+ 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. Click here to read more about Inheritance
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|04.11.1954||dorthea lynde dix||
+ Program #1. "Dorothea Lynde Dix". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The Ame...
|04.18.1954||the mountain men||
+ Program #2. "The Mountain Men". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The Ameri...
|04.25.1954||giants of virginia||
+ Program #3. "The Giant Of Virginia". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The ...
|05.02.1954||in what so ever house i enter||
+ Program #4. "In Whatsoever House I Enter". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation wit...
|05.16.1954||flight to nowhere||
+ Program #6. "Flight To Nowhere". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The Amer...
|05.23.1954||the nut megger and the turtle||
+ Program #7. "The Nutmegger and The Turtle". Sponsored by: SUstaining. 4:30 P.M. The program is pr...
|05.30.1954||lewis and clark expedition||
+ Program #8. "The Lewis and Clark Expedition". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation ...
|06.06.1954||but for the courage of a woman||
+ Program #9. "But For The Courage Of A Woman". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation ...
|06.13.1954||the texas rangers||
+ Program #10. "The Texas Rangers". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The Ame...
+ Program #11. "Whipple's War". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The America...
|06.27.1954||the story of a soldier||
+ Program #12. "The Story Of A Soldier". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced is co-operation with Th...
+ Program #13. "They Proclaim Liberty". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The...
|07.11.1954||americas greatest bargain||
+ Program #14. "America's Greatest Bargain". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation wit...
|07.18.1954||victory on lake erie||
+ Program #15. "Victory Of Lake Erie". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The ...
|07.25.1954||that all may know||
+ Program #16. "That All May Know". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced is co-operation with The Ame...
|08.01.1954||rails to the pacific||
+ Program #17. "Rails To The Pacific". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The ...
|08.08.1954||the gingerbread man||
+ Program #18. "The Gingerbread Man". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The A...
|08.15.1954||the flag that talks||
+ Program #19. "The Flag That Talks". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The A...
|08.22.1954||the mail had wings||
+ Program #20. "The Mail Had Wings". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The Am...
|08.28.1954||the charter oak||
+ Program #21. "The Charter Oak". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The Ameri...
|09.04.1954||one mile of rock||
+ Program #22. "One Mile Of Rock". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The Amer...
|09.11.1954||salute to mare island||
+ Program #23. "A Salute To Mare Island". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with T...
|09.19.1954||the gilbraltar of the hudson||
+ Program #24. "The Gibraltar Of The Hudson". 4:30 P. M. The program is produced in co-operation w...
|09.26.1954||young davey crocket||
+ Program #25. "Young Davey Crockett". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The ...
+ Program #26. "Sequoia". 4:30 P.M. The program is produced in co-operation with The American Legi...
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