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Release Date:
16 September 1949 (USA) See more »
Based on a popular radio series, each show tells a different reporter's Big Story, a true story selected from newspapers across the United States... See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 132)
Robert Sloane ... Himself - Narrator / ... (183 episodes, 1949-1955)
Ernest Chappell ... Himself - Announcer (88 episodes, 1952-1957)

Series Directed by
Leonard Valenta (24 episodes, 1956-1957)
Charles Skinner (18 episodes, 1949-1951)
Lawrence Doheny (18 episodes, 1953-1958)
Dick Schneider (11 episodes, 1952-1954)
David Lowell Rich (7 episodes, 1954-1957)
Stuart Rosenberg (5 episodes)
Robert Lewis Shayon (4 episodes, 1957)
Daphene Elliott (2 episodes, 1952)
Robert Gordon (2 episodes, 1952)
Will Jason (2 episodes, 1953)
Series Writing credits
Alvin Boretz (18 episodes, 1952-1957)
Arnold Perl (16 episodes, 1949-1951)
Gail Ingram (7 episodes, 1953-1957)
Douglas Taylor (7 episodes, 1956-1957)
Leon Tokatyan (7 episodes, 1956-1957)
Jerome Coopersmith (4 episodes, 1957)
Norman Lessing (3 episodes, 1953-1954)
Max Ehrlich (2 episodes, 1954)
Allan Sloane (2 episodes, 1955-1957)

Series Produced by
Bernard J. Prockter .... producer (168 episodes, 1949-1956)
Everett Rosenthal .... executive producer / producer (70 episodes, 1953-1959)
Stuart Rosenberg .... producer / associate producer (38 episodes, 1953-1959)
Robert Louis Shayon .... producer (22 episodes, 1955-1957)
Robert Lewis Shayon .... producer (17 episodes, 1957)
Series Original Music by
George S. Chase (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
George Webber (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Film Editing by
James Gaffney (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Production Management
Egon Pohoryles .... production manager (1 episode, 1957)
Barney Solomon .... production executive (1 episode, 1957)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard Valenta .... studio director (1 episode, 1957)
Series Sound Department
David W. Scott .... sound (1 episode, 1957)
Series Music Department
Wladimir Selinsky .... musical director / music / ... (106 episodes, 1949-1957)
Series Other crew
Murray Secher .... production coordinator (1 episode, 1957)

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30 min
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Interesting TV Classic, 20 May 2006
Author: sonny_1963 from United States

I loved this show when I was young. It was on NBC for years.

Every Friday night they would cover a recent story from the news of the day. The show was narrated and that just made it better.

The only "big story" I remember was in 1951 and that of a 104-year old man who claimed he was Jesse James. He said the Ford brothers were true friends who killed a "double" and claimed it was Jesse. The murdered man, who was a traitor to the James gang, looked like Jesse.

The old man went by the name of Dalton. That was Jesse's mother's maiden name. Jesse was related to the infamous Dalton gang of the 1890s.

Following the television episode, doctors and scientists determined the old man was lying. They even had the body of Jesse James exhumed to prove it was really Jesse in his grave.

The whole affair was most interesting and that episode of "The Big Story" is still in my mind today.

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