Mercury Theater

July 1, 1938 to September 13, 1946
60 episodes known to exist
The Mercury Theatre was an independent repertory theatre company founded in New York City in 1937 by Orson Welles and producer John Houseman. After a series of acclaimed stage productions, the Mercury Theatre progressed into its most popular incarnation as The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The radio series included one of the most notable and infamous radio broadcasts of all time, The War of the Worlds, broadcast on October 30, 1938. More on Wikipedia
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Network
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July 11, 1938 - December 4, 1938
Mercury Theater
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July 1, 1938 - November 5, 1938
Mercury Theater
3
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September 15, 1941 - February 2, 1942
Mercury Theater
19
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June 7, 1946 - September 13, 1946
Mercury Theater
15
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Mercury Theater
July 11, 1938 - December 4, 1938
23 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
July 11, 1938 
Dracula 
 
1:02:00 

 
July 18, 1938 
Treasure Island 
 
60:00 

 
July 25, 1938 
A Tale of Two Cities 
 
60:00 

 
August 1, 1938 
The Thirty Nine Steps 
Rehearsal 
1:10:29 

 
August 8, 1938 
I'm a Fool, My Little Boy, Open Window 
Three Complete Stories 
59:30 

 
August 15, 1938 
Abraham Lincoln 
 
59:50 

 
August 22, 1938 
The Affairs of Anatole 
 
1:01:10 

 
August 29, 1938 
The Count of Monte Cristo 
 
1:00:10 

 
September 5, 1938 
The Man Who Was Thursday 
 
58:30 

 
10 
September 11, 1938 
Julius Ceasar 
Show Moves to Sunday Rehersal 
1:04:30 

 
11 
September 18, 1938 
Jane Eyre 
 
 

 
12 
September 25, 1938 
The Immortal Sherlock Holmes 
 
57:10 

 
13 
October 2, 1938 
Oliver Twist 
 
 

 
14 
October 9, 1938 
Hell On Ice 
 
60:00 

 
15 
October 16, 1938 
Seventeen 
 
60:00 

 
16 
October 23, 1938 
Around the World in 80 Days 
 
59:50 

 
17 
October 30, 1938 
War of the Worlds 
Author: H.G. Wells 
59:54 

 
17 
October 30, 1938 
War of the Worlds 
This is a commercial disk and although it's not as complete, it is much better sound quality. 
58:50 

 
18 
November 6, 1938 
2 Complete Stories 
"Heart Of Darkness", "Life With Father" 
1:01:30 

 
19 
November 13, 1938 
A Passenger to Bali 
 
60:00 

 
20 
November 20, 1938 
Pickwick Papers 
Ray Collins, Alfred Shirley, Frank Reddick, William Todmore, William Pringle, Elliott Reid, Mary Wickes, Eustes Wyatt, Brenda Forbes, MacGregor Gibbs, Edgar Barrier 
1:00:00 

 
21 
November 27, 1938 
Clarence 
 
 

 
22 
December 4, 1938 
Bridge of San Luis Rey 
 
 

 
Mercury Theater
July 1, 1938 - November 5, 1938
3 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
July 1, 1938 
Treasure Island 
Orson Welles 
1:05:30 

 
September 4, 1938 
The Man Who Was Thursday 
 
1:26:00 

 
18 
November 5, 1938 
Life with Father 
 
22:00 

 
Mercury Theater
Also known as MERCURY THEATER
September 15, 1941 - February 2, 1942
19 episodes known to exist
Producer, Director & Star: Orson Welles
With: The Mercury Theater Players
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
September 15, 1941 
Shredni Vashtar 
 
28:50 

 
September 22, 1941 
Golden Honeymoon/murder in the Bank/the Right Side/the Sexes 
1: Ruth Gordon, Orson Welles 2: Ruth Gordon 3: Ray Collins, Elliot Lewis 4: Richard Carlson, Joseph Cotten, Betty Field 
30:00 

 
September 29, 1941 
The Interlopers/the Song of Soloman/i'm a Fool 
1: Ray Collins, Elliot Lewis, Orson Welles 2: Read by Orson Welles 3: Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
October 6, 1941 
The Black Pearl/anabel Lee 
1: Ray Collins, Joseph Cotten, Paul Stewart, Orson Welles 2: Read by Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
October 13, 1941 
If in Years to Come/poetry Used in Drama 
1: Marsha Hunt, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotten 2: Read by Lucille Ball 
30:00 

 
October 20, 1941 
Romance/sonnet/kubla Kahn/the Prisoner of Assiout 
1: Tim Holt, Alan Baxter, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotten 2: Read by Orson Welles 3: Read by Orson Welles 4: Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, Edgar Barrier, Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
November 3, 1941 
Wild Oranges 
Frances Dee, Ray Collins, Paul Stewart, Ruth Gordon, Orson Welles Show of 10-27 Pre-empted 
30:00 

 
November 10, 1941 
That's Why I Left You/the Maysville Minstrel 
1. Agnes Moorhead, Paul Stewart 2. Ray Collins, Stu Erwin, June Collier, Joseph Cotten 
30:00 

 
November 17, 1941 
The Hitchhiker/a Sonnet From the Portugese 
1. Lurene Tuttle, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorhead, Orson Welles 2. Read by Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
10 
November 24, 1941 
A Farewell to Arms 
Ginger Rogers, Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
11 
December 1, 1941 
Wilber Brown--Habita Brooklyn/something's Going to Happen to Henry/alice Adams 
1. Ray Collins, G. Anders, Orson Welles 2. Janet Gaynor, Joseph Cotten 3. Janet Gaynor, Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
12 
December 8, 1941 
Symptoms of Being 35/leaves of Grass 
1. Merle Oberon, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles 2. Read by Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
13 
December 22, 1941 
The Happy Prince 
Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles CHRISTMAS PROGRAM Show of 12-15 Pre-empted 
25:50 

 
14 
December 29, 1941 
There Are Frenchmen and Frenchman 
Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
15 
January 5, 1942 
Garden of Alah 
Merle Oberon, Sir Cedric Hardwicke 
30:00 

 
16 
January 12, 1942 
The Apple Tree 
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
17 
January 19, 1942 
My Little Boy 
Ray Collins, Ruth Warrick, Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
18 
January 26, 1942 
The Happy Hypocrite 
John Barrymore, Margaret O'Brien, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins 
30:00 

 
19 
February 2, 1942 
Between Americans 
Orson Welles 
30:00 

 
Mercury Theater
Also known as MERCURY THEATER
June 7, 1946 - September 13, 1946
15 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
June 7, 1946 
Around the World in Eighty Days 
Ed Roberts, Mary Healy 
30:10 

 
June 14, 1946 
The Count of Monte Cristo 
 
29:20 

 
June 21, 1946 
The Hitch-Hiker 
 
30:00 

 
June 28, 1946 
Jane Eyre 
Alice Frost 
29:30 

 
July 5, 1946 
A Passenger to Bali 
 
29:30 

 
July 12, 1946 
The Search For Henry Le Ferre 
 
29:30 

 
July 19, 1946 
Life with Adam 
Fletcher Markle, Grace Matthews, Mercedes McCambridge, Betty Gardin, Helen Renire 
29:30 

 
July 26, 1946 
The Moat Farm Murder 
 
25:50 

 
August 2, 1946 
Golden Honeymoon and Romeo and Juliet 
Author 1: Ring Lardner Author 2: William Shakespeare Stars: Mercedes McCambridge 
29:30 

 
10 
August 9, 1946 
Hell On Ice 
 
29:30 

 
11 
August 16, 1946 
Abednego, the Slave 
Agnes Moorehead 
29:30 

 
12 
August 23, 1946 
Two Stories 
"I'm a Fool", "Tell-Tale Heart" Author: Edgar Allan Poe 
30:10 

 
13 
August 30, 1946 
Moby Dick 
 
30:10 

 
14 
September 6, 1946 
The Apple Tree 
 
29:40 

 
15 
September 13, 1946 
King Lear 
 
29:20 

 
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