Omnibus (1952–1961)

Arms and the Man 

The program has three segments: (1) "Arms and the Man" (staging of George Bernard Shaw's play), (2) "Manufacturers - Machines and People" (a look at manufacturing processes), and (3) (Alistair Cooke summarizes Omnibus' first season).


George Bernard Shaw (play)


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Episode credited cast:
Gwen Anderson Gwen Anderson ... Louka (segment "Arms and the Man")
Mischa Auer ... Nicola (segment "Arms and the Man")
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Captain Bluntschli (segment "Arms and the Man")
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Nanette Fabray ... Raina Petkoff (segment "Arms and the Man")
Martita Hunt ... Catherine Petkoff (segment "Arms and the Man")
Walter Slezak ... Major Paul Petkoff (segment "Arms and the Man")
Kent Smith ... Sergius Saranoff (segment "Arms and the Man")


1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ammunition for his cannon and has to flee. His flight leads him right into the bedroom of his enemy's fiancée. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Release Date:

3 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ford Foundation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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