One in this weekly drama series featuring adaptations of popular and literary classics. In his introduction, Welles explains that despite its "catchpenny" title the program is a comedy and that the play's British setting has been changed to New York City. In this drama, Matt accidentally kills a policeman while attempting to aid a woman arrested for prostitution. He becomes known as "the playboy killer" and is sentenced to five years imprisonment. Matt escapes two years later and receives aid from various strangers, including a woman in a hotel, a judge, a family on a picnic, and farmers who have heard of the prison escape and are suspicious of him. He finds sanctuary in a church where a priest's moral dilemma convinces Matt that he should surrender to the police. The show ends with Welles and Barrie talking about her life and film career, closing credits, and an announcement of the following week's program, "Lillian" featuring Helen Hayes. Includes commercials.


  • DATE: October 15, 1939 Sunday
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R88:0096
  • 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
    • John Galsworthy … Writer, Based on the play by
    • Bernard Herrmann … Composer, Conductor
    • Ernest Chappell … Announcer
    • Orson Welles … Cast, Matt Denant
    • Wendy Barrie … Cast, the Lady in the Hotel
    • Ray Collins … Cast
    • Everett Sloane … Cast
    • Jack Smart … Cast
    • Edgar Barrier … Cast
    • Bea Benaderet … Cast
    • Harriet Kay … Cast
    • Mabel Albertson … Cast
    • Benny Rubin … Cast
    • Helen Hayes