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1 February 1953 (USA) See more »
Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee". Full summary »
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Walter Cronkite ... Himself - Host - Narrator / ... (114 episodes, 1953-1971)

Series Directed by
Sidney Lumet (13 episodes, 1953-1955)
Bernard Girard (9 episodes, 1953-1955)
William D. Russell (6 episodes, 1956-1957)
Jack Gage (3 episodes, 1955)
Burt Brinckerhoff (2 episodes, 1953-1971)
John Frankenheimer (1 episode, 1954)
Series Writing credits
Abraham Polonsky (24 episodes, 1953-1955)
Arnold Manoff (16 episodes, 1953-1955)
Walter Bernstein (15 episodes, 1953-1955)
Don Clark (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Jack Bennett (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Jeremy Daniel (2 episodes, 1953-1954)
E. Jack Neuman (2 episodes, 1953-1954)
Leslie Slote (2 episodes, 1953)
Maury Stern (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Bernard Girard (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Leo Davis (2 episodes, 1955)

Shirley Gordon (unknown episodes)
Saul Levitt (unknown episodes)
Howard Merrill (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Charles Russell .... producer (95 episodes, 1953-1955)
James Fonda .... producer / executive producer (12 episodes, 1953-1957)
Series Original Music by
Leith Stevens (1 episode, 1957)
Series Cinematography by
Eddie Fitzgerald (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
Lloyd Ahern (5 episodes, 1956-1957)
J. Burgi Contner (3 episodes, 1955)
Series Film Editing by
Richard Cahoon (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
Buddy Small (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Lora Hays (3 episodes, 1955)
Series Casting by
Joe Scully (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Bob Markel (1 episode, 1953)
Series Art Direction by
William Ferrari (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
Lewis H. Creber (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
Bob Markel (3 episodes, 1955)
Lyle R. Wheeler (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Series Set Decoration by
Rudy Butler (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
Series Costume Design by
Oscar Rodriguez (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Mary Merrill (3 episodes, 1955)
Dick James (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Series Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
George Fiala .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Production Management
Walter Blake .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 1953-1955)
Sidney S. Van Keuren .... production manager (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
George Justin .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1955)
J. Paul Popkin .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Dixon .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1955)
Wilbur McGaugh .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1956-1957)

Jack Fitzstephens .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Joel Moss .... sound (4 episodes, 1953-1955)
Frank Webster .... sound (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Edward J. Johnstone .... sound supervisor (3 episodes, 1955)
Philip Mitchell .... sound (2 episodes, 1953-1955)

Bernard Freericks .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Art Seid .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
Series Other crew
Valerie Sharaf .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1955)

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30 min
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[last lines]
Narrator:What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times... and you were there.
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
This was a great TV series for the 1950s, 23 November 2004
Author: tony-close from Chicago

I noticed the one user comment about this show, about seeing it in elementary school in the 1960s. That person seemed to feel the acting wasn't up to par and kids were not too interested.

I remember the series as a teenager in the 1950s when it was on the air for real. Our whole family would watch this show together, and we were as I recall fascinated by it. I distinctly recall one of the shows was on the death of Socrates which even to this day must affect me in some way. Here I was, a teenager, thoroughly bored with history in school, being fascinated by the way it was portrayed right in front of us. Poor acting? I don't remember that - knowing CBS at the time, it was probably as good as anything else being shown on the little black and white tube.

In thinking back on this, I really think it was amazing that this serious - and important - subject could be shown in the way it was. Today's programming is dumbed down stuff compared to the plot lines and staging that were done back then. I think we are the poorer for the lack of good programming that is available on prime time for our kids - programming that is presented as a serious prime time program, not as a History Channel feature that the kids would never be caught dead watching.

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