Robert Taylor on the Radio – Saturday’s Children, 1936


Olivia de Havilland and Robert Taylor in “Saturday’s Children.”

Saturday’s Children, starring Robert Taylor and Olivia de Havilland was broadcast on October 26, 1936 on the Lux Radio Theater.  The title comes from a Mother Goose Rhyme:

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go;
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Saturday’s Children by Maxwell Anderson

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Taylor and de Havilland

Florrie wants her sister Bobby to settle down and resign herself to society’s norm, just as she did.  Bobby seems less interested in the idea of marriage and more in her career.  She eventually enters into a passionate love affair with co-worker Rims O’Neal that blossoms into matrimonial life.  But soon, both parties begin to feel trapped by their new duties as husband and wife.  This is where the real drama starts.  (adapted from Goodreads)

The radio cast was led by:


Mona Barrie

Rims O’Neal – Robert Taylor
Bobby Halevy – Olivia de Havilland
Florrie – Mona Barrie

Both Robert Taylor and Olivia de Havilland were relatively new to Hollywood.  In 1936 Robert Taylor’s popularity was at a peak. “1936 will go on record as the year of Edward VIII, the Spanish Civil War and Robert Taylor.” London Observer. The radio studio was packed and the applause for Mr. Taylor loud and exuberant.  He also got a lot of laughs. The host was Cecil de Mille.

You can listen to Saturday’s Children here.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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