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Screen Guild Theater, The

Screen Guild Theater, The

Screen Guild Theater began as a charity with the stars that appeared on the show donating their wages from it to Motion Picture Relief Fund. All in all the stars raised more than $800,000 to help build the Motion Picture Country House.

This facility was created and maintained to house retired film stars who were elderly or impoverished and needed a comfortable place to live. The mission of the show to raise money for fellow actors surely fueled the desire of Hollywood’s biggest stars to appear.

George Murphy hosted the show in 1939 then from 1940 on Roger Pryor hosted the show. Screen Guild Theater began as a general variety show and later changed formats to include radio versions of popular films starring most of the big name Hollywood celebrities of the time.

Guests included Jack Benny, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Jimmy Cagney, George Burns, Gracie Allen, and Bing Crosby to name but a few with the first show opening on 8th January 1939 with Judy Garland, Joan Crawford and Jack Benny. While the show became wildly popular, it wasn’t always so. During the first year of production, the show seemed disjointed, and while it had big stars, it seemed that those stars weren’t enough to make it successful. The introduction of a new host – Roger Pryor – helped to smooth it out and make it into something worth listening to.

In 1942 it was dropped by its sponsor, Gulf because of problems in the oil industry during the time of World War II. However, it didn’t take long to find a new sponsor. Lady Esther began to sponsor the show and a new format was added.

It was at this time that popular films were adapted for radio programs. They were turned into short scripts of about 22 minutes. Many of Hollywood’s top stars would continue to appear on the show including Betty Davis, Judy Garland, and Humphrey Bogart. In fact, anyone who was anyone appeared on the Screen Guild Theater show.

On June 29, 1952 Screen Guild Theater signed off the airways. While it was no longer live, there are many recordings of it. In fact more than 200 shows can be heard from this era and it may be safe to say that few radio shows ever rivaled the Screen Guild Theater in star power and mass appeal.

Broadcast: 8th January 1939
Added: Jun 23 2008
Broadcast: 15th January 1939
Added: May 29 2012
Broadcast: 22nd January 1939
Added: Sep 09 2010
Broadcast: 26th February 1939
Added: Jul 01 2008
Broadcast: 30th April 1939
Added: Jun 18 2012
Broadcast: 28th May 1939
Added: Aug 07 2008
Broadcast: 1st October 1939
Added: May 09 2011
Broadcast: 8th October 1939
Added: May 19 2011
Broadcast: 15th October 1939
Added: Sep 26 2011
Broadcast: 29th October 1939
Added: Sep 30 2012
Broadcast: 5th November 1939
Added: Feb 06 2010
Broadcast: 12th November 1939
Added: Dec 04 2012
Broadcast: 19th November 1939
Starring: Roger Pryor
Added: Nov 20 2012
Broadcast: 17th December 1939
Added: Dec 17 2007
Broadcast: 7th January 1940
Added: Jan 05 2008
Broadcast: 14th January 1940
Added: Mar 30 2010
Broadcast: 4th February 1940
Added: Apr 04 2010
Broadcast: 25th February 1940
Added: Nov 15 2012
Broadcast: 3rd March 1940
Added: Mar 04 2013
Broadcast: 10th March 1940
Added: Mar 10 2013
Broadcast: 17th March 1940
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Added: Mar 17 2013
Broadcast: 24th March 1940
Starring:
Added: Mar 26 2013
Broadcast: 31st March 1940
Starring:
Added: Mar 29 2013
Broadcast: 7th April 1940
Starring:
Added: Apr 09 2013
Broadcast: 14th April 1940
Starring:
Added: Apr 02 2013
Broadcast: 21st April 1940
Added: Apr 18 2010
Broadcast: 6th October 1940
Added: Feb 27 2014
Broadcast: 13th October 1940
Added: Jan 23 2014
Broadcast: 20th October 1940
Added: Sep 10 2010
Broadcast: November 17, 1940
Added: May 22 2014
Broadcast: November 24, 1940
Added: May 08 2014
Broadcast: February 9, 1941
Added: May 14 2013
Broadcast: 2nd March 1941
Added: Mar 04 2014
Broadcast: 16th March 1941
Added: Apr 11 2010
Broadcast: 23rd March 1941
Added: Mar 25 2010
Broadcast: 30th March 1941
Added: Jun 12 2012
Broadcast: 30th April 1941
Added: Apr 24 2011
Broadcast: 5th October 1941
Added: Oct 04 2011
Broadcast: 26th October 1941
Added: Sep 11 2010
Broadcast: 2nd November 1941
Added: May 30 2010
Broadcast: 9th November 1941
Added: Nov 16 2012
Broadcast: 16th November 1941
Starring: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne
Added: Jun 02 2012
Broadcast: 7th December 1941
Starring: Orson Welles
Added: Dec 07 2010
Broadcast: December 28, 1941
Added: Dec 28 2012
Broadcast: January 18, 1942
Added: Apr 29 2014
Broadcast: 15th February 1942
Starring: Loretta Young
Added: Mar 20 2011
Broadcast: 29th March 1942
Added: Mar 22 2014
Broadcast: 12th April 1942
Added: Mar 27 2011
Broadcast: 19th April 1942
Added: Apr 03 2011
Broadcast: October 19, 1942
Added: Jul 04 2009
Broadcast: 26th October 1942
Added: Mar 11 2014
Broadcast: 9th November 1942
Added: Jun 14 2012
Broadcast: November 30, 1942
Added: May 21 2016
Broadcast: 14th December 1942
Added: Dec 18 2012
Broadcast: 21st December 1942
Added: Dec 21 2012
Broadcast: 28th December 1942
Added: Jan 07 2012
Broadcast: 4th January 1943
Added: Sep 06 2010
Broadcast: 11th January 1943
Added: Dec 23 2012
Broadcast: 18th January 1943
Added: Jan 08 2013
Broadcast: February 1, 1943
Added: Jan 02 2016
Broadcast: 8th February 1943
Added: Feb 21 2013
Broadcast: 15th February 1943
Added: Feb 22 2013
Broadcast: 22nd February 1943
Added: Feb 23 2013
Broadcast: 1st March 1943
Added: Feb 25 2013
Broadcast: 8th March 1943
Added: Aug 20 2013
Broadcast: March 15, 1943
Starring: Wilbur Hatch
Added: May 07 2013
Broadcast: March 22, 1943
Added: May 15 2014
Broadcast: 29th March 1943
Added: Feb 14 2012
Broadcast: 5th April 1943
Starring:
Added: Apr 30 2013
Broadcast: 12th April 1943
Added: Apr 10 2011
Broadcast: 19th April 1943
Added: May 15 2012
Broadcast: 26th April 1943
Added: May 17 2011
Broadcast: 3rd May 1943
Added: May 06 2011
Broadcast: 17th May 1943
Added: May 16 2011
Broadcast: 24th May 1943
Added: May 28 2010
Broadcast: 31st May 1943
Added: Nov 21 2009
Broadcast: 7th June 1943
Added: Jun 26 2008
Broadcast: 14th June 1943
Added: Jun 25 2013
Broadcast: 9th August 1943
Added: Nov 11 2012
Broadcast: 20th September 1943
Added: Nov 14 2010
Broadcast: 20th September 1943
Added: Jan 14 2007
Broadcast: 27th September 1943
Added: Sep 27 2011
Broadcast: October 11, 1943
Added: Jul 01 2014
Broadcast: February 14, 1944
Added: Sep 26 2015
Broadcast: 27th March 1944
Added: Sep 12 2010
Broadcast: 3rd April 1944
Added: May 03 2012
Broadcast: 10th April 1944
Added: May 26 2009
Broadcast: 17th April 1944
Added: Feb 27 2009
Broadcast: 5th June 1944
Added: Jun 27 2008
Broadcast: 21st August 1944
Added: Sep 11 2010
Broadcast: 11th September 1944
Starring:
Added: May 21 2013
Broadcast: October 2, 1944
Added: Jun 16 2015
Broadcast: October 30, 1944
Added: Jul 15 2014
Broadcast: 13th November 1944
Added: Jul 09 2013
Broadcast: December 18, 1944
Added: Dec 20 2014
Broadcast: January 8, 1945
Added: Aug 07 2014
Broadcast: 22nd January 1945
Added: Feb 14 2011
Broadcast: February 5, 1945
Added: Jun 24 2014
Broadcast: February 12, 1945
Added: Jun 09 2015
Broadcast: 23rd April 1945
Added: May 03 2012
Broadcast: 21st May 1945
Added: May 15 2010
Broadcast: 23rd July 1945
Added: Jul 03 2012
Broadcast: 30th July 1945
Added: Jul 31 2008
Broadcast: 7th January 1946
Starring: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman
Added: Jan 14 2013
Broadcast: March 11, 1946
Starring:
Added: Mar 17 2012
Broadcast: 25th March 1946
Added: Dec 04 2009
Broadcast: 1st April 1946
Added: Apr 17 2011
Broadcast: 10th June 1946
Added: Jun 28 2008
Broadcast: 17th June 1946
Added: Jun 29 2008
Broadcast: 24th June 1946
Added: Jun 24 2008
Broadcast: July 29, 1946
Added: Jun 05 2014
Broadcast: 18th November 1946
Added: May 08 2012
Broadcast: 25th November 1946
Added: Oct 24 2009
Broadcast: 23rd December 1946
Added: Dec 23 2013
Broadcast: January 20, 1947
Added: Sep 05 2016
Broadcast: February 10, 1947
Added: May 28 2016
Broadcast: 17th March 1947
Added: Jan 13 2007
Broadcast: 5th May 1947
Added: May 23 2011
Broadcast: 12th May 1947
Added: May 22 2012
Broadcast: 2nd June 1947
Added: Jun 30 2008
Broadcast: 23rd June 1947
Added: Aug 08 2011
Broadcast: 7th July 1947
Starring: Alexis Smith
Added: Jul 03 2008
Broadcast: 5th April 1948
Added: Apr 02 2011
Broadcast: 28th June 1948
Added: Jul 02 2013
Broadcast: 18th November 1948
Added: May 06 2010
Broadcast: January 6, 1949
Starring: Ingrid Bergman
Added: Jun 02 2015
Broadcast: 21st April 1949
Added: Jan 31 2006
Broadcast: October 13, 1949
Added: Dec 09 2016
Broadcast: February 23, 1950
Added: Mar 05 2015
Broadcast: 18th January 1951
Added: Jan 14 2014