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Halmark Playhouse

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The Hallmark Greeting Card Company sponsored several shows during the heyday of radio. A predecessor to the ever popular and celebrated Hallmark Hall of Fame, the Hallmark Playhouse first aired on June 10, 1948, and ran until February, 1953 when it morphed into the Hall of Fame. Well respected bestselling British novelist, James Hilton, was intent on bringing classic literary works to life that would feature top-notch acting talent. He was in charge of selecting the works that would be adapted for radio, and served as host, as well.

Hilton chose The Devil and Daniel Webster for its opening show. It received wide critical acclaim, and set the standard of high quality for the rest of the series. Other dramatizations included Arrowsmith, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Lost Horizon, The Courtship of Myles Standish, The Long Winter, and Cinderella (starring Judy Garland) as well as lesser known literary works to which listeners would not otherwise have had easy access.. The casts featured such notables as Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Irene Dunne, Herbert Marshall, and Ronald Coleman.

There are 90 shows in our collection! Date Aired
Room For A Stranger December 19, 1946
The Story of Babe Ruth February 24, 1947
Arrowsmith October 14, 1948
Mrs. Parkinson October 21, 1948
O'Halloran's Luck October 28, 1948
My Friend Flicka November 4, 1948
Wild Swans November 11, 1948
My Financial Career November 18, 1948
Free Land November 25, 1948
Old Man Minick December 2, 1948
Woman with a Sword December 9, 1948
The Desert Shall Rejoice December 16, 1948
Elmer the Great October 7, 1948
Captain January September 23, 1948
Goodbye, Mr. Chips September 16, 1948
Mrs. Union Station June 17, 1948
Unless Love Is Music June 24, 1948
Penny Serenade July 1, 1948
Pride and Prejudice July 8, 1948
Girls Are Like Boats July 15, 1948
The Citadel July 22, 1948
Afterward August 5, 1948
The Old Nest August 12, 1948
Drums Along the Mohawk August 19, 1948
Cimarron September 9, 1948

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