Hollywood Star Time (dramatic anthology)

For the interview program of the same name, see Hollywood Star Time (interview program).

Hollywood Star Time
GenreDramatic anthology
Country of originUnited States
AnnouncerWendell Niles
Written byMilton Geiger
Directed byRobert Redd
Jack Johnstone
Original releaseJanuary 6, 1946 – March 27, 1947
Sponsored byFrigidaire

Hollywood Star Time was a radio dramatic anthology series in the United States. It was broadcast on CBS January 6, 1946-March 27, 1947.[1]


A newspaper article announcing the debut of Hollywood Star Time described it as "featuring big-name movie talent and hit films."[2] The first episode featured Tyrone Power and Jeanne Crain starring in Seventh Heaven.[2] Other works presented on the program and leading actors in them included the following:

Hollywood Star Time was one of several radio programs classified as "prestige drama".[4] That genre included The Screen Guild Theater, Hollywood Premiere, Academy Award Theater, The Dreft Star Playhouse, and the Screen Directors' Playhouse.[4] Radio historian John Dunning evaluated Hollywood Star Time by writing, "Its production was the equal of Screen Guild and a notch or so behind Lux."[3]


By its nature, a program like Hollywood Star Time had few people who appeared regularly. The spotlight was on guest stars, who varied from week to week. Nevertheless, a few people did have continuing roles. Beginning October 12, 1946, Herbert Marshall was the program's permanent host.[5] The other person heard regularly on the program was announcer Wendell Niles.[3]

Behind the scenes, Robert Redd and Jack Johnstone were directors, and Alfred Newman was composer-conductor.[1] Milton Geiger wrote the scripts.[3]

Tie-ins with studiosEdit

Early on, Hollywood Star Time had a business arrangement with 20th Century Fox whereby the program had exclusive rights to use of the studio's movies in return for free plugs on broadcasts. Fox apparently was not satisfied with the arrangement, however, and dropped it at the end of 13 weeks.[6] Later, the program obtained an agreement with Universal-International for "exclusive rights to a series of U-I properties for consecutive presentation."[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-25. Hollywood Startime,dramatic anthology.
  2. ^ a b "Columbia Net Premieres New Drama Program Tomorrow". Toledo Blade. January 5, 1946. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2. Pp. 285-286.
  4. ^ a b "Radio Goes Hollywood". Film Reference. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ "ABC Wed. Line-Up Adds Kaye; Eds as Talent Scouts on WOR". Billboard. October 5, 1946. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  6. ^ "20th Century-Fox To Drop Tie-Up With 'Star Time'". Broadcasting. May 18, 1946. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  7. ^ "New Air-Pix Story Deal". Broadcasting. November 30, 1946. Retrieved 4 October 2014.

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