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The Mercury Theater On The Air
     Starring Orson Welles, this was the first acting group, The Mercury Players, to be heard on the radio on a weekly basis.  After an experimental 9 week run on a sustaining basis, CBS ordered an additional 13 weeks.  Broadcasts for this series were produced in “first person singular.”  Each broadcast is 60 minutes in length.  This series resumed with the sponsorship of Campbell Soaps and changed its title to The Campbell Playhouse beginning o 12/09/38.
Broadcast History:
Network: CBS
  First Series: 07/11/38 to 09/05/38
  Second Series: 09/11/38 to 12/04/38
  Orson Welles
  John Houseman
Production Supervisor:
  Davidson Taylor
  Bernard Herrmann
  John Houseman, Howard Koch
  Dan Seymour
  John Dietz
Sound Effects:
  James Rogan, Ray Kremer, Ora Nichols
  Tonight We Love (Theme from Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor)
      by Russian composer Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (05/07/1840 – 11/06/1893)
  Agnes Moorehead, Alice Frost, Everett Sloane, Joesph Cotton, Martin Gabel,
  Ray Collins, Kenny Delmar, Edgar Barrier, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris,
  Hiram Sherman, Frank Readick, Karl Swenson, Erskine Sanford
Also heard:
  Arthur Anderson, George Backus, Virginia Welles, Richard Wilson, Alfred Shirley,
  Arlene Francis, Eustace Wyatt, Thelmas Schnay, Howard Smith, Patty Chapman,
  Marilyn Erskine, Morgan Farley, Ruth Ford, Betty Garde, Elliott Reid, Mary Wickes,
  Stefan Schnabel, Bill Herz
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Series One
Monday - 9:00 p.m. – First Person Singular Series
07/11/38 # 1 Dracula by Bram Stoker w/Orson Welles, Elizabeth Farrell
07/18/38 # 2 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson w/Orson Welles, Arthur Anderson
07/25/38 # 3 A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens w/Orson Welles, Martin Gabel
08/01/38 # 4 39 Steps by John Buchan w/Orson Welles
08/08/38 # 5 I'm A Fool by Sherwood Anderson\
                     Open Window by H.H. (Saki) Murne
                     My Little Boy by Carl Ewald
                       w/Orson Welles, Edgar Barrier, Ray Collins
                     (Jane Eyre announced as next program)
08/15/38 # 6 Abraham Lincoln by John Drinkwater w/Orson Welles, Ray Collins
08/22/38 # 7 Affairs Of Antole by Charlotte Bronte w/Orson Welles, Alice Frost
08/29/38 # 8 Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas w/Orson Welles, Ray Collins
09/05/38 # 9 The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton w/Orson Welles, , Paul Stewart
                     (Vincent Van Gough announced as next program)
Second Series
Sunday - 8:00 p.m.
09/11/38 #10 Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
                         Narration by H.V. Kaltenborn from Plutarch w/Orson Welles
09/18/38 #11 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte w/Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead
09/25/38 #12 Sherlock Holmes Adapted from William Gillette's stage version
                         w/Orson Welles, Ray Collins, Richard Wilson
10/02/38 #13 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
10/09/38 #14 Hell On Ice by Commander Edward Ellsberg w/William Allen
10/16/38 #15 Seventeen by Booth Tarkington w/Orson Welles, Betty Garde, Elliott Reid
10/23/38 #16 Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne w/Orson Welles, Ray Collins
10/30/38 #17 War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells w/Orson Welles, Frank Readick
11/06/38 #18 Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
                      Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry
                      Life With Father by Day
                         w/Orson Welles, Ray Collins
                         (Bishop Murder Case announced as next program)
11/13/38 #19 A Passenger To Bali by Ellis St. Joseph
11/20/38 #20 Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens w/Orson Welles, Ray Collins
11/27/38 #21 Clarence by Booth Tarkington
12/04/38 #22 The Bridge Of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
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