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Screen Guild Theater, THE MALTESE FALCON

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Live radio performance by the original film cast reprising their film roles: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

Screen Guild Theater: High Sierra

Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino reprising their film roles in High Sierra based on the story by W. R. Burnett.  This show was originally broadcast on April 17, 1944 on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and was Bogart’s second radio recording of his character, Roy Earle from the 1941 Raoul Walsh film adaptation, his breakout role.  He’d voiced the character previously on January 4, 1942 co-starring with another actress.

The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series broadcast from 1939 until 1952.

Note that this recording also includes broadcasts of Screen Guild Theater radio adaptations of Disney’s, Snow White and another gem that stars Brian Donlevy and Lucille Ball, A Night to Remember.  The focus here is High Sierra, however, in tribute to Ida Lupino on what would have been her 94th birthday.

Best Picture winners

A gallery of posters – Best Picture winners from 1927 to 2009

Chaplin’s, CITY LIGHTS

Celebrating the 81st anniversary of its premier in London today in 1931, Charlie Chaplin‘s wonderful, City Lights, reportedly Orson Welles’ favorite film and one of mine.  In 2008, this film was voted #1 on the American Film Institute‘s list of the ten best romantic comedies of all time.

The list of the film’s full cast and crew is available here.

Reportedly, Charles Chaplin re-shot the scene in which the Little Tramp buys a flower from the blind flower-girl 342 times, as he could not find a satisfactory way of showing that the blind flower-girl thought that the mute tramp was wealthy. (IMDB)