Best Plays

June 8, 1952 to September 20, 1953
52 episodes known to exist
Best Plays was a drama radio show which ran from June 8, 1952 to September 20, 1953.
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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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June 8, 1952 - September 20, 1953
Best Plays
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Best Plays
June 8, 1952 - September 20, 1953
52 episodes known to exist
Adaptations: Ernest Kinoy Directors
Announcers: Fred Collins or Robert Denton
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June 8, 1952 
Winterset 
Burgess Meredith, Maureen Stapleton 
59:40 

 
June 15, 1952 
On Borrowed Time 
Parker Fennelly, Mildred Natwyck, David Anderson, Agnes Young, Peter Cappell, Teri Keene, Louie Van Rootin, Carl Webber, Bill Griffith 
1:00:00 

 
June 22, 1952 
Angel Street 
Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Melville Cooper, Elizabeth Eustis, Marjorie Maude 
1:00:00 

 
June 29, 1952 
The Hasty Heart 
Anne Burr, John Sylvester AUTHOR: John Patrick 
58:10 

 
July 6, 1952 
Arsenic & Old Lace 
Boris Karloff, Donald Cook, Jean Adair, Edgar Staley, Evelen Varden. 
1:00:00 

 
July 13, 1952 
The Dark of the Moon 
Alfred Drake Based on the folk song: "Barbara Ellen" 
59:30 

 
July 20, 1952 
The Voice of the Turtle 
Elliot Nugent, Martha Scott, Audry Christie Writer: Sutton Vane 
1:01:50 

 
July 27, 1952 
All My Sons 
Ed Begley 
59:28 

 
August 3, 1952 
Outward Bound 
Jean Adair, Alexander Scourby, Susan Douglas, Chester Stratton, Loena Powers, John Stanley, Norman Rose, Wendall Holmes, William Pogmore Writer: Sutton Vane 
59:30 

 
10 
August 10, 1952 
Uncle Harry 
Joseph Schildkraut, Agnes Moorehead end missing 
55:46 

 
11 
August 17, 1952 
The Philadelphia Story 
Joan Alexander, Betty Furness, Myron McCormack, Vera Allen, Joseph Curtin, Carl Webber, William Quinn, Denise Alexander, Edwin Jerome, Gene Leonard About four minutes are missing fron the second disc. 
55:50 

 
12 
August 24, 1952 
Home of the Brave 
Russell Hardie, Peter Capell, Donald Buka, Joseph Julian, Bill Lipton, William Redfield, James Stevens, Jack Lloyd Writer: Arthur Laurentz 
1:00:00 

 
13 
August 31, 1952 
Blithe Spirit 
John Loder, Mildred Natwick, Stoddard, Ann Burr Writer: Noel Coward 
59:30 

 
14 
September 7, 1952 
Tonight At 8:30 
Madeline Carroll Middle portion only 
37:50 

 
15 
October 3, 1952 
Victoria Regina 
Helen Hayes, Norman Rose, Leona Powers, John Stanley, Irene Hubbard, Robert Carrol, Guy Squall, Charles Frances Writer: Laurence Housman Beginning of new season and Show moves to Friday 
59:50 

 
16 
October 10, 1952 
She Loves Me Not 
Eddie Bracken, Ann Thomas, Harry Belliver 
58:40 

 
17 
October 17, 1952 
High Tor 
Burgess Meredith, Maureen Stapleton, Edgar Stacy End cut 
58:40 

 
18 
October 24, 1952 
Biography 
Faye Emerson, Donald Buka No ending 
59:00 

 
19 
November 9, 1952 
Elizabeth the Queen 
Eva LaGallienne, Richard Waring Show of 10-31 Pre-Empted Show moves to Sunday .. back to hour-long format 
1:01:40 

 
20 
November 16, 1952 
The Madwoman of the Chaillot 
Aline MacMahon, Estelle Winwood, Irene Hubbard, James Westerfield Severe volume drop last 5 minutes 
59:30 

 
21 
November 23, 1952 
Missouri Legend 
John Forsythe The legend of Jesse James "The Dirty Little Coward That Shot Jim Howard" 
1:00:30 

 
22 
November 30, 1952 
Rope 
Hurd Hatfield, Victor Jory Author: Patrick Hamilton 
59:50 

 
23 
December 7, 1952 
Skylark 
June Havoc, Donald Cook 
60:00 

 
24 
December 14, 1952 
Craig's Wife 
Judith Evelyn, John Beal 
1:00:10 

 
25 
December 21, 1952 
Night Must Fall 
Alfred Drake, Mary Boland, Carmen Matthews 
59:50 

 
26 
December 28, 1952 
A Bell For Adano 
Arthur Kennedy, Myron McCormick, Karl Weber, Joseph DeSantis, Louis Sorin, Tony Randell, Roger DeCaldwin, Louie Van Rooten, Bill Griffis, Gilbert Mack 
1:01:30 

 
27 
January 4, 1953 
Accent On Youth 
Paul Lucas, Sally Forrest 
59:50 

 
28 
January 11, 1953 
Men in White 
Richard Basehart, Joan Lorring, Patricia Neil, Santos Ortega, Bill Adams, Joan Sheperd Excess time due to station info. 
1:01:10 

 
29 
January 25, 1953 
There Shall Be No Night 
Fredric March, Florence Eldridge Writer: Robert E. Sherwood Show of 1-18 Pre-Empted for special broadcast "End of an Era" starring Burgess Meredith End cut 
56:30 

 
30 
February 1, 1953 
Camille 
Eva LaGallienne, Richard Waring, Writer: Alexandre Dumas Fils 
1:00:10 

 
31 
February 8, 1953 
John Loves Mary 
Van Johnson, Nina Foch 
59:50 

 
32 
February 15, 1953 
The Glass Menagerie 
Geraldine Page, MacDonald Cary, Evelyn Varden 
60:00 

 
33 
April 17, 1953 
Mr. Roberts 
Tomas Heggen No credits - Parts 2 & 4 only 
30:00 

 
34 
May 1, 1953 
Susan and God 
Paul McGrath, Judith Evelyn, Vera Allen Author: Rachel Crothers 5 minutes missing at beginning of second act 
54:46 

 
35 
May 8, 1953 
Of Mice and Men 
Burgess Meredith, Anthony Quinn, Ralph Bell. Author: John Steinbeck 
59:00 

 
36 
May 15, 1953 
St. Helena 
Dennis King. Ralph Bell. Author: R.C. Sheriff 
60:00 

 
37 
May 22, 1953 
Summer and Smoke 
Geraldine Page 
1:00:18 

 
38 
May 29, 1953 
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 
Sir Cedric Hardwick Author: Barry Lyndon Speed fluc in a couple of places 
60:00 

 
39 
June 5, 1953 
Autumn Crocus 
Walter Slezak, Carmen Matthews Author: Dodie Smith 
60:00 

 
40 
June 21, 1953 
Another Language 
Faye Emerson, Ralph Bell Author: Rose Franklin No show aired since 6-5 Time change to Sundays 8:30 - 9:30 for some stations only 
59:20 

 
41 
June 28, 1953 
The Farmer Takes a Wife 
John Forsythe, Joan Loring Authors: Marc Connelly and Frank Elser No ending Credits. 
58:00 

 
42 
July 5, 1953 
Arsenic and Old Lace 
Boris Karloff, Donald Cook, Edgar Stehli Author: Joseoh Kesserling Incomplete - Parts 1 and 2 only 
30:00 

 
43 
July 12, 1953 
Macbeth 
Eva LaGallienne, Staats Cotsworth Author: William Shakespeare No closing credits. 
57:40 

 
44 
July 19, 1953 
The Rose Tattoo 
Eli Wallach, Maureen Stapleton Author: Tenessee Williams 
59:30 

 
45 
August 2, 1953 
There's Always Juliet 
Margareite Phillips, Paul McGrath Author: John Van Druten Show of 7-26 Pre-empted. "Kiss The Boys Goodbye" slated for that date was re-scheduled to 9-6-53 
57:10 

 
46 
August 9, 1953 
The Male Animal 
Elliot Nugent, Martha Scott, Ralph Bell. Author: Elliot Nugent and James Thurber 
59:40 

 
47 
August 16, 1953 
Detective Story 
Wendell Corey, Alexander Scourby Author: Sidney Kingsley 
58:30 

 
48 
August 23, 1953 
Ladies in Retirement 
Carmen Matthews, Evelyn Varden, Mildred Natwick 
60:00 

 
49 
August 30, 1953 
Tonight At 8:30 
Madeline Carroll, Jerome Cowen Author: Noel Coward 
60:00 

 
50 
September 6, 1953 
Kiss the Boys Goodbye 
Helen Claire, Ralph Bell Author: Claire Boothe Speed Problems 
58:50 

 
51 
September 13, 1953 
Ethan Frome 
Geraldine Page Author: Owen Davis Speed problems 
59:50 

 
52 
September 20, 1953 
The Petrified Forest 
Cyril Richard, Ralph Bell. Author: Robert E. Sherwood Final performance of the series. Some stations re-played earlier shows for the next two weeks, but the is the last new performance. 
59:30 

 
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