Radio Series Adaptations

Radio comedy and drama was at its peak during the 1940s, and most of the films, TV series and TV movies on this list were produced during that period.
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1.
Check and Double Check (1930)
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Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle... (77 mins.)
Director: Melville Brown
 
2.
Way Back Home (1931)
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Seth Parker takes in Robbie Turner and protects him from his cruel father Rube. When the father disappears... (81 mins.)
Director: William Seiter
 
3.
The Lone Ranger (1938)
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CHAP. 1, HI YO SILVER: An outlaw leader planning to take control of Texas after the Civil War kills Colonel Jeffries... (264 mins.)
 
4.
Meet Dr. Christian (1939)
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A pleasant down-home entry which casts Hersholt as the title doctor in the mythical town of Rivers End, Minnesota. (68 mins.)
Director: Bernard Vorhaus
 
5.
The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939)
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Homesteaders are moving into the valley settled many years ago by rancher Craig Dolan. He wants to keep... (263 mins.)
 
6.
The Green Hornet (1940)
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A newspaper publisher and his Korean servant fight crime as vigilantes who pose as a notorious masked gangster and his aide. (258 mins.)
 
7.
Band Waggon (1940)
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A plot involving spies in a haunted castle gives this team of celebrated British wireless comedians plenty of scope for laughs. (85 mins.)
Director: Marcel Varnel
 
8.
Look Who's Laughing (1941)
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Fibber McGee enlists the help of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in enticing an aircraft manufacturer... (79 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
9.
The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1940)
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A wealthy publisher uses a disguise and calls himself the Green Hornet to fight crime in his city. (293 mins.)
 
10.
Pot o' Gold (1941)
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Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there... (86 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
11.
Gang Busters (1942)
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Detective Lt.Bill Bannister has the assignment to run down an unknown gang of terrorists spreading a net of crime over the city... (251 mins.)
 
12.
Captain Midnight (1942)
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Secret Service Major Steel (Joseph W. Girard), is one of the few men in American aware of the fact that... (270 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
13.
The Great Gildersleeve (1942)
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Gildersleeve, a small town bachelor, has slapstick troubles with a husband-hunting woman and two helpful kids. (62 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
14.
It's That Man Again (1943)
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Con man local mayor gambles municipal treasury in a poker game and wins a broken down theatre. (84 mins.)
Director: Walter Forde
 
15.
Happidrome (1943)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Phil Brandon
 
16.
Take It or Leave It (1944)
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(70 mins.)
 
17.
The Whistler (1944)
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A depressed man hires an assassin to kill him when he least expects it, but when his life takes an upward turn, he finds he now wishes to live. (59 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
18.
Duffy's Tavern (1945)
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The staff of a record factory drown their sorrows at Duffy's Tavern, while the company owner faces threats of bankruptcy. (97 mins.)
Director: Hal Walker
 
19.
I Love a Mystery (1945)
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Opening with a car crash and a decapitation, the story is told in flashback as Jack and Doc become involved... (69 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
20.
Radio Stars on Parade (1945)
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A Hollywood talent agency tries to avoid finacial ruin by getting its best clients on the air. (69 mins.)
Director: Leslie Goodwins
 
21.
Breakfast in Hollywood (1946)
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Based on an old radio series with a live audience. It is the story of few of the people who attend the show. Nat King Cole sings. (90 mins.)
Director: Harold Schuster
 
22.
People Are Funny (1946)
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Two rivaling radio producers try to get the same sponsor. So they try to overtop each other with new ideas. (93 mins.)
Director: Sam White
 
23.
The Green Finger (1946)
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Novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, meets a newspaper woman called "Steve." Together they investigate a gang of diamond robbers. (83 mins.)
Director: John Argyle
 
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25.
A Date with Judy (1948)
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Developed from a radio program which began in 1941, hyperactive teenager Judy challenges and is challenged by her overly proper parents, pest of a brother Randolph and boyfriend Oogie. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
26.
Calling Paul Temple (1948)
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A maniac is murdering the patients of a doctor who specializes in nervous disorders. A detective is called in to catch the killer. (92 mins.)
Director: Maclean Rogers
 
27.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
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Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it. (89 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
28.
The Life of Riley (1949)
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A factory worker's family is thrown into an uproar when his teenage daughter starts to date his boss' son. (90 mins.)
Director: Irving Brecher
 
29.
My Friend Irma (1949)
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Prototype dumb blonde Irma and her slacker, wheeler-dealer boyfriend Al interfere in the love life of Irma's level-headed room mate Jane. (103 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
30.
The Lone Ranger (1949 TV Series)
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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner. (30 mins.)
 
31.
David Harding, Counterspy (1950)
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Based on the long-running radio program created by Philips H. Lord, the film opens with a radio commentator blasting the U... (71 mins.)
Director: Ray Nazarro
 
32.
Paul Temple's Triumph (1950)
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A husband-and-wife detective team look into the murder of one of her friends, whose father--a prominent scientist--has been kidnapped... (80 mins.)
Director: Maclean Rogers
 
33.
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
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Singer Steve, friend Seymour and fiance Jane, along with her dizzy blonde room mate Irma, have a series of misadventures on a California-bound train and end up involved with a gang of murderous gangsters in Las Vegas. (91 mins.)
Director: Hal Walker
 
34.
The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951 TV Series)
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Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated. (30 mins.)
 
35.
Here Come the Nelsons (1952)
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When Ozzie tries to get some publicity for an ad agency, David and Ricky get mixed up with gangsters. (75 mins.)
 
36.
Down Among the Z Men (1952)
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The cast of the popular radio program "The Goon Show" perform some of their favourite routines. (71 mins.)
Director: Maclean Rogers
 
37.
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1952)
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When the Butch Cavendish gang ambushes a group of Texas Rangers the only surviving ranger becomes a lone masked vigilante. (74 mins.)
 
38.
My Friend Irma (1952 TV Series)
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Irma Peterson was the typical dumb blonde secretary living with a roommate, Jane Stacy, in a run-down Manhattan apartment run by Mrs... (30 mins.)
 
39.
Bombay Waterfront (1952)
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The Temples investigate a series of gruesome murders attributed to a mysterious figure known as "The Marquis." (71 mins.)
Director: Maclean Rogers
 
40.
The Life of Riley (1953 TV Series)
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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting... (30 mins.)
 
41.
Duffy's Tavern (1954 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
42.
Family Affair (1954)
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(81 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
43.
Captain Midnight (1954 TV Series)
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Captain Midnight was a daring, jut-jawed war hero who led a mysterious government group known as the Secret Squadron... (30 mins.)
 
44.
The Great Gildersleeve (1955 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
45.
The Lyons Abroad (1955)
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Has Ben Lyon forgotten his wedding anniversary? His wife Bebe thinks he has, and can hardly contain her fury. When his son Richard sees him dining with a glamorous French singer he thinks the worst. (81 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
46.
Life with the Lyons (1955 TV Series)
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Ben Lyon, wife Bebe plus children Richard and Barbara play themselves handling everyday situations with any crisis taken care of. Aggie is their Scottish housekeeper and Florrie Wainwright their nosy neighbor. (30 mins.)
 
47.
Lum and Abner Abroad (1956)
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The "boys" from Pine Ridge visit Europe and try to help a Yugoslavian ballerina find her American lover, become involved with French jewel thieves, and take on posh society in Monte Carlo. (72 mins.)
Director: James V. Kern
 
48.
The Navy Lark (1959)
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Film version of a popular BBC radio show about the incompetent crew of a Royal Navy ship. (82 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parry
 
49.
Call Me Genius (1961)
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Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
50.
The Green Hornet (1966 TV Series)
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A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato. (99 mins.)
 
51.
I Love a Mystery (1973 TV Movie)
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Three insurance investigators search for a mysterious billionaire. (120 mins.)
Director: Leslie Stevens
 
52.
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
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The sole surviving Texas Ranger of an ambush arranged by Butch Cavandish returns to fight back as a masked hero. (98 mins.)
 
53.
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981 TV Series)
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An Earth man and his alien friend escape Earth's destruction and go on a truly strange adventure as space hitchhikers. (152 mins.)
 
54.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1989 TV Movie)
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Based on a famous play, follows a bedridden wife who overhears a murder plan on her phone. She tries to piece the puzzle together and prevent it. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Wharmby
 
55.
The Lone Ranger (2003 TV Movie)
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This version takes a look at the character in the years before he became a legend. It all begins with the introduction of Luke Hartman... (120 mins.)
Director: Jack Bender
 
56.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
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Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (109 mins.)
Director: Garth Jennings
 
57.
The Green Hornet (2006 Short Film)
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The Green Hornet is a short film based upon characters from the popular radio and pulp series. The Green Hornet is actually Britt Reid...
 
58.
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
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A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
59.
The Green Hornet (2011)
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Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team. (119 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
60.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
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Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. (150 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski