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    Cavalcade of America

    Season 2 1953 - 1954

    • 1953-09-29T00:00:00-05:00 on ABC (US)
    • 60 mins
    • 1 day, 9 hours, 0 mins
    • United States
    • English

    Cavalcade Of America was one of the most prestigious dramatic shows of network radio, sponsored for 18 years (1935-1953) by DuPont as a means of enhancing the company's image and bringing great events in American History to an audience of millions. In 1952 DuPont brought the Cavalcade to TV, and the same meticulously accurate stories of American heroes both famous and infamous as well as obscure, in historical periods ranging from colonial days to the Revolution to the early 1900's. In 1955, the format was modified to include comtemporary stories of overcoming adversity and showing courage. For the first season the program was seen every two weeks, alternating with Scott Music Hall. And in 1955 it changed its name to DuPont Cavalcade Theater and again in 1956 to DuPont Theater. An absolute treasure of a show a definite must see for all. *The photo is from the episode, "The Boy Nobody Wanted", starring Johnny Crawford.

    33 episodes

    2x01 Sam and the Whale

    • Season Premiere

      1953-09-29T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Sam Mulford, a famous American whale hunter who resents the English tax on whales and the methods employed by the King's tax collectors along the coast of Long Island goes to England, where, with the help of Lady Montagu, he takes his complaint to the royal court. Time: 1712.

    2x02 The Stolen General

    • 1953-10-06T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A Revolutionary War drama. When romance-seeking British General Prescott arranges to meet Dorothea Meadows in an unprotected house in Rhode Island, he is captured by Miss Meadows' co-conspirator, Colonel Barton.

    2x03 Breakfast at Nancy's

    • 1953-10-13T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    In Georgia during the American Revolution, a beautiful girl and a gleaming rifle bring aid to the cause of freedom. Messengers vital to the cause of the Colonies are hidden by Nancy Hart beneath the floor of her cabin in the Georgia hills. When the safety of one messenger is threatened, she uses cunning and force to protect him.

    2x04 Sunset at Appomattox

    • 1953-10-20T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A dramatization of the meeting of General Lee and General Grant at Appomattox based on detailed accounts of fourteen eye-witnesses to the surrender. The surrender of Robert E. Lee's army to the Union Army headed by U.S. Grant in 1865 ends the four years of war between the Union and the Confederacy.

    2x05 And to Fame Unknown

    • 1953-10-27T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Shows how a high school science teacher is helping to develop a better America for younger generations through his efforts in the field of science education. Explains that educators can alleviate the manpower shortage in scientific fields by stimulating the interest of exceptional high school students and encouraging them to pursue scientific careers.

    2x06 A Time to Grow

    • 1953-11-03T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama showing the events which led to the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803.

    2x07 Tiger's Tail

    • 1953-11-17T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Becoming aware of corruption in politics in New York, Thomas Nast, known for his drawings of Santa Claus, initiates a series of cartoons in which Boss Tweed is symbolized as a snarling tiger. In spite of threats and slander the cartoonist continues his work and inflames the public to the overthrow of the corrupt Tweed political machine. Time: 1870's.

    2x08 The Last Will of Daniel Webster

    • 1953-11-24T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Daniel Webster, tormented by memories of selfish deeds, is comforted as he nears the end of his life by friends who point out that his constructive acts will be remembered.

    2x09 Major Pauline

    • 1953-12-01T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama. Distressed by the outbreak of war between the States, Pauline Cushman, famous actress, offers her services as a Union espionage agent behind the Confederate lines.

    2x10 Betrayal

    • 1953-12-08T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A drama depicting the evolution of Benedict Arnold's plan to surrender West Point to the British and his subsequent flight to England when papers incriminating him were intercepted. Time: 1777-1780.

    2x11 Overland Trail

    • 1953-12-15T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama. The pony express era is initiated by Alexander Majors, one of the owners of a transport firm, who, in searching for methods of transporting mail and packages across the West, delves into history and adapts the relay courier system as used by Genghis Khan.

    2x12 One Nation Indivisible

    • 1953-12-22T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    The editor of the Tribune, Horace Greeley,(America's Titan of the Press) influenced by a conversation with President Lincoln, changes his views regarding Jefferson Davis and proceeds, with some risk to his career, to conduct a successful crusade to free the ex-Confederate president from prison. Time: latter half of nineteenth century.

    2x13 Mr. Peale's Dinosaur

    • 1953-12-29T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A drama relating the events which led to Charles Willson Peale's conception of the idea of establishing in Philadelphia a national museum of natural history and his efforts to provide the museum with noteworthy exhibits. Time: 1794. Painter Charles Wilson Peale risks his career and possessions to excavate and reconstruct a fossilized mastadon, the greatest skeleton ever seen in his day.

    2x14 G for Goldberger

    • 1954-01-12T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Dr. Joseph Goldberger fights disbelief and prejudice, after touring stricken areas in the South, he conceives and attempts to prove his theory that pellagra is the result of a dietary deficiency. Time: 1915.

    2x15 Smyrna Incident

    • 1954-01-19T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama. The captain of an American ship, anchored in the Turkish port of Smyrna, risks of a battle with three Austrian ships when he demands the release of an Austrian-born prisoner who has applied for American citizenship. U.S. Naval Commander Ingraham defies the Austrian Navy to protect an American subject.

    2x16 Man of Glass

    • 1954-01-26T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Dramatizes the life of Henry William Stiegel, who came to America from Germany and rose from a worker in an iron foundry to be head of a large glass factory. Describes Stiegel's realization, following his financial ruin, that material success did not make him superior to other men, but that his greatness lay in the beauty of the glassware which he created. He built a church and received as rent, one red rose.

    2x17 The Plume of Honor

    • 1954-02-09T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama about Francis Huger, an American medical student, and Erich Bollman, a young German physician, who attempt to rescue Lafayette from an Austrian prison in 1794.

    2x18 Margin of Victory

    • 1954-02-16T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama about an American spy, posing as a loyal Tory, who is responsible for the strategic landing of French troops in America while British forces are being concentrated in New York City to withstand a supposed attack by General Washington. The Culpers, famous spies, enable reinforcements to land in Rhode Island during the American Revolution.

    2x19 The Absent Host

    • 1954-03-02T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama about Jack Jouett, a patriotic Virginian who risks his life to warn Thomas Jefferson that British soldiers are planning to capture him in a surprise attack on Monticello. (Year 1781)

    2x20 Duel at the OK Corral

    • 1954-03-09T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A dramatization of the efforts of Wyatt Earp to free the West of dangerous armed gunmen. Earp's activities in Dodge City, Kansas, in Deadwood, South Dakota and in Tombstone, Arizona, are highlighted.

    2x21 The Splendid Dream

    • 1954-03-16T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Dramatizes the life of William Penn from his early interest in the Society of Friends, which led to his imprisonment under the Conventicle act, to his ultimate success in founding in the New World a colony where religious freedom became a reality. Time: 1701

    2x22 Young Andy Jackson

    • 1954-03-23T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama about thirteen-year-old Andrew Jackson, who, with his older brother Robert, joins the militia and engages in guerrilla fighting against the British.

    2x23 Escape

    • 1954-03-30T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama. After taking part in an unsuccessful revolt against the King of Prussia and his army, Carl Schurz and two compatriots, refusing to surrender to the army, escape from soldiers guarding the town of Rastatt, Germany, in 1849.

    2x24 Riddle of the Seas

    • 1954-04-06T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    Relates the story of the life work of Matthew Fontaine Maury, founder of the United States Weather Bureau, who advanced and proved his revolutionary theory that the paths of the sea--winds, currents, and temperature--could be accurately predicted and charted. Time: mid-nineteenth century.

    2x25 Crazy Judah

    • 1954-04-12T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    The life of Theodore Judah portray his attempts to realize his dream of unifying the country with a railroad system. Portrays his trips from California to Washington by boat and burro, his initial failure in 1859 to secure help from Congress and from California businessmen, his work in surveying a route through the Sierra Mountains, the encouragement of Leland Stanford and Charles Crocker, the formation of a company to start work, and Judah's death before the fulfillment of his dream. ""Crazy Judah"" is the name Theodore Judah gets when he tries to sell his idea of a transcontinental railroad to the politicians of 19th century Americans.

    2x26 A Strange Journey

    • 1954-04-20T00:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

    A historical drama about the adventures of George Merchant, an American rifleman from the Virginia backwoods who is captured by the British at Quebec, sent to England as a prisoner, and released early in 1776 by colonial sympathizers to deliver to Hancock several letters which affect the decision of the Continental Congress to declare independence for the Colonies.

    2x27 The Paper Sword

    • 1954-04-27T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

    Dramatizes the story of James King, a fearless newspaper editor, whose murder because of his crusade against corrupt officials in the San Francisco government set into motion one of the most sweeping reform movements in American history. Time: 1855.

    2x28 Saturday Story

    • 1954-05-04T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

    Dramatizes the career of Mark Wilson, a high school football coach who taught principles of living as well as football fundamentals to his players, one of whom was Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns. Frank Leahy, former Notre-Dame coach, introduces the story and participates in a closing interview with Mark Wilson and Otto Graham.

    2x29 Spindletop

    • 1954-05-11T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

    Dramatized incidents tell the story of the efforts of Captain Anthony Lucas, an Austrian mining engineer, to prove his theory regarding the feasibility of drilling for oil in the salt-dome formations of the Beaumont area. Describes the equipment and methods which he used in drilling, his unsuccessful attempts, and his ultimate success when the first big gusher in the Southwest came in at Spindletop, Texas.

    2x30 Moonlight School

    • 1954-05-18T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

    Dramatizes the experiences of Cora Wilson Stewart, a county superintendent and a teacher in a one-room school who succeeds in establishing a night class for adults in a backward section of Kentucky which is unsympathetic to book learning. Time: 1911.

    2x31 Cat With Crimson Eyes

    • 1954-05-25T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

    A Mexican family--one brother is murdered and the gems from his house are stolen. His brother comes to investigate the murder and theft. He gets to the most influential woman and there he finds the answer.

    2x32 The Skipper's Lady

    • 1954-06-08T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

    Dramatized incidents portray the courage and skill of a captain's wife who was forced to assume command of a clipper ship sailing from New York to San Francisco with the annual allotment of supplies for the Indians of California and Oregon.

    2x33 Courage in Connecticut

    • 1954-06-22T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

    After a long battle with racism, Turner looks for answers to find meaning in life.

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