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Cavalcade of America is an anthology drama series that was sponsored by the DuPont Company, although it occasionally presented a musical, such as an adaptation of Show Boat, and condensed biographies of popular composers. It was initially broadcast on radio from 1935 to 1953, and later on television from 1952 to 1957. Originally on CBS, the series pioneered the use of anthology drama for company audio advertising. Cavalcade of America documented historical events using stories of individual courage, initiative and achievement, often with feel-good dramatizations of the human spirit's triumph against all odds. This was consistent with DuPont's overall conservative philosophy and legacy as an American company dating back to 1802. The company's motto, "Maker of better things for better living through chemistry," was read at the beginning of each program, and the dramas emphasized humanitarian progress, particularly improvements in the lives of women, often through technological innovation.

Series Cast

  1. Rhys Williams as William Armstrong

    Rhys Williams

    William Armstrong

    4 Episodes

  2. Booth Colman as

    Booth Colman

    4 Episodes

  3. Carl Benton Reid as Cmdr. Ingraham and Manning

    Carl Benton Reid

    Cmdr. Ingraham, Manning

    4 Episodes

  4. James Seay as Lt. Wells, William Joslin, Theodore Dreiser, and Mr. Watson

    James Seay

    Lt. Wells, William Joslin, Theodore Dreiser, Mr. Watson

    4 Episodes

  5. Edgar Buchanan as Horace Greeley and Doc Mathew

    Edgar Buchanan

    Horace Greeley, Doc Mathew

    4 Episodes

  6. Lamont Johnson as Lt. Matt Maury, Lt. Col. Coleman, and Paul Shearer

    Lamont Johnson

    Lt. Matt Maury, Lt. Col. Coleman, Paul Shearer

    4 Episodes

  7. Ross Elliott as James Otis, Theodore Judah, Zack Garson, and Ralph Kerchum

    Ross Elliott

    James Otis, Theodore Judah, Zack Garson, Ralph Kerchum

    4 Episodes

  8. Hayden Rorke as

    Hayden Rorke

    3 Episodes

  9. Robert Warwick as Harper and Alexander Majors

    Robert Warwick

    Harper, Alexander Majors

    3 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 5

1956 • 27 Episodes

Season 5 of Cavalcade of America premiered on September 18, 1956.

Chicago 2-1-2

(5x27, April 30, 1957) Season Finale

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Cavalcade of America


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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