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Director:
Writers:
Saul Levitt (episode)
Howard Merrill (writer)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | unknown
Release Date:
1 February 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Seen through the Blacklist See more (6 total) »

Cast

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Walter Cronkite ... Himself - Host - Narrator / ... (113 episodes, 1953-1971)
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Series Directed by
Sidney Lumet (12 episodes, 1953-1955)
Bernard Girard (9 episodes, 1953-1955)
William D. Russell (4 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)
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)
Don Clark (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 (10 episodes, 1953-1957)
 
Series Cinematography by
Eddie Fitzgerald (5 episodes, 1953-1955)
J. Burgi Contner (3 episodes, 1955)
Lloyd Ahern (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Film Editing by
Buddy Small (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Lora Hays (3 episodes, 1955)
Richard Cahoon (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
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)
Bob Markel (3 episodes, 1955)
Lewis H. Creber (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Other crew
Valerie Sharaf .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1955)
 

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30 min
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Quotes:
[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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Seen through the Blacklist, 25 July 2006
Author: treagan-3 from United States

One of the interesting footnotes to this New York-based show from the 1950s was that it became a sort of refuge for blacklisted scriptwriters. Walter Bernstein and Abe Polonsky are mentioned in the extended IMDb credits as "uncredited" writers. Some of the Hollywood blacklist histories mention this series as employing blacklisted writers.

I think it was Polonsky (whose FORCE OF EVIL is arguably one of the best of the film noirs) who talked about his "You Are There" experiences at a panel I attended in Berkeley in 1980. He stated that many of the historical episodes covered in the series were about the suppression of dissidents (such as The Death of Socrates), mirroring what the leftist screenwriters felt about being blacklisted from their industry on the basis of their political beliefs and affiliations.

I watched "You Are There" occasionally as a kid growing up in the 1950s, and of course I had no sense of this context. I remember thinking the shows were interesting--but corny. But I cannot compare the effort to penetrate historical events with anything currently on commercial broadcast network TV, and the CBS effort behind "You Are There" was a laudable one, in a different age.

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