+ "The Free Company is a group of writers, actors, and radio workers who have come together voluntarily to present a series of plays about our basic liberties. We are unpaid, unsponsored, and uncontrolled. Just a group of Americans saying what we believe about this country and about freedom. Trying to say it by means of plays, just as the Bible parables or the anecdotes that Lincoln used to tell illustrate other truths by means of stories. Some of our plays deal with the whole subject of freedom, others with the different basic civil rights on which that freedom rests." James Boyd was one of thousands of Federal employees during the World War I and World War II years referred to as "dollar-a-year-men [or women]." In other words they undertook the position--usually by political appointment during a time of national crisis--for either literally a dollar a year, or some other typically nugatory form of compensation. In James Boyd's case he had volunteered for the the Ambulance Corps during World War I, then after a distinquished writing and journalism career between wars, Boyd took a political appointment with the War Department during the outset of World War II. Working with the Radio Bureau of The Office of War Information, Boyd formed a volunteer corps of other patriotic journalists, actors, technicians, and influential writers of the era. They called themselves The Free Company of Players. Principal Actors: Burgess Meredith, Henry Fonda, John Garfield, Edmund Gwenn, Nancy Kelly, Tim Holt, Eduardo Cianelli, William Trach, Clinton Rosamon, Charles Bickford, Melvyn Douglas, Clair Trevor, Edward Ellis, Margaret Hamilton, Franchot Tone, Gail Patrick, Sidney Lumet, Myron McCormick, Alan Dineheart, Elia Kazan, Eric Burroughs, Harrington Lewis, Georgette Harvey, The Juanita Hall Singers, Harry Carey, William Davidson, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloan, Paul Stewart, Erskine Sanford, Norman Corwin, Canada Lee, Luis Van Rooten, Paul Green, Edna Mae Harris, Marietta Kantie, Paul Muni, George M. Cohan, Paul Henreid, Eddie Ryan Jr., Lily Valenti, Betty Jane Tyler, Frances Chaney Writers: William Saroyan, Marc Connelly, Robert Sherwood, Stephen Vincent Benet, Walter Van Tilberg Clark, Orson Welles, Archibald MacLeish, Maxwell Anderson, Sherwood Anderson Click here to read more about Free Company, The
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 10 old time radio episodes:
|02.23.1941||the people with light coming out of them||
+ "People With Light Coming Out Of Them". The first show of the series. A beautiful sound painting ...
|03.02.1941||an american crusader||
+ "The Mole On Lincoln's Cheek". A story of academic freedom in America.
|03.09.1941||the mole on lincolns cheek||
+ "An American Crusader". The story of the first American martyr to the ideal of Freedom of Press.
|03.16.1941||one more free man||
+ "One More Free Man". The story of a man who spoke the truth.
|03.23.1941||freedoms a hard thing||
+ "Freedom's A Hard Bought Thing". An excellent story about a slave down South who catches the dise...
|04.06.1941||his honor the mayor||
+ "His Honor, The Mayor". A well-written study of one of the problems with "Freedom Of Speech." Th...
|04.13.1941||a start in life||
+ "A Start In Life". A sad story about a poor Negro family and the daily indignities it must endure...
|04.20.1941||the states talking||
+ "The States Talking". A blank verse poem in which the voices of the American States answer the c...
|04.27.1941||the miracle of the danube||
+ "The Miracle of the Danube". A Nazi captain has seen a strange man that makes others seem as shad...
+ WBNS, Columbus, Ohio rebroadcast. "Above Suspicion". The story was supposed to have been written...