Welles really reigned while working in the Radio medium. He appeared
on many programs other then his own such as: the American School of
the Air, Cavalcade of America, The March of Time, The Wonder Show,
The Shadow, and others. He was guest host on such shows as the Jack
Benny Program and The Charlie McCarthy program. He showed great abilities
in acting and theatrics in general. He even hired an ambulance to
carry him from theater to radio studio.
first attempt at producing and directing his own work was his adaptation
of Victor Hugo's classic Les Miserables in 1937. Next he started,
with John Housman, the Mercury Theater on the Air, its original
name was"First Person Singular". The Mercury Theater gave
Welles a vehicle to show his multi-faceted abilties as writer, director,
actor, and producer. Welles was somewhat a Svengali in that he started
such careers as Joseph Cotton, Agnes Morehead and Everett Sloane.
Mercury Theater was well respected and demonstrated a quality that
was well needed in radio. Evenso, Mercury Theater didn't do well
in the ratings until the now famous broadcast of "The War of
the Worlds" on October 31, 1938.
of the Worlds made Welles career by such things as gaining the program
a new sponsor in Campbell's Soup, renaming it to be THe Campbell
Playhouse was instrumental in gaining Welles his chance at Hollywood.
here to listen to War of the Worlds.