Marlene Deitrich and Clark Gable (seen here with host Cecil
B. DeMille) starred in "The Legionnaire and the Lady," the first Lux
Radio Theatre Broadcast from Hollywood, on June 1, 1936
A List of Gable's Appearances on Radio
CLARK GABLE PLAYS LEAD IN FULL LENGTH VERISON OF HIS 'MISLEADING LADY' ON
COLUMBIA SYSTEM TONIGHT.
San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 1935
Gable in Radio Theater
Clark Gable will make his first appearance in a full length radio drama
tonight as star of the rai-drama His Misleading Lady.
Gable's appearances on the air lanes heretofore have been characterized by
their brevity. In tonight's story he plays the part of a Jack Graighen who
proposes to a Helen Steele at a party and then discovers that he has been led to
propose as a result of a wager between Helen and her friends. The plot really
gets underway when Graighen kidnaps Miss Steele. (KFRC, 6-7
CLARK GABLE TO PORTRAY GEORGE WASHINGTON IN 'CARAVAN' PLAY TONIGHT
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, 20 October, 1936, p.10
By Herb Caen
The evolution of a great lover:
Clark Gable, first in the hearts of his countrywomen, tonight portrays the
man first in the hearts of his countrymen.
And he'll enjoy it.
It seems Gable, who has definite dramatic ambitions, every once in a
while gets fed up with his never varying motion picture duties.
He storms into the big boss' office, raves, rants, beats his head against the
wall, begs to be cast as MacBeth. Or even the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
But nothing happens. Said big boss smiles blandly, shifts his corona from
port to starboard, maintains an expressive silence.
But, aha! Gable has one out.
His motion picture contract allows him five radio broadcasts yearly. And so
he lets radio provide that emotional outlet.
Tonight his heart will be light. Guest-starred on the Rupert Hughes'
'Caravan', he'll face the Columbia microphone as George Washington in Maxwell
Anderson's Valley Forge.
Incidentally, it will be interesting to note Hughes' introduction of
this Washington-glorifying play.
For Hughes is noted as a semi-debunker of the first President. His biography
of Washington can hardly be described as a glowing tribute. Anderson chose the
opposite and more popular course. Its all on KFRC at 6.30 pm.
Facts about Lux Radio Theater:
"Lux Radio Theater" began in 1934 on the NBC Blue
Network. Incidentally NBC had a red and blue network;
the latter became ABC.
Film legend Cecil B. DeMille was one of the hosts for
Virtually every headliner in Hollywood such as Gary
Cooper, Spencer Tracey, Bette Davis and Clark Gable
starred in an episode of "Lux Radio Theater."
The show had an estimated radio audience of
40-million...in 1936! The series began 2 years earlier
but didn't get major attention until it moved to
The cast and crew was huge - at least 50 people were
required for each episode. The sponsor of course was
Lever Brothers and its Lux soap.
Some film stars confessed that they were frightened
to appear, knowing they were being heard 'live' by
millions of listeners.
Near the end of its run it was estimated that the
"Lux Radio Theater" went through 52,000 pages of
William Keighley replaced Cecil B. DeMille in 1945.
During its 21-year run, Lux Radio Theater presented
just about every movie or play of note.
For more on Lux Radio Theater and other old-time
radio classics, you might want to check out the book,
"Raised On Radio" by Gerald Nachman. It is published
by Pantheon Press.
The show almost flopped at its home base in New York
because it ran out of Broadway plays to adapt. That's
why it moved to Hollywood.
The two Hollywood homes for the Lux Radio Theater
were the Music Box Theater, and the Huntington
Female stars on the show received free Lux Soap for
Cecil B. DeMille left the show in protest over a
$1.00 union charge.
Many thanks to Chrystopher Spicer who provided the first two newspaper articles.
Lux Radio Theater Facts quote from this source - KNX1070 NEWSRADIO