In the 1950s, DuPont switched its advertising strategy from radio to television, and Cavalcade of America became a television series. Over five seasons, 133 episodes were aired between 1952 and 1957. During a six-month period, the TV and radio series overlapped. The show was telecast on both NBC (1952–53) and ABC (1953–57). It was renamed DuPont Cavalcade Theater in August 1955, and it was known as DuPont Theater during its last year. In the 1957 fall season it was replaced by The DuPont Show of the Month, a 90-minute live dramatization of popular novels and short stories or abridged versions of films and plays. That series ran until 1961. In one of the episodes Hal Stalmaster portrayed a youthful Bob Richards, the Olympic athlete.
Child actor Michael Winkelman, before he was cast as Little Luke McCoy on The Real McCoys, appeared twice on Cavalcade in 1956: as Tommy Reynolds in "The Boy Nobody Wanted" and as Mike in "Once a Hero."
Many kinescopes of Cavalcade of America survive at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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