The Pulitzer Prize Playhouse

ABC (ended 1952)


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  • Season 1 Episode 17: The Silver Cord

  • "The Silver Cord" was also made in the 1933 film starring Irene Dunne and Joel McCrea.

  • Sidney Howard was the first person to win both a Pulitzer Prize (for "They Knew What They Wanted" in 1924) and an Academy Award (for his screenplay adaptation of "Gone With the Wind").

  • Season 1 Episode 16: Light Up the Sky

  • Moss Hart based his temperamental actress character on Gertrude Lawrence whose difficult demeanor was the bane of many a director.

  • Season 1 Episode 14: Portrait of a President

  • Jackson's two landslide elections in the face of some of the most savage mud-slinging in U. S. politics; his lucky solution of the four-year Government crisis precipitated by his defense of the notorious black-eyed Peggy Eaton; his strong-armed solution to the problem of South Carolina's attempted secession; collection of a long-outstanding debt of 25 million francs from France by the simple device of threatening to dispatch warships; his ungloved fight to overthrow the Bank of the United States; his support of Protégé Sam Houston in the fight to annex Texas.

    Retiring as the only President ever to leave office more popular than when he came in, Old Hickory spent his last eight years trying vainly to pay off the fancy debts piled up by his adopted son Andrew Jr. (one of eleven or more raised and educated by the Jacksons). On his deathbed, calling for his spectacles in an effort to make out the stricken faces around him, the old man whispered staunchly: "I hope and trust to meet you all in Heaven, both white and black." But he gave no sign that he repented of having said, not long before, that he only regretted he had not been able to shoot Henry Clay and hang John C. Calhoun.

  • Season 1 Episode 13: Mrs. January and Mr. Ex

  • Zoe Akins 1944 play "Mrs. January and Mr. X" with Billie Burke, Frank Craven, Barbara Bel Geddes and Nicholas Joy was a huge flop. The show ran from March 31, 1944 until May 6, 1944 for 43 performances.

  • Season 1 Episode 10: The Ponzi Story

  • Boston's first gold medal went to the old Boston Post in 1921, for exposing the first Ponzi scheme, perpetrated by one Charles Ponzi. One of five Public Service winners tackled a major human rights issue. Three winning papers have focused on the Ku Klux Klan, for example: the old New York World in 1922, the Columbus Enquirer Sun in Georgia in 1926, and jointly in 1953, the Whiteville News Reporter and Tabor City Tribune, North Carolina weeklies.

  • The Boston Globe won its 17th Pulitzer Prize and became one of only a half-dozen active newspapers to have earned three or more Public Service awards over the 86-year history of the prizes.

  • The Boston Post risked not only its reputation but its very existence in a campaign to expose Carlo Ponzi, a man who continued to be adulated even after his armor began to crack. The Boston Post won a 1921 Pulitzer Prize for its work.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: The Late Christopher Bean

  • "The Late Christopher Bean" ran on Broadway from October 31, 1932 until May 1933 for a total of 224 performances, starring Beulah Bondi and Walter Connolly.

  • Season 1 Episode 1: You Can't Take It with You

  • "You Can't Take It With You" was turned into the 1938 Academy award winning film directed by Frank Capra and starring Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Jean Arthur.

  • In an interview, Albert Heschong talks about the set for this the premiere episode costing $15,000 and that he designed the entire set.