Time for Love (radio program)

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Time for Love
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Country of originUnited States
Syndicates CBS
StarringMarlene Dietrich
Robert Readick
Announcer Lee Vines
Directed byMurray Burnett
Ernest Ricca
Produced byMarlene Dietrich
Original releaseJanuary 15, 1953 (1953-01-15) – May 27, 1954 (1954-05-27)
Opening themeTime for Love
Sponsored byJergens hand cream

Time for Love is an old-time radio adventure drama in the United States. It was broadcast on CBS January 15, 1953 - May 27, 1954. [1]

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Relationship to Cafe Istanbul

Time for Love can be considered a sequel to — or a spinoff of — Cafe Istanbul , although the setting and the main character's name differed from those of the earlier program. Radio historian John Dunning, in his reference book On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, wrote, "In 1953, Dietrich took the show [Cafe Istanbul] to CBS, changed the setting, and emerged with a sound-alike series called Time for Love. Robert C. Reinehr and Jon D. Swartz wrote in The A to Z of Old Time Radio, "The program [Cafe Istanbul] moved to a different network and was renamed Time for Love. [2] Jim Cox, in Radio Crime Fighters: More Than 300 Programs from the Golden Age, noted, "Some reviewers suggested that this drama [Time for Love] was an outgrowth of Marlene Dietrich's previous radio adventure feature, Cafe Istanbul. [3]

<i>Cafe Istanbul</i>

Cafe Istanbul is an old-time radio foreign intrigue and adventure program in the United States. It was broadcast on ABC January 6, 1952 - December 28, 1952.


Cox described the main character, Dianne La Volte, as "a mythical, globally famous vocal performer ... [who] crusaded avocationally for law and order across the continents. [3] She worked to protect innocent people and bring criminals to justice. Although La Volte lived in San Francisco, episodes of the program took her to Rome, Venice, Casablanca, Singapore, Vienna, and other far-flung places. [3]

In the book Dietrich Icon, Gerd Gemünden and Mary R. Desjardins described a typical episode in which "La Volta confronts German gunrunners while on safari in Kenya during the Mau-Mau uprising. Her globe-trotting journalist-boyfriend Michael saves her from a lion while telling her that she is the most dangerous animal in the jungle." [4]


Marlene Dietrich starred as Dianne La Volte. The only other character who appeared regularly was Michael Victor, an American journalist, who was portrayed by Robert Readick. Victor was La Volte's love interest, and he also "had the uncanny ability, with law authorities in tow, to arrive just in the nick of time to rescue La Volte from some menacing fate." [3] Lee Vines was the announcer. Joe DeSantis, Guy Repp, and Luis Van Rooten were often heard in supporting roles. [3]

Lee Vines was a Canadian-born American radio and television announcer and actor. He was best known to television audiences in the 1950s as the announcer on the What's My Line? game show.

Dietrich was the program's producer. Murray Burnett and Ernest Ricca were the directors. [3] The program's theme was the song Time for Love, which Dietrich recorded with Percy Faith and his orchestra in 1953. [5]

Percy Faith American composer

Percy Faith was a Canadian bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor, known for his lush arrangements of pop and Christmas standards. He is often credited with popularizing the "easy listening" or "mood music" format. Faith became a staple of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. Though his professional orchestra-leading career began at the height of the swing era, Faith refined and rethought orchestration techniques, including use of large string sections, to soften and fill out the brass-dominated popular music of the 1940s.

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