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The Inheritance Radio Program

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Inheritance Spot Ad from July 4 1954
Inheritance Spot Ad from July 4 1954

Inheritance Spot Ad from July 25 1954
Inheritance Spot Ad from July 25 1954

Background

Inheritance was a joint production of the National Broadcasting Company and The American Legion and it's Auxliary. The timing of the production is significant. This was the height of the 'Red Scare' era, during which The American Legion of the era-- with the assistance of several powerful right wing Conservative senators and congressmen--orchestrated the notoriously infamous 'Red Channels' pamphlet which purported to 'out' alleged communist sympathizers in the name of 'national security.' The Red Channels pamphlets prompted the development of several informal--and entirely illegal--blacklists of the era, especially in the areas of union organizing efforts and The Arts.

This was by no means a Government-sponsored or sanctioned activity. Rather it was a political and economic activity instigated by powerful Congressmen and Senators in the pockets of Anti-Union lobbyists and Defense Industrialists. That the Federal Government of the era was either too co-opted or too politically cowardly to discourage this practice remains a national disgrace. But the fact of the disgrace continues to color virtually every aspect of the history of the Performing Arts, Literary Arts and Fine Arts of the era.

A cynic might characterize this series as a face-saving effort by the saner heads at The American Legion. Their connection to the infamous Red Channels pamplets had long been disclosed by the time the series aired. One might conjecture that both NBC and The Legion hoped to blunt the criticisms leveled at both organizations during this era. Given the almost non-existent promotion of the year long undertaking, the complete absence of detailed Radio listing information during its run, and the complete absence of any publicly announced connection between the broadcasts and their sponsors gives greater credence to this hypothesis. In fairness, these were also the waning years of Radio's influence; Television was--and would remain--the new novelty.

Inheritance premieres over NBC

Inheritance premiered on April 4th 1954. Airing for a total of fifty-seven installments, the production itself was extremely well-mounted--as might be expected of a year-long sustained network production. The huge, mostly West Coast casts comprised most of Radio's finest voice talent of the era. The music direction, while not particularly 'A'-List, was well-suited to the production. The productions were reasonably historically accurate--yet predictably jingoistic for the era. As with the Ladies Auxiliary to The Veterans of Foreign Wars-sponsored American Trail series of the previous year, functionaries of the respective supporting organizations would give a brief, topical message throughout the series.

The opportunity to recite one's patriotic beliefs seems to have been a focal point of most of the 'post-script messages' of the series. As a 'message series' Inheritance may have slightly missed its mark--through no real fault of its own, but as a reasonably accurate anthology of patriotic historical vignettes the series holds up quite well. As one of the last 'vanity' productions of the era, the exceptional array of Golden Age Radio West Coast talent makes for a fascinating snapshot of the waning years of California's contribution to Radio's wealth of great actors.

The writers that contributed to the series were also remarkable for their era. The writing staff included, among others, Ernest Kinoy, Karl Swenson, and George Lefferts. The appearance of two noteworthy science-fiction writers' contributions to an historical anthology series is interesting enough in itself, but the contribution of the 'Nancy Hanks' episode by Karl Swenson--as a writer--is just as interesting.

The series was also, quite predictably, a choice of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, which picked up the entire run for transcription to its American troops abroad. As AFRTS Information and Education content, using Domestic network broadcast material-in whole or in part, the series was assigned IED-415 and apparently distributed virtually intact as an entire run (although the AFRTS reports only 55 episodes transcribed and distributed.)

Series Derivatives:

AFRTS IED-415 'Inheritance'
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Patriotic History Dramas
Network(s): NBC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 54-04-04 01 When Washington Refused A Crown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 54-04-04 to 55-05-01; NBC; Fifty-seven, 30-minute programs; Sundays, 9:00 p.m.
Syndication: NBC
Sponsors: The American Legion and its Auxiliaries
Director(s): Art Jacobson, Edward King, Harry Frazee, Fred Weihe, Daniel Sutter [Directors]
Albert McCleary [Producer/Director]
Wade Arnold [Producer]
William Welsh [Producer/Supervisor]
Principal Actors: Margaret Hayes, Lillian Buyeff, Irene Tedrow, Gail Bonney, James Nusser, Frank Gerstle, Howard Culver, Parley Baer, Rebert Easton, Alice Backes, Billy Chapin, Donald Laughton, Stanley Farrar, Gil Harmon, Mike Darrin, Lamont Johnson, Janet Scott, Ken Christy, Paul Dubov, Lawrence Dobkin, Vivi Janis, Tony Barrett, Kurt Martell, Ben Wright, Nestor Paiva, Marvin Bryan, Whitfield Connor, John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Joe Cranston, Anne Whitfield, Jack Carroll, Alice Rolf, Tom McKee, Byron Kane, Truman Wohl, Lyle Talbot, Marvin Bryan, Glen Denney, Julie Bennett, Donald Lawton, Nelson Welch, Hal Gerard, Herb Ellis, Robert North, Earl Lee, Alec Hartford, Charles Smith, Clarence Straight, Leroy Leonard, Milo Warner, John High, William Woodson, Daws Butler, Tom Cowned, James McCallion, Robert Emlin, Sam Richards, Jack Kruschen, Kurt Martell, Jerry Hausner, Joe Cranston, Dennis Patrick, Richard Peel, Ann Seaton, Tyler McVey, Jay Barney, Jack Nestle, Ralph Moody, Jay Barney, Barney Phillips, Laudy Prickett, Marvin Miller, Joe Hadock, Robert Emlin, Shepard Menken, Maudie Frickert, Bud Widom, Victor Rodman, Jack Moyles, Olan Soule, Bert Holland, Jack Edwards, Paul Cavanaugh, Phillip Tong, Anthony Ustrol, Earl Lee, Les Tremayne, Dick Ryan, Ted Bliss, Robert Moon, Ronald Liss, Don Diamond, Louis Latiere, William Redfield, Jane Webb, Virginia Payne, Ken Williams, Cameron Andrews, Joe Boland, William Griffis, Joe DeSantis, Joan Tompkins, Roger De Koven, James Monks, Edwin Jerome, Jack Grimes, Gene Leonard, Bill Lipton, Jim Stevens, Edward Cullen, Matt Crowley, Robert Dryden, Bob Hastings, Everett Sloan, Kenny Delmar, Peggy Allenby, Donald Buka, Jane Webb, Robert Shelby, Elaine Rost, Kenny Delmar, Betty Garde, Tom Shirley, Karl Weber, Teri Keane, Joan Lazer, Julian Noa, Raymond Edward Johnson, Fred Irving Lewis, Patrick Mangen, Norman Rose, Patricia Weil, Bert Cowlan, Leona Powers, Joseph Curtin, John Raby, Kermit Murdock, WIlliam Redfield, Lyn Stanbough, Edwin Jerome, Mandel Kramer, Jan Miner, Bob Hastings, John Gibson, Luis Van Rooten, Cameron Andrews, Robert Dryden, Ralph Bell, Chester Stratton, John Stanley, John Larkin, William Quinn, Richard Hamilton, Lloyd Richards, Dan Ocko, John Marriott, Leon Janney, Dolores Sutton, Staats Cotsworth, John McGovern, Lawrence Kerr, Alice Yourman, Tom Charlesworth, Richard Hamilton, Frank Behrens, Frank Jerrold, David Pfeffer, Rusty Lane, Joseph Bell, Jock MacGregor, Helen Spencer, Pamela Fitzmaurice, Gilbert Mack, Paul Maron, Richard Newton, Frank Silvera, James Rafferty, Nat Polen, Ronald Long, Edith Ivey, Lola Peyser, Ruth Yorke, Charles Webster, Sam Grey, James Dukas, Lynn Clark, Michael Caine, Guy Repp, Josh White Jr., Judith Parrish, Rosetta Lenoir, Julie Bennett, John Larch, Anne Seymour

After-production Speakers: Mrs Harold S. Burdette, Thomas Clark, William Burke, D.H. Read, Thomas Byrd, Truman Wohl, Herbert Walker, Edward Scheiberly, Milo Warner, John High, James O'Neill, Arthur Connell, Paul McNutt, Harry Kollmary, Donald Wilson, Paul Griffith, Raymond Kelly, Louis Johnson, Sayborn Collins, Lewis Goff, Mrs P.A. Laneson, Frank Belgrano, Carl Reis, Howard Kingdon, Mrs William Corbeth, Leonard Jackson, Robert Shelby, Father Albert Hoffman, Ray Murphy, Patrick Mangen, Edward Hayes, Lyn Stanbough, Daniel Doherty, Henry Dudley, Steven Chadwick, Earl Koch Jr., Dan Daniel, George Etinger, Colonel Alvin Ousley, S. Perry Brown, Tom Paradine, Bruce Henderson, George Kaisersap, Henry Park, Robert Farey
Recurring Character(s): Varied from production to production.
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production.
Author(s): Arthur Goodfriend, Edward Everett Hale
Writer(s) Earl Hamner, George Lefferts, Milt Kahn, Guy De Vrie, Richard Carr, Paul Garrison, Ted Weir, William Lanceford, Ted Weir, Robert Malcolm Young, Dorothea Lewis, Robert S. Green, Karl Swenson, Ernest Kinoy, Jack Wilson, Ruth Travis, Robert Lucas, Gilbert Braun
Music Direction: Robert Armbruster, Roy Shield [Composer/Conductors]
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): John Wald, John Laing, John Storm, Bill Hanrahan, Roger Bowman, Dick Dudley [Announcers];
Hans Conried, Marvin Miller, Alexander Scourby, Tom Shirley, Nelson Olmstead, Bert Cowlan, Gilbert Braun, David Gothard, Norman Rose [Narrators]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
57
Episodes in Circulation: 49
Total Episodes in Collection: 49
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenance was the log of the RadioGOLDINdex.


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The Inheritance Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
54-04-04
1
When Washington Refused A Crown
N
[Premiere]

54-04-04 Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram
7 p.m.--KFI--"
When Washington Refused A Crown"
54-04-11
2
The Story of Oliver Pollack
N
54-04-11 San Antonio Light
Inheritance (WOAI, 9 p.m.). "
The Story of Oliver Pollack" is a dramatization of the life of an American businessman who played a great but little known part in the American revolution.
54-04-18
3
The Mountain Men
Y
54-04-18 San Antonio Light
Inheritance (WOAI, 9 p.m.). "
The Mountain Men" is a historical drama dealing with the opening of the west in the 1880s by a band of hunters and trappers.
54-04-25
4
The Giant Of Virginia
Y
54-04-25 New York Times
10-10:30-Inheritance: "
Lincoln's Reconstruction Policy"; Milo J. Warner, speaker--WNBC.
54-05-02
5
In Whatsoever House I Enter
Y
54-05-02 New York Times
10-10:30-Inheritance: "
Story of Elizabeth Blackwell," first woman physician--WNBC.
54-05-09
6
To Save A City
Y
54-05-09 Oakland Tribune
8 p.m. KNBC — INHERITANCE: "The 1905
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire."

[Closing message announces the appearance of John L. Lewis on Meet the Press]

54-05-09 Oakland Tribune
10:45 p.m. KNBC—MEET THF. PRESS:
John L. Lewis, president of United
Mine .Workers.
54-05-16
7
Flight To Nowhere
Y
54-05-16 New York Times
10-WNBC--Inheritance
54-05-23
8
The Nutmegger and the Turtle
Y
54-05-23 New York Times - 10-10:30-Inheritance: "The Nutmegger and the Turtle," Story of the Development of America's First Secret Weapon; Truman Wold, speaker--WNBC.
54-05-30
9
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Y
54-05-30 New York Times - 10-10:30-Inheritance: "The Lewis and Clark Expedition"--WNBC
54-06-06
10
But For the Courage Of A Woman
Y
54-06-06 Oakland Tribune
8 p.m. KNBC — INHIBITANCE:
"
But For the Courage of a Woman." story of Jane Sullivan, heroine of the American Revolutionary War
54-06-13
11
The Texas Rangers
Y
54-06-13 New York Times
10-10:30-Inheritance: "
Story of the Texas Rangers"; Milo J. Warner, past commander, American Legion, guest--WNBC.
54-06-20
12
Whipple's War
Y
54-06-20 New York Times
10-10:30-Inheritance: "
Whipple's War," Story of 1775--WNBC.
54-06-27
13
The Story Of A Soldier
Y
54-06-27 San Antonio Express and News - Inheritance--9 p.m. WOAI--"The Story of a Soldier," recounting the exploits of Maj. Raymond Harvey, veteran of World War II and the Korean war will be presented with Whitfield Connor as Major Harvey.
54-07-04
14
Proclaim Liberty!
Y
54-07-02 Reno Evening Gazette
The story of the secret removal of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to prevent its falling into the hands of the British, will b» told in a drama titled "
Proclaim Liberty" during the Monday night broadcast of "Inheritance" over KOH at 9:30. A small group took the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown when the British were about to occupy the city. It remained in Allentown for two years, and was brought back to Philadelphia when the British troops had gone.
54-07-11
15
America's Greatest Bargain
Y
54-07-11 Independent-Press-Telegram - 8:00 P.M. KFI--Inheritance: "America's Greatest Bargain" (La. Purchase)
54-07-18
16
Victory On Lake Erie
Y
54-07-18 Syracuse Herald Journal - WSYR'S Inheritance broadcast, heard to day at 10 P.M., will tell of one of the most spectacular achievements in American naval history. The story concerns Oliver Hazard Perry's victory over the British fleet on Lake Erie.
54-07-25
17
That All May Know
Y
54-07-25 Independent-Press Telegram - Hans Conried narrates the powerful story of the establishment, by a farmer's son, of the nation's first agricultural schools during "Inheritance" on KFI at 8 p.m.
54-08-01
18
Rails To the Pacific
Y
54-08-01 Bridgeport Post - The dramatic race in the 1800's to build the first railroad from Missouri to the Pacific is the theme of "Rails to the Pacific," the radio play to be produced by NBC in cooperation with the American Legion on the "Inheritance" program tonight at 10 o'clock. This is n epic story of the courage, skill and determination of men who built through an unsettled country, over vast distances, over the country's highest mountain ranges, across prairies filled with hostile Indians.
54-08-08
19
The Gingerbread Man
Y
54-08-08 New York Times
10-10:30-Inheritance: "
The Gingerbread Man," story of a baker who became a close friend of George Washington--WNBC.
54-08-15
20
The Flag That Talks
Y
54-08-15 Zanesville Signal - The story behind the origin of the U. S. Army's Signal Corps is revealed in "The Flag That Talks" on "Inheritance" tonight at 10. The drama's central figure is Major Albert J. Myer, who is known as the "father of the Signal Corps." Back in 1854, Myer, then a 35-year-old physician from Buffalo, N.Y., obtained a commission in the regular army. While serving on the Texas plains, he observed how the Navajos sent up their smoke signals. He recalled the thesis he had written in medical college outlining a sign language for deaf mutes. Now he conceived an idea which was to bring a new method of communication and a new department to the army. The idea was to transmit messages by means of flags--the "wigwag" system as it is known today.
54-08-22
21
The Mail Had Wings
Y
54-08-22 New York Times
10-10:30-Inheritance: "
The Mail Had Wings"--Birth of the Air Mail in America--WNBC.
54-08-28
22
The Charter Oak
Y
54-08-28 Logansport Pharos-Tribune
9 p.m. Inheritance
54-09-04
23
One Mile Of Rock
Y
54-09-04 New York Times
7:30-WNBC--Inheritance: Documentary
54-09-11
24
A Salute To Mare Island
Y
54-09-11 Bridgeport Telegram
This country's first naval base on the Pacific coast is the subject of "
A Salute to Mare Island," the drama to be presented on "Inheritance" over NBC radio tonight at 7:30 o'clock, under American Legion auspices. The broadcast will be presented in observance of Mare Island's Centennial, being celebrated in Vallejo, Calif., Sept. 16 to 19. Sat - did not air in all markets.

54-09-11 New York Times
7:30-WNBC--Inheritance: Documentary
54-09-19
25
The Gilbralter Of the Hudson
N
54-09-19 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
Gibraltar on the Hudson"--Founding of West Point Military Academy; Paul Cavanagh; others--WNBC.
54-09-26
26
The Young Davey Crockett
Y
54-09-26 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
The Young Davy Crockett"; From poverty to Congress-WNBC
54-10-03
27
Sequoyah
Y
[Production and format changes]

54-10-03 Bridgeport Telegram
5:00--INHERITANCE:
Sequoyah, drama of American Indian's aid to nation WNBC
54-10-10
28
The Hand That Rocked the Cradle
Y
54-10-10 San Antonio Light - Inheritance (WOAI, 4 p.m.), "The Hand That Rocked the Cradle," story of the young Andrew Jackson.
54-10-17
29
Mother Bickerdyke
Y
54-10-17 Bridgeport Telegram - 5:00--INHERITANCE: Dramatized career of Mother Bickerdyke, Civil War Nurse WNBC
54-10-24
30
William Crawford Gorgas
Gorgas and The Panama Canal
Y
54-10-24 San Antonio Light - Inheritance (WOAI,4 p.m.). Story of the men who conquered yellow fever in the Panama Canal zone.
54-10-31
31
The Whale Hunters
Y
54-10-31 Bridgeport Telegram - The spirit of the nation's old whaling captains and their families is captured in "The Whale Hunters," an anthentic historical drama by George Lefferts, on NBC radio's "Inheritance" program this afternoon at 5 o'clock, under American Legion Aauspicies. It is the story of Jared Jernegan, who set sail on a year-long hunt from Martha's Vineyard in 1871 with his wife and their two young children. The voyage ended in ice-locking in the Arctic seas and eventual rescue but, undaunted by the experience, the family set out again next year.
54-11-07
32
Horatio Alger
Y
54-11-07 Bridgeport Telegram - The man who wrote in over 100 books the story of the boy who made good, who could start anywhere in this America with the most humble job and rise to fame and fortune, is the hero of "Horatio Alger," the drama on "Inheritance" today (NBC radio, 5 p.m.) under American Legion auspices. Robert S. Greene's script underlines the central irony in the life of this spokesman for the American Dream who came to regard his own life as a failure. The Rev. Albert J. Hoffman, national chaplain of the American Legion, will speak briefly at the close of the drama.
54-11-14
33
Nancy Hanks
Y
54-11-14 San Antonio Light - "Nancy Hanks," by Karl Swenson, radio actor turned playwright, will be presented on Inheritance at 4 p.m. Sunday over WOAI. It is the story of Abraham Lincoln's parents.
54-11-21
34
What Is America
Y
54-11-21 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
What Is America?"--Statements by contemporary American thinkers--WRCA
54-11-28
35
Harvest of the Stony Fields
Y
54-11-28 Bridgeport Telegram
8.00— INHERITANCE:
Harvest of the Stony Fields, early Vermont drama WRCA
54-12-05
36
Paul Revere
Y
54-12-05 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
Paul Revere," story of the man and his time--WRCA.
54-12-12
37
The Man Without A Country
Y
54-12-12 Bridgeport Telegram - Edward Everett Hale's "The Man Without a Country" will be the "Inheritance" dramatization on NBC radio today (5 p.m.), under American Legion auspices. Jack Wilson has radio-adapted this story of Philip Nolan, a U.S. Naval officer involved in the treason of Aaron Burr and the realization of Nolan's expressed desire never to hear the name of his country again. Daniel J. Doherty, a past national commander of the American Legion from Massachusetts will speak briefly at the close of the dramatization.

54-12-11 Times-Recorder
EDWARD EVERETT Bale's "
The Man Without a Country" will be the INHERITANCE dramatization on NBC and WHIZ Sunday at 5 p. m. under American Legion auspices. Jack Wilson has radioadapted this story of Philip Nolan, a U. S. Naval officer involved in the treason of Aaron Burr, and the realization of Nolan's expressed desire never to hear the name of his country again. Daniel J. Doherty, a past national commander of the American Legion from Massachusetts, will speak briefly at the close of the dramatization.
54-12-19
38
The Cordwainers
Y
54-12-19 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
The Cordwainers," story of America's first labor unions--WRCA.
54-12-26
39
The Vanguard
Y
54-12-26 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
The Vanguard," crisis in religious freedom in early America--WRCA.
55-01-02
40
The Log Of the Louisiana
Y
55-01-02 Independent-Press-Telegram
8:00 P.M. KFI Inheritance: "
The Log of the Louisiana" (piracy)
55-01-09
41
George Washington Carver
Y
55-01-09 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: Drama of life of George Washington Carver--WRCA.
55-01-16
42
Bradford
Y
55-01-16 Bridgeport Post - The founding of the Plymouth Colony provides the theme of "Bradford," a historically authentic radio drama on WRCA's "Inheritance" program this afternoon at 5 o'clock, under American Legion auspices. George Leffert's script underscores the early shift from a communal form of government to a system of private enterprise that came with William Bradford's ascension to the governorshipo. Erla Cooke, Jr., past national commander of the American Legion will speak briefly at the close of the program.
55-01-23
43
Johnny Appleseed
Y
55-01-23 Bridgeport Post
5:00--INHERITANCE: The story of
Johnny Appleseed WRCA.
55-01-30
44
The Peacemaker
Y
55-01-02 Independent-Press-Telegram
8:00 P.M. KFI— Inheritance: "
The Peacemaker" (Samuel Colt)
55-02-06
45
My Friend, David
N
55-02-06 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
My Friend David," story of David Hale, one of the founders of The Associated Press--WRCA.
55-02-13
46
Lincoln Portrait
N
55-02-13 Independent-Press-Telegram
8:00 P.M. KFI— Inheritance: "
Lincoln Portrait"
55-02-20
47
Green Thumb In the City
Y
55-02-20 New York Times
5:00--WRCA: Inheritance
55-02-27
48
Cheesebox On A Raft
N
55-02-27 Corpus Christi Caller-Times - "Cheesebox on a Raft," a drama of the historic clash between the Monitor and the Merrimac, will be presented on "INHERITANCE" today at 4 p.m. on KRIS.
55-03-06
49
Adventurers' Laughter
Adventures In Laughter
Y
55-03-06 New York Times
5-5:30--Inheritance: "
Adventurers' Laughter," humor and the American character--WRCA
55-03-13
50
He Died Free
Y
55-03-13 Zanesville Signal
Inheritance: One of NBC's most talked about Sunday shows is Inheritance, heard at 5 each Sunday afternoon on WHIZ-NBC. This week's historical drama is about Crispus Attucks, a runaway slave who was determined to die a free man. The title of this fast-moving drama Is "
He Died Free." Attucks fled his owner, became a seaman and was the first man to die resisting the British Redcoats in the Boston Massacre, which proved to the the opening skirmish of the American Revolutionary War. If you enjoy top dramatic entertainment, I'm sure you're a faithful listener to "Inheritance."
55-03-20
51
The Burning Of Washington
Y
55-03-20 New York Times
5:00--WRCA: Inheritance
55-03-27
52
Their Rights and Nothing Less
Y
55-03-27 Corpus Christi Caller-Times - Susan B. Anthony and her leadership in the fight for women's suffrage will be the theme of the INHERITANCE drama, "Their Rights and Nothing Less," at 4 p.m. today on KRIS.
55-04-03
53
Benjamin Rush
N
55-04-03 San Antonio Express and News
Inheritance (4 p.m. WOAI) An authentic historical drama about
Benjamin Rush, 16th Century American physician, will be presented.
55-04-10
54
Dorothea Lynde Dix
Y
55-04-10 Zanesville Signal
5:00 p.m. Inheritance
55-04-17
55
Thanks For America
Y
55-04-17 San Antonio Express and News
Inheritance—4 p.m., WOAI—A 'happily discontented man"—the inventive genius Charles Steinmetz is the subject of the drama, "
Thanks for America."
55-04-24
56
Two At the Top Of the World
Y
55-04-24 New York Times
5:00--WRCA: Inheritance
55-05-01
57
Proclaim Liberty!
N
55-05-01 Corpus Christi Caller-Times
The secret removal of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to prevent the British from seizing it during the American Revolution is one of the dramatic highlights of "
Proclaim Liberty!"--a historically authentic play to be presented on INHERITANCE today at 4 p.m. on KRIS.

55-05-01 Zanesville Signal
Inheritance: The secret removal of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to prevent the British from seizing it during the American Revolution is one of the dramatic highlights of ''Proclaim Liberty!''--a historically authentic radio play to be produced on NBC's Inheritance program tonight at 5 o'clock, under American Legion auspices. Seaborn Collins, national commander of the American Legion will speak briefly at the close. ''Proclaim Liberty!'' recounts how, when the British were about to occupy Philadelphia, a small group of patriots took the Liberty Bell to Allentown, Pa., under cover of night. It remained there two years and was brought back in triumph when Phlidelphia was freed of British troops. The script, written by Ted Wear, was presented previously on this series last July 4 and later brought the program an award from The Christophers.
It will be the last broadcast in the ''Inheritance'' series.





The AFRTS IED-415 'Inheritance Radio' Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
54-11-05
When Washington Refused A Crown
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54-10-31 Pacific Stars and Stripes - A series of broadcasts based on great turning points in American history, "Inheritance," will be aired weekly over the Far East Network starting Friday. The initial broadcast depicts an incident in Washington's time when America almost became a monarchy.
54-11-12 Dorothea Lynde Dix
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54-11-08 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday: "The Story of Dorothea Lynde Dix" will be heard at 7:30 p.m. on "Inheritance." Dorothea pioneered the reform of our insane asylums, poor houses and public hospitals.
55-01-28 Proclaim Liberty!
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55-01-23 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday: "Inheritance" at 7:30 p.m. tells the story of the secret removal of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to keep it from falling into the hands of the British.
55-03-18 The Mail Had Wings
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55-03-14 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--"The Mail Had Wings," the story of the birth of air mail will be presented on "Inheritance" at 7:30 p.m.
55-03-25 The Charter Oak
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55-03-21 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--"The Charter Oak" is the story of Connecticut colonists and their hard-won liberties on the "Inheritance" at 7:30 p.m. The story begins in 1861 when the colonists were subjects of the English.
55-04-29 The Story of Sequoyah
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55-04-24 Pacific Stars and Stripes - The Far East Network will highlight the important but relatively little-known contribution of the American Indian to the nation's development in "The Story of Sequoia" on "Inheritance" at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
55-05-20 The Story of William Crawford Gorgas
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55-05-15 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--"The Story of William Crawford Gorgas" will be dramatized on "Inheritance" at 7:30 p.m. The story of how Gorgas' conquest of Yellow fever in the Panama Canal Zone made it possible for the U.S. to dig the canal--after the French had abandoned it.
55-06-10 Nancy Hanks
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55-06-05 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--On "Inheritance" at 7:30 p.m., you will hear little-known facts about the part played by Abraham Lincoln's father in composing the Gettysberg Address.
55-07-01 Paul Revere
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55-06-26 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--The historic ride of Paul Revere will be dramatized on Inheritance at 7:30 p.m.
55-09-16 Myra Kelly
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55-09-11 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--A true story based on the life of short story writer Myra Kelly will be Inheritance presentation at 7:30 p.m.
55-10-21 Their Rights and Nothing Less
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55-10-15 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--"Their Rights and Nothing Else," the story of Susan B. Anthony and her fight for woman's suffrage, is the theme on Inheritance at 7:30 p.m.
55-10-28 Benjamin Rush
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55-10-22 Pacific Stars and Stripes - Friday--The story of the father of American psychiatry, Dr. Benjamin Rush, will be told on Inheritance at 7:30 p.m. Dr Rush pioneered in the study of mental sickness and established the first hospital for mental patients.
55-11-18 Proclaim Liberty!
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55-12-12 Pacific Stars and Stripes - "Proclaim Liberty" is the last show on Inheritance at 7:30 p.m.






The Inheritance Radio Program Biographies




Howard Culver
(Performer)

Radio, Television, and Film Actor and Announcer
(1918-1984)

Birthplace: Larimer County, Colorado, USA

Radiography:
1937 The Life of Mary Sothern
1942 News Of the World Today
1944 Star Performance
1944 We Deliver the Goods
1946 Strange Wills
1946 The Whistler
1947 All-Star Western Theatre
1947 Mystery In the Air
1947 Stairway To the Stars
1947 Family Theatre
1948 Straight Arrow
1948 Suspense
1948 The Adventures Of Ellery Queen
1948 Chandu the Magician
1948 Make Believe Town
1948 Anacin Hollywood Star Theatre
1948 Stories From the American Scene
1949 Our American Heritage
1949 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1949 Gunsmoke
1949 The Croupier
1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1950 The Hour Of St Francis
1950 The Fabulous Mr Manchester
1951 Defense Attorney
1952 Father Knows Best
1952 The Freedom Story
1952 Wild Bill Hickok
1952 Escape
1953 The Roy Rogers Show
1954 Rocky Fortune
1954 Inheritance
1954 The Railroad Hour
1955 Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
1956 Fort Laramie
1957 A Joy Forever
1958 Have Gun, Will Travel
1979 Sears Radio Theater
Horizons West
I Devise and Bequeath
Mission Accomplished
When the West Was Young
Hollywood Theatre Group
Howard Culver as Dr. Bill Hawley in Perry Mason (1957)
Howard Culver as Dr. Bill Hawley in Perry Mason (1957)

Howard Culver as handwriting expert Rufus Bolding in Perry Mason (1958)
Howard Culver as handwriting expert Rufus Bolding in Perry Mason (1958)

Howard Culver as Rufus Bolding shakes hands with Perry Mason (1958)
Howard Culver as Rufus Bolding shakes hands with Perry Mason (1958)

Howard Culver as Detective Parker in The Third Man (1959)
Howard Culver as Detective Parker in The Third Man (1959)

Howard Culver as Jury Foreman in The Twilight Zone (1961)
Howard Culver as Jury Foreman in The Twilight Zone (1961)

Howard Culver in The Untouchables (1962)
Howard Culver in The Untouchables (1962)

Diminutive Howard Culver was a giant in Radio and a solid, steadily working character actor in Television. Born in Colorado, Culver grew up in Los Angeles, California. By the age of 19 he was appearing in Radio on The Life of Mary Sothern.

From the outset, Howard Culver's distinctive baritone and straightforward delivery promised a long and successful career for the young actor/announcer. Working regularly at KFI, KNX and Don Lee-Mutual in Los Angeles and with Don Lee-Mutual in San Francisco, Culver had already performed in almost a thousand Radio episodes by the time he entered The Navy during World War II.

Upon his return to civilian life, Howard Culver jumped right back into Radio, as well as early Television. Over a forty year career in Radio, Howard Culver compiled an estimated 4,000 appearances. His Television career, equally successful and prolific saw him in some 200 Television appearances over a 35 year career.

As with many of the truly great character actors of from The Golden Age of Television, Howard Culver was a master of 'disappearing' into a well-directed Television feature--that was, after all, what he was being paid to do. As such it's a foregone conclusion that virtually anyone who watched mainstream Television from The Golden Age has seen Howard Culver a hundred times, and can probably remember him but not specifically place him.

But where Howard Culver's voice is concerned, it's likely that virtually any genuine Golden Age Radio fan can recognize Howard Culver's distinctive voice, irrespective of the vehicle in which he was appearing. He did acquire his own fan following over the years for several memorable leading roles--especially his starring role in Straight Arrow (1948) as Steve Adams for almost three years and three-hundred episodes. Juvenile adventure fans will also recognize Howard Culver from his role as the announcer in the Chandu The Magician (1948) radio series. Culver was also Radio's last Ellery Queen (1948).

Clearly comfortable in juvenile adventure roles, Culver's most diverse body of work in Radio was in the crime, mystery and detective genres which found him appearing in a truly remarkable variety of roles, spanning the entire range of characterizations. Culver was a frequent performer in virtually anything that Jack Webb was ever a party to, as well as numerous appearances in Strange Wills (1946), All-Star Western Theatre (1947), Mystery in The Air (1947) and Defense Attorney (1951).

Working right up until his unexpected passing--while on vacation in Hong Kong--Culver seemed even more in demand as a character actor the more he matured. His voice certainly never wavered and his character performances right through the end of his career were predictably solid--the epitome of a true craftsman.

Howard Culver's widow, Lois--a Radio professional in her own right--remained active in the Vintage Radio community after Howard's passing.



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