Lux Radio Theaterby dusky-1 | created - 27 Mar 2013 | updated - 01 Apr 2013 | Public
The Lux Radio Theater aired from 1934-55. Occasionally adapting plays, the series' focus for most of its run was in adapting feature films to radio, often with members of the original cast recreating their parts. Many of these broadcasts still exist; because Lux was a popular and influential program, I think this list is an interesting snapshot of what was considered worthy of adaptation (and by omission, what was not).
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1. Morocco (1930)
Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance
A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.
Adapted by 06-01-36; earlier broadcasts were adaptations of plays, often overlapping with films, but this is evidently the first true film adaptation of the series.
2. The Thin Man (1934)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.
3. The Dark Angel (1935)
Passed | 106 min | Drama, Romance
The close relationship between a woman and her two male childhood friends is tested when she accepts a marriage proposal from one of them, while the burgeoning First World War threatens to change their lives forever.
4. Irene (1926)
90 min | Comedy, Romance
Irene, a feisty Irish girl in Philadelphia, clashes with her family and walks out, heading to New York City to seek fame and fortune. She gets a job as a dressmaker's model and becomes ... See full summary »
Votes: 43 | Gross: $0.30M
5. The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936)
Passed | 72 min | Drama
The countrymen in the hills of Missouri take the hounds on night fox hunts. This goes on until Jacob Terry comes into the county and decides to raise sheep and install a woven wire fence. ... See full summary »
6. The Brat (1931)
60 min | Comedy
A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in order to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His family is distraught, but soon her behavior has forever altered their ... See full summary »
7. The Barker (1928)
80 min | Drama, Romance
A carnival barker wants his son to become a lawyer, but his son gets side-tracked into joining the carnival too.
8. Chained (1934)
Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance
A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.
9. Main Street (1923)
90 min | Drama
The arrival of pretty Carol Milford in the staid Midwestern town of Gopher Prairie really shakes up the locals.
10. The Jazz Singer (1927)
Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.
Votes: 7,770 | Gross: $7.63M
Adapted 08-10-36; 06-02-47
11. The Vagabond King (1930)
104 min | Musical, Romance
The story takes place in medieval France. Poet-rogue Francois Villon, sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him, is offered a temporary reprieve. His ... See full summary »
Adapted 08-17-36; 12-25-44
12. One Sunday Afternoon (1933)
Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance
Middle-aged dentist Biff Grimes reminisces about his unrequited love for beautiful Virginia Brush and her husband Hugo, his ex-friend, who betrayed him.
13. Cheating Cheaters (1934)
70 min | Comedy
The Palmers, an apparently wealthy family, move into the house next door to the Lazarres. However, the Palmers are actually a gang of thieves plotting to rob the Lazarres. What the Palmers ... See full summary »
14. Is Zat So? (1927)
Passed | 70 min | Comedy
15. Quality Street (1927)
80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A fresh young beauty becomes an old maid waiting for her suitor to return from the Napoleonic wars. When he returns, clearly disappointed, she disguises herself as her own niece in order to test his loyalty.
16. Trilby (1923)
80 min | Drama
17. Elmer, the Great (1933)
Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.
18. Captain Applejack (1931)
Approved | 63 min | Crime, Comedy, Drama
An ordinary man is confronted by gangsters who have reason to believe a treasure is buried somewhere on his property.
20. The Virginian (1929)
Passed | 91 min | Western
A good-natured cowboy who is romancing the new schoolmarm has a crisis of conscience when he discovers his best friend is engaged in cattle rustling.
21. Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928)
88 min | Crime, Drama
Jimmy is an expert safe cracker that intends to knock over a small town's leading bank, but he stays there and gets a job instead. As a cashier, he falls in love with the president's ... See full summary »
22. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Unrated | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History
The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.
23. Polly of the Circus (1932)
Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After a trapeze performer is injured during an accident, she is moved to a minister's house where they both fall in love.
24. The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (1926)
Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Romance
Albert Durant, a young millionaire, poses as a waiter in order to woo an exiled Grand Duchess, who does not object since she knows who he is and he doesn't know she knows. And his money ... See full summary »
25. Madame Sans-Gêne (1925)
100 min | Comedy
A French washerwoman becomes a duchess and a friend of Napoleon.
Votes: 27 | Gross: $0.41M
26. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.
27. Cavalcade (1933)
Passed | 112 min | Drama, Romance, War
The triumps and tragedies of two English families, the upper-crust Marryots and the working-class Bridges, from 1899 to 1933 are portrayed.
Votes: 3,642 | Gross: $7.63M
28. Men in White (1934)
Passed | 74 min | Drama, Romance
An idealistic doctor must make some hard choices between his dedication to the profession and his personal life.
29. The Gilded Lily (1935)
Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Romance
A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.
30. The Criminal Code (1931)
Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated.
31. Tonight or Never (1931)
80 min | Comedy, Romance
A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.
32. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.
33. Graustark (1925)
84 min | Drama, Romance
While traveling by train from Denver to Washington, DC, wealthy young Grenfall Lorry meets a beautiful young girl. When they are accidentally left behind in a mining town, they race through... See full summary »
34. Brewster's Millions (1935)
80 min | Comedy, Musical
Jack Brewster is a pennyless English lad who learns that he has inherited 6 million pounds sterling from a recently deceased relative. But soon learns that he must spend 500,000 pounds in ... See full summary »
35. Captain Blood (1935)
Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.
36. Cappy Ricks (1921)
60 min | Adventure
37. Madame Butterfly (1932)
86 min | Drama
Lieutenant Pinkerton marries geisha-in-training but soon after abandons her and goes back to the US.
38. Desire (1936)
Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief.
39. Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
Unrated | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
The Grim Reaper takes the form of a prince in an attempt to relate to humans and, along the way, also learns what it is to love.
40. Dulcy (1923)
70 min | Comedy
Dulcy ( Constance Talmadge ), a devoted but scatterbrained bride, tries to improve her absent husband's finances by inviting two of his business prospects to dinner. Though at first ... See full summary »
41. A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.
42. Dodsworth (1936)
Passed | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life.
Adapted 04-12-37; 10-04-37
43. Alibi Ike (1935)
Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
Idiosyncratic new recruit Francis "Ike" Farrell tries to help the Cubs to the pennant with his pitching and hitting.
44. Magnificent Obsession (1935)
Approved | 112 min | Drama, Romance
The life of spoiled rich Robert Merrick is saved through the use of a hospital's only resuscitator, but because the medical device cannot be in two places at once, it results in the death ... See full summary »
Adapted 04-26-37; 11-13-44
45. Hands Across the Table (1935)
Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Romance
A loafer and a manicurist, both planning to marry money, meet and form an uneasy alliance.
46. Mary of Scotland (1936)
Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.
47. Another Language (1933)
Approved | 77 min | Drama