MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN COLLECTING OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME NOW. HE LISTENS TO THEM WHILE HE IS WORKING IN THE DARKROOM.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEM ALSO.
MGM made the decision to branch out into syndicated radio production, turning successful properties like the "Maisie" and "Andy Hardy" series and the "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts into half-hour radio series. Kildare got the nod as well; entitled "The Story of Dr. Kildare," the program reunited Ayres and Barrymore in the roles that they made immortal on-screen. Securing their cooperation took the lion’s share of the show’s budget, but the studio compensated for this by utilizing the talents of many "Radio Row" professionals, including Jack Kruschen, Isabel Jewell, Will Wright, Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, and William Conrad. Other radio veterans were prominently featured in the program’s supporting cast, including Virginia Gregg as gossipy Nurse "Nosy" Parker, Ted Osborne as sniffy administrator Dr. Walter Carew, and Jane Webb as Kildare’s love interest, Nurse Molly Lamont. (If you’re familiar with the movie series, the decision to include Nurse Lamont, played in the films by Larraine Day, may seem a bit unusual; it's likely that the creative minds behind the radio series felt the same way, as they soon chose to introduce a new character to the series, Nurse Diana Verner, played by a young Georgia Ellis.)
What set "The Story of Dr. Kildare" apart from MGM’s other syndicated offerings was the surprisingly high quality of its scripts, contributed by experienced scribes like Jean Holloway ("Romance," "Mr. President") and Les Crutchfield ("Escape," "Gunsmoke"). With superb direction by William P. Rousseau, original music by composer Walter Schumann, and the announcing chores overseen by Dick Joy, "Kildare" demonstrated that, even on a limited budget, it could deliver top-notch entertainment and avoid the 'canned' quality of most post-war transcribed radio series.
"The Story of Dr. Kildare" came and went on radio within a year-and-a-half but, because the series was recorded, it thrived in syndication and proved to be a financial boon for Metro Goldwin Mayer. As OTR historian Elizabeth McLeod has noted previously, the radio program provided "an effective precursor to the Dr. Kildare television series, which would revive interest in the franchise during the 1960s."
THERE ARE 60 Episodes ON 1 CD AND THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT. THEY WILL PLAY ON ANY COMPUTER AND SOME CD PLAYERS THAT ARE MARKED PLAYS MP3s. YOU CAN EASILY BURN THEM TO A CD SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR CAR SYSTEM. I HAVE THEM ON MY ZUNE AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS THEM ON HIS I-POD. REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT AND WILL NOT PLAY ON MOST CD PLAYERS.
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