CBS - Tuesday, July
Fletcher Markle Director:
Richard - Donald Harron
Nat Miller - Everett Sloane
Essie Miller -
Sid Davis -
- Ruth Gilbert
Belle - Anne Burr
Studio One Production
The post-war 1940's was a time of experimentation and expansion in
radio. One such show from this era was
Studio One, a drama anthology,
which first aired Tuesday, April 29, 1947, at 9:00 over CBS stations.
It brought hour-long presentations of books and plays to radio,
many of which had not been attempted before.
Fletcher Markle, a CBS radio
veteran, produced, hosted and occasionally acted in the series.
Initially, he was supported by a troupe of seasoned radio actors,
because he felt the actor's name was not as important as the
play. The works selected were adapted to be as
true as possible to the original, a tough job
considering the shows were to air only an hour.
It was directed by Robert Landry and was written by Vincent
Half way through the season, ratings were not as expected, possibly
because the series didn't air on the West Coast. Big name actors
were brought in to help improve ratings. The
sustained series still left the air after only
one season. Studio One ran until July
27, 1948, when it was replaced by
Rooftops of the City. However, the
standards it set led to a TV series of the
same name which ran for nine seasons.
Interestingly, when The Ford Theater
moved from NBC to CBS in 1948, Fletcher Markle
became producer for it and brought his troupe of
Studio One radio actors with
him. The Ford Theater followed the same
formula as Studio One, using
Hollywood screen actors in the lead, supported
by a cast of radio actors.