A Place Where You Whisper: Rod played an Australian sheep shearer.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois:
Rod played Abraham Lincoln and drew praise from Adelaide
Advertiser critic James Cramond, who raved in the Aug. 15,
1953, edition about Abe's "soul stirring" long speeches.
"They sufficiently moved actor Rodney Taylor to such
emotional heights that he keyed the rest of his character
study of Lincoln to them and earned himself the award for
this week's best performance."
All My Sons (April 1953): Rod
played the son of the jailed partner of Willie Loman. The [Adelaide]
Advertiser called it "modern American drama at its peak."
The story tells of
the detention of an American citizen in Communist Hungary.
The task of finding him is given to young reporter Jimmy
Race, played by Rod, in
the The General Motors Hour Play, July 28, 1954.
Because of the Lockwoods:
Constance Cox dramatized Dorothy Whipple's best-selling
novel for the General Motors Hour Play, Jan. 14, 1953.
Coralie Neville and Rod Taylor had the starring roles in the
play, which was produced by Harry Dearth.
Black Lightning (1952):
played upright character Anderson Roberts, making him one of more than 1,000 actors who played a part
in "Blue Hills" over the years. The world's longest-running radio
5,796 episodes that ran on Australia's ABC Radio for 27 years from Monday, Feb.
28, 1949, until Thursday, Sept. 30, 1976.
Captain Singleton: The children's serial was among Rod's earliest
Chips: Story of Outback:
An adventure story during
which Rod worked with Lee Robinson, who later directed and
wrote "King of the Coral
Sea" and cast Rod in his first feature film role.
Contraband: Crime/mystery series.
Crime and Punishment: Dramatization of
Dostoevsky's classic novel.
Crispin's Day: This war drama was performed in front of a live studio audience.
The drama critic of
The Listener In said the audience gave Rod "the
most spontaneous ovation I have heard given to an individual actor," and that
the production "was a personal triumph for the young Sydney actor." Rod played
an air force pilot and The Listener In
said, "His emotional breakdown following his successful landing of the plane was
a masterpiece of naturalistic acting."
Danger in Paradise:
Taylor was a cast member in this radio adaptation of Octavus
Roy Cohen's popular mystery novel. It's a story of romance and murder set
against the backdrop of glamorous girls and fast-talking men in New York's
biggest ad agency. There were 52 episodes in 15-minute segments.
Adaptation of a Daphne DuMaurier novel.
Golden Boy: Rod played the title role of a young man torn between becoming a boxer or
Gulliver's Cousin (1954): This
was a Radio Repertory Play starring Rodney Taylor that was
billed as "Ruth Park's new radio play of William Dampier,
I Hate Crime: This half-hour program debuted
in 1950 and featured the exploits of Larry Kent, played by Ken Wayne. Kent was a
New York newspaperman who emigrated to Australia and set himself up as a private
It was while listening to this show that writer-producer
Martin Rackin heard a young man playing the part of a Brooklyn hoodlum.
The accent was so perfect that Rackin thought he'd found an American actor
working Down Under. Instead, he had found Rod Taylor, who he soon cast in
"Long John Silver" and sent on his
way to Hollywood.
Madame Bovary (1951)
Morning Departure (1950):
A submarine drama by Kenneth Woolard.
Night Beat: This was broadcast nationally in Australia
for nine years and featured the human interest stories of a newspaper columnist
on the night beat.
Man Trap (1952): Features the adventures of a
girl detective. Starred Patsy Shay and Rodney Taylor.
Half-hour episodes each Monday.
No Lullaby for Lise (1954): A
gripping serial of a mother's search for her child in
troubled post-war Europe. From King's Cross to Cracow --
through Germany and across to America -- this exciting
serial tells of two people's experiences of life behind the
Operation North Star:
He supported visiting American film star Glenn Langan.
O'Sullivan's Bay: Rod played a dual role of a father
and son in this drama, which was presented on "The Rola Show." His performance
earned him the Rola Award as actor of the year -- the honor that sent him on his
way to Hollywood.
Point of Departure (1951)
Remains to be Seen (1954):
Rod was in the supporting
cast of this comedy-mystery that was the General
Motors Hour Play on June 30, 1954. The play, by Howard
Lindsay and Russell Crouse, contained the same type of
amusing situations and odd characters as their earlier
successes, "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Life with Father."
Richard II (July 1952):
Starred Alistair Duncan, with Rod among the cast.
Strange Life of Deacon Brodie (1950-51):
Taylor played a character named Patterson in this 52-episode
radio serial. The 15-minute episodes aired Monday to Thursday at 10:15 a.m.
on Australian radio station 2UW. It's the true story of the man who inspired
Robert Louis Stevenson to write "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Actor
Bruce Stewart played Deacon Brodie, a pillar of the establishment who turned
arch criminal and terrified Edinburgh in the late 18th century.
Such Men Are Dangerous (1954): Rod played Czar Paul
I of Russia in this striking historical play by Alfred Dukes.
The Amazing Mr. Malone (1950-51):
Taylor was a guest performer on this series about a New York criminal lawyer
who trouble has a way of finding. The American were scripts carefully adapted for Australian radio.
The Compelled People (Monday Night
Theater, late August 1954):
This was reviewed as a confusing play about two
Berliners -- Hugo von Gerhardt and his actress sister,
Friedl. Friedl has a chance to escape to America with Joe
Mancini (played by Rod) if Joe can get a divorce. Hugo could
go to England with Beatrice, a starchy aristocratic lady.
But they both love Berlin so much and angst over leaving.
The Dance Dress (1953): Rod played an orphan from the slums determined to buy a
dress for the girl he loves.
The Foolish Gentlewoman (1952)
The Happy Time: Reprise of a play Rod did on stage.
The Musician (1954): Rod starred
in this installment of "The Rola Show," which featured plays
by Australian writers. This one was by Jean James of Bondi.
Rod played Paddy Carmody in
this adaptation of an Australian novel. Each Sunday night at
8:30 (November 1953).
This Happy Breed:
Noel Coward play.
The Golden Fool:
Rod was one
of the cast members of this 1954 Australian
radio show that was adapted from a novel by David Divine. Ads for the show
billed it as "an exciting new action-adventure. The torrid
romance of a lust for gold and the love of a women." It was the dramatic story
of a family conflict in the High Veldt region of the Transvaal in South
The Octopus: Rod played the
Frenchman, Saturdays at 6:30.
The Ridge and the River:
Adaptation of an Australian
The Right to Happiness (1954):
This was billed as "a new serial for women" upon its
debut on June 21, 1954. The story tells of a woman who
marries the man she loves and strives for the right to
happiness. Stars included Margo Lee and Rodney Taylor.
The Wages of Fear (1954):
A review by Joyce
Stirling in the Brisbane Sunday Mail on Sept. 19, 1954,
called this "one of the tensest radio plays I've listened
to." Stirling said the radio play "was all about two men who (for
a suitably high fee) undertook to drive a load of
nitroglycerine over a dangerous and rough road for 300 miles
in a truck whose shock absorbers were not above suspicion.
... Rodney Taylor gave one of those nervous, high-tension
performances of his as driver Gerard, and Ray Barrat just
about matched this fine effort as the fear-ridden driver,
Johnnie. The play had a fine ironic twist to its tail and
kept you biting your nails with suspense to the final five
They Were Champions (1954):
Rod played Bob
Fitzsimmons, a New Zealand boxer who held three world
Three Roads to Destiny:
Rod played Tam in
this colorful saga of a family in the 19th century. The
story ranges from England, through America, across the
Pacific to the Far East and ultimately Australia. There were
208 episodes of this 15-minute show.
Time Was My Enemy: Rod played an Australian POW.
Western Trail (1954): Rod played
ranger Dick Mason. Charles "Bud" Tingwell played ruslter
Wolf Castella, and wild Apache tribes provided added
Wings Off the Sea:
Taylor played Lt. Cmdr. Sherwood in a serial drama based
on J.E. MacDonnell's Korean War novel.
Winterset (1951): Winterset is a play by
Maxwell Anderson. Written largely in poetic form, the tragedy deals indirectly
with the famous Sacco-Vanzetti case, in which two Italian immigrants with
radical political beliefs were executed.