Breaking Walls

CBS Forecast: The Country Lawyer—8.18.1941

June 2nd, 2018

Episode description

Perhaps the most experimental of all the Forecast broadcasts was the August 18th, 1941 episode called The Country Lawyer. Experimental because the story was told in several tenses and told as a story within a story that also combines a foe—“Making of” version of Forecast. The story was written as a memoir by Bellamy Partridge about his father, country lawyer Samuel Selden Partridge, and the little town of Phelps, New York in which Samuel came to practice law during the 1880s. It had been a country-wide best seller in 1939. In 1940, Partridge and his family moved out to California when Country Lawyer was picked up by one of the studios. He was given a six-month contract to adapt it for the screen. When that didn’t happen in time, it became a pilot for a potential CBS series. This episode was written for Forecast by Harold Medford. Hollywood actor Raymond Massey was the narrator. In this episode, an eccentric old timer is accused of being a firebug. The supporting cast included Edgar Barrier, Bea Benaderet, Arthur Q. Bryan, Berry Kroeger, Grace Leonard, Knox Manning and Edwin Max. It was produced and directed by by Charles Vanda. Hear more about other shows that aired on CBS' Forecast in Breaking Walls Episode 80: Forecast—The Most Important Forgotten Series in Radio History, available by searching for Breaking Walls everywhere you listen to a podcast, or at TheWallBreakers.com

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