Bright Star

Old Time Radio romantic comedy featuring Irene Dunne & Fred MacMurray
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Bright Star, also called The Irene Dunne and Fred MacMurray Show, used big film stars to add to the appeal of the show and gain listeners.

Best known for her films with Cary Grant, Irene Dunne left film action in 1952 to save her legacy as Hollywood's First Lady. She had been nominated for five Academy awards in such films as The Awful Truth and Love Affair, but failed to win the award. Later President Eisenhower chose her to be the alternate U.N. delegate of the General Assembly in 1959. Though a prolific film actor through the 1930s and 1940s, Fred MacMurray is best known as Steve Douglas the patriarch on My Three Sons (1960-1972). A personal friend of Walt Disney, MacMurray starred in many Disney films including The Shaggy Dog, The Absent Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber.

Lasting only one season, Bright Star is about Susan Armstrong (Dunne) the editor of a struggling newspaper the Hillsdale Morning Star. MacMurray plays George Harvey an idealist star reporter who often conflicts with his editor over stories. MacMurray and Dunne have a good rapport as both have excellent comedic timing. Overall, this is a charming show that will delight fans of both Fred MacMurray and Irene Dunne.

This series synopsis is courtesy of www.otrcat.com. From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

  1. The Oil Swindle (6.1Mb)
  2. Susan Runs For Mayor (6.2Mb)
  3. Hillsdale Becomes Mumdad (6.1Mb)
  4. Miss America Visits (6.2Mb)
  5. George The Informer (6.2Mb)
  6. The Crooked Carnival (6.2Mb)
  7. The Boxer (6.2Mb)
  8. Dramatic Lessons (6.2Mb)
  9. French Dress Designer (6.2Mb)
  10. George Covers Hillsdale Fire (6.4Mb)
  11. George Coaches Hillsdale High (6.4Mb)
  12. The Haunted House (6.2Mb)
  13. Rodeo Star (6.2Mb)
  14. Scientific Living (6.1Mb)
  15. New Homemaker Page Editor (6.2Mb)
  16. George's Old Flame (6.2Mb)
  17. Aunt Sophia Plays Matchmaker (6.2Mb)
  18. The Talking Parrot (6.2Mb)
  19. Patience's Romance (6.2Mb)
  20. Sammy And Shirley (6.2Mb)
  21. Fight For Beaver Park (6.2Mb)
  22. Susan's Cousin Emily (6.2Mb)
  23. Susan's Poetry (6.2Mb)
  24. A Flower For Susan (6.9Mb)
  25. Box Supper (6.3Mb)
  26. The Chorus Girl (6.2Mb)
  27. The Society Burglar (6.2Mb)
  28. One Word Cablegram (7Mb)
  29. Missing Childhood Sweetheart (6.9Mb)
  30. George's Old Girlfriend (6.3Mb)
  31. Susan's Cousin, Emily (Last Show) (6.3Mb)

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