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Arch Oboler's Plays

Arch Oboler's Plays was a radio anthology series written, produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Minus a sponsor, it ran for one year, airing Saturday evenings on NBC from March 25, 1939 to March 23, 1940 and revived five years later on Mutual for a sustaining summer run from April 5, 1945 to October 11, 1945.[1]

Arch Oboler's Plays
Genre Dramatic anthology
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates NBC
Created by Arch Oboler
Written by Arch Oboler
Directed by Arch Oboler
Produced by Arch Oboler
Original release March 25, 1939 – October 11, 1945
Arch Oboler and Tommy Cook rehearse for Arch Oboler's Plays

Lewis Titterton, an executive at NBC, originated the program's title. Titterton was described as a man who "thought the future of radio depended on the vision of the writer."[2]

With the launching of Arch Oboler's Plays, Oboler became "the first writer accorded name-in-the-title status."[3] Christopher H. Sterling, in his book Biographical Dictionary of Radio, wrote, "Oboler, writing about 'the terrors and monsters within each of us,' used his stream-of-consciousness technique to shattering effect and made radio a viable new art form."[3]

Oboler used some of the scripts from Arch Oboler's Plays on his later series, Everyman's Theater.[3]

Leading film actors were heard on this series, including Ingrid Bergman, Gloria Blondell, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Van Heflin, Katharine Hepburn, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Lorre, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Paul Muni, Alla Nazimova, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Page, Hester Sondergaard, Franchot Tone and George Zucco.


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  1. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. pp. 37–39. ISBN 0-19-507678-8.
  2. ^ Sterling, Christopher H. (2004). Encyclopedia of Radio 3-Volume Set. Routledge. p. 1732. ISBN 9781135456498. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Sterling, Christopher H. (2013). Biographical Dictionary of Radio. Routledge. p. 279. ISBN 1136993762. Retrieved 6 October 2016.

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