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If Freedom Failed

A well-produced example of Cold War propaganda, AFRTS was able to tap considerable acting talent including Gregory Peck, Raymond Burr, and Richard Whitmore.

52 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 13 hours, 20 min)
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"A Matter of Fact"



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The world felt pretty comfortable after VE and VJ Day. We had won the War, our enemies had been effectively destroyed, and for the most part, our boys were coming home to enjoy the benefits of a booming post-War economy. Internationally, our friends were not in as good shape, but we were in a position to not only help them recover, we were able to benefit our former enemies as well. The 800-pound gorilla in the room was our supposed friend, the Soviet Union.

Gregory PeckIt may have been a stretch to have called the Russians our friends during the War. Although we were technically allies, the situation was more of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". The Soviets and the Western Powers wanted to end the threat of Nazi ambition, but the USSR had actually signed an agreement with Hitler before the War (the fact that the Nazi broke the agreement was of little surprise). Once peace came, while we were doing what we could to help our Western allies, as well as our enemies, to recover from the conflict, the Soviets were doing what they could to bring its surrounding states into their own sphere of influence. Instead of rebuilding, they seemed to want to gather the spoils of War for themselves.

This was distressing, but not necessarily alarming. Sure, the Communists had claimed that they were determined to subvert the way of life that we had fought so hard to defend, they could not hurt us. After all, we were the only ones who had atomic bombs. At least, we thought we were the only ones until we received indications of the first Soviet atomic test at the end of August 1949. Suddenly, the notion of Communists making inroads into America was a very real threat, and the Cold War had begun.

Just like Frank Capra's Why We Fight film series helped our boys to understand why we needed to defeat the enemy in WWII, soldiers who would fight in the Cold War needed to be told why the Commies were such a threat. One effort was the If Freedom Fails series on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.

Just as AFRN had during the War, AFRTS was able to tap considerable acting talent for the If Freedom Failed series, including Gregory Peck, Raymond Burr, Mark Stevens, and Richard Whitmore. The series takes place in the imaginary town of Springfield and describes what it would be like to live in a typical American town if the communists took over.

In the first episode, Gregory Peck plays a museum director who does not worry what the commissars might direct because everything in the museum represents well-known facts. However, it seems that the Communists who are running things now are more than willing to change the facts to suit their message. In another episode, a group of professional baseball players must face their fate when they are not willing to lay down in front of the Soviet ball team in the first "real World Series".

If Freedom Fails is a well-produced example of Cold War propaganda and an interesting counterpoint to shows like I Was a Communist for the F.B.I.

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    total playtime 13 hours, 20 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 13 hours 20 minutes
      1. IFF 01 A Matter of Fact (Gregory Peck, Raymond Burr) AFRTS.mp3
      2. IFF 02 The Ballplayers (James Whitmore) AFRTS.mp3
      3. IFF 03 The Pledge (Jeffrey Silver) AFRTS.mp3
      4. IFF 04 The Heavens Fall (Mark Stevens) AFRTS.mp3
      5. IFF 05 Danse Macabre (Lloyd Nolan) AFRTS.mp3
      6. IFF 06 The Traitor (J Carrol Nash) AFRTS.mp3
      7. IFF 07 The Bishop of Springfield (Thomas Gomez) AFRTS.mp3
      8. IFF 08 Tears for Miss Bishop M.McCambridge R.Burr AFRTS.mp3
      9. IFF 09 Suicide By Order (John McIntire) AFRTS.mp3
      10. IFF 10 The Monkey's Cage (Walter Kingsford) AFRTS.mp3
      11. IFF 11 No Escape (Mala Powers, Raymond Burr) AFRTS.mp3
      12. IFF 12 Springfield Revisited (Jay Novello) AFRTS.mp3
      13. IFF 13 Circulation (Jeff Chandler) AFRTS.mp3
      14. IFF 14 Enemy of the People (George Macready) AFRTS.mp3
      15. IFF 15 No Other Way (Mary Anderson) AFRTS.mp3
      16. IFF 16 Sapphire Anniversary (John Dehner Peggy Webber) AFRTS.mp3
      17. IFF 17 The Lenin Prize (Pat McGeehan) AFRTS.mp3
      18. IFF 18 Trial and Terror (Stanley Waxman) AFRTS.mp3
      19. IFF 19 Delirium (Carlton Young) AFRTS.mp3
      20. IFF 20 Your Loving Son, Mike Jeff Silver Lou Krugman AFRTS.mp3
      21. IFF 21 Prescription For Murder (David Brian) AFRTS.mp3
      22. IFF 22 The Man Who Died Twice (Hans Conried) AFRTS.mp3
      23. IFF 23 The Valley of the Shadow (Don Randolph) AFRTS.mp3
      24. IFF 24 Handicap (Sheldon Leonard) AFRTS.mp3
      25. IFF 25 The Toss-Up (Dana Andrews) AFRTS.mp3
      26. IFF 26 The Union Killer (Jack Webb) AFRTS.mp3
      27. Promo 01 A Matter of Fact.mp3
      28. Promo 02 The Ballplayers.mp3
      29. Promo 03 The Pledge.mp3
      30. Promo 04 The Heavens Fall.mp3
      31. Promo 05 Danse Macabre.mp3
      32. Promo 06 The Traitor.mp3
      33. Promo 07 The Bishop of Springfield.mp3
      34. Promo 08 Tears for Miss Bishop.mp3
      35. Promo 09 Suicide By Order.mp3
      36. Promo 10 The Monkey's Cage.mp3
      37. Promo 11 No Escape.mp3
      38. Promo 12 Springfield Revisited.mp3
      39. Promo 13 Circulation.mp3
      40. Promo 14 Enemy of the People.mp3
      41. Promo 15 No Other Way.mp3
      42. Promo 16 Sapphire Anniversary.mp3
      43. Promo 17 The Lenin Prize.mp3
      44. Promo 18 Trial and Terror.mp3
      45. Promo 19 Delirium.mp3
      46. Promo 20 Your Loving Son, Mike.mp3
      47. Promo 21 Prescription For Murder.mp3
      48. Promo 22 The Man Who Died Twice.mp3
      49. Promo 23 The Valley of the Shadow.mp3
      50. Promo 24 Handicap.mp3
      51. Promo 25 The Toss-Up.mp3
      52. Promo 26 The Union Killer.mp3
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      52 shows - total playtime 13 hours 20 minutes
      1. IFF 01 A Matter of Fact (Gregory Peck, Raymond Burr) AFRTS.mp3
      2. IFF 02 The Ballplayers (James Whitmore) AFRTS.mp3
      3. IFF 03 The Pledge (Jeffrey Silver) AFRTS.mp3
      4. IFF 04 The Heavens Fall (Mark Stevens) AFRTS.mp3
      5. IFF 05 Danse Macabre (Lloyd Nolan) AFRTS.mp3
      6. IFF 06 The Traitor (J Carrol Nash) AFRTS.mp3
      7. IFF 07 The Bishop of Springfield (Thomas Gomez) AFRTS.mp3
      8. IFF 08 Tears for Miss Bishop M.McCambridge R.Burr AFRTS.mp3
      9. IFF 09 Suicide By Order (John McIntire) AFRTS.mp3
      10. IFF 10 The Monkey's Cage (Walter Kingsford) AFRTS.mp3
      11. IFF 11 No Escape (Mala Powers, Raymond Burr) AFRTS.mp3
      12. IFF 12 Springfield Revisited (Jay Novello) AFRTS.mp3
      13. IFF 13 Circulation (Jeff Chandler) AFRTS.mp3
      14. IFF 14 Enemy of the People (George Macready) AFRTS.mp3
      15. IFF 15 No Other Way (Mary Anderson) AFRTS.mp3
      16. IFF 16 Sapphire Anniversary (John Dehner Peggy Webber) AFRTS.mp3
      17. IFF 17 The Lenin Prize (Pat McGeehan) AFRTS.mp3
      18. IFF 18 Trial and Terror (Stanley Waxman) AFRTS.mp3
      19. IFF 19 Delirium (Carlton Young) AFRTS.mp3
      20. IFF 20 Your Loving Son, Mike Jeff Silver Lou Krugman AFRTS.mp3
      21. IFF 21 Prescription For Murder (David Brian) AFRTS.mp3
      22. IFF 22 The Man Who Died Twice (Hans Conried) AFRTS.mp3
      23. IFF 23 The Valley of the Shadow (Don Randolph) AFRTS.mp3
      24. IFF 24 Handicap (Sheldon Leonard) AFRTS.mp3
      25. IFF 25 The Toss-Up (Dana Andrews) AFRTS.mp3
      26. IFF 26 The Union Killer (Jack Webb) AFRTS.mp3
      27. Promo 01 A Matter of Fact.mp3
      28. Promo 02 The Ballplayers.mp3
      29. Promo 03 The Pledge.mp3
      30. Promo 04 The Heavens Fall.mp3
      31. Promo 05 Danse Macabre.mp3
      32. Promo 06 The Traitor.mp3
      33. Promo 07 The Bishop of Springfield.mp3
      34. Promo 08 Tears for Miss Bishop.mp3
      35. Promo 09 Suicide By Order.mp3
      36. Promo 10 The Monkey's Cage.mp3
      37. Promo 11 No Escape.mp3
      38. Promo 12 Springfield Revisited.mp3
      39. Promo 13 Circulation.mp3
      40. Promo 14 Enemy of the People.mp3
      41. Promo 15 No Other Way.mp3
      42. Promo 16 Sapphire Anniversary.mp3
      43. Promo 17 The Lenin Prize.mp3
      44. Promo 18 Trial and Terror.mp3
      45. Promo 19 Delirium.mp3
      46. Promo 20 Your Loving Son, Mike.mp3
      47. Promo 21 Prescription For Murder.mp3
      48. Promo 22 The Man Who Died Twice.mp3
      49. Promo 23 The Valley of the Shadow.mp3
      50. Promo 24 Handicap.mp3
      51. Promo 25 The Toss-Up.mp3
      52. Promo 26 The Union Killer.mp3
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    52 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 20 min

    If Freedom Failed Disc A001

    1. IFF 01 A Matter of Fact (Gregory Peck, Raymond Burr) AFRTS
    2. IFF 02 The Ballplayers (James Whitmore) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A002

    1. IFF 03 The Pledge (Jeffrey Silver) AFRTS
    2. IFF 04 The Heavens Fall (Mark Stevens) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A003

    1. IFF 05 Danse Macabre (Lloyd Nolan) AFRTS
    2. IFF 06 The Traitor (J Carrol Nash) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A004

    1. IFF 07 The Bishop of Springfield (Thomas Gomez) AFRTS
    2. IFF 08 Tears for Miss Bishop M.McCambridge R.Burr AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A005

    1. IFF 09 Suicide By Order (John McIntire) AFRTS
    2. IFF 10 The Monkey's Cage (Walter Kingsford) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A006

    1. IFF 11 No Escape (Mala Powers, Raymond Burr) AFRTS
    2. IFF 12 Springfield Revisited (Jay Novello) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A007

    1. IFF 13 Circulation (Jeff Chandler) AFRTS
    2. IFF 14 Enemy of the People (George Macready) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A008

    1. IFF 15 No Other Way (Mary Anderson) AFRTS
    2. IFF 16 Sapphire Anniversary (John Dehner Peggy Webber) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A009

    1. IFF 17 The Lenin Prize (Pat McGeehan) AFRTS
    2. IFF 18 Trial and Terror (Stanley Waxman) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A010

    1. IFF 19 Delirium (Carlton Young) AFRTS
    2. IFF 20 Your Loving Son, Mike Jeff Silver Lou Krugman AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A011

    1. IFF 21 Prescription For Murder (David Brian) AFRTS
    2. IFF 22 The Man Who Died Twice (Hans Conried) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A012

    1. IFF 23 The Valley of the Shadow (Don Randolph) AFRTS
    2. IFF 24 Handicap (Sheldon Leonard) AFRTS

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A013

    1. IFF 25 The Toss-Up (Dana Andrews) AFRTS
    2. IFF 26 The Union Killer (Jack Webb) AFRTS
    3. Promo 01 A Matter of Fact
    4. Promo 02 The Ballplayers
    5. Promo 03 The Pledge
    6. Promo 04 The Heavens Fall
    7. Promo 05 Danse Macabre
    8. Promo 06 The Traitor
    9. Promo 07 The Bishop of Springfield
    10. Promo 08 Tears for Miss Bishop
    11. Promo 09 Suicide By Order
    12. Promo 10 The Monkey's Cage
    13. Promo 11 No Escape
    14. Promo 12 Springfield Revisited
    15. Promo 13 Circulation
    16. Promo 14 Enemy of the People
    17. Promo 15 No Other Way
    18. Promo 16 Sapphire Anniversary
    19. Promo 17 The Lenin Prize
    20. Promo 18 Trial and Terror
    21. Promo 19 Delirium

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    If Freedom Failed Disc A014

    1. Promo 20 Your Loving Son, Mike
    2. Promo 21 Prescription For Murder
    3. Promo 22 The Man Who Died Twice
    4. Promo 23 The Valley of the Shadow
    5. Promo 24 Handicap
    6. Promo 25 The Toss-Up
    7. Promo 26 The Union Killer

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