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."
Air Hostess (1953): Rod starred in this serial with
Barbara Brunto and Len Bullen.
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):
Blue Lamp (June 1952): In
this presentation by Caltex Theatre, Rod played Andy Mitchell, a new
recruit to the London police force. Andy and his partner are on the search for a
missing young woman (Barbara Brunton). They spot her in the street with a young
crook, Tom Riley (lead actor Bruce Stewart), but cannot persuade her to return
home. A holdup, a shooting and further exciting events ensue.
Call Me Code (Oct. 7, 1951): Barbara Woodward's play
was broadcast as part of the "Actor's Choice" radio series. Sheila Sewell, Allan
Trevor and Rodney Taylor had chief roles in the play, which is set in a remote
Cape Forlorn (Feb. 7, 1954):
This radio play, broadcast on Caltex Theatre, is
a drama by Australian actor-producer Frank Harvey. The action takes place in a
lighthouse on the South Island of New Zealand. Tom Farley starred as Captain
Kell, the lighthouse keeper. Also in the cast with Rod were Margaret Christensen
and Alan Trevor.
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 (Sept. 19, 1954): This war drama was performed in front of a live studio audience
on Caltex Theatre.
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." The drama is based on an RAF
operation film unit's precarious flight during WWII. The operation on which the
story centers is conceived in a moment of bravado by a young flying officer. Rod
had the starring role of Candy.
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.
Deirdre of the Sorrows (Nov. 2, 1953): This
play-idyll, in lilting prose rhythms, tells the ancient story of deirdre and
Naisi and King Conchubor of Ulster. Stars are Lyndall Barbour, Lloyd Berrell and
Drama of Medicine (May 1, 1953): Rod was among the
cast in the story of the inspiration for Louis Pasteur's discovery of a vaccine
to combat rabies.
For Art's Sake (April 4, 1954): Comedy about a
London "spiv" who decides to make a "racket" out of the Arts. Rod plays "Butch."
Forbidden Cargo (1954): Rod had a leading role.
Adaptation of a Daphne DuMaurier novel.
Full Cry (April 4, 1954): Rod starred in this thriller that was part of
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
eye. Upon its conclusion, it was replaced by Man Trap,
also featuring Rod.
I'm a Dutchman (Sept. 10, 1951): Part of the Radio Repertory series, this
play by Alexander Turner was a prize-winner in an ABC play competition. Story
centers on Hans Maartens (played by Robert Cubbage), a Dutch painter who comes
to Australia in search of a young woman (Lyndall Barbour) he first met in a
Sydney suburb. Rod plays Plulih.
It Never Rains (March 11, 1953): The General Motors Hour play of the week
was a domestic comedy about the misfortunes of a Yorkshire family.
Remains To Be Seen (June 30, 1954): Rod co-starred with musical comedy star
Evie Hayes, who was playing her first drama role in radio. Hayes played Jody
Revere, a singer who through her association with the naive Waldo Walton,
becomes involved in a murder. The play was written by Howard Lindsay and Russell
Crouse, and it contains the same type of amusing situations as their earlier
success, "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Madame Bovary (1951)
Man Trap (1952): This half-hour series of
self-contained dramas replaced I Hate Crime. The novelty was that the
central character was an American "girl detective." Tracey Taylor, played by
Patsy Shay, is sent to Australia on a government case and decides to stay. She
joins a detective agency run by Hartley Forrister (Rod). Each episode dealt with
a case tackled by the two detectives.
Mary Jane (1954): Rod played Jamie and Wendy Playfair was Belle in this Sunday-night serial about life on the Murray River in
the 1880s. The cast also included John Tate, June Salter and Queenie Ashton.
Morning Departure (Aug. 12, 1950):
Kenneth Woolard wrote this tragic story of nine men trapped on the sea bottom
when their submarine hits a mine during exercises off the south coast of
England. Extremely realistic, it has been a success as a stage play, newspaper
serial and film. Bill Stewart starred as the skipper of the sub, supported by
Rod Taylor, John Cazabon, John Barnard, Alan White, Rupert Chance and George
Mr. Denning Drives North (June 28, 1953): Rod played
"Gypsy" in this mystery.
Nancy's Boy ( Nov. 30, 1950):
A drama starring Marshall
Crosby, Madi Hedd, Rodney Taylor and Guy Doleman. When one
member of a family has a very real and honest dislike of war
and killing, can he stand back and be called a coward when
the threat of war looms?
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.
Mine Own Executioner (Feb. 4, 1952): Rod was among the supporting cast in
this Radio Repertory installment. It's the story of Feliz Milne (Alexander
Archdale), a brilliant psychiatrist who, while solving other people's problems,
is unable to mend his own.
No Logic Before Breakfast (Dec. 5, 1950): A comedy by John Appleton,
starring Rod Taylor.
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
Off Finisterre (1950):
Starring Rod Taylor, Lola Brookes and Guy Doleman. A strange tale about a ship
that is believed to be bewitched and to which some mishap always occurs when
On the Way to Niagara (Nov. 15, 1953): A
light-hearted American farce starring Rodney Taylor and Georgie Sterling.
Opal of Destiny (1952): Rod Has a supporting role in
this serial written by Anthony Scott-Veitch and set in Sydney and the Lightning
Ridge opal fields. It's about a former U.S. naval pilot (played by Harp McGuire)
who comes to Australia to start a new life.
Operation North Star (April 1954):
This story of European espionage was presented as part of
the General Motors Hour and starred visiting American film star Glenn Langan,
Rod Taylor and Dinah Shearing.
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.
Out of This World (Dec. 15, 1952): Fantasy drama
about people on other planets who send observation forces to report on Earth's
activities. Frank Bennett starred, with Rod among the supporting cast.
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.
Starlit Valley (Oct. 3, 1953): Rod played Robert Claire
in this installment of the ABC's Saturday Playbill. It's an
historical drama by Catherine Shepherd on the theme of a
man's readiness to pursue images of his own making. Stars
also included Alan White, Audrey Teesdale, Queenie Ashton.
Strange Last Words (1955): Rod
played a leading role in this dramatic series.
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.
Tailormade (March 1, 1953): Comedy about an
Australian tourist on the Adriatic coast and an unsuccessful attempt by a local
racketeer to outwit the visitor. Rod played "vendor."
Tether a Dragon (Nov. 17, 1952):
Rod played Bailey in this drama about Alfred Deakin (Kevin Brennan)
and the federation of Australian colonies.
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 Boy David (Oct. 13, 1952): Sir James Barrie's
last play. Rod played Eliab and First Slinger.
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 Crime That Changed History (Oct. 1951): Two
episodes of "I Spy" dramatize the sensational story of the robbery of the atomic
bomb secrets. Dr. Klaus Fuchs (played by William Eldridge) and Harry Gold
(Rodney Taylor) are portrayed as human beings.
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 Golden Bridegroom (Sept. 21, 1952): Rod played Themison in this radio
play based on a story of Lucius Apuleuis, author of The Golden Ass.
The Hands of Mary Clifford (Feb. 7, 1952): Rod starred as Harry Clifford
in this installment of the Actors' Choice series.
The Happy Time: Reprise of a play Rod did on stage.
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.
The Laughing Woman (Dec. 7, 1953): Rodney Taylor and Georgie Sterling
starred in this drama by Gordon Daviot.
The Man Who Came to Dinner (Nov. 9, 1953): Comedy about a brilliant
egotist. Rod plays "Bert Jefferson."
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.
The Petrified Forest (March 29, 1953): Drama about a
group of people held captive at a wayside lunchroom by a fugitive gangster and
his cohorts. Rod plays "Jackie."
The Starlit Valley (Oct. 3, 1954): Rod played Robert
Claire in this Saturday Playbill production. It is a story of man's readiness to
pursue images of his own making.
(Serial began November 1953): Rodney
Taylor and Sheila Sewell had the leads as Paddy and Ida Carmody in
this adaptation of a novel by Australian Jon Cleary.
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 (June 14,
1953): The radio play retains
the essential strength, vitality and humanness of the story
of an Australian commando patrol in New Guineau during the
war. Rod plays Cpl. Shearwood.
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
This Happy Breed (Jan. 4, 1954): Satire by Noel
Three Roads to Destiny (1955):
Rod played Tam in
this colorful saga of a family in the 19th century and
concerns the hardships overcome by Australian pioneers. The
story featured three brothers (played by Howard Craven, John
Ewart and Rod Taylor) who meet in Australia after making
their separate paths across the world. 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 serial that launched in July
Three Secrets (Nov. 29, 1953): Rod plays Del Prince
in this adaptation of a film drama.
Thunder on the Hill (March 8, 1953): Mystery
thriller about a nun who saves a young woman from the gallows and unmasks the
real murderer. Rod plays "Willie."
Time Was My Enemy: Rod played an Australian POW.
To Live in Peace (Dec. 7, 1952): Story of a kindly old priest (Douglas
Herald) in an Italian mountain village who suddenly discovers that his nephew is
the Emperor Napoleon. Rod has a supporting role as Maso.
Trudy and the Quiet Life (Sept. 1953): This comedy presented on the ROLA
Show starred Rodney Taylor and Myrna Dodd.
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.
With Cain Go Wander (July 18, 1953): Rod stars as Mark Lacey in this
Within Rights (June 15, 1953): Police drama.
You An' Me, both (Feb. 9, 1953): The comedy of a girl who accidentally
makes a date with three different men for the same evening. Rod plays "the