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Lux Radio Theatre Scripts

Collection ID

SPC MSS 009

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Description

Collection Summary 

Title
Lux Radio Theatre Scripts

Dates
1934-1955

Collection ID
SPC MSS 009

Creator
Lux Radio Theatre

Quantity
16.25 linear feet (138 volumes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English   

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Lux Radio Theatre, later known as Lux Presents Hollywood, began broadcasting in New York on NBC in October 1934. The program first aired on Sunday afternoons on the NBC Blue Network but shortly moved to Monday evenings on CBS Radio where it stayed until 1954. Initially, the series adapted Broadway plays during its first two seasons before it began adapting films. These hour-long radio programs were performed live before studio audiences. The series became the most popular dramatic anthology series on radio and during the program's height of popularity was heard regularly by 30 million listeners. The Lever Brothers moved production of the show from New York to Hollywood in 1936. Cecil B. DeMille took over as the host on June 1, 1936, continuing until January 22, 1945. Celebrity guest hosts like Leslie Howard and Edward Arnold would fill in for DeMille in his absence. After DeMille left the show in January 1954, William Keighley and Irving Cummings served as host. The series went off the radio in June 1955, but continued on television as the Lux Video Theatre through most of the 1950s.

Description of Collection

Collection of radio theater scripts in 138 bound volumes, spanning the 1930s to the 1950s. The scripts, with stage directions, cover a variety of genres ranging from comedy and drama to Westerns, mysteries and romance. The productions are adaptations of novels, plays, and Hollywood movies.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991029673349703811

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Lux Radio Theatre Scripts are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The creator/donor has not assigned their rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.  

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Lux Radio Theatre Scripts, SPC MSS 009, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by J. Walter Thompson Agency to RTF Department, date unknown.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:

Lux Radio Theatre

Subjects:

Radio plays

Radio adaptations

Material Types:

Radio scripts

Inventory

Bound volumes, dates are broadcast/air dates.

1934  Nov. 18-Dec. 16
1934  Dec. 23-Jan. 20, 1935
1935  Jan. 27-Feb. 23
1935  Mar. 3-29
1935  Apr. 7-May 3
1935  May 12-31
1935  Jun. 9-28
1935  Jul. 29-Aug. 26
1935  Sept. 2-Oct. 21
1935  Oct. 28-Dec. 2

1936  Feb. 3-Mar. 30
1936  Apr. 6-May 25
1936  Jun. 1-29
1936  Jul. 6-27
1936  Aug. 3-31
1936  Sept. 7-28
1936  Oct. 5-26
1936  Nov. 2-30
1936  Dec. 7-28

1937  Jan. 4-25
1937  Feb. 1-22
1937  Mar. 1-29
1937  Apr. 5-26
1937  May 3-31
1937  Jun. 7-Jul. 5
1937  Sept. 13-Oct. 11
1937  Oct. 18-Nov. 15
1937  Nov. 22-Dec. 27

1938  Jan. 3-31
1938  Feb. 7-28
1938  Mar. 7-28
1938  Apr. 4-25
1938  May 2-30
1938  Jun. 6-Jul. 4
1938  Sept. 12-Oct. 3
1938  Oct. 10-Nov. 7
1938  Nov. 14-Dec. 5
1938  Dec. 12-26

1939  Jan. 2-Feb. 6
1939  Feb. 16-Mar. 6
1939  Mar. 13-Apr. 3
1939  Apr. 10-May 1
1939  May 8-Jun. 5
1939  Jun. 12-Jul. 10
1939  Sept. 11-Oct. 2
1939  Oct. 9-30
1939  Nov. 6-27
1939  Dec. 4-25

1940  Jan. 1-22
1940  Jan. 29-Feb. 19
1940  Mar. 25-Apr. 15
1940  Apr. 22-May 13
1940  May 20-Jun. 10
1940  Jun. 17-Jul. 8
1940  Sept. 9-23
1940  Sept. 30-Oct. 14
1940  Oct. 21-Nov. 4
1940  Nov. 11-Dec. 2
1940  Dec. 9-30

1941  Jan. 6-27
1941  Feb. 3-24
1941  Mar. 3-24
1941  Mar. 31-Apr. 21
1941  Apr. 28-May 19
1941  May 26-Jun. 16
1941  Jun. 23-Jul. 7
1941  Sept. 8-29
1941  Oct. 6-27
1941  Nov. 3-24
1941  Dec. 1-29

1942  Jan. 5-26
1942  Feb. 2-23
1942  Mar. 2-23
1942  Mar. 30-Apr. 20
1942  Apr. 27-May 18
1942  May 25-Jun. 15
1942  Jun. 22-Jul. 13
1942  Sept. 14-Oct. 5
1942  Oct. 12-Nov. 2
1942  Nov. 9-30
1942  Dec. 7-28

1943  Jan. 4-25
1943  Feb. 1-22
1943  Mar. 1-22
1943  Mar. 29-Apr. 19
1943  Apr. 26-May 17
1943  May 24-Jun. 14
1943  Jun. 21-Jul. 12
1943  Sept. 13-27
1943  Oct. 4-25
1943  Nov. 1-29
1943  Dec. 6-27

1944  Jan. 3-31
1944  Feb. 7-28
1944  Mar. 6-27
1944  Apr. 3-24
1944  May 1-29
1944  Jun. 5-Jul. 3
1944  Sept. 4-25
1944  Oct. 2-23
1944  Oct. 30-Nov. 20
1944  Nov. 27-Dec. 25

1945  Jan. 1-22
1945  Jan. 29-Feb. 19
1945  Feb. 26-Mar. 19
1945  Mar. 26-Apr. 16
1945  Apr. 23-May 14
1945  May 21-Jun. 4
1945  Jun. 11-25
1945  Aug. 27-Sept. 24
1945  Oct. 1-29
1945  Nov. 5-26
1945  Dec. 3-31

1946  Jan. 7-28
1946  Feb. 4-25
1946  Mar. 4-25
1946  Apr. 1-29
1946  May 6-27
1946  Jun. 3-24
1946  Aug. 26-Sept. 30
1946  Oct. 7-28
1946  Nov. 4-25
1946  Dec. 2-30

1947  Jan. 6-27
1947  Feb. 3-24
1947  Mar. 3-31
1947  Apr. 7-28

1954  Apr. 5-26
1954  May 3-31
1954  Jun. 7-28
1954  Sept. 14-28
1954  Oct. 5-26
1954  Nov. 2-30
1954  Dec. 7-28

1955  Jan. 4-25
1955  Feb. 1-22
1955  Mar. 1-29
1955  Apr. 5-26