Rita Hayworth on Old-Time Radio

Everyone knows her as she was one of the silver screen’s great beauties, the movie star of movie stars in many ways.


Rita Hayworth died on this day in 1987 at the age of 68 so I thought I’d honor her memory today by way of her appearances on old-time radio, one of the favored mediums of entertainment on this page and to audiences during the golden age.


From the 1942-43 season of The Bob Hope Show, a clip featuring Rita Hayworth as the special guest.


Lux Radio Theater presentation of “The Lady Has Plans” from April 26, 1943 starring Rita and William Powell.  Note this is in 5 parts with each following the preceding portion of the program automatically.  It’s too good not to share despite the slight inference.

Burns and Allen appear in an episode of “Mail Call” – a skit during which Gracie worries about George peeping into neighbor, Rita Hayworth’s house.

Rita is the guest in an episode of Command Performance, WWII radio:

Rita enjoys playing a murderess in “Three Times Murder,” a Suspense Radio presentation:

Lux Presents Hollywood – Lux Radio Theater presents Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in “Break of Hearts” from September 1, 1944.  Click here for audio presentation.


Finally, an 78 rpm version of Rita singing “Put the Blame on Mame” live in Gilda – click here for audio.


“All I wanted was just what everybody else wants, you know, to be loved.”

7 thoughts

  1. Old Tim sure had great taste in radio! 🙂

    I love Hayworth on the air; even better than in movies! I think the fact that she didn’t have to play the visual bombshell brought something out in her. Good stuff, thanks for the sounds!

    1. HAHA!! I fixed that and the corrected version shows up in only a few places. Old Tim! LOL!

      Anyway – well said about Rita’s talent shining through on radio. I agree.


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