Radio on Film

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A list of motion pictures which feature characters and/or stories based on radio programs from the USA's Golden Age of Radio.

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1. The Argyle Secrets (1948)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

An investigative reporter tells his assistant about a book called The Argyle Album, which contains a list of people who were traitors and war profiteers during World War II. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: William Gargan, Marjorie Lord, Ralph Byrd, Jack Reitzen

Votes: 117

Based on the Suspense episode "The Argyle Album" (December 13, 1945)

2. Around the World (1943)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Music, War

Bandleader Kay Kyser takes his troupe of nutty musicians, goofball comics and pretty girl singers on a tour around the world to entertain the troops during World War II.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Kay Kyser, Mischa Auer, Joan Davis, Marcy McGuire

Votes: 145

Based on Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge series (1939-1949)

3. The Bashful Bachelor (1942)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

Lum Edwards is annoyed with his partner in Pine Ridge's Jot-'em-Down general store, Abner Peabody, because Abner has swapped their delivery car for a racehorse. Lum is also too timid to ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff, Zasu Pitts, Grady Sutton

Votes: 102 | Gross: $0.68M

Based on Lum and Abner series (1931-1954)

4. Behind the Mask (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Mystery

Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Karlson, William Beaudine | Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, George Chandler, Dorothea Kent

Votes: 112

Based on The Shadow series (1937-1954)

5. Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A psychopath on the run takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely war widow.

Director: Harry Horner | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes, Barbara Whiting

Votes: 1,509

Based on the Suspense episode "To Find Help" (January 18, 1945)

6. Bewitched (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman has two distinct personalities, one of whom is evil and constantly gets her in trouble.

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: Phyllis Thaxter, Edmund Gwenn, Henry H. Daniels Jr., Addison Richards

Votes: 464

Based on the Lights Out episode "Alter Ego" (November 18, 1936)

7. The Big Bluff (1955)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: John Bromfield, Martha Vickers, Robert Hutton, Rosemarie Stack

Votes: 367

Based on the Suspense episode "I Had an Alibi" (January 4, 1945)

8. The Big Broadcast (1932)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A radio-singer, Bing Hornsby, is none-too-concerned about his job, and an affair with Mona leads to his dismissal. When it appears Hornsby is getting and paying a lot of attention to his ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Bing Crosby, Stuart Erwin, Leila Hyams, Sharon Lynn

Votes: 182

Features various radio stars

9. The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)

97 min | Musical

Spud Miller hopes to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition, with the help of the Radio Eye, an invention that can display live events from anywhere in the world.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jack Oakie, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 217

Based on Burns and Allen series (1934-1950)

10. Big Town (1946)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A newspaper editor goes on an anti-crime crusade, but gets carried away.

Director: William C. Thomas | Stars: Phillip Reed, Hillary Brooke, Robert Lowery, Veda Ann Borg

Votes: 23

Based on the Big Town series (1937-1952)

11. Big Town After Dark (1947)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A crusading newspaper reporter battles big-city gambling interests.

Director: William C. Thomas | Stars: Phillip Reed, Hillary Brooke, Richard Travis, Ann Gillis

Votes: 129

Based on the Big Town series (1937-1952)

12. Big Town Scandal (1948)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Steve Wilson, crusading editor of the Big Town's Illustrated Press, with the aid of police-beat reporter Lorelei Kilbourne battles against the core of the city's vice - its young ... See full summary »

Director: William C. Thomas | Stars: Phillip Reed, Hillary Brooke, Stanley Clements, Darryl Hickman

Votes: 46

Based on the Big Town series (1937-1952)

13. Breakfast in Hollywood (1946)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Music

Based on an old radio series with a live audience. It is the story of few of the people who attend the show. Nat King Cole sings.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville, Beulah Bondi, Edward Ryan

Votes: 204

Based on Breakfast in Hollywood series (1941-1948)

14. Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

Jack Benny (as himself) tries to make good his fictitious boasts about roughing it in Nevada, in a spoof of Western cliches.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Andy Devine

Votes: 264

Based on the Jack Benny Program series (1932-1955), particularly the 1936-1937 'Buck Benny' skits.

15. Calling Dr. Death (1943)

Approved | 63 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery

A doctor is not sure if he murdered his beautiful but wicked wife, and has his attractive nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish, David Bruce

Votes: 742

Based on Inner Sanctum Mysteries series (1941-1952)

16. Captain Midnight (1942)

Passed | 270 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Secret Service Major Steel (Joseph W. Girard), is one of the few men in America aware of the fact that Captain Albright (Dave O'Brien) is also Captain Midnight, daring masked aviator ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short, James Craven, Sam Edwards

Votes: 91

Based on the Captain Midnight series (1938-1949)

17. Carolina Blues (1944)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Musical

Band Leader Kay Kyser wants to take a holiday, but his publicist Charlotte has promised that he'll give a concert for defense plant workers. Due to the fact that his vocalist has quit to ... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Kay Kyser, Ann Miller, Victor Moore, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 134

Based on Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge series (1939-1949)

18. Chandu the Magician (1932)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.

Directors: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Irene Ware, Bela Lugosi, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 844

Based on Chandu the Magician series (1932-1950)

19. Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy

Scotty Hamilton is a reporter who works for a crooked editor. Bill Banning is another reporter who is about to expose the editor's ties to the mob. When the editor is killed, both reporter ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Robert Cummings

Votes: 65

Based on Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy series (1936-1956)

20. Charlie's Haunt (1950)

59 min | Comedy

The residents of a small town are haunted by the ghost of Charlie McCarthy, who doesn't like the fact that they are a very careless bunch and are constantly putting themselves in danger.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Edgar Bergen, Richard Travis, Don Wilson, Olin Howland

Based on Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy series (1936-1956)

21. Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich

Votes: 329

Based on Amos 'n' Andy series (1928-1960)

22. Chick Carter, Detective (1946)

Approved | 228 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Detective Chick Carter (Lyle Talbot)finds himself on his most exciting case when Sherry Martin (Julie Gibson), a singer at the Century Club, reports the robbery of the famous Blue Diamond, ... See full summary »

Director: Derwin Abrahams | Stars: Lyle Talbot, Douglas Fowley, Julie Gibson, Pamela Blake

Votes: 26

Based on Chick Carter, Boy Detective series (1943-1945)

23. Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard (1950)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Drama

When enemy agents obtain leaked secrets about a guided missile reservation, the chief of America's counterspy division (Howard St. John) and Scotland Yard's best investigator Ron Randell ... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Howard St. John, Ron Randell, Amanda Blake, Lewis Martin

Votes: 61

Based on the Counterspy series (1942-1957)

24. The Courageous Dr. Christian (1940)

Not Rated | 67 min | Drama

A doctor fights an epidemic that breaks out in the poor section of town and tries to get the rest of the town to help out.

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Robert Baldwin, Tom Neal

Votes: 58

Based on Dr. Christian series (1937-1954)

25. Crime Doctor (1943)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama

Amnesia victim, Robert Ordway, becomes the country's leading criminal psychologist. When he is hit on the head (by someone from his past) he suddenly remembers his previous life as a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Ray Collins

Votes: 335

Based on the Crime Doctor series (1940-1947)

26. The Crime Doctor's Courage (1945)

70 min | Mystery

Dr. Ordway investigates the death of man whose first two wives were murdered.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Warner Baxter, Hillary Brooke, Jerome Cowan, Mark Roberts

Votes: 226

Based on the Crime Doctor series (1940-1947)

27. The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama

Dr. Ordway tries to prove that his patient was framed for arson.

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Warner Baxter, Stephen Dunne, Lois Maxwell, Adele Jergens

Votes: 152

Based on the Crime Doctor series (1940-1947)

28. The Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947)

Passed | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

On a lecture/vacation visit to Paris, Dr. Ordway drops in on his friend, the Prefecture of Police. He becomes involved in a case involving the stabbing of an old man. The man's son, not all... See full summary »

Director: William Castle | Stars: Warner Baxter, Micheline Cheirel, Roger Dann, Steven Geray

Votes: 172

Based on the Crime Doctor series (1940-1947)

29. Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946)

Passed | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Crime Doctor comes up against a criminal with a dual personality.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Warner Baxter, Ellen Drew, William Frawley, Frank Sully

Votes: 205

Based on the Crime Doctor series (1940-1947)

30. The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943)

68 min | Crime, Drama

The Crime Doctor must prove the innocence of a young man with a reputation for using poison.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Baxter, Lynn Merrick, Gloria Dickson, Barton MacLane

Votes: 214

Based on the Crime Doctor series (1940-1947)

31. The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945)

70 min | Crime, Mystery

The Crime Doctor must prove the innocence of an artist accused of murdering his model during one of his blackout spells.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Warner Baxter, John Litel, Dusty Anderson, Coulter Irwin

Votes: 204

Based on the Crime Doctor series (1940-1947)

32. The Crooked Way (1949)

Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew, Rhys Williams

Votes: 872

Based on a radio play

33. Danger Zone (1951)

Approved | 56 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Claire Underwood hires San Francisco private-detective Dennis O'Brien to purchase a saxophone case at an auction, and O'Brien is promptly slugged and the case is stolen by Larry Dunlap. ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke | Stars: Hugh Beaumont, Edward Brophy, Richard Travis, Tom Neal

Votes: 69

Based on Pat Novak, for Hire series (1946-1949)

34. Dangerous Crossing (1953)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

When a beautiful bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Max Showalter, Carl Betz

Votes: 1,601

Based on the Suspense episode "Cabin B-13" (March 16, 1943)

35. Dark City (1950)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,726

Based on the Suspense episode "No Escape" (December 16, 1948)

36. A Date with Judy (1948)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Hyperactive teenager Judy Foster (Jane Powell) challenges, and is challenged by, her overly-proper parents, pesky brother Randolph (Jerry Hunter), and boyfriend Ogden "Oogie" Pringle (Scotty Beckett).

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda

Votes: 1,027

Based on A Date with Judy series (1941-1950)

37. David Harding, Counterspy (1950)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Based on the long-running radio program created by Philips H. Lord, the film opens with a radio commentator blasting the U. S. government for the manner in which a certain foreign power has... See full summary »

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Willard Parker, Audrey Long, Howard St. John, Raymond Greenleaf

Votes: 50

Based on the Counterspy series (1942-1957)

38. Dead Man's Eyes (1944)

Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When an artist is blinded, his fiancée's father offers an operation to restore his sight. When the benefactor suddenly dies, the artist becomes a suspect.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Jean Parker, Paul Kelly, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 538

Based on Inner Sanctum Mysteries series (1941-1952)

39. The Devil's Mask (1946)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Mystery

A crashed plane that had a shrunken head aboard is the only clue to a mystery involving a secret code.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Anita Louise, Jim Bannon, Michael Duane, Mona Barrie

Votes: 228

Based on I Love a Mystery series (1939-1944, 1949-1952)

40. Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Drama

A "professor" hits Dr. Christian's town, promising the local women dramatic weight loss in a very short time if they follow his regimen of strict diet and a particular type of diet pill. Dr... See full summary »

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Edgar Kennedy, Rod La Rocque

Votes: 72

Based on Dr. Christian series (1937-1954)

41. Dragnet (1954)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two homicide detectives investigate the brutal shotgun murder of a crime syndicate member.

Director: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone, Ann Robinson

Votes: 752

Based on Dragnet series (1949-1957)

42. Dragnet (1987)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan

Votes: 30,340 | Gross: $57.39M

Based on Dragnet series (1949-1957)

43. Dreaming Out Loud (1940)

PG | 81 min | Comedy

Lum and Abner work at a general store in Arkansas. There they get involved in some misadventures with the locals.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff, Frances Langford, Frank Craven

Votes: 77

Based on Lum and Abner series (1931-1954)

44. Duffy's Tavern (1945)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

The staff of a record factory drown their sorrows at Duffy's Tavern, while the company owner faces threats of bankruptcy.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Ed Gardner, Bing Crosby, Betty Hutton, Paulette Goddard

Votes: 151

Based on Duffy's Tavern series (1941-1951)

45. The Fat Man (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A dentist's murder is investigated by hefty sleuth Brad Runyan.

Director: William Castle | Stars: J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson, Clinton Sundberg

Votes: 306

Based on The Fat Man series (1946-1951)