Lux Radio Theater: “Scarlet Pimpernel”
Original Air Dates: December 12, 1938
Performance Date: May 22, 2011
Lux Radio Theater ran on the NBC Blue Network from 1934 to 1935, CBS from 1935-1954, and NBC from 1954-1955. It transferred to television in the early 1950s where it ran through most of the decade.
During its first two season, Lux Radio Theater adapted Broadway plays, and later tured to adapting popular Hollywood films for the radio. It became the most popular dramatic anthology series on radio. Many leading stage and screen stars, including Agnes Moorehead, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, and Orsen Welles, appeared in Lux Radio Theater productions—often in roles they originated on stage or screen.
This broadcast of “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” based on the classic 1905 adventure novel by Baroness Orczy and the 1934 film, featured Leslie Howard, reprising his role from the film, and Olivia de Havilland.