EDWARD R. MURROW: I CAN HEAR IT NOW: WINSTON
CHURCHILL (RADIO)

Summary

In this recording, Edward R. Murrow narrates an overview of Winston S. Churchill's political career and public life. The narration interspersed with excerpts from Churchill's radio broadcasts and speeches. The program begins by focusing on the years between World Wars I and II. Excerpts include a November 1918 speech, Churchill warning of the dangers of Nazism (1934), urging England not to turn her back on Europe (November 16, 1934), and urging England to arm for the coming conflict (October 16, 1938). Murrow then reviews Churchill's war years with excerpts from many historic speeches, including his first speech as prime minister (May 10, 1940), his speech to the British people ("Blood, toil, tears, and sweat," May 13, 1940), his words after the fall of France ("Their finest hour," June 18, 1940), his many inspiring messages during the Battle of Britain (June to September 1940), his tribute to the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) (August 20, 1940), and many others. The latter part of the program shifts the emphasis to Churchill's life after the war, when he retired and wrote his memoirs. Murrow then reviews Churchill's return to the political arena as prime minister in 1951. Broadcast excerpts include Churchill's comments upon the death of King George VI (February 7, 1952), his expression of hope for a peaceful co-existence with Russia (June 1954), and his thoughts on his 80th birthday. The program concludes with Churchill's words upon his final retirement from politics (April 5, 1955). (Airdate unknown.)

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: 1954
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R85:0551
  • GENRE: Radio - News
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Biography
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - Radio series, 1950-1951
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

  • Edward R. Murrow … Writer, Narrator
  • Winston S. Churchill
  • George VI, King of Great Britain
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