The Campbell Playhouse (Starring Orson Welles) - Beau Geste (03-17-39)


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Beau Geste (Aired March 17, 1939)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch. THIS EPISODE: March 17, 1939. CBS network. "Beau Geste". Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. A well-done, all-star version of the drama about the French Foreign Legion. A guest on the program is a real Foreign Legionnaire who compares the play with reality. Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Edward Ryan, Elizabeth Elson, Ernest Chappell (announcer), Howard Teichmann (editor), Jackie Kelk, Kingsley Colton, Laurence Olivier, Naomi Campbell, Noah Beery, Orson Welles (host), Ray Collins (narrator), Stefan Schnabel. 58:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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