A special post honoring Independence Day with Screen Guild Theater radio adaptations of three patriotic classic movies. Enjoy!
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Starring: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Jeanne Cagney, Richard Whorf, S.C. Sokol, Charles Irwin
A Yank in the R.A.F.
Starring: Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Pat O’Malley
Take a Letter, Darling
Starring: Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant (in the part played by Fred MacMurray in the film version) and Edward Everett Johnson
The Guild, Gulf Oil and CBS bring The Screen Guild Show to the air:
The Gulf Oil Corporation sponsored the first four seasons of The Screen Guild Show – from 1939 to the Summer of 1942. The program was called The Gulf Screen Guild Show for its first season, and The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre for Seasons Two through Four. The reasoning for the name change was simply a natural progression in the type of productions the Guild was mounting. The 1st Season was comprised of equal elements of Variety, Musical Comedy, and straight Dramas. And though the 2nd Season opened with yet another Variety Revue, the Variety productions eventually fell away in favor of Musical Comedies, Classic Stage productions and straight Drama productions or movie adaptations. The Gulf Corporation contributed $10,000 per program to The Motion Picture Relief Fund, which you can hear stated in the show introductions–a total of approximately $1.3M over the course of its sponsorship. That’s approximately $17.4M in today’s dollars. That may help to put into perspective the Screen Actors Guild’s continued dedication to this series over the years. (Digital Deli)