Lady Esther Presents Orson Welles
Mercury Summer Theater
|The series didn't end on Dec. 4. At the conclusion of the Nov. 6 show, Mr. Welles announced
that the Campbell's Soup Company would become sponsor. The series changed its name to The
Campbell Playhouse and moved from Sunday to Friday. On December 9, 1938, the first show of
the new series aired on Friday at 8:00 PM.
The same creative staff stayed on, but the show had a different flavor under sponsorship. This
was partially due to a guest star policy which relegated the Mercury Players to supporting roles.
There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night
notoriety, and Houseman, who became more like an employee than a partner. The primary writer,
as during when they did not have a sponsore, was Howard Koch.
|Mercury Summer Theater
|On June 7, 1946, The Mercury Theater made one last appearance on radio. This was for a Summer series. These shows were
only 30 minutes long. A total of 15 shows were broadcast.
|Mercury Theater - Lady Esther Presents Orson Welles
Author of The Hitch-Hiker