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This entire article could have just as easily have been about the marriage of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, as about the Radio program, The Marriage. The graphics could have remained the same in any case--and been just as appropriate; and any emphasis on the program details could very well have been simply incidental to a discussion of this remarkable couple's 52 year marriage--both to each other, and to their craft.
But to fully appreciate this wonderful Golden Age Radio gem, one must understand its back-story, the dynamics between its two principal actors, and the Stage, Film, Radio and Television events of 1951 through 1954 that surrounded the incremental stages of the program's development and ultimate production. The selection of the title itself was prescient, to say the least--and on so many levels. Its two principal actors' lives together--interwoven as they were for 52 years--could very well be called 'The Marriage' of the 20th Century--in the arena of The Performing Arts, at the least. Such was the marriage of the marvelous couple that performed in The Marriage, that it absolutely epitomized the very nature of the project's entire premise.
NBC's inspiration for The Marriage, was the marvelous--and moving--stage chemistry between Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in Jan de Hartog's hit play, The Fourposter [titled The Four Poster for Broadway]. Not surprisingly, Cronyn and Tandy weren't picked to perform the same roles in the 1952 movie adaptation, since the 632 performances of the stage play hadn't fully run their course until May, 1953, by which time the movie was already in wide distribution, and nominated for three Academy Awards. This also serves to explain the year-long gap between The Marriage audition and its production run. As it was, Stanley Kramer and Jan de Hartog instead tapped Europeans Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer for the starring roles in the movie adaptation.
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The Marriage 52-10-24 (xx) How They Met and Married (Audition)
The Marriage 53-10-04 (01) PTA 5th Grade Volunteer
The Marriage 53-10-18 (03) Emily's First Formal
The Marriage 53-10-25 (04) An Old Friend of Liz's Is in Town
The Marriage 53-11-08 (06) Ben's Shady Client
The Marriage 53-11-15 (07) Liz Fights for a Traffic Ticket
The Marriage 53-11-22 (08) Fred Hertzell Visits from Kansas
The Marriage 53-11-29 (09) Emily Pledges Omega Chi
The Marriage 53-12-06 (10) Liz Takes up Painting
The Marriage 53-12-13 (11) Ben Represents Stan in Juvenile Court
The Marriage 53-12-20 (12) Liz Gets a Christmas Job at the Perfume Counter
The Marriage 53-12-27 (13) Ben and Liz Recall How They First Met
The Marriage 54-01-03 (14) Liz Paints the Apartment and Ben Meets Judy
The Marriage 54-01-10 (15) Ben and Liz Spend the Weekend in Vermont
The Marriage 54-01-17 (16) The Grandfather Clock
The Marriage 54-01-24 (17) Liz Gets to Know Bobby Logan, Emily's Boyfriend
The Marriage 54-01-31 (18) Liz Decides to Get a Job
The Marriage 54-02-07 (19) Ben's Father Comes for a Three Week Visit
The Marriage 54-02-14 (20) Ben's Law Firm Is Dissolving
The Marriage 54-02-28 (22) Is Liz Pregnant
The Marriage 54-03-07 (23) Filling out Income Tax Forms
The Marriage 54-03-14 (24) Individuality
The Marriage 54-03-21 (25) Emily Worships Her Father
The Marriage 54-03-28 (26) Ben Arranges a Date for Emily with Herold
Hume Cronyn Biography
Jessica Tandy Biography
Marriage Audio Brief