The Mercury Theatre on the Air

Hour-long radio dramas created by Orson Welles in 1938, including War of the Worlds
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In 1937, Welles and the Mercury company earned a reputation for their inventive adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar set in contemporary Fascist Italy. They moved on to productions of The Shoemaker's Holiday, Heartbreak House, Too Much Johnson and Danton's Death in 1938. In 1939 Five Kings was produced along with The Green Goddess. The last theatrical production of the company was Native Son in 1941.

The early dramas in the series were praised by critics, but ratings were low. A single broadcast changed the program's ratings: the October 30, 1938 adaptation of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.

BONUS: 1988 Special Programme - Mercury Theater Remembered with appearences and voices of those who worked in those programmes and still remember how Welles used to work.

  1. Mercury Theater Remembered (9Mb)
  2. 38-07-11 Dracula (12.8Mb)
  3. 38-07-18 Treasure Island (14.6Mb)
  4. 38-07-25 A Tale of Two Cities (13.6Mb)
  5. 38-08-01 The Thirty Nine Steps (14.4Mb)
  6. 38-08-08 I'm a Fool / The Open Window / My Little Boy (26.6Mb)
  7. 38-08-15 Abraham Lincoln (13.7Mb)
  8. 38-08-22 The Affairs of Anatole (13.8Mb)
  9. 38-08-29 The Count of Monte Cristo (13.5Mb)
  10. 38-09-05 The Man Who Was Thursday (19.7Mb)
  11. 38-09-11 Julius Ceasar (15.2Mb)
  12. 38-09-25 The Immortal Sherlock Holmes (12.8Mb)
  13. 38-10-09 Hell on Ice (13.4Mb)
  14. 38-10-16 Seventeen (13.7Mb)
  15. 38-10-23 Around the World in 80 Days (13.1Mb)
  16. 38-10-30 War of the Worlds (17.6Mb)
  17. 38-11-06 Heart of Darkness / Life with Father (26.8Mb)
  18. 38-11-13 A Passenger to Bali (13.8Mb)
  19. 38-11-20 Pickwick Papers (14Mb)
  20. 46-06-21 The Hitch-Hiker (6Mb)
  21. 46-07-12 The Search for Henry Le Ferre (5Mb)

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