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1:20:00 | 1996

Categories: Documentary, Arts and Culture, Biography

When this acclaimed feature documentary aired on PBS, the Hollywood Reporter wrote, "When you peruse the cultural landscape, there are not that many folks who have achieved the acclamation of national treasure." The late Norman Corwin, who turned 100 years old in 2011, was the great writer and director of the Golden Age of Radio. His productions regularly featured actors such as Orson Welles, Jimmy Stewart, Groucho Marx and Lionel Barrymore.

The film includes excerpts from many of his famous radio plays and later television productions, along with interviews with CBS news anchor Charles Kuralt, CBS President William Paley, Ray Bradbury, Norman Lear, Bill Moyers and media historian Erik Barnouw.

Actor Charles Laughton said at the time, "There is no actor on the stage, or the screen or in radio, who will not drop what he is doing to be in one of Norman Corwin's radio shows. We all look up to him as a writer of the first importance, as one of the most important writers in any medium in America today."

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January 10, 2014
Corwin's political radio plays come alive with Orson Welles, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart - an amazing writer and director, who lead an amazing life.
Rick Allen
October 21, 2011
Read Leonard Maltin's wonderful memorial to Norman Corwin here:
Ben Ruhe
October 21, 2011
Norman Corwin's contribution as a man of majestic moral authority, compassionate insight, creative genius and generosity of spirit live on now and forever as exemplary as ever ; a shinning beacon of hope and humanity within the arts. A man who's work by its very existence bears testimony & witness to that greatest of all endeavors; the selfless quest for truth. liberty and justice for all impartially. An true American artist, a maverick producer; far ahead of your own time, and yet in every way a genius in your own time. Yours was the unmistakable voice of freedom ; ringing true; in harmony with the collective human conscience, a craftsmen weaving luminous prose, wondrously original humor, perfect timing and impeccable taste. Your plays remain as poignant, noble, relevant, and compelling today as the day of their broadcasts. Mr.Corwin ; here's looking at you maestro, and to that part of you which thanks to this documentary; and thanks to untold efforts to record one man's life ; preserve his work and honor his legacy; because of that labor this timeless masters voice lives on ; continuing to inspire and provoke response as it endures. The power of the spoken word, the magic of a master storyteller, such elaborately woven yarns- and a lifetime well spent; devoted to brilliant programing & monumental theatrical achievements for all posterity. Fine workmanship, great documentary; well done. Yours for Freedom, Benjamin C.W. Ruhe 21st of October 2011.
Jerry Lentz
October 19, 2011
He is already missed.