Lux Radio Theater – Ssong Of Songs, Marlene Dietrick. 371220. Features Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Cecil DeMill tells about some of Marlene Dietrick’s recent travels. She is to play the roll of Lily, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr is to be Waldo. Some of his recent films and projects are reported on.
The love story starts out on the Orient Express as the train rushes across Europe. Marlene is on the way to a book shop where she is greeted by her grumpy aunt. On her first day on the job, she has to deal with a terse customer, Waldo. There appears to be the start of a love affair blooming.
Waldo is an artist who is commissioned to finish a sculpture for the Baron. After a moment of jealous assumptions, the two express their love for each other over the Christmas holiday. The Baron tries to horn his way in, but will his wealth sway the young gal? Will it be enough to cause the poor artist to stand aside? If money by itself won’t work, how about some handy lies? Now there’s a healthy way to start a romance, just build it on lies. You know it won’t work, but keep listening to see how the tangled web of lies shakes out.
A year goes by. Lily has become the Baronness, but she lives in a different world from her older husband. Will she find happiness as her soul dies a slow death? Waldo re-enters her life, through the awkward moments, the old Baron flaunts her in front of him. Some slips of the tongue shine light on the old truth of the matter, but will she believe it? Has she already found a new lover to amuse her?
The old Baron dies. Waldo has found himself in a desperate financial situation. Lily is in a distraught emotional state. The once, fresh, and perky girl is now hard and bitter. Can the artist bring her back around and restore her spirits? It’s Christmas again, and the artists revisits old grounds in hopes of making their old love bloom once more.