One in this weekly drama series featuring adaptations of popular and literary classics. Orson Welles introduces the drama as one of a number of plays, books, and films about heroes of medicine. The story opens with Martin Arrowsmith receiving a science research award, which prompts memories of his early days in medical school and his mentor, Prof. Gottlieb. The drama is told in flashback. Arrowsmith meets and marries nurse-in-training Leora. They move to her hometown, where he sets up his first practice and continues his research. He loses his patients' confidence, however, because of a misdiagnosis. Arrowsmith works on a vaccine with Gottlieb. He and Leora travel to a plague-ridden tropical island to test the vaccine, but Leora contracts a disease and dies. The program ends with Welles and Hayes discussing her family life on a farm in Nyack, New York; an announcement of the following week's drama, "The Green Goddess" with Madeleine Carroll; and closing credits. Includes commercials.


  • DATE: February 3, 1939 Friday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R87:0542
  • GENRE: Radio - Drama
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - Radio series, 1938-1940
  • COMMERCIALS: Radio - Commercials - Campbell's soup^Radio - Promos - "Campbell Playhouse"


  • Orson Welles … Producer, Director, Host
  • Sinclair Lewis … Writer, Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel , "Arrowsmith" by
  • Bernard Herrmann … Music (Misc. Credits), Conductor, Music arranged and conducted by
  • Ernest Chappell … Announcer
  • Orson Welles … Cast, Martin Arrowsmith
  • Helen Hayes … Cast, Leora Arrowsmith
  • Ray Collins … Cast, Professor Gottlieb
  • Frank Readick … Cast, Sondelius
  • Al Swenson … Cast, Henry Novak
  • Effie Palmer … Cast, Mrs. Tozer
  • Carl Frank … Cast, Dr. Stoups
  • Everett Sloane … Cast, Mr. Tozer
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