Matinee Theater represented a serious attempt by CBS to provide quality dramatic programming for its Sunday afternoon listeners. A continuation of the series Dangerously Yours, it was renamed Matinee Theater with a view towards presenting “a greater range of stories”. That broader scope was able to accommodate such episodes as “Beautiful Dreamer” (the Stephen Foster story) and “The Love Story of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning”.
Victor Jory and several different female stars paired to bring classics like “Wuthering Heights”, “Jane Eyre”, and “The Scarlet Pimpernel” to the audience, as well as a number of more contemporary works. The first of these thirty-minute broadcasts aired October 22, 1944 and the final one on April 8, 1945. The Vick Chemical Company sponsored throughout.