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Studio One

Studio One

On April 29 1947, 26-year-old Canadian director Fletcher Markle launched a 60-minute CBS radio drama series called Studio One, with an adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano.

It was the first of many short stories, novels and plays to be adapted for radio, and the results really were outstanding! 

The series showcased such adaptations as Carmen, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Ah, Wilderness.

Looking at the cast lists, many of the shows were performed by Everett Sloane and Anne Burr, with Fletcher Markle himself often heard too. Interestingly, the actress Orson Welles said was "the world's greatest living radio actress" Mercedes McCambridge also played several parts. She and Fletcher Markle went on to marry in 1950.

CBS Radio received a Peabody Award for Studio One in 1947, citing Markle's choice of material and the authenticity of his adaptations "in a production, which at its best, is distinguished for its taste, restraint, and radio craftsmanship".

However, broadcast on Tuesdays, it was up against stiff competition, running opposite Fibber McGee and Molly, and The Bob Hope Show at 9:30pm. 

Perhaps that's why it lasted for just one season, only continuing until July 27 1948 - although it did then make the leap to television in 1948, airing under several variant titles: Studio One in Hollywood, Studio One Summer Theatre, Westinghouse Studio One and Westinghouse Summer Theatre.

The audio quality is excellent, and the storylines really are enthralling. 

Happy listening my friends,

Ned Norris

Broadcast: 6th May 1947
Added: Oct 03 2005
Broadcast: 13th May 1947
Starring: Fletcher Markle
Added: Aug 15 2006
Broadcast: 20th May 1947
Added: Aug 29 2006
Broadcast: May 27, 1947
Added: Sep 05 2021
Broadcast: 3rd June 1947
Added: Sep 05 2006
Broadcast: June 24, 1947
Added: Sep 12 2021
Broadcast: 1st July 1947
Added: Sep 12 2006
Broadcast: July 8, 1947
Added: Aug 23 2021
Broadcast: July 22, 1947
Added: Aug 24 2021
Broadcast: July 29, 1947
Added: Sep 17 2021
Broadcast: August 5, 1947
Added: Sep 02 2021
Broadcast: August 19, 1947
Added: Aug 20 2021
Broadcast: 26th August 1947
Added: Sep 26 2006
Broadcast: 2nd September 1947
Added: Sep 04 2004
Broadcast: 9th September 1947
Starring: Anne Burr
Added: Sep 11 2004
Broadcast: 16th September 1947
Starring: Fletcher Markle
Added: Sep 18 2004
Broadcast: 23rd September 1947
Starring: Fletcher Markle
Added: Sep 25 2004
Broadcast: September 30, 1947
Added: Aug 31 2021
Broadcast: 7th October 1947
Added: May 27 2006
Broadcast: October 14, 1947
Added: Sep 13 2021
Broadcast: 21st October 1947
Added: Sep 04 2008
Broadcast: 4th November 1947
Added: Apr 24 2009
Broadcast: 11th November 1947
Added: Nov 12 2004
Broadcast: 25th November 1947
Added: Nov 24 2011
Broadcast: December 9, 1947
Added: Oct 08 2021
Broadcast: 17th February 1948
Starring:
Added: Apr 20 2013
Broadcast: February 24, 1948
Added: Oct 15 2021
Broadcast: March 2, 1948
Added: Sep 19 2021
Broadcast: March 9, 1948
Added: Sep 18 2021
Broadcast: June 15, 1948
Added: Oct 11 2021