By now I’m sure you’ve heard TCM has named Rock Hudson its Star of the Month for June. The network will air 22 films in which the “most popular star on the planet in the late ’50s and early ’60s,” as described by Robert Osborne, appeared in. Among the films scheduled to screen during the TCM Hudson festival is Raoul Walsh’s Fighter Squadron (1948), the actor’s film debut, Anthony Mann’s 1952 Western, Bend of the River and some of Hudson’s biggest hits. As Osborne explains in the June Now Playing Guide, the films chosen to air every Thursday this month illustrate a range few give Hudson – the actor – credit for. I’m really looking forward to this because there are several films scheduled I’ve yet to see.
Today I do my small part in spreading the word as far as Rock Hudson’s acting is concerned. I’ve recently listened to two old-time radio shows starring Hudson that are terrific and I share them here in tribute.
In today’s day and age radio is an acquired taste particularly true of dramas on the medium, which require imagination, active participation from an audience used to being fed every morsel so that thinking is not required at all. If you’ve visited Once Upon a Screen before you know how fond I am of old-time radio shows and share them here in hopes I may get a new fan to tune in now and again. In any case, as I listen to these shows I’m often amazed at how fresh and new these talents “feel” despite the fact that in most cases I’ve admired the actors on the silver screen (or TV) for many years. It’s a completely different experience. This is the case with the shows I include here, which star Rock Hudson. His voice was made for radio and he’s more than effective in portraying characters in this visual-less art. I’m not discounting Hudson’s good looks, but just saying. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.
From December 26, 1953 Stars Over Hollywood presents “Anywhere, U.S.A.” starring Rock Hudson, Jeanne Bates, Barney Phillips and Ted Bliss.
From October 12, 1954 Armed Forces Radio brings you The Hollywood Radio Theater presentation of “Great Expectations” starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Bill Conrad, Jeanette Nolan and Alan Reed