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Campbell Playhouse: Rabble in Arms - March 3, 1940

Written by: Orson Welles
Narrated by: Orson Welles
Length: 58 mins

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Orson Welles both starred in and directed The Campbell Playhouse, a radio drama (1938-40) produced by Welles and John Houseman. The episodes include adaptions of classic novels and plays, as well as radio versions of the era's popular films.

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  • 02-10-17

An Old Friend Now Audible

This is great for two reasons. First, Kenneth Roberts wonderful novels about the years leading up to and through the American Revolution are still alive and available. Second, because this old time radio adaptation of his work "Rabble in Arms" combines the color and grit of the original Kenneth Roberts work with the genius presentation by Orson Wells. Certainly it is an adaptation and loses much of the detail that makes the original novel so wonderful but for what it is, a gateway to listeners to become interested in the original body of work from which it comes, it is terrific. Invest a credit. The presentation is fun because it evokes those days before TV when you listened spellbound to radio drama. Then go find the complete novel and read it. You will not regret it!