Silver Theater (radio program)

For the television series of the same name, seeThe Silver Theatre.

American radio dramatic anthology series
Silver Theater

Rosalind Russell and James Stewart as they appeared in the first four episodes of Silver Theater
Other names The 1847 Silver Theater
Genre Hollywood drama
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
TV adaptations The Silver Theatre
Hosted by Conrad Nagel
John Loder
Starring Hollywood stars
Announcer John Conte
Dick Joy
Henry Charles
Roger Krupp
Jack Bailey
Harry Bartell
Written by True Boardman
Grover Jones
Joseph Russell
George Wells
Directed by Glenhall Taylor
Produced by Glenhall Taylor
Edna Best
Ted Bliss
Walter Bunker
Original release October 3, 1937 – August 17, 1947
Sponsored by International Silver Company, Meriden, CT

Silver Theater (sometimes written as Silver Theatre) was a radiodramaticanthology series in the United States. Originating in Hollywood, California,[1] it was carried on CBS[2] and on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[1] First broadcast October 3, 1937, its last broadcast was August 17, 1947.[2]

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Originally, Silver Theater featured movie stars, primarily in original dramas and less often in adaptations of movies. Comedies were presented occasionally.[2] In a reversal of the customary trend, some original dramas from Silver Theater were purchased for use in movies.[3] In 1947, when the program was broadcast as a summer replacement series, radio stars—rather than those from movies—were used as leads.[4]

In 1941, the Summer Silver Theater was a variety program, with Ed Sullivan as host and Will Bradley as bandleader. A guest star featured each week.[5]

By its nature, Hollywood Star Playhouse had no regular cast. Different movie stars of the era were featured, as indicated in the sampling of episodes and stars listed below. One continuing presence was that of the host, who was referred to as the “director” on the air. Conrad Nagel was the initial host. John Loder replaced him in the early 1940s. Announcers over the program’s lifetime were John Conte, Dick Joy, Henry Charles, Roger Krupp, Jack Bailey, and Harry Bartell. Felix Mills directed the orchestra.[2]

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