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 Post subject: Charlton Heston's Radio Days
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:58 am 
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I was looking for a post about Heston's radio plays, thinking I remembered one from a couple of years ago, but couldn't find one, so I'm creating this one. I first thought to place this thread in the Television folder but it wouldn't really fit there, so that left General Discussion. If Thorn thinks of a better location, he can always move this. I decided to create this because I noticed several of Heston's radio plays on YouTube earlier today. Some of them offer an interesting alternative to a couple of his movies, being shorter (average of 50 minutes) audio versions of his well known films.


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 Post subject: Re: Charlton Heston's Radio Days
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:04 am 
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1. THE NAKED JUNGLE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UReG_IfK9u0

Heston reprises his Leiningen role in this one, for LUX RADIO THEATER

The obvious difference with this one is a different voice actress for the role of his proxy wife,
very different from Eleanor Parker. I didn't like this other actress taking over the role - don't
know her name - but maybe I'm just too accustomed to Parker in the role...

btw, this includes the original commercial breaks...


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 Post subject: Re: Charlton Heston's Radio Days
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2. SECRET OF THE INCAS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9oWOhqwz70

James Byrne pointed out this radio version on the thread for Secret of the Incas and
one can also listen to it at Byrne's Incas website. Both Heston and Nicole Maurey
reprise their roles for this radio version, also for LUX RADIO THEATER...


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 Post subject: Re: Charlton Heston's Radio Days
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3. VIVA ZAPATA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBr0hubt-CU

This one is different from the previous two posted in that Heston is
now enacting a role which he did not play in the movie, but instead
was a movie role of Marlon Brando's (and which makes this yet another
Brando connection which can be added to that Heston-Brando thread).

Heston voices Zapata, with Jean Peters in the main female role...
note that Heston is credited as "CHARLES HESTON" at the start...
also from LUX RADIO THEATER


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 Post subject: Re: Charlton Heston's Radio Days
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:09 pm 
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I also thought we had a thread like this, but if you didn't find it we're both mistaken. Thanks for the radio shows so far!

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 Post subject: Re: Charlton Heston's Radio Days
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As well as the three mentioned by you, Heston also starred in THE PRESIDENT'S LADY and CAPTAIN CAREY, USA on the Lux Theater Radio show. Here are some details-

CAPTAIN CAREY, USA
Broadcast on 2 Feb 1953
Based on the 1950 Paramount film (screenplay by Robert Thoeren) in turn based on the 1942 novel "No Surrender" by Martha Albrand.

Intermission guest: the Paramount starlet, Kathryn Grandstaff.

Cast:
CHARLTON HESTON - Webb Carey
WANDA HENDRIX - Giulia
ANGELA CLARKE - Serfina
JEANETTE NOLAN - the Countess
EDGAR BARRIER - Greffi
LAWRENCE DOBKIN - Lunati
JAY NOVELLO - Sandro
NESTOR PAIVA - Luigi
TONY BARRETT - Carlo
BILL JUSTINE - Acuto
HERB BUTTERFIELD - Inspector
WILLIAM JOHNSTONE - Art Dealer/ Commissioner
and
JACK KRUSCHEN, DAVID DU VAL, SHARON DOUGLAS, BOB BENCE, EDDIE MARR

The 1950 Paramount picture CAPTAIN CAREY, USA, was directed by Mitchell Lei Sen, was adapted into a Lux Theater play and had Heston in the Alan Ladd role. Chuck plays an ex-O.S.S. officer who returns to Italy after the war to track down the person whose betrayal of a secret mission resulted in the deaths of several of his men. Wanda Hendrix repeated her movie role in the radio show.

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THE PRESIDENT'S LADY
Broadcast on 28 Sept 1953
Based on the 1953 20th Century-Fox film (screenplay by John Patrick), in turn based on the 1951 novel by Irving Stone
Intermission guest was the 20th Century-Fox starlt Merry Anders.

Cast-

CHARLTON HESTON - Andrew Jackson
JOAN FONTAINE - Rachel
PAUL FREES - The Narrator
WILLIAM JOHNSTONE - John
NORMA VARDEN - Mrs. Donelson
WHITFIELD CONNOR - Lewis
HERB BUTTERFIELD - Mr. Stark
LILLIAN RANDOLPH - Moll
BOB GRIFFIN - Jason
LEONE LEDOUX - Indian Infant
TYLER McVEY - Mr. Clark
EDDIE MARR - Man

Apparently, the story was clumsily adapted for the Lux show, with an inordinate amount of narration interrupting the flow of the story.

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THE NAKED JUNGLE
Broadcast on 7 June 1954
Based on the 1954 Paramount film (screenplay by Philip Yordan and Ranald MacDougall), in turn based on the story "Leiningen vs. The Ants," by Carl Stephenson. Radio production directed by Seymour "Buzz" Kulik.
Intermission guest was the Paramount starlet Marla English.

Cast-

CHARLTON HESTON - Christopher Leiningen
DONNA REED - Joanna Leiningen
JAY NOVELLO - Commissioner
ROBERT GRIFFIN - Inchacha
EDDIE MARR - Kutina
LAWRENCE DOBKIN - The Medicine Man

THE NAKED JUNGLE had already been performed three times previously on the radio under its original title on the CBS series ESCAPE.

I have to disagree with Chrysagon on Donna Reed though, I thought she was really fine in the role, not as cultured, maybe, as Eleanor Parker was in the film version, but she was pretty good. Donna played Heston's love interest in THE FAR HORIZONS the following year. I loved the way the audience laughed at the terrific dialogue, especially when Heston tartily scowls "It was lizard!"

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VIVA ZAPATA
Broadcast on 3 Nov 1952
Based on the 20th Century-Fox film, (screenplay by John Steinbeck).
Intermission guest was the 20th Century-Fox starlet Helene Stanley.

Cast-

CHARLTON HESTON - Emiliano Zapata
JEAN PETERS - Josefa Espejo
PAUL FREES - Narrator
JAY NOVELLO - Pablo
EDGAR BARRIER - Fernando
LAWRENCE DOBKIN - Lazaro
SHEP MENKIN - Eufermio Zapata
LOU KRUGMAN - Francisco Madero
WILLIAM CONRAD - Porfirio Diaz
WILLIAM JOHNSTONE - Emissary
LOU MERRILL - Pancho Villa
and
HERB BUTTERFIELD, YVONNE PEATTIE, JACK KRUSCHEN, CHARLIE LUNG, TONY BARRETT, JIM BANNON, EDDIE MARR.

This is not so good as the others. Heston wisely didn't try to do a Mexican accent, and Jean Peters repeats her film role.

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SECRET OF THE INCAS
SECRET OF THE INCAS was show number 901 on the Lux Radio Theater. It was broadcast before a live studio audience at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 14 December 1954. It was based on the Paramount film (screenplay by Ranald MacDougall and Sydney Boehm; original story LEGEND OF THE INCAS by Sydney Boehm). Adapted for the radio by Leonard St. Claire.
Twelve characters have speaking parts, but only ten names are on the list.

Characters in order of appearence-

Harry Steele, gringo adventurer ------- CHARLTON HESTON (4 Oct 1923 - 5 Apr 2008)
Bert Springer, Airport Manager -------- HERB BUTTERFIELD (28 Oct 1895 - 2 May 1957)
Mrs. Winston, American Tourist ------- PAULA WINSLOWE (23 Mar 1910 - 7 Mar 1996)
Ed Morgan, scheming shady-dealer ----- WILLIAM CONRAD (27 Sep 1920 - 11 Feb 1994)
Elena Antonescu, Rumanian refugee ---- NICOLE MAUREY ( 20 Dec 1926)
Anton Marcu, Rumanian Consul ------ --- EDGAR BARRIER (4 Mar 1907 - 20 Jun 1964)
Hernandez, Museum Curator ---------- HERB BUTTERFIELD (28 Oct 1895 - 2 May 1957)
Manuel, Hotel waiter -------------------- (not named)
Airport Police --------------------------- (various bit players)
Dr Stanley Moorehead, Archaeological dig leader ----- JAMES STEPHENSON
Colonel Cardoza, Peruvian Chief of Police ----- TED de CORSIA (29 Sep 1905 - 11 Apr 1973)
Pachacutec, Leader of the local Quechua community ------- (not named)
Airport Announcer -------------------------EDDIE MARR (14 Feb 1900 - 25 Aug 1987)

credits

Announcer ----------------- KEN CARPENTER (21 Aug 1900 - 16 Oct 1984)
Host and Producer --------- IRVING CUMMINGS (9 Oct 1888 - 18 Apr 1959)
Director ------------------- FRED MacKAYE (26 May 1905 - 10 Sep 1988)
Music Director ------------- RUDY SCHRAGER (28 Aug - 1900 - 24 Aug 1983)
Screenwriter --------------- RANALD MacDOUGALL (10 Mar 1915 - 12 Dec 1973)
Author and Screenwriter --- SYDNEY BOEHM (4 Apr 1908 - 25 Jun 1990)
Adaptor --------------------- LEONARD St. CLAIRE (5 Apr 1916 - Feb 1986)
Sound Effects --------------- CHARLIE FORSYTHE (23 Oct 1892 - Jan 1968)

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My American IMDb friend Hugh O'Brien wrote an interesting review of the SECRET OF THE INCAS radio show and you can read it here
secret-of-the-incas-t26-300.html

Three of the above radio actors appeared in Heston's THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
Robert Griffin played the High Priest; Herb Butterfield played the Royal Physician and Lawrence Dobkin played Hur Ben Caleb. Here is a photo of him http://movie-dude.co.uk/Lawrence%20Dobkin.htm. Dobkin'swife Joanna Barnes played Carsia in the tv PLANET OF THE APES.


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