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Radio Adaptations of Robin Hood's Legend During the Golden Age of Radio

Autor: Katherine Echols
Revista: Journal of Radio & Audio Media Nº 20 (1)
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19376529.2013.777732#

During radio's reign on the airwaves, classics and legends were sources for radio plays written for a wide audience. Scriptwriters realized radio's cultural importance and culled classics for material that pushed their conception of “high” culture but still satisfied a wide audience.

Radio plays were adapted from William Shakespeare's plays, Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and Robin Hood's legend. This study covers radio adaptations of Robin Hood broadcast between the 1930s and 1970s: Popeye (1939); Buster Brown (1948); Family Theater (1949); the children's theater program Let's Pretend (1954), Escape (1952), Gunsmoke (1955); and Crisis (1975).