Lou Adler's Career Tapestry - on Off-Ramp, August 14, 2010

14 August Revisited - Norman Corwin on the end of World War 2

Saturday, August 14, is the 65th anniversary of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War Two. To honor the event, we're proud to present "14 August Revisited," Gerald Zelinger's 1985 documentary about the day, featuring radio genius Norman Corwin. Here's how Zelinger introduces the program:

'It’s Tuesday August 14th 1945. We are in a radio studio at CBS Columbia Square on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. A dress rehearsal is taking place for a light hearted comedy by Norman Corwin called “L’affaire Gumpert” starring Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester. Some technical problems are taking place and during the course of fixing the problem members of the cast comment on sound of the horns honking on Sunset Boulevard coming through the concrete acoustical walls of the studio. The rehearsal is ended and Mr. Corwin and crew reassemble to produce a program marking the end of the Second World War. The program takes you from the studio to the roof top to around the world with news reports by CBS correspondents and a conversation with Norman Corwin. And finally we hear “14 August” by Norman Corwin narrated by Orson Welles.'

(Photo: Norman Corwin, in studio with Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester.)

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