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Cavalcade of America Old Time Radio Program

Cavalcade of America Old Time Radio Program

½ hour drama

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Cavalcade of America was one of the longest running high quality drama shows on radio. It first aired in 1935, was broadcast on radio until 1953, then the show switched to television and lasted until 1957.

The show dramatized significant people or events in American history and literature. It also featured a full orchestra punctuating the action, occasionally playing an extended piece of music, and some shows were dedicated to American music in which the orchestra really got a chance to shine.

Cavalcade was a high quality show using star power like Raymond Massey, Charles Laughton, Lionel Barrymore, Dick Powell, Clark Gable made his first radio appearance on Cavalcade, and Orson Welles gained valuable experience on the show before creating the Mercury Theater. In addition to the hottest stars of the day, and talented up and comers, the show had a good group of staff writers, but also worked with popular authors of the day. Carl Sandburg, Stephen Vincent Benet, and Robert Sherwood all worked for Cavalcade. Sandburg was the narrator for the show adapting his book Native Land. The show paid top rate, and the best radio directors demanded perfection from the actors. In addition to top stars, directors, and production crew, the show also hired “historical advisors” led by Dr. Frank Monaghan of Yale to verify the stories as historically accurate. Having hyped the accuracy of the show, the audience raised themselves to the task of finding errors. Lucky for the producers, the internet hadn't been invented yet. But overall the show did a good job of presenting an accurate picture of history. (And at least they tried, at opposed to...oh, say, Xena Warrior Princess.)

At first the show featured people and events from America's past (John Winthrop and Yankee Independence) but around 1939 the show changed a bit and allowed for more recent events and people, or modern stories that reflected American ideals (Babe Ruth and stories of war time valor).

The origin of the show is a little less than the ideals it tried to promote. Cavalcade of America was sponsored by the Dupont Company. Dupont was having, what in the biz is called a “public relations situation”. The company was being investigated for war profiteering after World War I. In response, the company created a quality show, highlighting positive American ideals. To help its Dupont's reputation, the show did not enact any violence on the show. And it only had a commercial intro at the beginning of the show, and a longer commercial at the end. The slogan: "Maker of better things for better living through chemistry" first appeared on this show.

 

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Cavalcade of America CD 1
119 episodes:

351009 (001) No Truning Bac.mp3
351016 (002) The Conquered .mp3
351023 (003) The Spirit of .mp3
351030 (004) The Will to Re.mp3
351106 (005) Faith in Educa.mp3
351113 (006) Woman's Emanci.mp3
351120 (007) Willingness to.mp3
351127 (008) Community Self.mp3
351204 (009) Heroism in Med.mp3
351211 (010) The Will to Ex.mp3
351218 (011) Defiance of Na.mp3
351225 (012) The Humanitari.mp3
360101 (013) The Declaratio.mp3
360108 (014) Woman in Publi.mp3
360115 (015) Building and A.mp3
360122 (016) Speed of Words.mp3
360129 (017) Enterprise.mp3
360205 (018) Loyalty to Fam.mp3
360212 (019) Abraham Lincol.mp3
360219 (020) The Bridge of .mp3
360226 (021) Heroes of the .mp3
360304 (022) Songs That Ins.mp3
360311 (023) Preservation.mp3
360318 (024) They Also Serv.mp3
360325 (025) Conservation.mp3
360401 (026) Fame in Litera.mp3
360408 (027) Opportunity.mp3
360415 (028) Railroad Build.mp3
360422 (029) Safty First.mp3
360429 (030) Self Reliance.mp3
360506 (031) The Artistic I.mp3
360513 (032) Tillers of the.mp3
360520 (033) Hardness.mp3
360527 (034) Resourcefulnes.mp3
360603 (035) Songs of Rome.mp3
360617 (036) Heroes of Texa.mp3
360624 (037) Steamboat Buil.mp3
360701 (038) American Journ.mp3
360708 (039) Victor Herbert.mp3
360715 (040) Band Music in .mp3
360722 (041) Band Music in .mp3
360729 (042) Band Music in .mp3
360805 (043) Band Music in .mp3
360826 (046) Dance Music in.mp3
360902 (047) American Music.mp3
360916 (049) The Orchestra .mp3
360923 (050) Music of the M.mp3
360930 (051) Showmanship.mp3
361007 (052) Helping Hand.mp3
361014 (053) Sentinels of t.mp3
361021 (054) John Winthrop.mp3
361028 (055) Edward MacDowe.mp3
361111 (056) Transcontinent.mp3
361125 (058) Songs of Senti.mp3
361202 (059) The Seeing Eye.mp3
361209 (060) The Story of C.mp3
361223 (062) A Tribute to E.mp3
361230 (063) Yankee Indepen.mp3
370106 (064) Winning Presti.mp3
370113 (065) Father of Plas.mp3
370120 (066) Songs of the S.mp3
370127 (067) Pioneer Woman .mp3
370203 (068) Minute Men of .mp3
370210 (069) The Man Who Co.mp3
370217 (070) Ounce of Preve.mp3
370224 (071) Winning Recogn.mp3
370303 (072) National Parks.mp3
370310 (073) Stephen Girard.mp3
370317 (074) James Fenimore.mp3
370324 (075) The House of G.mp3
370331 (076) The McGuffy Re.mp3
370407 (077) Admiral Perry .mp3
370414 (078) Songs of the G.mp3
370421 (079) The Golden Tou.mp3
370428 (080) George Washing.mp3
370512 (082) The Story of D.mp3
370519 (083) Thomas A Ediso.mp3
370526 (084) Songs of the A.mp3
370602 (085) Stories of Ame.mp3
370609 (086) The Eighth Won.mp3
370616 (087) Stars of Desti.mp3
370623 (088) The Pine Tree .mp3
370630 (089) Luther Burbank.mp3
370707 (090) Music of Irvin.mp3
370714 (091) Music of Georg.mp3
370721 (092) Richard Rogers.mp3
370728 (093) Vincent Louman.mp3
370804 (094) Rudolph Friml.mp3
370811 (095) Jerome Kern.mp3
370825 (097) Arthur Schwart.mp3
370901 (098) Victor Herbert.mp3
370908 (099) Nacio Herb Bro.mp3
370915 (100) Cole Porter.mp3
370922 (101) Donald Voorhee.mp3
370929 (102) Edwin Booth.mp3
371006 (103) Mary Lyon, Pio.mp3
371013 (104) William Penn a.mp3
371020 (105) John Jacob Ast.mp3
371027 (106) Clara Louise K.mp3
371103 (107) Elmer Ambrose .mp3
371110 (108) John Bartram's.mp3
380209 (121) Oliver Wendell.mp3
380216 (122) The Louisiana .mp3
380223 (123) Noah Webster.mp3
380302 (124) Anne Sullivan .mp3
380309 (125) The Last of th.mp3
380316 (126) Captain Robert.mp3
380323 (127) John James Aud.mp3
380330 (128) Charlotte Cush.mp3
380406 (129) The Search for.mp3
380413 (130) Thomas Jeffers.mp3
380420 (131) The 4H Club Mo.mp3
380427 (132) Maria Mitchli.mp3
380504 (133) Songs of the M.mp3
380511 (134) Fra Junipero S.mp3
380518 (135) Benjamin Frank.mp3
380525 (136) Child Welfare .mp3
380601 (137) Samuel Slater.mp3
380608 (138) King Coal.mp3

Cavalcade of America CD 2
110 episodes:

400206 (173) Jean Laffite.mp3
401211 (204) John Brown.mp3
401218 (205) The Undefended.mp3
401225 (206) The Green Past.mp3
410312 (217) Black Rust.mp3
410319 (218) I Sing A New W.mp3
410326 (219) Down to the Se.mp3
410428 (224) Heart and the .mp3
410616 (231) Annie Oakley.mp3
410623 (232) Joel Chandler .mp3
410901 (242) Leif Erikson.mp3
410908 (243) Geronimo.mp3
410922 (245) Native Land Pt.mp3
410929 (246) Native Land Pt.mp3
411117 (253) They Died with.mp3
411208 (256) Men in White.mp3
411215 (257) The Great Man .mp3
420112 (261) The Gentleman .mp3
420119 (262) An American is.mp3
420223 (267) Arrowsmith.mp3
420622 (284) The Battle of .mp3
420803 (290) This is Our Ex.mp3
420831 (294) The Prophet wi.mp3
420914 (296) Honorable Jose.mp3
420921 (297) Eagle to Brita.mp3
421005 (299) I Was Married .mp3
421026 (302) In the Best Tr.mp3
421109 (304) Torpedo Lane.mp3
421123 (306) Feast From the.mp3
421214 (309) The Man who Wo.mp3
421221 (310) A Child Is Bor.mp3
421228 (311) The Eagle's Ne.mp3
430104 (312) Between Them B.mp3
430118 (314) Soldier of the.mp3
430315 (322) A Case For The.mp3
430322 (323) Lifetide.mp3
430329 (324) The Cook on a .mp3
430405 (325) Submarine Aste.mp3
430405 (326) The Lengthenin.mp3
430419 (327) Listen to the .mp3
430426 (328) Soldiers in Hi.mp3
430510 (330) Fat Girl.mp3
430517 (331) Nurses Under S.mp3
430524 (332) Pharmacist's M.mp3
430531 (333) Mr Lincoln's W.mp3
430621 (336) Unsinkable Mar.mp3
430628 (337) Sky Nursemaid.mp3
430705 (338) Listen to the .mp3
430802 (342) Nine Men Again.mp3
430809 (343) Shortcut to To.mp3
430816 (344) The Major and .mp3
430906 (347) Double Play.mp3
430913 (348) Iron Camels.mp3
430920 (349) The Vengeance .mp3
431004 (351) Continue Uploa.mp3
431011 (352) Bob Hope Repor.mp3
431101 (355) Burma Surgeon.mp3
431101 (XXX) Diary on a Pig.mp3
431115 (357) Twelve Desprat.mp3
431206 (360) Navy Doctor.mp3
431227 (363) UBoat Prisoner.mp3
440110 (365) Here is Your W.mp3
440124 (367) The Doctor Sho.mp3
440327 (376) So Sorry, no M.mp3
440403 377 Ambulance Driver.mp3
440417 379 A Mask for Jeffe.mp3
440717 392 Boomerang.mp3
450108 417 Name, Rank, Seri.mp3
450205 421 Road to Berlin.mp3
450226 424 Flight Nurse.mp3
450326 428 Grandpa and the .mp3
450430 (433) The Phillipine.mp3
450514 435 Weather is a Wea.mp3
450521 436 How to Build Par.mp3
450611 439 The Law West of .mp3
450827 442 Assignment for t.mp3
450910 444 Sawdust Undergro.mp3
450917 445 Nellie Was a Lad.mp3
451008 448 Spy on the Kiloc.mp3
451029 451 My Son John.mp3
451112 453 A Sailor who Had.mp3
451210 457 Big Boy Blue.mp3
451224 459 Names on the Lan.mp3
460114 462 Venture in a Sil.mp3
460121 463 The Camels are C.mp3
460311 470 The Doctor with .mp3
460318 471 Alaskan Bush Pil.mp3
460513 479 Storm.mp3
460520 (480) The Petticoat .mp3
460603 482 I Guess It's Her.mp3
460923 490 The Old Fall Riv.mp3
461230 504 The Rain Fakers.mp3
470203 (509) The Magnificen.mp3
470210 (510) Voice Of The W.mp3
470317 (515) The Man Wit001.mp3
470317 (515) The Man With G.mp3
470505 522 School for Men.mp3
470512 523 Page One.mp3
471124 (543) Us Pilgrims.mp3
480119 551 SheriffTeddy.mp3
480209 (554) Mr Lincoln Goe.mp3
490613 (616) Footlights on .mp3
500321 (648) I, Mary Peabod.mp3
500613 (660) The Redemption.mp3
501205 (677) The Grand Desi.mp3
501212 (678) Ulysses In Lov.mp3
510206 (686) Greeley of the.mp3
520930 756 Gig of the Sagin.mp3
521007 757 One Way Out.mp3
530224 (776) Life on the Mi.mp3

 


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