About the files
Finding audio interviews of Deborah is not an easy job. I was lucky to find some cassette tapes a woman had once.
On those I found, I tried to clean up the sound as much as I could, however the audio quality is not perfect. All files are .mp3 compressed unless otherwise noted.
On the audio.
I’ve put together all the radio plays and radio Interviews which you can listen online or download for your convenience. As usual, contributions of any kind are welcome.
I lack a lot of information on where or exactly when the radio programmes were recorded. Information on them will be highly appreciated.
I will only share clips of films or media currently unavailable for purchase. Deborah’s films are worth every cent they cost!
I no longer host video clips of Deborah on this site since YouTube makes that task much easier for everyone. I might share a link of a clip here and there and those can be found under the Video category or through the video tag.
May 26th 1947
Deborah’s first radio play in the U.S. was for promotional work of her film “Vacation from Marriage” with Van Helflin. The movie was re-created in three acts, with commercials in between.
I have edited the commercials and split the audio in three separate files so the size would be more manageable.
Act I - 57 Minutes
Vacation from Marriage
Act II - 18 Minutes
Vacation from Marriage – Act II
Act III - 20 Minutes
Act II – Vacation from Marriage
March 3rd, 1952
Lady Pamela is a suspense story where Deborah is a thief and a murderer… Or isn’t she?
Lady Pamela - 24 Minutes
Vacation from Marriage
December 17th, 1950
Deborah participated in several radio shows in Hollywood. On December 17th 1950, she took part in Episode 7 of Tallulah Bankhead’s weekly “The Big Show” as one of the cast members. She played Mary on this adaptation of the 1936 play “The Women” by Clare Boothe Luce.
The play is an acidic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites and up-and-comers and the gossip that propels and damages their relationships. While men frequently are the subject of their lively discussions and play an important role in the action on-stage, they are strictly characters mentioned but never seen.
Deborah is asked if she knows about “The Bottoms” which she does (but I don’t) and then they move to her family life and how involved with performing they are.
She talks about her growing up, briefly, and then she tells about her mother’s reaction to her performance in “Edward, My Son”.
She gives some insight into stage fright and the thrill of walking up on stage before an audience.
Then there’s “I first thought I’d be a ballet dancer… – a belly dancer? – Baaaaallet dancer!” Fun.
She goes into how it is to work with her husband – Peter wrote the play – and how she wouldn’t yell at him. And sounds truly shocked at the idea that she might.
Deborah and Peter Viertel
In 1971, Deborah embarked on an american tour with the play “The Day After the Fair”. These are some fan-recorded rare radio interviews she did with her husband Peter Viertel while he was also promoting his latest novel “Bicycles on the Beach”.
Audio quality is not perfect and quite defective in some parts, however, it is worth listening to her talking about her films, her family life and the theatre that she loved so much.
Clip 1: An Affair to Remember
An Affair to remember
Deborah talks about her nominations and how she would have liked to win (at least once!), the discipline of being an actress, keeping her private life separated from her public life and then she also tells the story of that time at Christmas when she took a ride on the bus and the driver recognized her. (Oh how I love that story!)
On the second half of the interview, she talks about her early days in Hollywood and how they tried to change everybody but her – “they held me back to keep me the lady that they thought I was” – about her resemblance to Lana Turner on those early days and she tells the story of the letter she received about the woman who wanted to know the name of the plastic surgeon that did her nose. And then they jump into “An Affair to Remember” and tell several stories about it. And – I think it’s Vic Damone – sings the title tune from it. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Deborah and Peter Viertel
Deborah and Peter are shown the famous kiss scene from “From Here to Eternity” and asked their impressions on it. Deborah recalls the sand that got in her clothes and how uncomfortable and long shooting that scene really was. Then they are asked to define the word “Love”.
The Jack Benny Show
King Solomon's Mines - Parody
January, 7th 1951
Jack Benny, not being jealous at all of Stewart Granger, recreates his part as Allan Quatermain in this parody of the big adventure “The King Solomon’s Mines”. Deborah Karr, I mean Kerr, joins him. This first act covers sobbin’ Deborah’s plead to hire Quatermain to find her missing uncle to the shooting of her annoying brother and their becoming prisioners of a tribe of cannibals.
ACT I (15 mins):
King Solomons Mines ACT I
January, 14th 1951
Jack and Deborah’s adventure in the jungle continues. They escape the cannibals, promote Lucky Strike, kill several show writers and finally arrive to the mines and kiss and fall in love.
ACT II: (12 mins)
King Solomon’s Mines Act II
LUX Radio Theatre
King Solomon's Mines
Deborah joins Stewart Granger recreating their original roles from “King Solomon’s Mines” film for LUX Radio Theatre.
Sadly I only have the first two acts. Act III is missing from my recording.