Columbia Presents Corwin

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


17047. Columbia Presents Corwin. March 7, 1944. Program #1. CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Movie Primer". A musical satire about Hollywood and the movie colony. AFRS program name: "The Globe Theatre." AFRS program #170. See cat. #2273 for a network version of this broadcast. Herbert Marshall (host), Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Everett Sloane, Frank Gallop, Minerva Pious, Peter Donald, Ted de Corsia, Tony Marvin, Frank Lovejoy, Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Donna Keats, Harry Marble (announcer), Hester Sondergaard. 29:58. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

2273. Columbia Presents Corwin. March 7, 1944. Program #1. CBS net. "Movie Primer". Sustaining. The first show of the series. A musical satire about Hollywood and the movie colony. This is a network version of cat. #17047. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Everett Sloane, Frank Gallop, Minerva Pious, Peter Donald, Tony Marvin, Ted de Corsia, Frank Lovejoy, Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Hester Sondergaard, Donna Keats, Harry Marble (announcer). 29:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4887. Columbia Presents Corwin. March 14, 1944. Program #2. CBS net. "The Long Name None Could Spell". Sustaining. A tribute to the brave freedom fighters of Czechoslovakia. See cat. #64260 for the original version of this work as heard May 27, 1943 in Carnegie Hall (not a broadcast). President Benes was scheduled to appear on this program, but was unable to at the last moment due to "matters of state." Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Martin Gabel (narrator), William L. Shirer, Lyn Murray (composer, conductor), Michael Ingram, Harry Marble (announcer). 29:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4888. Columbia Presents Corwin. March 21, 1944. Program #3. CBS net. "The Lonesome Train". Sustaining. A "folk-contata" about the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination, dedicated to Carl Sandburg. The performance takes place before a large and wildly enthusiastic audience (the location is not identified). Norman Corwin (producer, director), Raymond Massey, Earl Wrightson (narrator), Burl Ives, Earl Robinson (composer, orchestration), Millard Lampell (composer), Lyn Murray (conductor), Richard Huey, Laura Duncan, Lavinia White, William Beebe, Charles Alpha (?), Amadeo Di Felipe (orchestration), Hester Sondergaard, Lon Clark, Larry Robinson, The Jeff Alexander Chorus, Harry Marble (announcer). 29:47. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

4889. Columbia Presents Corwin. March 28, 1944. Program #4. CBS net. "Savage Encounter". Sustaining. A pilot becomes stranded on a strange island where war is unknown. Announced as the "fourth in his new series of broadcasts." A strong drama of a world at war. The script was rebroadcast August 7, 1945 (see cat. #66733). Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director, performer), Carl Frank, Joan Alexander, Arnold Moss, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Paul Mann, Gregory Morton. 29:05. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

93071. Columbia Presents Corwin. April 4, 1944. Program #5. CBS net. "The Odyssey Of Runyon Jones". Sustaining. A fascinating tour through a make-believe world and a s small boy searches for his lost dog. The script was previously used on "The Columbia Workshop" on June 6, 1941 (see cat. #924) and on "The American School Of The Air" on November, 1944 (see cat. #66397). Great radio! Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor), Michael Artist. 29:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4884. Columbia Presents Corwin. April 11, 1944. Program #6. CBS net. "You Can Dream, Inc.". Sustaining. A fantasy about a company in the business of selling daydreams to people who are tired of their humdrum lives. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), John Griggs, Robert Trout (as himself), Minerva Pious, Harry Marble (announcer), Joseph Julian, Sam Raskin, Ruth Gilbert, Ralph Bell, Eleanor Sherman, Lon Clark, Kermit Murdock, Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor). 26:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

3595. Columbia Presents Corwin. April 18, 1944. Program #7. CBS net. "Untitled". Sustaining. The story of a dead soldier's life. A stirring anti-war composition. Excellent radio! The program has also been dated May 30, 1944. Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Paul Mann, Joseph Julian, Hester Sondergaard, Kermit Murdock, Charme Allen, Donna Keith, Michael Ingram, Alan Drake, Fredric March, Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director). 29:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4885. Columbia Presents Corwin. April 25, 1944. Program #8. CBS net. "Dorie Got A Medal". Sustaining. A really GREAT jazz-and jive opera about a colored mess boy in the Navy who becomes a hero at Pearl Harbor. Based on a true story; "a boogie-woogie biographical ballad." The week previously, Leadbelly was announced as being on the program, but is not heard. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Josh White, Canada Lee, Mary Lou Williams, The Golden Gate Quartet, Jeff Alexander (composer, conductor), Langston Hughes (additional music and lyrics), Laura Duncan, Ken Reynard, Jim Backus, Rosetta Linoir, Earl Himan. 29:43. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

60414. Columbia Presents Corwin. May 2, 1944. Program #9. CBS net. "The Cliche Expert". Sustaining. A dramatized courtroom scene. Mr. Arbuthnot is cross-examined and replies completely in cliches. Frank Sullivan (writer), Roland Young, Betty Comden (composer, performer), Adolph Green (composer, performer), Robert Trout, Jackson Beck, Lyn Murray (is given credit on the program as composer and conductor, even though his work is not heard), Norman Corwin (producer, director). 29:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4886. Columbia Presents Corwin. May 9, 1944. Program #10. CBS net. "Cromer". Sustaining. A portrait of a sleepy little seaport in England, close to Nazi Germany, and the way the war has affected it. See cat. #51182 for the same script produced December 1, 1942. See cat. #61583 and #64303 for Lyn Murray conducting the incidental music he wrote for this program. The first of a trilogy about 3 cities. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Frank Lovejoy, Minerva Pious, Joseph Julian (narrator), Nicholas Joy, Bertram Tanswell, Roland Bottomly, Nora Howard, J. Malcolm Dunne, John Moore, Kermit Murdock, Burford Hampden, Harry Marble (announcer), Lyn Murray (composer, conductor). 29:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

3597. Columbia Presents Corwin. May 16, 1944. Program #11. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus aircheck. "New York, A Tapestry For Radio". Sustaining. A description of the world's greatest city at war. The second program of a trilogy about three cities. Martin Gabel (narrator), Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Frederick Steiner (composer), Lyn Murray (conductor), Minerva Pious, Hester Sondergaard, Donna Keith, Paul Mann, Richard Huey, Kermit Murdock, Sam Raskin, Sid Cassell, Walter Burke, Edward Cullen. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

4890. Columbia Presents Corwin. May 23, 1944. Program #12. CNS net, KNX, Los Angeles aircheck. "Tel Aviv". Sustaining. An American newspaper editor and his photographer are in Tel Aviv during the war. The story about the things they do and the people they meet. The script was previously used on "Passport For Adams" on September 21, 1943 (see cat. #5631). Norman Corwin (writer, director, producer), Myron McCormick, Paul Mann, Joseph Julian, June Alexander, Robert Harris, Olive Deering, Mordecai Kosover, Margaret Foster, Maurice Wolfser, Harry Marble (announcer), Lucien Moraweck (composer), Michael Gineson (? composer), Bernard Herrmann (conductor). 29:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

18481. Columbia Presents Corwin. June 6, 1944. Program #14. CBS net. "Sandburg" ("An American Trilogy"). Sustaining. 8:00 P. M. A radio portrait of the poet as painted by his writings. This program has also been dated June 4, 1944. Charles Laughton, Hans Conried, Norman Corwin (writer, director), Mercedes McCambridge, Lurene Tuttle, Earl Robinson (composer), Bernard Herrmann (conductor). 29:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

17073. Columbia Presents Corwin. June 13, 1944. Program #15 (AFRS #11). CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "An American Trilogy...Thomas Wolfe". A lyrical look at America through the eyes of the famous author. AFRS program name: "This Is The Story." See cat. #4892 for a network version of this broadcast. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Charles Laughton (narrator), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Howard Duff (AFRS announcer), Elliott Lewis, Hans Conried. 29:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4892. Columbia Presents Corwin. June 13, 1944. Program #15. CBS net. "Thomas Wolfe" ("An American Trilogy"). Sustaining. A lyrical look at America through the eyes of the famous author. This is a network version of cat. #17073. The script was used previously on October 5, 1941 on "The Columbia Workshop" (see cat. #6193). Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Charles Laughton (narrator), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Elliott Lewis, Hans Conried. 29:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4893. Columbia Presents Corwin. June 20, 1944. Program #16. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "Walt Whitman" ("An American Trilogy"). Sustaining. A dialogue with the famous poet in which Whitman's thoughts about patriotism and war are expressed. This program has also been dated June 30, 1944. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director, host), Charles Laughton, John Dehner, Bernard Herrmann (music). 29:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4894. Columbia Presents Corwin. July 4, 1944. Program #17. CBS net. "Home For The Fourth". Sustaining. A story typical of America and the things it stands for. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Dane Clark, Bernard Herrmann (music), Dick Cutting (announcer). 29:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

68250. Columbia Presents Corwin. July 18, 1944. Program #18. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "The Moat Farm Murder". Sustaining. A drama based on the true murder confession of Mr. Dougall that he killed his companion, Miss Cecily Holland. Norman Corwin (adaptor, producer, director), Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor), Raymond Lawrence, Dick Cutting (announcer). 29:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4895. Columbia Presents Corwin. July 25, 1944. Program #19. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "El Capitan and The Corporal". Sustaining. A soldier meets a beautiful girl on a cross country train. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Katherine Locke, Joseph Julian, Burl Ives, Minerva Pious, Alexander Semmler (music), Paul Mann, Kermit Murdock, Cecil Roy, Robert Dryden, Sam Raskin. 29:42. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

4896. Columbia Presents Corwin. August 1, 1944. Program #20. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "A Pitch To Reluctant Buyers". Sustaining. A most eloquent plea on behalf of the purchase of war bonds. Norman Corwin (producer, director), Jerome Lawrence (writer), Robert E. Lee (writer), Martin Gabel (narrator), Alexander Semmler (music), Paul Mann, Mitzi Gould, Kermit Murdock, Ebalia Liki, Jackie Ayers, Michael Ingram, Hester Sondergaard, Herbert Berghoff, Theo Goetz, Leisle Faulke (?), Nick Dennis, Mary Cummings, Harry Marble (announcer). 29:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4897. Columbia Presents Corwin. August 8, 1944. Program #21. CBS net. "A Very Fine Type Girl". Sustaining. The story of a bitter captain who returns from the war with a chip on his shoulder. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director, introducer), Minerva Pious, Adelaide Klein, Larry Haines, Hester Sondergaard, Kermit Murdock, Paul Mann, Joseph Julian, Eleanor Sherman, Alexander Semmler (composer, conductor), Harry Marble (announcer). 29:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

3596. Columbia Presents Corwin. August 15, 1944. Program #22. CBS net. "There Will Be Time Later". Sustaining. The recording begins with news bulletins. "A Soliloquy With Accessories." The last show of the series. A deeply moving, anti-war production. House Jameson (narrator), Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor). 29:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4898. Columbia Presents Corwin. July 3, 1945. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus Ohio aircheck. "Unity Fair". Sustaining. The first program of a series of eight broadcasts. A original musical about all of mankind. "A Carnival For Your Living Room." A trip is taken down the midway of a fair. The various exhibits are described to the "Common Man." Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Alfred Drake, Keenan Wynn, Groucho Marx, Lud Gluskin (conductor, choral director), Yip Harburg (composer), June Richmond, Burton Lane (composer), Earl Robinson (composer), William Spier. 29:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4899. Columbia Presents Corwin. July 10, 1945. CBS net. "Daybreak". Sustaining. Progam #2 of 8. A lyrical trip around the world with a microphone, following the dawn. A radio masterpiece of pure beauty. "A program to follow in your atlas." The script was originally broadcast on June 22, 1941 (see cat. #6183). Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Ronald Colman, Lyn Murray (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor), Corina Mura. 29:43. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

2276. Columbia Presents Corwin. July 17, 1945. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus Ohio aircheck. "The Undecided Molecule". Sustaining. A re-broadcast of the verse story by Norman Corwin. A single molecule almost upsets the universe by refusing to combine with other elements. Groucho's ad lib during the closing credits cracks up Keenan Wynn who starts laughing so hard he can't continue! Great radio! Program #3 of 8. Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Vincent Price, Groucho Marx, Robert Benchley, Keenan Wynn (quadruples), Carmen Dragon (composer), Sylvia Sidney, Norman Lloyd, Lud Gluskin (conductor), Elliott Lewis, Norman Lloyd. 29:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4900. Columbia Presents Corwin. July 31, 1945. CBS net. "A Walk With Nick". Sustaining. Program #5 of 8. A soldier becomes embittered when he returns from the war to find that his girl has been seeing a politician. John Hodiak, Joan Lorring, Norman Corwin (writer, director, producer), Wilbur Hatch (music). 29:49. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

66733. Columbia Presents Corwin. August 7, 1945. CBS net, WBNS, Columbus, Ohio aircheck. "Savage Encounter". Sustaining. Program #6 of 8. A pilot becomes stranded on a strnge island where war is unknown. A strong drama of the modern world at war. A short period has been deleted from the middle of the program. This is a rebroadcast of a script originally produced on the program March 28, 1944 (see cat. #4889). Glenn Ford, Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), Harry Simeone (composer), Lud Gluskin (conductor). 29:02. Audio condition: Very good to excellent audio. Complete as above.

51167. Columbia Presents Corwin. August 21, 1945. CBS net. "L'Affair Gumpert". Sustaining. Program #8 of 8. The last show of the series. An ordinary working man in Passaic, New Jersey suddenly becomes the re-incarnation of Paganini, and then Julius Caesar. That's just the beginning! Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Lud Gluskin (conductor), David Persina, Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director), David Forsina (violinist), Emil Corwin (older brother of Norman). 29:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

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