The Adventures of Luke Skywalker

In the 1980’s National Public Radio (NPR) produced an expanded radio dramatization of the original Star Wars movie, but how would a radio dramatization of Star Wars have sounded if done in the 1940’s?

Between March 2nd and March 25th of 1982 NPR or National Public Radio aired a 13-part radio serial of George Lucas’s 1977 movie Star Wars. The radio serial used earlier drafts of Lucas’s scripts, restored several scenes cut from the final edit of the film and adding original new scenes created specifically for the audio version.

Jump ahead to the year 2000 and the Lux Radio Theater group retold George Lucas’s 1977 Star Wars film as a live 1940’s period recreation “The Adventures of Luke Skywalker” adding narration and using movie stars of the era. Obviously, they couldn’t use the actual stars of the time, instead they used a group of talented people who did voice reproductions.

The Lux Radio Theater group used a live crew of foley artists to perform the sound effects. The original Star Wars sound effects and the musical score were ‘remastered’ to 1940’s quality like a B-17 Bomber drone for the Millennium Falcon’s engines and a ‘big band’ version of the Cantina music.

Reggie’s Take:
As a Star Wars fan, I was very much aware of the NPR serials of the original Star Wars movies and have listened to all three. With the NPR serials you must be willing to dedicate some time to listen to all three series, Star Wars itself is 5 hours 56 minutes alone. The Lux Radio Theater group version of Star Wars is a nice ninety minutes in length.

I realize I’m posting about a recreation of a 1940’s radio drama of Star Wars done twenty-one years ago, but in all honesty, I only recently discovered this unique telling of George Lucas’s 1977 space opera. I found this version interesting, but also entertaining. Is it something I may listen to multiple times? Possibly. If you have listened to NPR’s serials of the original Star Wars movie and you enjoyed, then I would encourage you to check out this version at least once.

“The Adventures of Luke Skywalker” performance was originally released as a two-disc CD set but copies are no longer available. The website posted a copy of the show on its website in December of 2015 if you wish to check it out.

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker Part 1
The Adventures of Luke Skywalker Part 2

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker – Cast

Luke Skywalker – Mickey Rooney

Han Solo – Humphrey Bogart

Princess Leia – Katharine Hepburm

Grand Moff Tarkin – Eric Von Strohelm

Obi-Wan Kenobi – Jimmy Stewart

C3PO – Oliver Hardy

R2D2 – Stan Laurel

Chewbacca – Rin-Tin-Tin

Darth Vader – Bela Lugosi

Uncle Owen – Jack Benny

Aunt Beru – Mae West

General Dodonna – JackWebb

Red Leader – John Wayne

Red Two (Wedge) – Henry Aldridge

Red Three (Biggs) – Ronald Coleman

Red Six (Porkins) – Orson Wells

Red Nine – Groucho Marx

Red Seven – Harpo Marx

Red Ten – Chico Marx

Gold Leader – Curly Howard

Gold Two – Larry Fine

Gold Five – Moe Howard

Admiral Motti – Edward G. Robinson

Commander Togge – Peter Lorre

Imperial Commander – Basil Rathbone

Imperial Officer – Claude Rains

Imperial Announcer – Boris Karloff

Dr. Evazan – Ed Wynn

Greedo – Keye Luke

Bartender – Sheldon Leonard

Technician – Gale Gordon

Narrator – Tadoo Tomomatsu

Host – Cecil B. DeMille

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