ORSON WELLES'S COMMENTARY (RADIO)

Summary

One in this series devoted to commentary by Orson Welles on current events. Welles begins this program with an update on his continuing investigation of the case of Isaac Woodard, a black veteran blinded in a beating by the Batesburg, SC, police chief. Welles's films have been banned in Aiken, SC, because of his erroneous original statement that the incident occurred there. Welles compares the police chief's account with Woodard's, and renews his promise that he will never let the chief forget his crime. Turning to the Texas gubernatorial election, Welles accuses Philip E. Fox, a top aide of candidate Beauford Jester, of being a convicted murderer and former publicity director of the Ku Klux Klan. Welles criticizes the State Department's handling of the Palestine situation, accusing its officials of anti-Semitism and of overly secretive deal-making. In closing he reads a poem by a listener encouraging his work on behalf of Isaac Woodard.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: August 25, 1946 Sunday 1:15 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:15:00
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  • CATALOG ID: R88:0211
  • GENRE: Radio - Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - News/Talk
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - Radio series, 1946
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CREDITS

    • Orson Welles … Host
    • Isaac Woodard
    • Beauford Jester
    • Philip E. Fox