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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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October 28, 2015
Corwin was a significant part of the Golden Age of Radio. But: he was simplistic in his politics, sentimental in his writing, pretentious in his self-analysis, with the modestly paid best of intentions. His idol was Carl Sandburg, who is seldom read. Like Sandburg, and for the same reasons, Corwin is forgettable. This documentary, which idolizes him, shares his own characteristics: simplistic, sentimental, and pretentious.



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.



October 21, 2011
Read Leonard Maltin's wonderful memorial to Norman Corwin here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/archives/farewell_to_a_giant_norman_corwin/.