Mr. President (radio series)

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Mr. President
Genre Drama
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates ABC
Starring Edward Arnold
Created by Robert G. Jennings
Written by Jean Holloway
Ira Marion
Directed by Robert G. Jennings
Produced by Dick Woollen
Original release June 26, 1947 – September 23, 1953

Mr. President was a radio series that ran on the ABC Network from June 26, 1947,[1] to September 23, 1953.


Each half-hour episode was based on an incident in the life of one of the people who have held the office of President of the United States, but the dialogs were written in such a way as not to reveal the name of the President until the last line of dialog at the end of the program, when the President would be addressed by name. An advertisement for the program noted, "Each week the suspense mounts from his first question, 'Which one of our 32 Presidents am I?'"[2] The audience was thus encouraged to guess, from the plot of the episode, which President it was.


The series was created by Robert G. Jennings[2] and written by a team that included Jean Holloway, Bernard Dougall and Ira Marion. A research staff made certain that the stories were accurate. It was produced and directed by Dick Woolen.[3]

The President each week was played by Edward Arnold, with supporting performances by Bea Benaderet, Gil Stratton, Hans Conreid, Lurene Tuttle, and Herb Butterfield. The announcer was Owen James.


In 1953, Mr. President received the Award of Merit from the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.[4]


  1. ^ "Edward Arnold Is Often Called 'Mr. President' In Private Life". Denton Record-Chronicle. February 3, 1952. p. 14. Retrieved August 18, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "(advertisement)". Variety. February 25, 1948. p. 31. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 454.
  4. ^ "'Mr. President' Honored" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 4, 1953. p. 11. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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