Hello Americans - Single Episodes


(3.5 stars; 2 reviews)

HELLO AMERICANS

Hello Americans was a 12 episode show Orson Welles made as another contribution to the war effort, and stems in part from his interest in Latin and South American culture. It was no doubt spurred by his time in Brazil working on the movie It's All True. The show is a generally lighthearted affair, and Welles clearly seems to enjoy himself. The first episode in particular, with Carmen Miranda, is a prime example of this. Hello Americans did have some more serious moments, and despite some lapses into melodramatics, most were carried off reasonably well. The show is peppered with numerous editorial insertions, pertaining mainly to racism, although the odd barb against fascism pops up now and again. What is perhaps most worthwhile about the show is its portrayal of Central and South America countries as full of interesting history and people, with little condescension. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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Pondering episode titles

(0 stars)

I'm a bit confused by the titles of these episodes. They don't seem to have anything to do with the series. Incidentally, like all third-season series, this one ran to thirteen episodes, rather than twelve. The final broadcast was on February 7, 1943.

Titles mislabeled.

(3 stars)

The program titles are mislabled. Play the shows reveals that they are the shows of Hello Americans which covered the Americas south of the border of the USA. The progams themselves are great.

The skinny

(4 stars)

Ray Collins. Must-hear radio!