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Heatbeat Theater Old Time Radio Program
½ hour drama episodes
The Salvation Army sponsored The Heartbeat Theatre which gives dramatic accounts of regular people helping others through illness, tragedy, heartbreak, and more. Each episode illustrates that with faith, optimism, and the help of good Samaritans, any problem can be worked out. Many of the characters in the show either volunteer as Salvation Army Officers or live in a Salvation Army sponsored home.
There are numerous examples of how the organization aids others in need in every facet of life. The show quotes Bible verses and proclaims the power of prayer, but manages to come off as not too preachy. The radio production was not aimed at evangelizing for the Salvation Army, but rather at highlighting the Army's work in communities as well as its history. From Heartbeat Theater, listeners learned that the Salvation Army has its own missing persons division and the origin of the Organization's ubiquitous red kettles.
The program covered such serious topics as bigotry, alcoholism, murder, tornadoes, suicide, train wrecks, small town gossip, public cynicism, loneliness, deadbeat husbands, cheating wives, and the familiar Old Time Radio standby of old women dying on toboggans.
The show originated from Hollywood and early episodes featured many actors who had appeared during the golden age of radio. However, rarely did Heartbeat Theater land the big stars. Instead, those who had been character actors in the golden age were likely to find themselves starring in the plays.
Heartbeat Theater may be the very last “Old Time Radio” program. It first aired in 1956 and the last episode signed off in 1985. In 1985 it was estimated that the production cost half of the Salvation Army's media budget.
Heartbeat Theater - 25 episodes
581116 The Sighting.mp3
581116 The Sighting2.mp3
5902xx The Story Behind Guy.mp3
5902xx The Story Behind Kis.mp3
5902xx The Story Behind My .mp3
5902xx The Story Behind Okl.mp3
590426 The Last Witness.mp3
590503 The Lucky Break.mp3
590510 Say to the Mountain.mp3
590510 Say to the Mountain2.mp3
590517 The Ghost of Dant001.mp3
590517 The Ghost of Danton .mp3
590726 The Con Man.mp3
590830 Once A Thief.mp3
590906 A Good Angel.mp3
591227 Yuan Tan.mp3
600124 Count of Nine.mp3
610312 A Case in Point.mp3
611217 In His Footsteps.mp3
611231 Hand on my Shoulder.mp3
690831 The Education of Mr .mp3
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