This is an exciting weekend in film-loving circles and I thought I’d celebrate in kind. For one, the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon kicks off tomorrow – an event dedicated to the history of the movies that will feature posts dedicated to three eras of film – The Silent era hosted on Movies, Silently, the “talkies” era hosted on Silver Screenings and The War Years hosted here on Once Upon a Screen. The entries for this event will cover films and Hollywood “happenings” spanning thirty-five years of the movie industry – be sure to visit the three host sites to read the entries.
And then there’s the small matter of The Golden Globes, which are set to air tomorrow on NBC. Yes! Awards season is in full throttle and little becomes a film geek more – so I must celebrate and commemorate.
To honor the Golden Globes here are four Old-time Radio versions of Golden Globe winning films from the 1940s, the era I am covering for the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon. See how clever I am?! Anyway, these classic radio presentations are a perfect way to spend the afternoon awaiting the start of the show as you prepare your canapes and mixed drinks. Enjoy!
And now ladies and gentlemen of the airwaves…
From 1943, “Watch on the Rhine” with the motion picture cast reprising their roles – Better Davis, Paul Lucas, Lucille Watson et al.
Won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor, Paul Lukas
From 1946, The Screen Guild Players’ presentation of The Best Years of Our Lives with Myrna Loy, Fredric March and Teresa Wright reprising their film roles.
Won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Drama and a special award for Best Non-Professional Acting for Harold Russell.
Harold Russell, Teresa Wright, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy and Fredric March in THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
From 1948, Gregory Peck reprises his role in Gentleman’s Agreement.
Won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Motion Picture Director for Elia Kazan, Best Supporting Actress for Celeste Holm and a special award for Best Juvenile Actor for Dean Stockwell.
From 1949 the Lux Radio Theater presentation of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Humphrey Bogart reprising his film role.
Won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama in a tie with Johnny Belinda, Best Motion Picture Director for John Huston and Best Supporting Actor for Walter Huston.
Note: This is missing the fabulously entertaining “Lux” introduction and ending dialogue, but it is a fantastic presentation of a classic.
If you’re interested in viewing more vintage Hollywood Golden Globes clips and images visit my Golden Age of Hollywood Community on Kumbuya this weekend. Otherwise, I’ll see you on the red carpet!