Greer Garson and Agnes Moorehead in “Mrs. Parkington”, 1944
[about Darrin’s parents taking Tabitha for the weekend]
Endora: I think it’s a marvelous idea!
Orson Welles Radio Almanac - the D-Day drama
I listen to this often, especially on D-Day. It’s SO IMPORTANT. In this half hour special, Agnes Moorehead plays a woman whose husband is serving in the military during D-Day, and tells the story of the civilian experience of the loved ones waiting at home, praying for the well-being of their loved ones, and those who worked in the factories (ie. the women making munitions etc).
It’s heart-wrenching, and radio storytelling at its best. PLEASE give it a listen. It has me in tears EVERY SINGLE TIME and is so brilliant.
Agnes will finally be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The following are the names of those to be inducted formally on Nov. 9th 2014. Many will remember Professional Tourist’s initiative to make this happen. I wrote a few letters (as did many fans) and even made a video submission one year, so even though this has been a long time coming I’m very happy to read the news.
CB 288: Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons,” 1942.
Narrator: And now Major Amberson was engaged in the profoundest thinking of his life. He realized that everything which had worried him or delighted him during this lifetime—all his buying and building and trading and banking—that it was all trifling and waste beside what concerned him now. For the major knew now that he had to plan how to enter an unknown country where he was not even sure of being recognized as an Amberson.
On May 25, 1943, radio audiences first heard “Sorry, Wrong Number.” Lucille Fletcher’s script about a bedridden woman who overhears a murder plot when phone wires get crossed became one of the signature stories on Suspense and one of the most famous radio plays of all time. Agnes Moorehead starred in that first production and repeated the performance seven times on the air. Her final turn in the play came in 1960. The script was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film in 1948 with Barbara Stanwyck playing the lead role, but it can’t match the tension generated by Agnes Moorehead’s legendary performance.
Here now is that first performance of “Sorry, Wrong Number” from Suspense on May 25, 1943. (During this production, an actor jumped his cue and nearly ruined the climax of the story. Following letters and calls from confused listeners, the story was redone three months later.)
This is one of the first colorizations I ever tried in Photoshop and I still try ways to get better at it. So, most of my colorizations are permanent works in progress.