collins, Bob Warren
Production Supervisor: Richard P. McDonough
#
Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
June 30, 1949 
Long Distance 
Jan Minor 
29:30 

 
July 7, 1949 
Treasure Trove 
Irene Dunn 
29:30 

 
July 14, 1949 
Two Moods From the Past 
"Passion In The Desert" (John Larkin) and "The Story Of Miny Y" (Jan Minor) 
29:30 

 
July 21, 1949 
Portrait of Lenore 
Jan Minor, Bernard Grant THIS SHOW WAS INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE "LAURA" I REMEMBER MAMA was supposed to be aired in this slot but was replaced by this powerful story ... one of my favorites! 
29:30 

 
July 28, 1949 
The Door 
John Garfield 
29:30 

 
August 4, 1949 
Hit and Run 
Casey Allen, Fran Carlon, Lon Clark, Donald Hastings 
29:30 

 
August 11, 1949 
Soundless 
 
29:30 

 
August 18, 1949 
Machine 
Lizabeth Scott 
29:30 

 
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