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Cavalcade Of America

In 1935 the Dupont Company began sponsoring a radio program by means of enhancing the company's image and bringing great events of American History to an audience of millions. This weekly program gained enough prestige to hire Hollywood and Broadway actors to play leading and supporting roles. Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Agnes Moorehead, Errol Flynn, Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, John McIntire, Richard Widmark, John Lund and Bette Davis were just a few!

The program also employed the services of radio's top-notch writers and directors (and some rising stars) including Arch Oboler, Erik Barnouw, Arthur Miller, Stephen Vincent Benet, Carl Sandburg, and many others! This 480-page book documents the entire history of the radio and television series from the program's origin in 1935 to the reason why the show went off the air in 1957.


-- A complete episode guide for each and every radio and relevision broadcast so detailed that one entry includes all 150+ chorus members that sang for a particular Cavalcade Christmas program!

-- Details and plots to stories suggested and proposed but never used on the program, including reprints of fan mail and story proposals mailed in from faithful listeners.

-- Behind-the-scenes trivia and intriguing bits of information about the broadcasts, many gleaned from memories and interviews with the cast and crew. Learn how they used a huge pile of twigs to simulate the sound effect of a falling tree on one Oboler-directed broadcast!

-- Discover historical mistakes and corrections made during the broadcasts, and which ones were caught by observant radio listeners.

"This is the kind of book OTR fans wish were available for every radio show or series produced, or, at least, for their favorites."

- Charles Sexton, September 1999 issue of


"A radio program which deserves to be better remembered receives a fine tribute in THE HISTORY OF THE CAVALCADE OF AMERICA by Martin Grams, Jr. This hefty paperback book is and exhaustive tribute to a program which aired from October 1935 through March 1953. Old-time radio collectors, and fans of this series in general, owe Mr. Grams a debt of gratitude for his dilligence in documenting this important and enjoyable series."

- From the radio section of PAST TIMES (issue #35)

"I never cared much for the program, what little I heard of it. After reading THE HISTORY OF THE CAVALCADE OF AMERICA did I realize how fascinating the program is. I am now seeking out copies of many of the broadcasts to settle my curiosity. Your book has made me a casual fan of the series and appreciate the hard work that goes into a radio production. If every book about old-time radio was like yours, I would never be able to walk away from my radio. Your book encourages growth in the hobby. Congradulations."

- Artie Farmer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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