Romance


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Romance was a CBS series that evolved from an early 1940s series Theater of Romance that was on CBS at various times through the years. In May, 1954, however, the series returned to the air with a format more like a softer version of Escape or Suspense with many of the same actors and writers, even the writers and actors better known for Gunsmoke or Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar . It was a true anthology series, it had a wide range of stories of adventure, tension, and romance (but not of the soap opera kind). In this format, the series lasted until 1957. Over 100 of the episodes have survived. Many of the scripts were also used on Escape or Suspense. The episode posted from the Hehn collection has not been in circulation before. It is an AFRS copy of the July 28, 1956 episode, Face of Love . In the AFRS disc numbering for the series it is #103. The episode stars Virginia Gregg. It was written by Irene Winston (who also wrote for Lux Radio Theatre , Screen Director’s Playhouse , Nero Wolfe , Mysterious Traveler , and others. It was produced by Antony Ellis, producer of Suspense for part of its mid-1950s run. He is best known for his late 1950s series Frontier Gentleman . * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table."

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.