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Great Scenes From Great Plays aired from 1948 to 1949 was a half hour program that featured, literally, great scenes from great plays, such as Little Women. The scenes were re-enacted by well known stars.
Great Scenes From Great Plays is one of several such examples sponsored by the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church of America over the years of the Golden Ages of Radio, Film and Television. The Episcopal Church was by no means the only religious denomination to mount successful, well produced Radio or Television programs. Anthology, quite aptly named is but one example of the Judaic community's sponsorship of a long-running, well-received Radio program. The Catholic Church has also mounted several successful secular programs over the Golden Ages of both Radio and Television, as has the Salvation Army with its long running Heartbeat Theatre.
All of this preface is by way of explaining that such idealogically motivated Performing Arts productions were by no means unique for their time. Indeed, right up until the infamous gutting of The Fairness Doctrine under the Reagan Administration, such public service programs and productions were not only commonplace throughout America, they were almost universally well received.
Many of these productions went on to long, multi-year--often multi decade--runs. The vast majority of these 'message' productions ran for either a Summer run of eleven to fifteen programs or a season of between twenty and thirty-nine programs. Great Scenes From Great Plays was originally conceived to run at least two seasons of twenty to twenty-five programs each. As it turned out, Great Scenes From Great Plays ran only for its first season of twenty-two programs.
But what splendid productions they were. The acting talent alone for these twenty-two, 30-minute programs represented many of the finest dramatic actors of their era. The great American actor Walter Hampden hosted all but the first program. But he had an excellent excuse for shirking his hosting duties. He starred in the first program of the season, Cyrano De Bergerac, a role Hampden had made famous in American Theatre from the turn of the century through the 1930s. Esteemed emcee, host, narrator and journalist, John Daly, assumed the role of host for that first production.
Principal Actors: Walter Hampden, Lon Clark, Anne Seymour, Roger DeKoven, Jane Cowl, Basil Rathbone, Beatrice Straight, Boris Karloff, Celeste Holme, Walter Abel, Joan Caulfield, Leon Janney, Brian Aherne, Gene Tierney, Gertrude Lawrence, Dennis King, Raymond Massey, Fay Bainter, Jessica Tandy, Les Tremayne, Walter Pidgeon, Eddie and Margo Albert, Reverend Knox Sherrill, Cornell Wilde, Ingrid Bergman, John Payne, and Madeline Carroll
Authors: Edmond Rostand, Sidney Kingsley, Owen Davis, Emlyn Williams, Rudolph Besier, George Brewer and Bertram Bloch, Paul Osborn, Marian De Forest, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Pinero, J.M. Barrie, Stephen Vincent Benét, Philip Barry, A.J. Cronin, Frank B. Elser and Marc Connelly, Lewis Beach, Henrik Ibsen, Reginal Barclay
Great Scenes From Great Plays 48-10-02 (01) Cyrano de Bergerac (no opening)
Great Scenes from Great Plays 48-11-05 (06) Little Women
Great Scenes from Great Plays 48-12-17 (12) Young Mr. Lincoln
Great Scenes from Great Plays 48-12-31 (14) You and I
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-01-07 (15) Citadel
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-01-14 (16) The Farmer Takes a Wife
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-01-21 (17) Icebound
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-01-28 (18) The Goose Hangs High
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-02-04 (19) The World We Made
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-02-11 (20) Dead End
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-02-18 (21) A Dolls House
Great Scenes from Great Plays 49-02-25 (22) Lady with a Lamp