CFR Old Time Radio Presents George Edwards in Frankenstein Ep 1, 2 and 3
Your Host Johnny Night presents three episodes from Frankenstein (1931) interspersed with vintage commercials. starring the renouned father of Australian serial radio, George Edwards. Join Night, as we stroll down Nostalgia Lane.
One of the earliest programs on the radio was FRANKENSTEIN. Authored by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (08/30/1797 – 02/01/1851), it was first produced for Australian radio starring George Edwards in 1931. This thirteen episode broadcast was aired over the CBS network in 1932, a year after the Universal film release starring Boris Karloff. It very closely follows the original book thus differing from the Hollywood film version.
George Edwards (born as Harold Parks, 11 March 1886 in Kent Town, South Australia; died 1953) was an Australian actor and producer.
Edwards was a pioneer of the radio serial in Australia. Prior to that he was a comedian, vaudeville artist, acrobatic dancer and stage performer. It is claimed that he changed his name from Harold Parks to George Edwards at the behest of Edward Branscombe, who was putting together an up-market act and did not want anyone associated with low-brow music hall, and that he took the name from English theatrical impresario George Edwards. He performed in a radio drama adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.