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LEAR
(ORSON WELLES COMMENTARIES)

 Lear (Orson Welles)

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Orson Welles
Orson Welles
is best known as a temperamental actor, director, and writer.  He acted in movies, on the stage and in radio plays.  He is not so well known for his political beliefs and social commentary except through his scripts and movies. In 1945, near the end or after the end of World War II, Orson Welles with BeardLear, the airplane manufacturer, sponsored Welles in a 15 minute radio series that featured opinion pieces or interviews.  After Lear advertised its new home radio units, some with televisions, recording equipment, and shortwave radio, the Lear announcer provided a disclaimer saying that the opinions of Mr. Welles are his own and do not represent Lear.

One of the most famous causes Welles championed on the show involved commentary about an incident in South Carolina where a just discharged African-American soldier, Isaac Woodard, was removed from a bus and beaten so badly by police officers that he was left blind.  No one was ever convicted of the crime and Welles, who was a follower and supporter of the civil rights movement, brought this issue to the public, criticising the South Carolina government for it’s lack of action.

The show, which was on ABC, ran through 1946.  When Lear dropped sponsorship in 1946, the show was cancelled. However, Welles was not ready to give up the show.  He searched desperately for a new sponsor to no avail.   

See also: the extensive Orson Welles Collection.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
10 shows - total playtime 2 hours 12 minutes

Lear 450923
Lear 451209 Snippett Doris Miller Interview
Lear 460623 The Opa Is Dead
Lear 460630 Bikini Atomic Test
Lear 460721 Opa One Year Extension
Lear 460728 Affidavit Of Isaac Woodward
Lear 460804 The Peacemakers
Lear 460811 To Be Born Free
Lear 460818 Welles Film Banned
Lear 460825 The Place Was Batesburg

 

 


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