Five Directors: The Golden Years of Radio : Based on Interviews with Himan Brown, Axel Gruenberg, Fletcher Markle, Arch Oboler, Robert Lewis Shayon

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Scarecrow Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 223 pages
Five Directors collects the fascinating memories of some of radio's most vivid personalities: Himan Brown, Axel Gruenberg, Fletcher Markle, Arch Oboloer, and Robert Lewis Shayon. They explain in their own words their journey through radio broadcasting, how it affected their lives, and how they saw it affecting the consciousness of a country. Their histories are not just stories of success in early twentieth century America, but individual portraits of the roller coaster changes in lifestyle that swept the United States. Radio delivered not only entertainment, but up-to-date news, from Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic triumph, to Roosevelt's comforting Fireside Chats during the depths of the Depression. Five Directors is witness to the triumphs of radio, and brings its enormous impact home with clear, personable narratives and prose. It includes a selected list of credits for each director and a handy index, making the book a breezy, useful tool for anyone fascinated by or nostalgic about America's first nationwide entertainment industry.
 

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19101932
3
19331941
13
Radio Production
27
19411979
33
Axel Gruenberg
45
19021939
47
19391943
59
19431948
67
19621984
129
Arch Oboler
135
19071941
137
19411986
147
Robert Lewis Shayon
161
19361942
163
19421950
171
19501976
181

19481962
75
Fletcher Markle
85
1921 1947
87
19471985
95
19471949
101
19491962
113
Writing and Teaching
195
Selected Credits
199
Index
205
About the Editor
223
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\Ira Skutch formerly with Goodson-Todman Productions, where he served as producer-director and vice president until 1983, Ira Skutch logged over 10,000 episodes of such television shows as 'I've Got a Secret,' 'Beat the Clock,' 'Play Your Hunch,' ' Match Game,' and 'Password.' He has written a memoir, I Remember Television (Scarecrow Press, 1989), and edited other books in the DGA Oral History Series, including Sheldon Leonard's And the Show Goes On, Joseph Youngerman's My Seventy Years at Paramount Studios and the Directors Guild of America, and Delbert Mann (forthcoming).

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