Hollywood Star Time (dramatic anthology)
For the interview program of the same name, see Hollywood Star Time (interview program).
|Country of origin||United States|
|Written by||Milton Geiger|
|Original release||January 6, 1946 – March 27, 1947|
A newspaper article announcing the debut of Hollywood Star Time described it as "featuring big-name movie talent and hit films." The first episode featured Tyrone Power and Jeanne Crain starring in Seventh Heaven. Other works presented on the program and leading actors in them included the following:
- The Song of Bernadette - Lee J. Cobb and Vanessa Brown
- Riders of the Purple Sage - George Montgomery and Lynn Bari
- The Lodger - Vincent Price
- Talk of the Town - Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall and Marguerite Chapman."
Hollywood Star Time was one of several radio programs classified as "prestige drama". That genre included The Screen Guild Theater, Hollywood Premiere, Academy Award Theater, The Dreft Star Playhouse, and the Screen Directors' Playhouse. 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."
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. The other person heard regularly on the program was announcer Wendell Niles.
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. Later, the program obtained an agreement with Universal-International for "exclusive rights to a series of U-I properties for consecutive presentation."
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 326.
- "Columbia Net Premieres New Drama Program Tomorrow". Toledo Blade. January 5, 1946. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- 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.
- "Radio Goes Hollywood". Film Reference. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- "ABC Wed. Line-Up Adds Kaye; Eds as Talent Scouts on WOR". Billboard. October 5, 1946. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "20th Century-Fox To Drop Tie-Up With 'Star Time'". Broadcasting. May 18, 1946. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- "New Air-Pix Story Deal". Broadcasting. November 30, 1946. Retrieved 4 October 2014.