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#18829: YOU ARE THERE
1948-00-00, CBS, 28 min.
John Daly

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

A CBS Radio Network Production. In tonight's episode: "The Firing On Fort Sumpter, April 12th, 1861."                                                                                  
#18826: YOU ARE THERE
1948-06-13, CBS, 24 min.
John Daly

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

  You Are There. June 13, 1948. CBS Radio Network - "The Sailing Of The Mayflower". The events of September 6, 1620.                                                             
#18828: YOU ARE THERE
1948-09-19, CBS, 29 min.
John Daly

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss. 
      
You Are There. September 19, 1948. CBS Radio Network  "The Ratification Of The Constitution". Sustaining. The events of June 25, 1788. Governor Randolph of Virginia changes his mind, ending the bitter divisiveness of the Constitutional Convention. 
                                                                     
#18830: YOU ARE THERE
1949-00-00, CBS, 29 min.
John Daly

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

A CBS Radio Network Production. In tonight's episode: "The Battle Of Gettysburg, July 3rd, 1863."                                                                                          
#18827: YOU ARE THERE
1949-00-00, CBS, 28 min.
John Daly

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

A CBS Radio Network broadcast. In tonight's episode: "The Opening Of The American Revolution, April 19th, 1775."                                                                                           
#18831: YOU ARE THERE
1949-06-05, CBS, 28 min.
John Daly, Douglas Edwards, John Wilkes Booth

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

 You Are There. June 05, 1949. CBS Radio Network. "The Capture Of John Wilkes Booth". The events of April 26, 1865. 
                                                                                                        
#19152: "WE TAKE YOU BACK"
1958-03-13, CBS, min.
TBA

A CBS radio documentary, focusing on historical events of the past.              
#6958A: THE AMERICAN JEW
1958-12-07, CBS, 00 min.
Al Capp, Susan Strasberg, Jeff Chandler, Stan Freeman

A documentary tribute to freedom is the subject of this Special.
A portrait of the Jew as an American and as representative of our minority cultures. Includes interviews and various performances. Susan Strasberg does a scene from the play "Diary of Anne Frank."

Host: Jeff Chandler                                                   
#13349: VICTORY AT SEA
1959-05-28, NBC, 2 min.
Richard Rodgers, Leonard Graves

October 26th, 1952-April 26th, 1953 NBC

A documentary series of 26 half-hour films on naval warfare during WW11. Leonard Graves was the narrator while Richard Rodgers composed a special musical score. In later years the program was rerun in syndication. 

NOTE: OPENING ONLY

                                      
#4: TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE MOVIES LEARN TO TALK
1959-10-25, WCBS, 26 min.
Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite narrates a history of the talking motion pictures.
#13401: TWENTIETH CENTURY, THE
1959-11-22, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Montgomery Clark

October 20th, 1957-September, 1969

Walter Cronkite hosted this Sunday-evening documentary series, that presented filmed reports on a wide variety of historical and scientific subjects. In January of 1967, the show's title was changed to The Twenty-First Century.

General Montgomery Clark reminisces about WW 11. with Edward R. Murrow.  

Host: Walter Cronkite.                      
#18782: PROJECT 20: NOT SO LONG AGO
1960-02-19, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Bob Hope

The post WWII period, 1945-1950 is recalled by narrator Bob Hope. Original msuic score by Robert Russell Bennett. Written by Richard Hanser. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt.   

Dupe of entry #9.           
#9: PROJECT 20: NOT SO LONG AGO
1960-02-19, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Bob Hope

The post WWII period, 1945-1950 is recalled by narrator Bob Hope. Original msuic score by Robert Russell Bennett. Written by Richard Hanser. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt.
#10: SECRET LIFE OF ADOLF HITLER, THE
1960-02-25, WPIX, 54 min.
Adolf Hitler, Paula Wolf, Westbrook Van Voorhis

The many faces of Adolf Hitler are documented. Frau Paula Wolf, the sister of Hitler is interviewed. Westbrook Van Voorhis provides the narration.
#11: TWENTIETH CENTURY: TURN OF THE CENTURY
1960-02-28, WCBS, 25 min.
Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite narrates.
#12: PROJECT 20: LIFE IN THE THIRTIES
1960-03-13, WNBC, 52 min.
Alexander Scourby, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt

Alexander Scourby narrates. Music of the period is conducted by composer Robert Russell Bennett. Written by Richard Hanser. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt. Originally aired Oct. 16, 1959.
#15: TWENTIETH CENTURY: PARIS IN THE TWENTIES
1960-04-17, WCBS, 26 min.
Walter Cronkite, Ernest Hemingway, Janet Flanner, Man Ray

Walter Cronkite narrates.  

A retrospective of Paris, a spawning ground for a revolution in the arts, sparked by a host of American expatriates from the world of literature, painting and the theater. Among those players include authors Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Colette, E.E.Cummings, Archibald MacLeish, Thornton Wilder, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Sherwood Anderson, Hart Crane and Stephen Vincent Benet. Performers include Charlie Chaplin, Josephine Baker, Marilyn Miller, Beatrice Lillie, Judith Anderson, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford; artists Pablo Picasso, Jo Davidson and Alexander Calder. Janet Flanner, who as "Genet" is the New Yorker's Paris correspondent, and artist-photographer Man Ray contribute their reminiscences. 
           
#16: PROJECT 20: MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA
1960-04-22, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Mark Twain, Howard Lindsay

The narration consists almost wholly of Mark Twain's words and is spoken by actor-playwright Howard Lindsay. Original music score by Robert Russell Bennett. Written by Richard Hanser. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt.
#17: TWENTIETH CENTURY: FIORELLO LAGUARDIA
1960-04-24, WCBS, 26 min.
Walter Cronkite, Fannie Hurst, Fiorello LaGuardia

Walter Cronkite narrates.
#23: TWENTIETH CENTURY: PERON AND EVITA
1960-05-15, WCBS, 27 min.
Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite narrates.
#30: HOW TALL IS THE GIANT?
1960-06-14, WNBC, 79 min.
Tennessee Ernie Ford

This 1957 film tells the story of the ambition and courage of a Mexican Little League team who win the Little League World Series. Tennessee Ernie Ford is host.
#13458: REMEMBER US
1960-07-18, WNEW, 53 min.
Adolf Hitler, Steven Spielberg, Phil Gries, Quentin Reynolds, Dr. Gisela Perl, Sonia Weissman, Janus T., Alain Resnais, Leo Weissman

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#13458: REMEMBER US
1960-07-18, WNEW, 53 min.
Adolf Hitler, Steven Spielberg, Phil Gries, Quentin Reynolds, Dr. Gisela Perl, Sonia Weissman, Janus T., Alain Resnais, Leo Weissman


A one-hour special report. Jewish survivors of Nazi atrocities and concentration camp horrors relate their past experiences.

Quentin Reynolds is the host and narrator.  

"Nothing will remain of the Jewish question but a cemetery," predicted a Nazi official when Hitler's program to eliminate the Jews began in earnest in 1938. Many hundreds of cemeteries were filled before Allied victory halted the Nazi machine in 1945. " REMEMBER US" tells the story of the millions of European Jews who died in prison camps and ghettos during this period, and of those who survived.

Past footage from Documentary films and the accounts of survivors are used to piece together a scenario of life and death as Typhus and starvation stalked the prisoners in the concentration camps, including Dachau, Breendonk, Auschwitz, and Buchenwald, and the ghettos of Europe. Survivors describe the resistance which met the Nazi decision to destroy the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, lengthy trips by cattle-car to extermination camps, capricious selection of gas chamber victims and the endless variety of tortures devised to bring about Hitler's "final solution to the Jewish question."  

Broadcast on TV on July 18, 1960 the "Remember Us" documentary which includes fragments from Alain Resnais' classic 32 minute documentary "Night and Fog" (1956), opens with Dr. Gisela Perl, a survivor of the Holocaust...a Romanian Jewish Gynecologist deported to Auschwitz in 1944 where she attended hundreds of women as an inmate gynecologist without the bare necessities to perform her work, delegated by Josef Mengele. She relates her ordeal and the ordeal of others. Dr. Pearl is best known for her published book in 1948,  "I Was A Doctor in Auschwitz."  Other interviews are spoken by Sonia Weissman (the donor's wife and a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto), Janus T (a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising), and Mr. Friedman (a survivor of Treblinka). The film goes on to use various well-known pieces of footage that exists in the USHMM film and video collection, such as German newsreel footage, Nuremberg War Crimes Trials as well as other war crimes trials, Mogilev gas van footage, etc. The film also incorporates well-known still photographs. There are images (and montages) of equipment used for medical experimentation, for example, a gynecological examination chair. At the conclusion of the film, narrator Quentin Reynolds warns that the Holocaust must be remembered least it be repeated. He then goes on to use the example of apartheid in South Africa as a [contemporary] parallel.

This extraordinary documentary which aired only one time and repeated in the early morning hours, has been forgotten by the public for 60 years. It is not available anywhere except for an archived 16mm print donated as a gift by Leo Weissman to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999.

A Variety Review described the film this way.

"In the annals of TV there probably hasn't been a more gruesome documentary than 'Remember Us,' an hour-length 
depiction of the Nazi horror which ravaged 9 ,000,000 lives and left an open sore on humanity's conscience. No better telling has caught the diabolic character of the Nazi regime than ‘Remember Us,' a title which echoes and re-echoes when matched against the past and present. It is not easy to view and listen; a terrible reminder for an unsettled world."

NOTE: It is interesting that 34 years later Steven Spielberg would initiate a six-year worldwide filming coordination,  producing "Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation Project," begun in 1994 with the objective to film/video tape and preserve first-person survivor testimonies and encourage their use in education.

In 1985, Phil Gries, founder and owner of Archival Television Audio, Inc. filmed a series of interviews with filmmaker Cluade Lanzmann which were televised each night for four consecutive nights after an installment of Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half-hour epic documentary SHOAH, broadcast on PBS in its entirety. Nine years later, in December of 1994, Gries worked on the documentary "Bringing the Holocaust Home," for the BBC. For many days Gries filmed inside the new United States Holocaust Museum, in Washington DC, which was closed to the public during filming sequences within the museum. This landmark institution opened its doors for the first time to the public the previous year (March 22, 1993). Half - a- year later Phil Gries was hired to film 15 interviews (July-September 1995)...65 hours of footage with holocaust survivors for the Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah project at the inception of Spielberg's visionary undertaking. Most of the sit-down interviews, conducted by social workers, averaged two hours long. Some of them lasted four hours long. It was ALWAYS an emotional experience for subject and all others involved in the filming.

Today, twenty-five years later,112,000 thousand hours (52,000 separate interviews) of interviews have been conducted around the world and are preserved in The Visual History Archive. The material is digitized, and fully searchable via indexed keywords, and hyperlinked to the minute at the USC SHOAH FOUNDATION in Southern California. 

REMEMBER US (1960), in many respects one of the first of such documentary retrospectives of the horrors of the Holocaust, remains a most hard hitting and compelling reminder and retelling of the horrors of Adolf Hitler's "solution to the Jewish question."
                                                                                                                                     
#37: PROJECT 20: THE INNOCENT YEARS
1960-07-18, WNBC, 52 min.
Alexander Scourby, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Henry Salomon

The years 1900-1917 are documented with Alexander Scourby narrating and Robert Russell Bennett providing the score from popular songs of the time. First broadcast Nov. 21, 1957. Written by Henry Salomon and Richard Hanser. Produced by Salomon and directed by Donald B. Hyatt.
#39: PROJECT 20: THE JAZZ AGE
1960-08-05, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Donald B. Hyatt, Fred Allen, Henry Salomon

Fred Allen narrates a chronicle of America and Americans from the end of World War I to Oct. 29, 1929. Robert Russell Bennett's musical score is made up of popular songs of the period. First telecast Dec. 6, 1956, this documentary was written and produced by Henry Salomon.             
#55: PROJECT 20: VICTORY AT SEA
1960-12-29, WNBC, 79 min.
Alexander Scourby, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Richard Rodgers

This special documents World War II navel operations. Originally presented as a classic series of half hour weekly episodes, this show was a newly edited and concise version. Alexander Scourby narrated. Richard Hanser wrote the script and Robert Russell Bennett arranged the score by Richard Rodgers. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt.
#903: A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: SPOKEN WORDS
1961-00-00, WRFM, 54 min.
Eddie Cantor, Henry Fonda, Thomas Alva Edison, Helen Keller, George Bernard Shaw, Martin Bush, Edwin Booth, Jimmie Walker, Rudyard Kipling, Booker T. Washington, Bud Greenspan

Host Martin Bush presents some of the greatest moments of the past along with some of the great voices of the past. Henry Fonda narrates "Voices of the Twentieth Century. "Through rare Edison recordings we hear eminent voices going back to the 1890's. Among them are Edwin Booth, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Edison, Jimmy Walker, Eddie Cantor, Rudyard Kipling, Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller and many others. Written and produced by Bud Greenspan.
#59: PROJECT 20: THE TWISTED CROSS
1961-01-03, WNBC, 57 min.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Alexander Scourby, Adolf Hitler, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Wilson Hall, Henry Salomon, Fidel Castro

Alexander Scourby narrates this documentary showing the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler. Produced by Henry Salomon and Richard Hanser. Musical score by Robert Russell Bennett. NBC news bulletins with Wilson Hall interrupts programming, stating that "President Eisenhower has broken off U.S. relations with Castro's Cuba." This program originally aired on March 14, 1956.
#153A: TWENTIETH CENTURY: "BATTLE OF CASSINO"
1961-01-15, WCBS, min.
Walter Cronkite, Mark Clarke, Fridolin von Senger

Walter Cronkite narrates. 
In 1944 the Allies waged a series of battles around the monastery of Monte Cassino in an attempt to penetrate the German lines. The two opposing generals, Mark Clarke, commander of the United States Fifth Army, and Gen. Fridolin von Senger of the German forces, give their views of the strategic encounter.             
#9843: WORLD WIDE 60: THE WAY OF THE CROSS, THE
1961-03-28, ABC, 54 min.
Chet Huntley, Alexander Scourby, Frank McGee, Norman Rose, Jacques Belasco

January 23, - July 16, 1960.

A prime time our-long documentary series hosted by Chet Huntley and Frank McGee.

A repeat showing of the special Easter time program first presented on NBC on April 16, 1960; filmed in the Holy Land without actors, it traces the route Jesus took through Jerusalem as he bore the cross to his crucifixion on Calvary. Frank McGee introduces the program. Last years presentation was a part of the World Wide 60 series.  Music conducted by Jacques Belasco.  

Narrated by Alexander Scourby.
Norman Rose contributes the biblical voice.  

                       
#76: PROJECT 20: THE STORY OF WILL ROGERS
1961-03-28, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Bob Hope, Rod Reed

Bob Hope narrates. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt. Written by Richard Hanser and Rod Reed. Original music score by Robert Russell Bennett.
#77: PROJECT 20: THE REAL WEST
1961-03-29, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Donald B. Hyatt, Gary Cooper, Philip Reisman Jr.

Gary Cooper narrates the story of the American West between 1840 and 1900. The accent is on the "real"... the people, the land and the hardships that wed one to the other. Score by Robert Russell Bennett. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt, and written by Philip Reisman, Jr.
#19135: PROJECT 20: THE REAL WEST
1961-03-29, WNBC, 52 min.
Robert Russell Bennett, Donald B. Hyatt, Gary Cooper, Philip Reisman Jr.

Gary Cooper narrates the story of the American West between 1840 and 1900. The accent is on the "real"... the people, the land and the hardships that wed one to the other. Score by Robert Russell Bennett. Produced and directed by Donald B. Hyatt, and written by Philip Reisman, Jr.   

Duplicate of #77.           
#89: PROJECT 20: THE GREAT WAR
1961-07-04, WNBC, 52 min.
Alexander Scourby, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Henry Salomon

America's participation in World War I is chronicled.  Alexander Scourby narrates.  Produced by Henry Salomon.  Written by Salomon and Richard Hanser.  Music by Robert Russell Bennett.  Premiere broadcast was Oct. 16, 1956.    

A Reviewer's Comment:

   I am a professional musician, so I am probably a little more aware of the background music than many other viewers, but I need to mention that one can shut the picture or one's eyes and just concentrate on the score and Alexander Scourby's voice to have a rather enjoyable hour, for the music is non-stop for the entire hour. 
#94: SECRET LIFE OF DANNY KAYE, THE
1961-07-13, WCBS, 54 min.
Danny Kaye, Edward R. Murrow

This revised, re-edited CBS Reports version was originally broadcast on Edward R. Murrow's "See It Now," Dec. 2, 1956.
#131: DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK: LAUGHTER USA, THE
1961-09-17, WNBC, 53 min.
Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Hanser, Donald B. Hyatt, Fred Allen, Phil Silvers, Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor, Burns & Allen, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, George Burns, Rod Reed, Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton, Oliver Hardy

Samples of American humor from the beginnings till now are examined. A host of stars participate including Phil Silvers, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, Burns and Allen, Buster Keaton, Fred Allen, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx and Jack Benney. This premiere show for the series was produced by Donald B. Hyatt and his Project 20 staff. Written by Richard Hanser and Rod Reed. Original musical score by Robert Russell Bennett.             
#134: DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK: ERNEST HEMINGWAY, THE
1961-10-01, WNBC, 52 min.
Ernest Hemingway, Chet Huntley

The full productive life of Ernest Hemingway, novelist, sportsman and adventurer is examined. Narrated by Chet Huntley.
#5499A: WESTINGHOUSE PRESENTS: THE SOUND OF THE SIXTIES
1961-10-09, WNBC, 52 min.
Art Carney, John Daly, Tony Randall, Andre Previn

"Sound of the Sixties" examines the sights and sounds associated with the way Americans live and may live in the decade ahead. John Daly narrates.
#139: WORLD OF BOB HOPE, THE
1961-10-29, WNBC, 28 min.
Alexander Scourby, Bob Hope

Alexander Scourby narrates the first in a series of shows about prominent Americans.
#151: HOLLYWOOD: THE GOLDEN YEARS
1961-11-29, WNBC, 50 min.
Gene Kelly, Elmer Bernstein

Gene Kelly narrates the story of how silent pictures transformed a small suburb called Hollywood into the exotic land of the world of dreams. Music composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein.
#153: TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE MAN WHO SPIED ON PEARL HARBOR
1961-12-03, WCBS, 25 min.
Walter Cronkite, Takeo Yoshikawa

Walter Cronkite narrates the story of Takeo Yoshikawa, a Japanese spy, who relayed information from his post in Honolulu to his Navy about Pearl Harbor.
#154: LIGHT FROM LAMBARENE
1961-12-24, WNBC, 56 min.
Mark Evans, Albert Schweitzer

Mark Evans narrates this personal documentary on the life and times of Albert Schweitzer.
#18824: BIOGRAPHY
1962-01-00, WNBC, 29 min.
Mike Wallace, Fiorello LaGuardia

The life of Fiorello LaGuardia. 

Host: Mike Wallace.           
#158: DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK: KEN MURRAY'S HOLLYWOOD - MY HOME TOWN, THE
1962-01-07, WNBC, 50 min.
Ken Murray, Georgie Stoll, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Ken Murray narrates a collection of film clips which he lensed himself in the 20's, 30's, and 40's on 16mm film. We get a glimpse of Hollywood celebrities at work and at play. Musical score by George Stoll.
#899: A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: MEMOIRS OF THE MOVIES: MUSIC AND THE MOVIES
1962-01-21, WNYC, 27 min.
Gene Kelly, Joan Franklin, Robert Franklin, Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald, Francis X. Bushman, C.A.J. Parmentier, Jack Shaindlin, Allen Jones, Arthur Freed, Dorothy Field, Ray Henderson, Franz Waxman

Program number 11 of 18 programs. 
Myrna Loy introduces this unique series. The long romance between music and the silent movies, the musical extravaganzas of the thirties, the great days of the Roxy Theater, and the artistic contributions of "background music" to films are among the recollections which Miss Dorothy Lamour introduces. Her guests are Jeanette MacDonald, Gene Kelly, Francis X. Bushman, Allan Jones, producer Arthur Freed, songwriters Dorothy Field and Ray Henderson, award winning composer Franz Waxman, pianist Jack Shaindlin and former organist of the Roxy Theater, Dr.(of music) C.A.J. Parmentier. Most of the interviews were originally recorded in 1959 by producers Joan and Robert Franklin.    

    NOTE: Robert  C. Franklin (1920-1980), inspired by a 1958 newspaper story he read about Columbia University's POPULAR ARTS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, approached Dr. Louis Starr, then director of the oral-history collection, with a proposal to interview and tape record, on to 1/4" reel to reel audio tapes, movie people as they passed through New York. The objective would be to document, through personal recollections, the era of the silent era in films, the impact of sound, the triumphs and inequities of the major studios, and life in the glittering film capital...a firsthand account revelation of how silent movies were actually made.  

Robert  and his wife, Joan Franklin went on to record 200 reels of audio tape, recording celebrities mostly in New York City hotel rooms in 1958 and 1959. Transcripts of interviews were made available at the time to students and researchers. 

In 1961 excerpts/highlights from these audio tapes were edited into a 16 part  radio series titled, MEMOIRS OF THE MOVIES. Myrna Loy provided a standard opening. A different celebrity host/hostess was employed to introduce each episode. All of the 90 celebrities interviewed have since passed away with the exception of Joanne Woodward. Two additional episodes were later produced, "Style of the 70's," and "Rush To Reality," both hosted by Ben Gazzara and added, subsequently, to  re-issues of the series which were syndicated in the 1960's and 1970's airing  in New York (WINS), Boston (WBZ), Philadelphia (KYW), Baltimore (WJZ), Fort Wayne (WOWO), Chicago (WIND), San Francisco (KPIX), and Los Angeles (KFWB).  

The original 200 unedited reels of 1/4" audio tape interviews recorded by Joan and Robert Franklin are no longer known to exist. However, audio cassette transfers from these original tapes were donated by Joan Franklin many decades ago to Columbia University's Oral History Research Office where they exist  today.
Confirmed during a 2009 phone conversation with Mary Marshal Clark, archivist at Columbia at that time, who stated that the first on file communication from Robert  Franklin to Columbia University related to his  proposal to do an oral history audio recorded project is dated, July 31, 1958.
                               
#13586: DIVORCE HEARING
1962-01-22, SYN, min.
Paul Popenoe

1958 (Syndicated)

A half-hour documentary series produced in Los Angeles. It was an "actuality" show. Couples would discuss marital problems with Los Angeles marriage counselor Dr. Paul Popenoe as he would listen in closed quarters to pretrial complaints offered by real-life divorce bound couples.  

A man charges his wife with habitual drunkenness.                                              
#13606: DIVORCE HEARING
1962-02-15, SYN, min.
Paul Popenoe

1958 (Syndicated)

A half-hour documentary series produced in Los Angeles. It was an "actuality" show. Couples would discuss marital problems with Los Angeles marriage counselor Dr. Paul Popenoe as he would listen in closed quarters to pretrial complaints offered by real-life divorce bound couples.

On today's show, a wife accuses her unemployed husband of being lazy and shiftless. In another case, a wife accuses her husband of bringing home unexpected guests.                                               
#168: TWENTIETH CENTURY: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
1962-02-18, WCBS, 26 min.
Walter Cronkite, Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright's life is remembered by his wife and former associates. Wright, the architect, is represented in this tribute, narrated by Walter Cronkite.
#13615: DIVORCE HEARING
1962-02-21, SYN, min.
Paul Popenoe

1958 (Syndicated)

A half-hour documentary series produced in Los Angeles. It was an "actuality" show. Couples would discuss marital problems with Los Angeles marriage counselor Dr. Paul Popenoe as he would listen in closed quarters to pretrial complaints offered by real-life divorce bound couples.

Today's case; a wife accuses her husband of drinking and violence.

                                                 
#13616: DIVORCE HEARING
1962-02-23, SYN, min.
Paul Popenoe

1958 (Syndicated)

A half-hour documentary series produced in Los Angeles. It was an "actuality" show. Couples would discuss marital problems with Los Angeles marriage counselor Dr. Paul Popenoe as he would listen in closed quarters to pretrial complaints offered by real-life divorce bound couples.

In today's case, a husband accuses his wife of habitual drinking.                                                
#174: NBC WHITE PAPER: RED CHINA
1962-02-25, WNBC, 50 min.
Chet Huntley

Chet Huntley traces the successful efforts of the Chinese Communists to gain power between 1945 and 1949 and explores the means used to consolidate support for the new regime and its "Bamboo Curtain."
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