CAVALCADE OF AMERICA: THE GREAT MAN VOTES (NO. 257) (RADIO)

Summary

One in this series of historical and patriotic dramas. This program, honoring the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, features Orson Welles in an adaptation of the RKO film "The Great Man Votes." Welles also acts as host. In this drama, set "in any large city in America," former Harvard University professor Gregory Vance (Welles) has been reduced by his alcoholism to a night watchman's job to support his grandchildren. He gets fired after a falling out with "Iron Hat" McCarthy, a powerful political ward boss. McCarthy learns that his party's strategy to win the mayoral race depends entirely on the 13th Precinct, where Vance is the only registered voter. Vance must decide whether to sell McCarthy his vote in exchange for a good job, or vote his conscience and risk losing custody of his grandchildren because he is unemployed. Includes commercials for Du Pont and a public service announcement for war bonds. (Network affiliation varies; as above, on NBC, 1939-1943.)

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC Red
  • DATE: December 15, 1941 Monday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:30:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R88:0191
  • GENRE: Radio - Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - Radio series, 1939-1953
  • COMMERCIALS: Radio - Commercials - Du Pont^Radio - PSA - War bonds

CREDITS

    • Peter Lyon … Adapted by
    • Robert Armbruster … Composer, Conductor
    • Orson Welles … Host, Cast, Gregory Vance
    • Ray Collins … Cast, McCarthy
    • John Easton