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Victory at Sea
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TV Series
    (October 26, 1952-May 3, 1953)
    NBC documentary series about WWII concentrating on the war at sea
    Ran for a total of 26 half hour episodes.
    Won the 1954 Emmy for Best Public Affairs show.
    Produced by Henry Salomon, edited by Issac Kleinerman and directed by M Clay Adams
    Stand out episodes include 'Suicide for Glory' and 'The Battle of the Leyte Gulf'
    Despite its name, it spent a great deal of time examining the ground war.
    Unlike most documentaries it had no interviews in it.
    It used re-enactments/simulations and stock footage without identifying it as such.
    It almost totally ignored the Russian front, spending less than one episode of the whole series on it.
    Only one episode was spent on the first two years of the war (that is before America's entry), no time covering the events leading up to the war or the aftermath, especially the rise of the Iron Curtain/The Warsaw Pact and almost no time was spent on the political intrigue that went on during the war.
    Its original (Saturday afternoon) time slot was a poor one.
    Although women and racial minorities were brought into the U.S. military in large numbers for the first time during WWII, their presence and contributions were almost totally ignored.
    It is the best TV documentary series of all time.
    The original soundtrack by Richard Rodgers and Robert Russell Bennett is the best of any TV series of any type of all time and has been a hit as an album/CD.
    Leonard Graves did a superlative job as the narrator.
    There was no politically correct bullshit: America and its allies were the good guys and Germany, Japan, and Italy were the bad guys. Period.
    It had (for its time) a tremendous $500,000 budget.
    It has been a hit in syndication for decades and has done very well in DVD sales.
    The footage in the documentary is consistently amazing.
    The producers did not hesitate to show the horrors of war using footage that still shocks and horrifies.
    Although Graves' narration is rightly lauded, in a very effective technique in many episodes ten to fifteen minutes would lapse between hearing his voice with the images speaking for themselves and only music being heard.

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