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TV-PG | | Documentary, News, War | TV Series (1949)
Based on the title of General Eisenhower's book, combat film from from World War II. This was the first documentary series produced for television.




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Series cast summary:
Maurice Joyce Maurice Joyce ...  Dwight D. Eisenhower 25 episodes, 1949
Westbrook Van Voorhis Westbrook Van Voorhis ...  Narrator 18 episodes, 1949
Hugh James Hugh James ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 1949
Dwight D. Eisenhower ...  Self 25 episodes, 1949
Winston Churchill ...  Self 11 episodes, 1949
Omar N. Bradley ...  Self (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
Kai-Shek Chiang Kai-Shek Chiang ...  Self (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
Mark W. Clark ...  Self (during Italian campaign) (archive footage) 5 episodes, 1949
J. Lawton Collins J. Lawton Collins ...  Self (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
Charles de Gaulle ...  Self (archive footage) 2 episodes, 1949
Anthony Eden ...  Self (archive footage) 3 episodes, 1949
Albert Einstein ...  Self (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
Joseph Goebbels ...  Self (archive footage) 3 episodes, 1949
Charles E. Hart Charles E. Hart ...  Self (archive footage) unknown episodes
Alfred Jodl Alfred Jodl ...  Self (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1949
Albert Kesselring Albert Kesselring ...  Self (archive footage) 3 episodes, 1949
Hans Kinzel Hans Kinzel ...  Self (archive footage) 2 episodes, 1949
Jacques Leclerc Jacques Leclerc ...  Self (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
George C. Marshall ...  Self (archive footage) 8 episodes, 1949
Vyacheslav Molotov ...  Self (archive footage) 4 episodes, 1949
Bernard L. Montgomery ...  Self (archive footage) 13 episodes, 1949
J. Robert Oppenheimer ...  Self (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
George S. Patton ...  Self (archive footage) 9 episodes, 1949
Bertram Ramsay Bertram Ramsay ...  Self (with Eisenhower) (archive footage) 5 episodes, 1949
Erwin Rommel ...  Self (archive footage) 2 episodes, 1949
Franklin D. Roosevelt ...  Self (archive footage) 8 episodes, 1949
Walter Bedell Smith ...  Self (archive footage) 3 episodes, 1949
Jan Smuts ...  Self (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
Dietrich von Choltitz Dietrich von Choltitz ...  Self (surrenders to Leclerc) (archive footage) 1 episode, 1949
Hans Georg von Friedeburg Hans Georg von Friedeburg ...  Self (archive footage) 2 episodes, 1949
Georgi Zhukov ...  Self (archive footage) 6 episodes, 1949


Based on the title of General Eisenhower's book, combat film from from World War II. This was the first documentary series produced for television.

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Ike's Personal Memoirs Of World War II
25 June 2018 | by redryan64See all my reviews

ALTHOUGH WE ARE vaguely familiar with this title, we can't truly say that we had an independent recollection of viewing it. This may well be true for this writer (born 1946) and the Ryan family of 4402 S. Shields Avenue, Chicago, Illinois did not get our television set until late in 1950. The series, which we now know to be the first made for television documentary series, ran 1st time in 1949-50 and saw very little subsequent showings. This is a sharp contrast to NBC's VICTORY AT SEA; which seems to have been rerun for years.

THIS SERIES OWES its origin and title to the biographical memoirs collected and published by Doubleday in 1948. Using General Eisenhower's book as a guide, the series used graphics of page and individual weekly installments made it a habit to use imagery of the book as beginning and ending visuals. WE FOUND THAT our viewing of this television series was a production of MARCH OF TIME productions; which was a visual and theatrical counterpart of Time Magazine. The television production had many of the same elements as the theatrical news shorts; including narrator, Westbrook Van Voorhis and writers.

ALTHOUGH THIS WAS a seemingly "lost" and little seen series, it is a "missing in action" item no longer. Now through the magic of our computerized world and Al Gore's internet*, one can order a order up a comlpete series set in glorious DVD without even leaving the comfort of home! And it won't cost you as much as dining at your neighborhood hash house.


NOTE * We're only kidding about who invented the Internet; but you knew that all along !

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5 May 1949 (USA) See more »

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The March of Time See more »
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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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