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26 October 1952 (USA) See more »
Twenty-six episode series about naval combat during World War Two. Famous for its music score, eloquent narration and combat footage.
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 1 of 12)
Leonard Graves ... Narrator (26 episodes, 1952-1953)

Series Directed by
M. Clay Adams (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
Series Writing credits
Richard Hanser (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Henry Salomon (26 episodes, 1952-1953)

Series Produced by
Henry Salomon .... producer (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Series Original Music by
Richard Rodgers (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
Series Film Editing by
Isaac Kleinerman (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
Series Sound Department
Ray Griswold .... sound re-recording mixer (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard L. Rawlings .... camera operator (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Paul Mohn .... camera operator (20 episodes, 1952-1953)
Series Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... conductor and arranger / arranger and conductor / ... (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
NBC Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra (24 episodes, 1952-1953)
Series Other crew
Walter Karig .... technical advisor / technical advisor: as Captain Walter Karig - USN / ... (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Robert W. Sarnoff .... coordinator (24 episodes, 1952-1953)

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Also Known As:
30 min (26 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Although this series had only 26 episodes that ran from 1952 to 1953, the score by Richard Rodgers (with Robert Russell Bennett conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra) was such a hit that recordings of it have been almost continually available. Over a half century after the original broadcast, the score is available in a modern stereo recording digitally remastered on compact discs. However, on the album the orchestra is the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.See more »
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Superb in every way, 23 July 2005
Author: donnellymj from United States

Remember it is only 7 years since war's end when NBC undertook to present this series. Great actual film footage and superb narration. The musical score is original and is married to the subject perfectly. If you do not feel this presentation, I suspect you have not allowed yourself to feel it. It seemed like every man who played a part of this film became a bit of myself. It is impossible to recreate these events with the depth of sadness and triumph the reality conveys. The series did a great job of presenting the naval war in logical pieces - each piece is a well knit square that makes up one twenty sixth of the whole quilt. Having lived those years young enough to be home and old enough to hear the concerns - to watch the tears of loved ones left home and rejoice with them who returned, I think this film presents it all in an inspired way.

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