Dinner At Eight (Aired February 18, 1940)
The Campbell Playhouse was a sponsored continuation of the Mercury Theater on the Air, a direct result of the instant publicity from the War of the Worlds panic. The switch occurred on December 9, 1938. In spite of using the same creative staff, the show had a different flavor under sponsorship, partially attributed to a guest star policy in place, which relegated the rest of the Mercury Players to supporting cast for Orson Welles and the Hollywood guest of the week. There was a growing schism between Welles, still reaping the rewards of his Halloween night notoriety, and his collaborator John Houseman, still in the producer's chair but feeling more like an employee than a partner. The writer, as during the unsponsored run, was Howard Koch.
February 18, 1940. CBS network. "Dinner At Eight"
. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. A radio version of the bittersweet play about society, money and fame. Benny Rubin, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Charles Trowbridge, Clara Blandick, Edgar Barrier, Edna Ferber (author), Ernest Chappell (announcer), George S. Kaufman (co-author), Hedda Hopper, Lucille Ball, Marjorie Rambeau, Mary Taylor, Orson Welles (host). 59:56. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.