The long-running anthropology series Lux Radio Theatre, was broadcast
on the NBC Blue Network (1934-35); NBC (1935-54) and CBS (1954-55). At
first the series adapted Broadway plays during its first two seasons before
it began adapting films. These hour-long radio programs were performed
live before studio audiences. It became the most popular dramatic series
on radio, broadcast for more than 20 years and continued on television as
the Lux Video Theatre through most of the 1950s.
The original host was the show’s fictional producer, Douglass
Garrick (portrayed by John J. Anthony shown above). Cecil B.
DeMille (below) took over as the host on June 1, 1936, until
January 22, 1945.