Great Plays

February 26, 1938 to August 30, 1942
138 episodes known to exist
Great Plays was a drama radio show which ran from February 26, 1938 to August 30, 1942.
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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
February 26, 1938 - May 7, 1938
Great Plays
11
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2
October 16, 1938 - May 7, 1939
Great Plays
28
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3
October 15, 1939 - May 5, 1940
Great Plays
28
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4
October 13, 1940 - February 15, 1942
Great Plays
43
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5
February 22, 1942 - August 30, 1942
Great Plays
28
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Great Plays
February 26, 1938 - May 7, 1938
11 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
February 26, 1938 
The Birds 
 
59:46 

 
March 5, 1938 
Everyman 
 
59:44 

 
March 12, 1938 
The Great Magician 
 
59:54 

 
March 19, 1938 
Tamburlane 
 
59:42 

 
March 26, 1938 
A Midsummers Night's Dream 
 
1:00:00 

 
April 2, 1938 
School For Husbands 
 
59:44 

 
April 9, 1938 
Love For Love 
 
59:37 

 
April 16, 1938 
School For Scandal 
 
59:41 

 
April 23, 1938 
The Silver King 
 
59:32 

 
10 
April 30, 1938 
The Playboy of the Western World 
 
49:43 

 
11 
May 7, 1938 
Valley Forge 
 
1:05:19 

 
Great Plays
October 16, 1938 - May 7, 1939
28 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
October 16, 1938 
Trojan Woman 
EURIPEDES Blanch Yurka, Selena Royle 
1:00:20 

 
October 23, 1938 
Everyman 
MORTALITY PLAY Alfred Shirley, Louis Hector, Jay Jostyn, Anthony Kimble Cooper 
59:20 

 
October 30, 1938 
The Great Magician 
COMEDIA DEL ARTI 
60:00 

 
November 6, 1938 
The Tragic Story of Dr. Faustus 
Carl Benton Reid, Charles Webster 
59:50 

 
November 13, 1938 
A Midsummer's Night Dream 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 
60:00 

 
November 20, 1938 
The Tragedy of Julius Ceasar 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE John Anthony, George Gaul 
59:00 

 
November 27, 1938 
Othello 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Walter Hampden, Selena Royle 
59:00 

 
December 4, 1938 
Le Cid 
CORNEILLE Richard Kolmar, Charles Webster 
59:30 

 
December 11, 1938 
Life Is a Dream 
CALDERON Winfield Holm, Beatrice Miller 
1:00:50 

 
10 
December 18, 1938 
Le Bourgeois Gentlehomme 
MOLLIERE Charles Webster 
60:00 

 
11 
January 8, 1939 
She Stoops to Conquer 
OLIVER GOLDSMITH shows of 12-25 and 1-1 Pre-empted 
60:00 

 
12 
January 15, 1939 
The School of Scandal 
 
60:00 

 
13 
January 22, 1939 
Mary Stuart 
SCHILLER Jane Cowl, Alice John, Jean Cadell 
60:00 

 
14 
January 29, 1939 
Hernani 
VICTOR HUGO Neil O'Malley, George Gaul 
60:00 

 
15 
February 5, 1939 
Richelieu 
BUL-LYTTON Narrator: Clayton Hamilton. Walter Hampden, Burford Hampden, Louis Hector, Henry Herbert, Francis Compton, Burford Hampden, Alfred Shirley, T. Coffin Cooke, Ian MacLaren, Ernetta LaSelve, William Shirley, Henry Gerbey, John McGovern, Percival Vivian, Eustace Wyatt, William Podmore, John Hewitt, Franz Bendtsen, Herbert Ranson, David Vivian, John Brewster, Jeanette Nolan, Jay Clark 
57:40 

 
16 
February 12, 1939 
The Octeroon 
BOUCICAULT Jane Wyatt, Parker Fennely, William Shelley 
58:30 

 
17 
February 19, 1939 
Redemption 
 
60:00 

 
18 
February 26, 1939 
A Doll's House 
 
60:00 

 
19 
March 5, 1939 
Patience 
 
60:00 

 
20 
March 12, 1939 
Camille 
DUMAS Jane Cowel, George Gaul. COMMENTATOR: Brooks Atkinson Commentary: Brooks 
59:10 

 
21 
March 19, 1939 
Cyrano De Bergerac 
Author: Edmond Rostand Stars: Wesley Addy, Martha Scott 
59:30 

 
22 
March 26, 1939 
Peter Pan 
 
60:00 

 
23 
April 2, 1939 
The Blue Bird 
 
60:00 

 
24 
April 9, 1939 
Justice 
 
60:00 

 
25 
April 16, 1939 
Back to Methusaleh 
Narrator: George Gaul Stars: Helen Claire, James Meighn, Selena Royle, Irene Tedrow, Helen Claire, Louis Hector 
60:00 

 
26 
April 23, 1939 
Oliver Cromwell 
JOHN DRINKWATER William Podmore 
1:00:00 

 
27 
April 30, 1939 
The White Headed Boy 
 
60:00 

 
28 
May 7, 1939 
Elizabeth, the Queen 
Final Show of the Season 
60:00 

 
Great Plays
October 15, 1939 - May 5, 1940
28 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
29 
October 15, 1939 
Antigone of Soficles 
First Show of the New Season 
60:00 

 
30 
October 22, 1939 
Alcestis 
EURIPEDES Helen Claire, Mark Smith, William Thornton 
1:00:00 

 
31 
October 29, 1939 
Everyman 
 
60:00 

 
32 
November 5, 1939 
Edward Ii 
MARLOWE Alfred Shirley, Raymond Edward Johnson 
1:00:00 

 
33 
November 12, 1939 
Romeo and Juliet 
SHAKESPEARE Wesley Addy, Florida Friebus 
58:30 

 
34 
November 19, 1939 
Much Ado About Nothing 
SHAKESPEARE Raymond Edward Johnson, Horace Graham 
59:30 

 
35 
November 26, 1939 
Macbeth 
SHAKESPEARE Alfred Shirley, Florence Malone End cut 
59:30 

 
36 
December 3, 1939 
Volpone 
BEN JOHNSON Carl Benton Reid, Jack Roseleigh 
60:30 

 
37 
December 10, 1939 
Tartuffe 
MOLLIERE John Brewster, Florence Malone 
59:10 

 
38 
December 17, 1939 
Begger's Opera 
JOHN GAY John McGovern, Eric Dressler, Mark Smith, Betty Gaard, Irene Wicker, Karl Swenson, 
60:00 

 
39 
January 7, 1940 
The Rivals 
 
1:00:00 

 
40 
January 14, 1940 
William Tell 
SCHILLER Carl Benton Reid, Stefan Schnabel 
59:40 

 
41 
January 21, 1940 
Ruy Blas 
VICTOR HUGO Edmond O'Brian, Arnold Moss 
59:30 

 
42 
January 28, 1940 
Rip Van Winkle 
 
60:00 

 
43 
February 4, 1940 
Arrah-Na-Pogue 
BOUCCICAULT Irene Wicker, Peggy Allenby 
60:00 

 
44 
February 11, 1940 
Peer Gynt 
IBSEN William S. Rainy, Irene Wicker 
58:50 

 
45 
February 18, 1940 
Playboy of the Western World 
SYNGE Walter Kinsella 
60:00 

 
46 
February 25, 1940 
The Pirates of Penzance 
GILBERT & SULLIVAN Walter Preston 
57:50 

 
47 
March 3, 1940 
The Second Mrs. Tanquery 
 
60:00 

 
48 
March 10, 1940 
Secret Service 
WILLIAM GILETTE Onslow Stevens 
58:50 

 
49 
March 17, 1940 
L'aiglon 
ROSTAND Ian Martin, Thomas Gomez, Albet Hayes 
60:00 

 
50 
March 24, 1940 
Captain Jinks of the Marines 
 
60:00 

 
51 
March 31, 1940 
Three Sisters 
CHECKHOV Olive Deering, Helene Dumas 
59:40 

 
52 
April 7, 1940 
Pelleas At Melisande 
MAETERLINCK Joseph Curtin, Inge Adams 
59:40 

 
53 
April 14, 1940 
Strife 
GALSWORTHY Conway Wingfield, Dennis Hoey 
59:40 

 
54 
April 21, 1940 
Lillium 
MOLLIER Final Show of the Season 
60:00 

 
55 
April 28, 1940 
The Return of Peter Grimm 
 
1:00:00 
56 
May 5, 1940 
Winterset 
 
1:00:00 

 
Great Plays
October 13, 1940 - February 15, 1942
43 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
57 
October 13, 1940 
Cavalade of Drama From Greece to Broadway 
First Show of the New Season 
60:00 

 
58 
October 20, 1940 
The Birds 
 
60:00 

 
59 
October 27, 1940 
Everyman 
 
60:00 

 
60 
November 3, 1940 
The Tragic Story of Dr. Faustes 
 
60:00 

 
61 
November 10, 1940 
Love's Labor Lost 
SHAKESPEARE Ned Weaver, Alfred Shirley 
59:00 

 
62 
November 17, 1940 
Merry Wives of Windsor 
SHAKESPEARE Wilmer Walter 
59:50 

 
63 
November 24, 1940 
The Tempest 
SHAKESPEARE Sir Cedric Hardwick, Jessica Tandy, Louie Hector, Irene Wicker 
59:50 

 
64 
December 1, 1940 
The Revenge Tragedies 
"SPANISH TRAGIDY" - KIDD, "ANTONIO'S REVENGE" - MARSTON, "REVENGER'S TRAGEDY" - TOURNEUR, "WHITE DEVIL" - WEBSTER, "DUCHESS OF MALFI" - WEBSTER Morris Carnovsky, Olive Deering Includes five minutes of news at beginning. 
1:02:10 

 
65 
December 8, 1940 
El Cid 
 
60:00 

 
66 
December 15, 1940 
The Imaginary Invalid 
 
60:00 

 
67 
December 22, 1940 
The Second Shepard's Play 
Christmas Program 
60:00 

 
68 
December 29, 1940 
The Pigeon 
GALSWORTHY Whitford Kane, Ara Gerald Christmas Program 
59:30 

 
69 
January 5, 1941 
The English Restoration Plays 
"MY COUNTRY WIFE" - WYCHERLY, "THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA" - DRYDAN, "ORANXIB" - DRYDAN, "MAN OF MODE" - ETHERIDGE, "WAY OF THE WORLD" - CONGREVE, "VENICE PRESERVED" - OTTWAY 
59:40 

 
70 
January 12, 1941 
The Barber of Seville 
BEAUMARCHAIS Sylvia Field, Jay Josten 
59:50 

 
71 
January 19, 1941 
The Rivals 
SHERIDAN Florence Reed, Louis Hector 
59:30 

 
72 
January 26, 1941 
Summary of Early American Drama 
GERALD HOLLAND 
60:00 

 
73 
February 2, 1941 
The Thunderbolt 
WING-PINERO Edward Jefferson, William Podmore First Radio Production 
59:30 

 
74 
February 9, 1941 
Rosnercolm 
HENRICK EVERTON 
60:00 

 
75 
February 16, 1941 
Cyrano De Bergerac 
 
60:00 

 
76 
February 23, 1941 
The Curtain Call For the Queen 
 
60:00 

 
77 
March 2, 1941 
The Climbers 
 
60:00 

 
78 
March 9, 1941 
The Well of the Saints 
 
60:00 

 
79 
March 16, 1941 
The Swan 
 
60:00 

 
80 
March 23, 1941 
Survey of American Drama From 1920 to 1940 
 
60:00 

 
81 
March 30, 1941 
Robert E. Lee 
 
60:00 

 
82 
April 6, 1941 
The Beggar On Horseback 
 
60:00 

 
83 
April 13, 1941 
The Servant in the House 
 
1:00:00 

 
84 
April 20, 1941 
Trelawany of the Wells 
 
60:00 

 
85 
April 27, 1941 
Pride and Prejudice 
AUSTIN Jessica Tandy, Colin Keith-Johnson 
60:00 

 
86 
May 4, 1941 
Prologue to Glory 
Final Program of the Series 
60:00 

 
87 
November 16, 1941 
A Dolls House 
 
1:00:00 

 
88 
November 23, 1941 
Playboy of the Western World 
 
1:00:00 

 
89 
November 30, 1941 
Camille 
 
1:00:00 

 
90 
December 7, 1941 
The Inspector General 
 
60:00 

 
91 
December 14, 1941 
The American Way 
 
1:00:00 

 
92 
December 28, 1941 
The Taming of the Shrew 
 
1:00:00 

 
93 
January 4, 1942 
Justice 
 
1:00:00 

 
94 
January 11, 1942 
Mr. Poirer's Son-In-Law 
 
1:00:00 

 
95 
January 18, 1942 
The Tragic Story of Dr. Faustus 
 
1:00:00 

 
96 
January 25, 1942 
The Pillers of Society 
 
1:00:00 

 
97 
February 1, 1942 
Thunder Rock 
 
1:00:00 

 
98 
February 8, 1942 
Biography 
 
1:00:00 

 
99 
February 15, 1942 
This Was a Man 
 
1:00:00 

 
Great Plays
Also known as GREAT PLAYS
February 22, 1942 - August 30, 1942
28 episodes known to exist
#
Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
100 
February 22, 1942 
Nothing but Disunion 
 
1:00:00 

 
101 
March 1, 1942 
Dead End 
 
1:00:00 

 
102 
March 8, 1942 
The Truth 
 
1:00:00 

 
103 
March 15, 1942 
Holiday 
 
1:00:00 

 
104 
March 22, 1942 
Officer 666 
 
1:00:00 

 
105 
March 29, 1942 
The Front Page 
 
1:00:00 

 
106 
April 5, 1942 
There Goes Ichery Van 
 
1:00:00 

 
107 
April 12, 1942 
Sing a Song of Superman 
 
1:00:00 

 
108 
April 19, 1942 
There Goes Ichery Van 
 
1:00:00 

 
109 
April 26, 1942 
Toast of the Post 
 
1:00:00 

 
110 
May 3, 1942 
Going Home 
 
1:00:00 

 
111 
May 10, 1942 
My Mother Part 1 
 
1:00:00 

 
112 
May 17, 1942 
My Mother Part 2 
 
1:00:00 

 
113 
May 24, 1942 
Toast of the Post 
 
1:00:00 

 
114 
May 31, 1942 
The Picinic 
 
1:00:00 

 
115 
June 7, 1942 
Letter From the Old World 
 
1:00:00 

 
116 
June 14, 1942 
Rembrandt Brown 
 
1:00:00 

 
117 
June 21, 1942 
House For Sale 
 
1:00:00 

 
118 
June 28, 1942 
Lou Rose Part 1 
 
1:00:00 

 
119 
July 5, 1942 
Lou Rose Part 2 
 
1:00:00 

 
120 
July 12, 1942 
Day of Glory 
 
1:00:00 

 
121 
July 19, 1942 
Say Uncle 
 
1:00:00 
122 
July 26, 1942 
He Answered Three 
 
1:00:00 

 
123 
August 2, 1942 
The Exiles 
 
1:00:00 

 
124 
August 9, 1942 
Lefty Strikes Her Out 
 
1:00:00 

 
125 
August 16, 1942 
An Army Without Banners 
 
1:00:00 

 
126 
August 23, 1942 
Monday Morning Class 
 
1:00:00 

 
127 
August 30, 1942 
Postmarked Today 
 
1:00:00 

 
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