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MERCURY THEATER & LADY ESTHER PRESENTS ORSON WELLES & MERCURY SUMMER THEATER

 Mercury Theater

2 MP3 CDs - 42 episodes


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He was slugged, clubbed, chloroformed, gassed, knifed, dynamited, run down, gunned down, injected with poison, ejected from planes, hurled from cliffs, pushed in front of trains, almost devoured by man-eating plants, virtually sucked dry of his 'life essence,' nearly shot to the Moon in a rocket--and the number of times the floor suddenly dropped from beneath him must run into four figures.

Orson Welles
Orson Welles with a pipe

Eye equals i Orson WellesActor and director Orson Welles along with John Houseman was responsible for the creation and popularity of Mercury Theater with $110 for production costs. It was a relatively short lived show only five months, but it remains one of the most culturally significant shows in entertainment history.

The Mercury Theater on the Air concentrated on classic literature such as " Treasure Island," "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Dracula. Radio listeners knew that the show was unique and the acting of Welles Virginia Welles (Mrs. Orson Welles), Agnes Moorehead, and Everett Sloane and others as well as the musical compositions by Bernard Herrmann was exceptional.

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One of most famous of all old time radio shows, which aired on October 30th, 1937, was the "War of the Worlds. Orson Welles and writer Howard Koch converted the well know H.G. Wells story into a seemingly live new broadcast; this episode of Mercury Theater terrified the nation into believing that the Martians were attacking Earth.

The popularity and the press that this show received earned it a sponsorship from Campbell's Soup and the name of the show was soon changed to The Campbell's Playhouse.Please note this collection is also contained in the updated Orson Welles Collection.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
Volume 1: 40 shows - total playtime 10 hours 47 minutes

Lady Esther Presents 410915 01 Shredni Vashtar
Lady Esther Presents 410929 03 Interlopersthe Song Of Solomonim F
Lady Esther Presents 411006 04 Black Pearlanabel Lee
Lady Esther Presents 411013 05 If In Years To Comepoetry Used In Drama
Lady Esther Presents 411103 07 Wild Oranges
Lady Esther Presents 411201 11 Wilber Brown, Habitat Brooklynsomethings Going To Happen To Henry
Lady Esther Presents 411222 13 Happy Prince
Lady Esther Presents 420112 16 Apple Tree
Lady Esther Presents 420119 17 My Little Boy
Mercury Summer Theater 460607 01 Around World In Eighty Days
Mercury Summer Theater 460614 02 Count Of Monte Cristo
Mercury Summer Theater 460621 03 Hitchhiker
Mercury Summer Theater 460628 04 Jane Eyre
Mercury Summer Theater 460705 05 Passenger To Bali
Mercury Summer Theater 460712 06 Search For Henri Lefevre
Mercury Summer Theater 460719 07 Life With Adam
Mercury Summer Theater 460726 08 Moat Farm Murder
Mercury Summer Theater 460802 09 Golden Honeymoon
Mercury Summer Theater 460811 10 Hell On Ice
Mercury Summer Theater 460816 11 Abednego, Slave
Mercury Summer Theater 460823 12 Two Stories
Mercury Summer Theater 460830 13 Moby Dick
Mercury Summer Theater 460906 14 Apple Tree
Mercury Summer Theater 460913 15 King Lear

Volume 2: 18 shows - total playtime 17 hours 34 minutes

Mercury Theater 380711 01 Dracula
Mercury Theater 380718 02 Treasure Island
Mercury Theater 380725 03 Tale Of Two Cities
Mercury Theater 380801 04 Thirty Nine Steps
Mercury Theater 380808 05 Im Fool, My Little Boy, Open Window
Mercury Theater 380815 06 Abraham Lincoln
Mercury Theater 380822 07 Affairs Of Anatole
Mercury Theater 380829 08 Count Of Monte Cristo
Mercury Theater 380905 09 Man Who Was Thursday
Mercury Theater 380911 10 Julius Caesar
Mercury Theater 380925 12 Immortal Sherlock Holmes
Mercury Theater 381009 14 Hell On Ice
Mercury Theater 381016 15 Seventeen
Mercury Theater 381023 16 Around World In Eighty Days
Mercury Theater 381030 17 War Of Worlds
Mercury Theater 381106 18 2 Complete Stories
Mercury Theater 381113 19 Passenger To Bali
Mercury Theater 381120 20 Pickwick Papers

 


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