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Four for the Fifth

written by Arch Oboler and William Robson: this WWII propaganda old time radio program helped advertise US Bonds to fund the war effort.

3 old time radio show recordings
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"The Laughter"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Arch ObolerFour for the Fifth was produced by the US Treasury and written by Arch Oboler and William Robson. The title comes from the four radio shows for the fifth war loan drive which began June 12, 1944 just six days after the D-Day landing at Normandy. The goal was set to $16 Billion.

These programs, produced during WWII, presented dramas to boost the morale of a nation and draw forth into homes the stories that few may have known about. These radio plays were re-created of random themes and varying perspectives...but always with a message.Their popularity could not be denied and were portrayed by the popular actors of the day. The overriding message of the plays was the discussion of the economics of the war. Here is a look at a couple of the programs.

Paul LukasHigh Command
In this portrayal, Adolf Hitler is confronted by representatives of generals that sought his "abdication" as the allied forces draw close from all directions. The audience hears Hitler growing into fear and willing to leave. Fast forward to an American couple discussing the eventual victory over the Germans, as the "German" approaches their conversation and begins to belittle the American resolve. The "German" draws the couple into the reality that they will fail as the argument over who pays for the war. As allied forces argue how much Germany will re-pay, the Germans create plans to turn the "invoice" of thewar back onto the Americans. But, enough of the contents...the rest you have to find out about. This program featured Paul Lukas.

Fred McMurrayThe Laughter
Starring Fred MacMurray as Staff Sergeant Don Williams is “speaking" to the President. Even if not a true story, it begins a story nevertheless...one of millions...of the brave soldiers everyday lives. His story begins of one night...any of many nights of families gathered together...has his brother stating that victory in Europe was a sure thing. Williams is hearing a funny sound...what was the sound he could not tell. The next morning at the train, Williams is seeing off his friend Jean and makes the discovery he is hearing the “sound" again. The sound is haunting him because he cannot locate or identify what it was. Can you?

For more Arch Oboler productions, see also: The Arch Oboler Collection, Everyman's Theater, Plays for Americans and Lights Out.

For more WWII-era bond-sales related shows, see also: Any Bonds Today?, Four for the Fifth, Guest Star Radio, Keep Em Rollin, Music for Millions, New World A-Coming, Over Here, These are Our Men, Treasury Salute, and Treasury Star Parade.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    3 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 30 min
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      3 shows - total playtime 1 hours 30 minutes
      1. Four for the Fifth 440610 2 High Command.mp3
      2. Four for the Fifth 440617 3 The Laughter.mp3
      3. Four for the Fifth 440700 4 E-Day.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    3 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 30 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      3 shows - total playtime 1 hours 30 minutes
      1. Four for the Fifth 440610 2 High Command.mp3
      2. Four for the Fifth 440617 3 The Laughter.mp3
      3. Four for the Fifth 440700 4 E-Day.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    3 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 30 min

    Disc A001

    1. Four for the Fifth 440610 2 High Command
    2. Four for the Fifth 440617 3 The Laughter

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    Disc A002

    1. Four for the Fifth 440700 4 E-Day

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