St. Louis Post Dispatch


TCM Spotlight: Radio Days: ‘Radio Stories — Part 1’ TCM, Beginning at 7 p.m. Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Monday night spotlight on the intersection between cinema and radio across various themes continues tonight with an initial lineup of movies in which radio plays a major role in the story (this theme will continue next Monday evening). Kicking off tonight’s fivefilm lineup is Radio Days (pictured) (1987), a comedy/drama directed and featuring an Oscar-nominated screenplay by Woody Allen, who also narrates the nostalgic tale that follows a family back in the golden age of radio, using music and memories of the time to enhance the ambience. Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels and Seth Green are among the large ensemble cast. The next film, 1983’s holiday comedy A Christmas Story, offers more 1940s radio nostalgia as its young protagonist, Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), at one point uses a “secret decoder ring” to decipher what ends up being a hilariously cynical message he jots down while listening to the Little Orphan Annie radio show. Rounding out the evening are The Hucksters (1947), a satire skewering the post-World War II radio advertising industry, led by Clark Gable and Deborah Kerr; A Face in the Crowd (1957), featuring Andy Griffith in his film debut as an amoral drifter who rises to become a radio and TV demagogue; and The Next Voice You Hear (1950), an unusual drama in which the voice of God is heard over the radio, causing a widespread mix of hope and panic throughout the world.