Arch Oboler's Plays
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|Running time||30 minutes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|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'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.
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."
With the launching of Arch Oboler's Plays, Oboler became "the first writer accorded name-in-the-title status." 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."
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.
- Oboler Comedy Theater
- Everyman's Theater was a one-season program, broadcast in 1940-41, much like Arch Oboler's Plays.
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. pp. 37–39. ISBN 0-19-507678-8.
- Sterling, Christopher H. (2004). Encyclopedia of Radio 3-Volume Set. Routledge. p. 1732. ISBN 9781135456498. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- Sterling, Christopher H. (2013). Biographical Dictionary of Radio. Routledge. p. 279. ISBN 1136993762. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- Arch Oboler's Plays (Series 1: 1939-1940) in The Internet Archive's Old-Time Radio Collection
- Arch Oboler's Plays (Series 2: 1945) in The Internet Archive's Old-Time Radio Collection
- Arch Oboler's Plays (Series 3: 1964) in The Internet Archive's Old-Time Radio Collection
- Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs: Arch Oboler's Plays
- Vintage Radio Script Library: Six Arch Oboler's Plays
- OTR Plot Spot: Arch Oboler's Plays - plot summaries and reviews.
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