Lux Radio Theater

by 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.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt

Votes: 5,196

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)

TV-PG | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 25,020

Adapted 06-08-36

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.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Fredric March, Merle Oberon, Herbert Marshall, Janet Beecher

Votes: 657

Adapted 06-22-36

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 »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, George K. Arthur, Charles Murray

Votes: 59 | Gross: $0.30M

Adapted 06-29-36

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 »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Eric Linden, Dudley Digges

Votes: 188

Adapted 07-06-36

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 »

Director: John Ford | Stars: Sally O'Neil, Alan Dinehart, Frank Albertson, William Collier Sr.

Votes: 91

Adapted 07-13-36

7. The Barker (1928)

Passed | 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.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Milton Sills, Dorothy Mackaill, Betty Compson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 68

Adapted 07-20-36

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.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 764

Adapted 07-27-36

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.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Florence Vidor, Julien Beaubien, Monte Blue, Harry Myers

Adapted 08-03-36

10. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 8,474 | 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 »

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Dennis King, Jeanette MacDonald, O.P. Heggie, Lillian Roth

Votes: 103

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.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: Gary Cooper, Fay Wray, Frances Fuller, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 521

Adapted 08-24-36

13. Cheating Cheaters (1934)

Approved | 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 »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Fay Wray, Cesar Romero, Minna Gombell, Henry Armetta

Votes: 9

Adapted 08-31-36

Adapted 09-07-36

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.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel, Helen Jerome Eddy, Flora Finch

Votes: 725

Adapted 09-14-36

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.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Patricia Ellis, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd

Votes: 381

Adapted 10-05-36

18. Captain Applejack (1931)

Passed | 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.

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Mary Brian, John Halliday, Kay Strozzi, Alec B. Francis

Votes: 76

Adapted 10-19-36

20. The Virginian (1929)

Passed | 91 min | Romance, 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.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, Mary Brian, Richard Arlen

Votes: 625

Adapted 11-02-36

21. Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928)

Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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 »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Haines, Lionel Barrymore, Leila Hyams, Karl Dane

Votes: 18

Adapted 11-09-36

22. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Passed | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

Votes: 2,120

Adapted 11-23-36

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.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 1,035

Adapted 11-30-36

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 »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Florence Vidor, Lawrence Grant, George Beranger

Votes: 44

Adapted 12-07-36

25. Madame Sans-Gêne (1925)

100 min | Comedy

A French washerwoman becomes a duchess and a friend of Napoleon.

Director: Léonce Perret | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Émile Drain, Charles de Rochefort, Madeleine Guitty

Votes: 30 | Gross: $0.41M

Adapted 12-14-36

26. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 6,900 | Gross: $4.80M

Adapted 12-21-36

27. Cavalcade (1933)

Passed | 112 min | Drama, Romance, War

The triumphs and tragedies of two English families, the upper-crust Marryots and the working-class Bridges, from 1899 to 1933 are portrayed.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 4,191 | Gross: $7.63M

Adapted 12-28-36

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.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean Hersholt, Elizabeth Allan

Votes: 582

Adapted 01-04-37

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.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 440

Adapted 01-11-37

30. The Criminal Code (1930)

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.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff

Votes: 864

Adapted 01-18-37

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.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Melvyn Douglas, Alison Skipworth, Ferdinand Gottschalk

Votes: 1,292

Adapted 01-25-37

32. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers. Overwhelmed by the turn his life has taken, and awoken to another use for his new-found fortune, he makes a momentous decision.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Votes: 18,698

Adapted 02-01-37

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 »

Director: Dimitri Buchowetzki | Stars: Norma Talmadge, Eugene O'Brien, Marc McDermott, Roy D'Arcy

Gross: $0.30M

Adapted 02-08-37

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 »

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Lili Damita, Nancy O'Neil, Sydney Fairbrother

Votes: 39

Adapted 02-15-37

35. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 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.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,230

Adapted 02-22-37

Adapted 03-01-37

37. Madame Butterfly (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Drama

Lieutenant Pinkerton marries geisha-in-training but soon after abandons her and goes back to the US.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Irving Pichel

Votes: 253

Adapted 03-08-37

38. Desire (1936)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, John Halliday, William Frawley

Votes: 1,979

Adapted 03-15-37

39. Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Grim Reaper (Frederic March) takes the form of a Prince in an attempt to relate to humans and, along the way, also learns what it is to love.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Katharine Alexander

Votes: 1,552

Adapted 03-22-37

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 »

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Constance Talmadge, Claude Gillingwater, Jack Mulhall, May Wilson

Adapted 03-29-37

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.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips

Votes: 4,692

Adapted 04-05-37