The extraordinary journey of the USS Jeannette, which Ellsberg's historical novel recounts, satisfied Welles's thirst for the adventure in the fullest sense. Although one of the lesser-known works the theatre adapted, it is without doubt one of the most extraordinary feats of endurance and determination on record.
Unfortunately this is another recording of variable quality, although the flaws are largely at the opening and the end. The sound effects are extremely effective and it is a shame that they are not really given justice in this recording. As with all of these recordings, if you know of any better-quality version please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Hell on Ice was written by (Rear Admiral) Edward Ellsberg and published just months before this adaptation, the most recent of all the works adapted. The novel is still widely-read (though not, I regret, by me) and the story itself is well-known as one of the great adventures in naval history. Ellsberg had been long-retired when this book was written, but re-enlisted after the attack on Pearl Harbour at the age of 51. Like my own father, he participated in the Normandy landings and was awarded an O.B.E in recognition of his work.
Orson Welles, Al Swenson, Bud Collyer, Dan Seymour (announcer), Frank Readick, Howard Smith, Joseph Cotten, Ray Collins, Thelma Schnee, William Alland.