MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO LISTENING SERIES, THE: A CORWIN KALEIDOSCOPE: NORMAN CORWIN AND THE ART OF RADIO, PACKAGE #10: CORWIN'S AMERICANA

Summary

For over sixty years, Norman Corwin has been recognized as one of the top writers, producers, and directors in the fields of radio drama and documentary. During his career, he has worked with many of the top names in Hollywood to produce some of the most provocative radio programs ever heard, earning him the title of "radio's poet laureate." Corwin regularly uses his programs to point out injustice, balancing that theme with a fundamental belief in the common man's capacity for goodness and the potential for universal brotherhood. Well into his nineties, Corwin continues to create popular programs for public radio. This series features just a small portion of the Museum's collection of Corwin's work, but it represents the many types of programs that he created over seven decades.

Corwin's Americana Gulf Screen Guild Theater: "Between Americans" Airing only hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this program was the first uninterrupted half-hour on CBS following the bombing. Written as a meditation on the greatness of America, it was transformed by the events of the day into a rallying cry for the nation. The program stars Orson Welles and celebrates equality, freedom of speech, and other rights outlined in the Constitution. It goes on to make the point that although there are many things that make America great, it is its ideals that make the nation worth fighting for. (1941; 30 minutes)

The Roosevelt Special Asked by the chairman of the Democratic National Committee to help create an election eve special that would get voters to the polls, Corwin gathered one of the most impressive groups of celebrities ever assembled to express support for a campaign -- in this case for President Roosevelt's 1944 bid for re-election. Hosted by Humphrey Bogart, the program features comments and performances by Judy Garland, James Cagney, Keenan Wynn, Groucho Marx, Claudette Colbert, Irving Berlin, Joseph Cotten, Tallulah Bankhead, Rita Hayworth, Walter Huston, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Paul Muni, Edward G. Robinson, Lana Turner, Fay Wray, Dorothy Parker, Charles Boyer, the Ink Spots, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, and President Roosevelt, among others. Support for the president is also voiced by such regular people as a farmer, a World War I veteran, a housewife, a union member, and a young woman voting in her first election. (1944; 60 minutes)

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  • DATE: 2005 reprise of 1997
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:25:33
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  • CATALOG ID: R:15775
  • GENRE: Radio - Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Advertising, political - 1944
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CREDITS

    • Norman Corwin
    • Tallulah Bankhead
    • Milton Berle
    • Irving Berlin
    • Humphrey Bogart
    • Charles Boyer
    • James Cagney
    • Claudette Colbert
    • Joseph Cotten
    • Judy Garland
    • Rita Hayworth
    • Walter Huston
    • Ink Spots, The
    • Danny Kaye
    • Gene Kelly
    • Groucho Marx
    • Paul Muni
    • Dorothy Parker
    • Edward G. Robinson
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • Frank Sinatra
    • Lana Turner
    • Orson Welles
    • Fay Wray
    • Keenan Wynn