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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bogart and Bacall - Lux Radio Theater Oct. 14, 1946 - "To Have and Have Not"

Lux Radio Theatre

The Lux Radio Theatre debuted in 1934 on NBC's Blue radio network, dramatizing Broadway plays from New York. In an effort to improve ratings, the show switched networks to CBS and moved West in June 1936 to capitalize on Hollywood talent and popular movie fare. Lux's extravagant productions were a huge success. Renowned director Cecil B. DeMille  was brought in to host the show. Stars were routinely paid up to $5,000 to appear and over 50 actors, musicians and technicians were on hand every week for productions which ranged from "The Thin Man" to "The Jazz Singer" to "The African Queen." Before the show left the air in 1955, DeMille, and subsequent hosts William Keighley and Irving Cummings welcomed nearly every major movie and radio star to the Lux microphone, including Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Bing Crosby, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Roy Rogers and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. First Broadcast October 13, 1934. Last Broadcast June 7, 1955

Tonight...........the Oct. 14, 1946 "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast of To Have and Have Not, pared down to one hour with Bogart and Bacall reprising their original roles.  Even better than the broadcast (of one of my favorite movies) is the end, when Bogart and Bacall answer a few questions from the host. Bogie disarmingly introduces his wife as "Betty," and she blows a note on a gold-plated whistle Bogie gave her as a gift.

Lots of fun............enjoy :)

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