The Campbell Play House Audio

The Campbell Playhouse

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Orson Welles features great stars of the theatre and Hollywood in forty-five, hour-long engrossing adaptations of classic plays and novels, as well as adaptations of popular motion pictures.


Orson Welles features great stars of the theatre and Hollywood in engrossing adaptations of classic plays and novels, as well as adaptations of popular motion pictures.

The Campbell Playhouse, a continuation of The Mercury Theatre On The Air, was sponsored by Campbell Soup as a direct result of the success of Welles’ broadcast of War of the Worlds in 1938. Welles directed and starred in the show, which aired live on CBS from 1938-1940.

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Episode List

  1. Rebecca, originally broadcast December 09, 1938. Story by by Daphne du Maurier feat. Orson Welles (Max de Winter), Margaret Sullavan (Mrs. de Winter), Mildred Natwick (Mrs. Danvers), Ray Collins (Frank Crawley), George Coulouris (Captain Searle), Frank Readick (the Idiot), Alfred Shirley (Frith), Eustace Wyatt (Coroner), Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Van Hopper). The broadcast was the first adaptation in any medium of the novel, and Herrmann’s score serves as the basis of his score for the 1943 film version of the same novel.
  2. A Christmas Carol, originally broadcast December 23, 1938. Story by Charles Dickens feat. Orson Welles (Ebenezer Scrooge), Hiram Sherman (Bob Cratchit), Brenda Forbes (Mrs. Cratchit), Arthur Anderson (Ghost of Christmas Past), Eustace Wyatt (Ghost of Christmas Present), Frank Readick (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come), Alfred Shirley (Marley’s Ghost), Joseph Cotten(Scrooge’s nephew Fred), Virginia Welles, as Anna Stafford (Belle), Kingsley Colton (Tiny Tim), George Spelldon (Mr. Fezziwig), Alice Frost(Charwoman), Ernest Chappell (Announcer).
  3. Counselor-at-Law, originally broadcast January 06, 1939. Story by Elmer Rice feat. Orson Welles (George Simon), Gertrude Berg (Mrs. Simon), Aline MacMahon (Regina Gordon).
  4. Mutiny on the Bounty, originally broadcast January 13, 1939. Story by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall feat. Orson Welles (Captain Bligh), Carl Frank (Roger Byam), Joseph Cotten (Fletcher Christian), Ray Collins (Thomas Birkitt), Frank Readick (John Fryer), Myron McCormick (James Morrison), Edgar Barrier (William Purcell), Richard Wilson (Matthew Thompson), William Alland (Mr. Samuel), Memo Holt (Tehani).
  5. I Lost My Girlish Laughter, originally broadcast January 27, 1939. Story by by Jane Allen feat. Orson Welles (Sidney Brandt), George S. Kaufman (John Tussler), Ilka Chase (Madge Lawrence), Tamara Geva (Sarya Tarn), Ray Collins (Faye), Frank Readick (Palmer), Everett Sloane (Roy), Edgar Barrier (Bruce Anders), Myron McCormick (Leland Hayward), Agnes Moorehead (Frances Smith), Joseph Cotten (Riley), William Alland (assistant director).
  6. Arrowsmith, originally broadcast February 03, 1939. Story by Sinclair Lewis feat. Orson Welles (Martin Arrowsmith), Helen Hayes (Leora Arrowsmith), Ray Collins (Professor Gottlieb), Frank Readick (Sondelius), Al Swenson (Henry Novak), Effie Palmer (Mrs. Tozer), Everette Sloane (Mr. Tozer), Carl Frank (Dr. Stoups).
  7. The Green Goddess, originally broadcast February 10, 1939. Story by by William Archer feat. Orson Welles (the Rajah), Madeleine Carroll (Lucilla Crespin), Robert Speaight (Major Crespin), Ray Collins (Dr. Traherne), Eustace Wyatt (Watkins).
  8. The Glass Key, originally broadcast March 10, 1939. Story by Dashiell Hammett feat. Orson Welles (Paul Madvig), Paul Stewart (Ned Beaumont), Ray Collins (Shad O’Rory), Myron McCormick (Senator Henry), Effie Palmer (Mrs. Madvig), Elspeth Eric (Opal Madvig), Elizabeth Morgan (Telephone Operator), Everett Sloane (Farr), Howard Smith (Jeff), Laura Baxter (Janet Henry), Edgar Barrier (Rusty). An interview with Warden Lewis E. Lawes of Sing Sing concludes the broadcast.
  9. Beau Geste, originally broadcast March 17, 1939. Story by P. C. Wren Cast: Orson Welles (Beau Geste), Laurence Olivier (John Geste), Noah Beery (Sergeant Lajaune), Naomi Campbell (Isobel), Isabel Elson (Lady Brandon). An interview with J. Alphonse de Redenet, French Legionnaire concludes the broadcast.
  10. Show Boat, originally broadcast March 31, 1939. by Edna Ferber Cast: Orson Welles (Captain Andy Hawks), Edna Ferber (Parthy Ann Hawks), Margaret Sullavan (Magnolia), Helen Morgan (Julie), William Johnstone (Gaylord Ravenal), Ray Collins (Windy), Grace Cotten (Kim), Everett Sloane (Schultzy). An interview with Edna Ferber concludes the broadcast.
  11. The Patriot, originally broadcast April 14, 1939. Story by Pearl S. Buck Cast: Orson Welles (I-wan), Anna May Wong (Peony). An interview with author Pearl S. Buck concludes the broadcast.
  12. Private Lives, originally broadcast April 21, 1939. Story by Noël Coward Cast: Orson Welles (Elyot Chase), Gertrude Lawrence (Amanda Prynne), Naomi Campbell (Sibyl Chase), Robert Speaight (Victor Prynne), Edgar Barrier (Hotel Manager).
  13. Wickford Point, originally broadcast May 05, 1939. by John P. Marquand feat. Orson Welles (Jim Calder), Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, Paul Stewart, Carl Frank, and others. An interview with John P. Marquand concludes the broadcast.
  14. Our Town, originally broadcast May 12, 1939. Story by Thornton Wilder feat. Orson Welles (Stage Manager) with Patricia Newton, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, John Craven, Effie Palmer, Everett Sloane, Parker Fennelly.
  15. The Bad Man, originally broadcast May 19, 1939. Story by Porter Emerson Browne feat. Orson Welles (Pancho Lopez), Ida Lupino (Lucia Pell), Frank Readick (Gilbert Phebbs), Ray Collins (Uncle Phipps), William Alland (Morgan Pell), Diana Stevens (Dot), Everett Sloane (Louie), Edward Jerome (Pedro).
  16. American Cavalcade: The Things We Have, originally broadcast May 26, 1939. Composed by Orson Welles feat. Orson Welles (James Scott, Professor Shurtz, O’Shaughnessy, The Limey, John Brown), Cornelia Otis Skinner (Mary Scott, Frau Shurtz, Lady Townsend, Polish woman, Susan B. Anthony); with Frank Readick, Kenneth Delmar, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Kingsley Colton, William Harrigan, Howard Smith.
  17. Victoria Regina, originally broadcast June 02, 1939. Story by Laurence Housman feat. Orson Welles (Prince Albert), Helen Hayes (Queen Victoria); with Eustace Wyatt, Ray Collins, Brenda Forbes, Agnes Moorehead, Alfred Shirley, Virginia Welles (as Anna Stafford).
  18. Peter Ibbetson, originally broadcast September 10, 1939. Story by George du Maurier feat. Orson Welles (Peter Ibbetson), Helen Hayes (Mary, Duchess of Towers), John Emery (Colonel Ibbetson), Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Deane), Vera Allen (Madame Seraskier), Everett Sloane (Crockett), Eustace Wyatt (Warden), Ray Collins (Governor), George Coulouris (Chaplain), Edgar Barrier (Judge), Richard Wilson (Turnkey), Kingsley Colton (Peter as a child), Betty Philson (Mary as a child).
  19. Ah, Wilderness, originally broadcast September 17, 1939. Story by Eugene O’Neill feat. Orson Welles (Richard Miller), Ray Collins (Nat Miller), Arlene Francis (Muriel McComber), Agnes Moorehead (Lily Wilson), Everett Sloane (Sid Davis), Joseph Cotten, Paul Stewart, Richard Wilson, Frank Readick, Joan Tetzel, Ted Reid.
  20. What Every Woman Knows, originally broadcast September 24, 1939. Story by J. M. Barrie feat. Orson Welles (John Shand), Helen Hayes (Maggie Wylie), Alred Shirley (Alick Sylie), Everett Sloane (David Wylie), Agnes Moorehead (Countess), Naomi Campbell (Lady Sybil), Eustace Wyatt (Mr. Venables), Ray Collins (Willy Cameron).
  21. The Count of Monte Cristo, originally broadcast October 01, 1939. Story by Alexandre Dumas feat. Orson Welles (Edmond Dantés, the Count), Ray Collins (Caderousse), Everett Sloane (Abbé Faria), Frank Readick (Villefort),George Coulouris (Danglars), Edgar Barrier (Mondego), Richard Wilson (a Jailer), Agnes Moorehead (Mercédès).
  22. Algiers, originally broadcast October 08, 1939. Screenplay by John Howard Lawson and James M. Cain feat. Orson Welles (Pepe Le Moko), Paulette Goddard (Gaby).
  23. Escape, originally broadcast October 15, 1939. Story by John Galsworthy Cast: Orson Welles (Matt Denant), Wendy Barrie (Lady in the hotel), Ray Collins (Murdered /cop, Forgiving Judge, Unforgiving Farmer), Jack Smart (another Cop, Farmhand), Edgar Barrier (Priest and Cabbie), Bea Benaderet (Girl in park, Woman at picnic), Harriet Kay (Maid), Mabel Albertson (Bessie), Benny Rubin (Man at picnic).
  24. Liliom, originally broadcast October 22, 1939. Story by by Ferenc Molnár Cast: Orson Welles (Liliom), Helen Hayes (Julie), Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Muskat), Joan Tetzell (Marie), Frank Readick (Ficsur), Bill Adams (Sheriff), Joseph Cotten (the Cashier), Betty Philson (Louise).
  25. The Magnificent Ambersons, originally broadcast October 29, 1939. by Booth Tarkington Cast: Orson Welles (George Amberson Minafer), Walter Huston (Eugene Morgan), Nan Sunderland (Isabel Amberson), Ray Collins (Fred Amberson), Eric Burtis (Young George Minafer), Marion Burns (Lucy Morgan), Everett Sloane (Archie Malloch Smith), Richard Wilson (Reverend Malloch Smith), Bea Benaderet (Mrs. Foster).
  26. The Hurricane, originally broadcast November 05, 1939. Story by James Norman Hall and Charles Nordhoff feat. Orson Welles (Eugene de Laage), Mary Astor (Germaine de Laage), Ray Collins (Father Paul), Everett Sloane (Captain Nagle), Edgar Barrier (Terangi), Bea Benaderet (Marani), Eric Burgess (Mako).
  27. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, originally broadcast November 12, 1939. Story by Agatha Christie, and the first of several episodes scripted by Herman J. Mankiewicz feat. Orson Welles (Hercule Poirot, Dr. James Sheppard), Edna May Oliver (Caroline Sheppard), Alan Napier (Roger Ackroyd), Brenda Forbes (Mrs. Ackroyd), George Coulouris (Inspector Hempstead), Ray Collins (Mr. Raymond), Everett Sloane (Parker, the butler).
  28. The Garden of Allah, originally broadcast November 19, 1939. Story by Robert Hichens feat. Orson Welles (Boris Androvsky), Madeleine Carroll (Domini Enfilden), Everett Sloane (Count Anteoni), George Coulouris (Father Roubier), Ray Collins (Lt. de Trevignac).
  29. Dodsworth, originally broadcast November 26, 1939. Story by Sinclair Lewis, scripted by Herman J. Mankiewicz feat. Orson Welles (Sam Dodsworth), Fay Bainter (Fran Dodsworth), Nan Sunderland (Edith Cortright), Dennis Green (Major Lockert), Edgar Barrier (Kurt von Obersdorf), Ray Collins (Tubby), Natasha Latische (Mme. de Penalbe), Brenda Forbes (the Baroness).
  30. Lost Horizon, originally broadcast December 03, 1939. Story by James Hilton feat. Orson Welles (Father Perrault/High Lama), Sigrid Gurie (Chinese Woman).
  31. Vanessa, originally broadcast December 10, 1939. Story by Hugh Walpole feat. Orson Welles (Benjie), Helen Hayes (Vanessa, Judith), Alfred Shirley (Adam), Eustce Wyatt (Uncle Will), Kingsley Colton (Benjie’s son).
  32. There’s Always a Woman, originally broadcast December 17, 1939. Story by Gladys Lehman feat. Orson Welles (Bill Reardon), Marie Wilson (Sally Rerdon), Ray Collins (Nicky Shane), Everett Sloane (Grigson, the butler), Edgar Barrier (Jerry Marlow), Mary Taylor (Lola Fraser), Georgia Backus (Ann Calhoun), Frank Readick (the D.A.), Richard Wilson (Walter Fraser).
  33. A Christmas Carol, originally broadcast December 24, 1939. Story by Charles Dickens feat. Orson Welles (Narrator), Lionel Barrymore (Ebenezer Scrooge); with Everett Sloane (Marley’s Ghost), Frank Readick (Bob Cratchit), Erskine Sanford (Fezziwig), George Coulouris (Ghost of Christmas Present), Ray Collins, Georgia Backus (Mrs. Cratchit), Bea Benaderet (Martha Cratchit), Edgar Barrier.
  34. Vanity Fair, originally broadcast January 07, 1940. Story by William Makepeace Thackeray, scripted by Herman J. Mankiewicz feat. Orson Welles (the Marquis), Helen Hayes (Becky Sharp), John Hoysradt (Rawdon Crawley), Agnes Moorehead (Miss Crawley), Naomi Campbell (Amelia Sedley).
  35. Theodora Goes Wild, originally broadcast January 14, 1940. Story by Mary McCarthy, screenplay by Sidney Buchman, feat. Orson Welles (Michael Grant), Loretta Young (Theodora Lynn), Ray Collins (Jed Waterbury), Mary Taylor (Mrs. Stevenson), Clara Blandick (Aunt Rebecca), Frank Readick (Arthur Stevenson).
  36. The Citadel, originally broadcast January 21, 1940. Story by A. J. Cronin feat. Orson Welles (Andrew Manson), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Christine), Everett Sloane (Dr. Ivory), Mary Taylor (Mrs. Laurence), Ray Collins (the Rector), Edgar Barrier (Dr. Freedman), George Coulouris (Dr. Denny), Georgia Backus (Mrs. Higgins), Robert Coote (Dr. Fred Hampton).
  37. It Happened One Night, originally broadcast January 28, 1940. Story by Samuel Hopkins Adams, screenplay by Robert Riskin feat. Orson Welles (Mr. Andrews), William Powell (Peter Grant), Miriam Hopkins (Ellie Andrews).
  38. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Story by Clarence Budington Kelland, screenplay by Robert Riskin feat. Orson Welles (Longfellow Deeds), Gertrude Lawrence (Brenda Bennett), Everett Sloane (John Cedar), Paul Stewart (Cornelius Cobb), Frank Readick (the Judge), Edgar Barrier (Mr. Buddington), Agnes Moorehead (a Pixilated Lady), Jane Hauston (a Pixilated Lady), Ernest Chappell (Bailiff), Edwin C. Hill (Ernest Chappell); with Richard Wilson, Howard Teichmann and Joseph Cotten as a number of people.
  39. Dinner at Eight, originally broadcast February 18, 1940. Story by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber feat. Orson Welles (Dan Packard, Larry Renault), Marjorie Rambeau (Carlotta Vance), Hedda Hopper (Millicent Jordan), Lucille Ball (Kitty Packard), Charles Trowbridge (Oliver Jordan), Clara Blandick (Hattie Loomis), Mary Taylor (Paula Jordan), Edgar Barrier (Dr. Talbot), Benny Rubin (Max, the agent).
  40. Only Angels Have Wings, originally broadcast February 25, 1940. Story by Howard Hawks, screenplay by Jules Furthman feat. Orson Welles (Geoff Carter), Joan Blondell (Bonnie Lee), Regis Toomey (the Kid), Edmond McDonald (Les Peters), Edgar Barrier (Ashton Stevens), George Coulouris (Dutchy), William Alland (Joe Souther), Richard Baer (Tex), Richard Wilson (Pete).
  41. Rabble in Arms, originally broadcast March 03, 1940. Story by Kenneth Roberts feat. Orson Welles (Benedict Arnold), Frances Dee (Ellen Phipps), George Coulouris (Captain Peter Merrill), Robert Warwick (Captain Nason), Richard Baer (Huck), Edward Donahue (Guy), Richard Wilson (Scott Flick), Georgia Backus (Madame).
  42. Craig’s Wife, originally broadcast March 10, 1940. Story by George Kelly feat. Orson Welles (Walter Craig), Ann Harding (Harriet Craig), Janet Beecher (Miss Austen), Mary Taylor (Ethel Landreth), Regis Toomey (Billy Birkmire), Clara Blandick (Mrs. Harold), Bea Benaderet (Mazie), Richard Baer (Policeman).
  43. Huckleberry Finn, originally broadcast March 17, 1940. Story by Mark Twain, scripted by Herman J. Mankiewicz feat. Orson Welles (Dauphin, Huckleberry Finn), Jackie Cooper (Huckleberry Finn), Walter Catlett (Duke), Clarence Muse (Jim).
  44. June Moon, originally broadcast March 24, 1940. Story by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman feat. Orson Welles (Candy Butcher on train), Jack Benny (Fred Stevens), Benny Rubin (Maxie Schwartz), Gus Schilling (Paul Sears), Bea Benaderet (Lucille Sears), Lee Patrick (Eileen), Virginia Gordon (Edna Baker).
  45. Jane Eyre, originally broadcast March 31, 1940. Story by Charlotte Brontë Cast: Orson Welles (Mr. Rochester), Madeleine Carroll (Jane Eyre), Cecilia Loftus (Mrs. Fairfax), Robert Coote (Mr. Brocklehurst), Serita Whooton (Young Jane), George Coulouris (the Innkeeper), Edgar Barrier (the Priest).


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