Dear Adolf - A Letter to Hitler
Cast: Raymond Massey, Melvyn Douglas, James Cagney, Helen Hayes, William Holden, Joseph Schildkraut
Dear Adolf - A Letter to Hitler is a reading of six letters based on real letters written to Adolf Hitler by various Americans during WWII. The Americans who wrote letters to Hitler are not listed by name, but were presented as archetypes that other Americans could relate to and identify with. Included in the series are letters from an American farmer, an American businessman, an American laborer, an American housewife and mother, an American soldier and a foreign-born American citizen.
All of the letters presented on Dear Adolf - A Letter to Hitler are written by Stephen Vincent Benét, a famous American writer and poet of the time. Although written by Stephen Vincent Benét, they were based on real letters that were written to Hitler by various Americans. A great cast of actors read the letters on the air, including Raymond Massey, James Cagney and William Holden.
Dear Adolf - A Letter to Hitler presents a great look at American ‘fight-talk’ programs of the WWII era. Dear Adolf - A Letter to Hitler was presented as a joint venture between NBC and the Council for Democracy, which was a lobbying and public relations organization created by C.D. Jackson, one of the heads of Time magazine. The Council for Democracy was created to combat the viewpoints expressed by the America First organization, created by Charles Lindbergh and Robert Wood of Sears & Roebuck.
The episodes are: Letter from an American Farmer - Raymond Massey 6/21/1942
Letter from an American Businessman - Melvyn Douglas 6/28/1942
Letter from an American Laborer - James Cagney 7/5/1942
Letter from an American Housewife and Mother - Helen Hayes 7/12/1942
Letter from an American Soldier - William Holden 7/26/1942
Letter from a Foreign-born American - Joseph Schildkraut 8/2/1942