Beginning in 1941 The Macquarie Radio Theatre, later becoming known as the Caltex Theatre after 1947, would become known as the premier Australian radio drama programme during the 1940s and 1950s. Sponsored by the Caltex Oil Company and Hanson-Rubensohn Company, Sydney, the Caltex Theatre featured one hour plays based on books and the top movies of the day and was broadcast at 8.00 pm every Sunday on 2GB and the Macquarie Network. Once a month production of the show came from 3AW, directed by Myles Wright. The other shows were all produced in Sydney.
“Listening to “the play” on Sunday nights at eight has become a “must” with more than a million Australians who regularly enjoy the world’s outstanding plays presented by the country’s foremost dramatic artists in The Caltex Theatre.” [The Caltex Theatre, The Bulletin, Vol. 73 No. 3791, 8 October 1952, p. 24.]
Featuring: Bad Day at Black Rock, Detectives Are Not Always Right, Family on Trial, Forbidden Planet, Scrooge the Miser, The Big Smoke – Return to Tenderness, There Was a Crooked Man, and You Only Die Once.
Sponsors: Caltex Oil Company and Hanson-Rubensohn Company, Sydney
Executive Producer: E. Mason Wood
Producers: Lawrence H. Cecil, Walter Pym, and Reginald Goldsworthy
Scriptwriters: Richard Lane, Kay Keavney and Fay Hardy (RES)
Cast: Richard Davies, Lyndall Barbour, Sheila Sewell, Alan White, Patricia Kennedy, Keith Eden
Episode duration: 60 mins
Broadcast details: 1948-1960; Sundays on 2GB (and Macquarie Network) at 8.00 pm.
“Every Sunday night at eight millions of people throughout Austalia listen to the outstanding productions of the Caltex Theatre. The finest casts and leading producers combine to bring to dramatic life a special selection of the world’s best plays in an hour-long presentation of radio at its best.” [The Macquarie Broadcasting Service, The Bulletin, Vol. 75 No. 3887, 11 August 1954, p. 15.]
Total Running Time: 7 hours and 22 minutes
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