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Initial Ziv announcement in The Billboard of July 26th 1952 describes early sales to six outlets
Initial Ziv announcement in The Billboard of July 26th 1952 describes early sales to six outlets


Ziv announcement in The Billboard of August 23rd 1952

Frederic W. Ziv Company full page newspaper ad promoting its new Freedom U.S.A. canon via transcription.
Frederic W. Ziv Company full page magazine ad promoting its new Freedom U.S.A. canon via transcription.

Ziv transcription label from Freedom U.S.A. No. 45
Ziv transcription label from Freedom U.S.A. No. 45

Edwin C Hill before NBC mike
Edwin C Hill before NBC mike

Jimmy Wallington applied his stentorian intonations to Freedom U.S.A. as the series' announcer.
Jimmy Wallington applied his stentorian intonations to Freedom U.S.A. as the series' announcer.


Background

Frederick W. Ziv by all historical accounts was a syndicated programming genius. Throughout The Golden Age of Radio, Ziv produced some of the most star-studded, popular, transcribed syndication programming to ever air-- innovative programming such as:

  • Easy Aces (1935) with Goodman and Jane Ace
  • One for The Book (1938)
  • Forbidden Diary (1938)
  • Dearest Mother (1938)
  • Lightning Jim (1939)
  • The Career of Alice Blair (1940)
  • Korn Kobblers (1941)
  • Manhunt (1943)
  • The Weird Circle (1943)
  • Sincerely, Kenny Baker (1944)
  • Boston Blackie (1944) with Richard Kollmar
  • Philo Vance (1945) initially with Jackson Beck
  • The Cisco Kid (1942)
  • Pleasure Parade (1945)
  • The Barry Wood Show (1946)
  • Favorite Story (1946) with Ronald Colman
  • The Guy Lombardo Show (1948)
  • Meet The Menjous (1949) with Adolph Menjou and Verree Teasdale
  • Bold Venture (1951) with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
  • Freedom U.S.A. (1952) with Tyrone Power
  • I Was A Communist for The F.B.I. (1952)
  • Bright Star (1952) with Fred MacMurray and Irene Dunne
  • Showtime From Hollywood
  • Mr. District Attorney (1952)

Working with Frederick W. Ziv was usually a very profitable undertaking for all parties associated with Ziv. Guy Lombardo made a reported $3,000,000 with Ziv over the years of their association. The Bogarts (Bold Venture) made an estimated $600,000 for their son's trust fund with Ziv. The Menjous earned a reported $750,000 with Ziv. Ronald Colman was also reported to earn $750,000 for Ziv's award-winning Favorite Story.

Frederick Ziv had a formula--and the formula was a successful one. He developed appealing programming, backed it with the best writers of the era, obtained the perfect talent for each project and hyped them; and always rolled them out with all the attendant splash, promotional hype, and star-power associated with its elaborate promotions.

All of this is by way of explaining Frederick W. Ziv's programming, marketing, and promotional genius, as much as to underline the huge business that syndicated, transcribed Radio had become by the late 1940s. It didn't hurt in the least that Ziv's transcribed syndications were invariably of the highest quality and production values. Ziv financed his programming out of pocket, in the expectation of generating a growing number of subscribers for his programs. With a combination of excellent business sense, a prior legal background, a proven track record of success and glowing testimonials from the famous artists he'd already promoted, Ziv had every good reason to bet the farm on most of his new productions. Since he bankrolled his own productions, he routinely employed Hollywood's finest, most versatile and most reliable talent for supporting roles and production.

From the July 19th 1952 issue of The Billboard:

HIGH TALENT COST E.T. 

Ziv Develops 'Freedom'
With Power & 12G Nut
 
     NEW YORK, July 12. -- The latest transcribed radio series to be developed in the high talent cost category is the new "Freedom, U.S.A." platter series featuring Tyrone Power, which the Frederic W. Ziv Company will begin marketing next week.  The series is believed to have a talent cost in the vicinity of $12,000 weekly--one of the most expensive bills among current AM stanzas.  It is regarded as particularly significant that Ziv took on such an elaborate series in a period when the live networks have been making a succession of cutbacks in expenditures on talent.
     The series, which features Tyrone Power as a  young U.S. Senator, was unveiled at a three-day sales meeting in Cincinnati this week, and will be placed on the market starting Monday (14).  It is slated to be released for broadcast in September.
     Besides its dramatic entertainment values, Ziv is known to feel that the series will perform a valuable educational function by providing better understanding of the functions and workings of Congress.  Numerous top political figures have already lauded the show as an important contribution to greater political enlightenment.
     In addition to Power, the roster on the series includes radio commentator Edwin C. Hill, who will play a role akin to his real-life post and will serve as narrator on the series.  Francis X. Bushman has a major supporting role.  Music will be especially composed and conducted by David Rose.  Henry P. Hayward will direct, and Herb Gordon will produce.

From the October 19th 1952 edition of the Kingsport Times :

WKPT To Bring
Freedom, U.S.A.
In Broadcast
 

     United States Senator Dean Edwards (Tyrone Power) finds that voting against a bill that financially aids his home state can bring many unpleasant moments to the life of a young senator in tonight's enlightening chapter of "Freedom U.S.A.," heard over station WKPT at 6 o'clock.
     Senator Dean Edwards throws a verbal bombshell in the Senate when he announces he is against a flood control bill introduced by Senator Higby, which will bring prosperity to the residents of his state.  Senator Edwards believes that to benefit a larger number of people the flood control should start several hundred miles upstream, in another state.
     Mail starts to pour in from all sections and newspapers carry stinging editorials against the young senator.  The situation is even more aggravated when a well-known construction company head, who hoped to get the job of building the dam, charges that Senator Edwards' only reason for wanting the dam upstream is so that his own brother, who is also in the construction business, will get the job.
     Just when the whole career of Senator Dean Edwards seems doomed, he gets wise counsel from an old friend and is able to make a dramatic plea in the Senate which changes the whole course of his future.
     The program is a public service of Mason and Dixon Lines.

Frederic W. Ziv Company Hollywood Reporter broadside promoting its new Freedom U.S.A. canon.
Frederic W. Ziv Company Hollywood Reporter broadside promoting its new Freedom U.S.A. canon.


Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Patriotic Dramas
Network(s): CBS [WKOW], numerous other independent stations and regional networks.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 52-11-18 01 Flood Bill
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): [Note: As was Ziv's practice, its transcribed program offerings were syndicated in shotgun manner to whoever wished to subscribe to the syndication--groups, sponsors, stations or networks. The earliest adopter to broadcast the series was apparently Arizona Radio station KTAR, an extended Columbia Pacific Network member at the time. In lieu of logging that run, we've elected to employ the midwest run(s)--until Radio listings from Arizona become available.]

52-11-18 to 53-11-11; CBS [WKOW]; Fifty-two, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: Frederick W. Ziv.
Sponsors: American Life Insurance Company
The Americanism Association
Atlanta Gas Light Company
Baron's Store of Madison
The Boston Herald
Brizard-Matthews Machinery Company
Conquest Finest Foods
Crusade for Freedom
Dale Brothers Coffee
Farmer's Insurance Company
Fisher's Food Market
Forsythe Motors Corp.
Frederick & Nelsons Western Department Store
Freeborn County National Bank
Freeman County National Bank
Greeley Gas Company
Husky Oil Company
Mammel's Incorporated
Marcus Whitman Garage
Mason and Dixon Lines
Merchants National Bank
Paul T. Henson, Incorporated
Pan-Am Southern Corporation
Pilot Life Insurance Company
Rhinelander Building & Loan Association
Rowland Brothers Dairy
S. T. Jerrell Company
Southern Arizona Bank and Trust Company
Spartan Foods
Director(s): Henry Hayward [Director]
Herb Gordon [Producer]
Principal Actors: Tyrone Power, Edwin C. Hill, Francis X. Bushman, Jimmy Wallington, Victor Borge, Gerald Mohr, Jonathan Hole, Herb Butterfield, Will Wright, Paul Frees, Mason Adams
Recurring Character(s): U.S. Senator Dean Edwards [Tyrone Power]; U.S. Senator Stu Malcolm [Gerald Mohr]; U.S. Senator Trillis [Ken Lynch]
Protagonist(s): U.S. Senator Dean Edwards
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction: David Rose
Musical Theme(s): David Rose
Announcer(s): Jimmy Wallington
Edwin C. Hill [Narrator/Commentator]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
52
Episodes in Circulation: 30
Total Episodes in Collection: 32
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, contributor John Miller.

Notes on Provenances:

The least helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex. The newspaper listings of the era were the most helpful, as were the invaluable information from Digital Deli Too contributor John Miller, to whom we remain deeply indebted for helping us clarify the historical record.

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OTRisms:

Though almost universally asserted that Freedom U.S.A. "aired" as early as December 23rd 1951, The Billboard announcements from Frederic W. Ziv Company itself indicated that Freedom U.S.A. 'officially' went on sale on Monday, July 14th 1952 at Cinncinati, Ohio, Ziv's headquarters. Frederic W. Ziv announced that the first airings of Freedom U.S.A. were "slated to be released for broadcast in September [of 1952]."

The Hickerson Guide also cites a 'West Coast-only' Freedom U.S.A. program in 1947. If true, that program had nothing whatsoever to do with the Ziv program.

We have no idea where either The Hickerson Guide, the radioGOLDINdex, the OTRR or The Vintage Radio Place obtained their [curiously identical] air dates. Either . . . :

  • Frederic W. Ziv lied to The Billboard regarding the actual initial availability of Freedom U.S.A. because it didn't wish to make any profit on its extremely expensive investment in the new series prior to September of 1952,
  • Frederic W. Ziv lied to The Billboard regarding increasing the budget for each episode from $12,000 to $15,000 in late July of 1952,
  • Frederic W. Ziv lied to The Billboard regarding the facts regarding its very first commitment to sell "the next Ziv program,"--which turned out to be Freedom U.S.A.--to KTAR, Phoenix, AZ around April of 1952,

  • Or . . . everyone else in the OTR Sales Community is conspiring to misrepresent the actual air dates for Freedom U.S.A.

The true answer is one--and only one--of the above. We'll let our readers draw their own conclusions.

We're the last people to ask how most of the more utterly unsupported, plagiarized misinformation continues to flourish throughout the OTR Community. We respectfully suggest that you ask one or more of the four sources we've cited above.


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[Date, title, and episode column annotations in
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The Freedom U.S.A. Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
52-11-18
1
Opposing A Flood Control Bill
N
52-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
new series starring Tyrone Power; senator takes an unpopular stand.
52-11-25
2
The Informer's Suit
N
52-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Tyrone Power as senator, investigates smear campaign.

52-10-31 Rhinelander Daily News
United States Senator Dean Edwards (Tyrone Power) is falsely accused of selling out the government in the November 2nd exciting chapter of FREEDOM, U.S.A. heard over WOBT at 8:30 p, m. After putting in months of secret work investigating frauds against the government, Senator Edwards is astounded one day to learn that
Wayne Tupler, a Washington opportunist, has filed an informer's suit against the very firms the Congressional Committee is about to accuse. It is a known fact that if an individual files one of these suits, he is entitled to 50% of all the money recovered for the government.
Oliver Marston, United States Attorney working on, the case, bitterly accuses Senator Edwards of letting the information get into the wrong hands, Shortly after, a fellow Senator asks that the Senate vote against continuing the committee, which would in effect accuse Senator Edwards of dishonesty. The young Senator makes a brilliant plea to behalf of the committee and his reputation and is given sixty days to find where the information leak took place.
His position is further jeopardized when the defendants in the case do not contest the informer's suit and Wayne Tupler collects $250,000 for himself and the government.
Accused by all of selling the government to Tupler, Senator Edwards calls on District Judge Lexing who tried the case and comes up with some startling information which leads him directly to the culprit.

52-12-02
3
Senate Confirmation
N
52-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
hoodlum.
52-12-09
4
Grain Belt Sabotage
N
52-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
trouble over grain storage.

52-10-17 Rhinelander Daily News
Senator Dean Edwards (Tyrone Power) tracks down a saboteur in the October 19th episode of FREEDOM, U. S, A. overstation WOBT at 8:30 P.M. In asking for new storage bins for extra grain allotments, Senator Dean Edwards is opposed by his entire committee.
To compromise, however, it is agreed that there will be no opposition if a bid can be found for manufacturing the bins at a low enough cost. After investigating tbe company which has given the lowest bid. Senator Dean Edwards reports his findings and the construction is started.
The job is finished ahead of schedule and passed by government inspectors, but a special session of the Agricultural Committee is called unexpectedly. In the Committee room, Senator Dean Edwards is greeted coldly and told that the grain is already rotting in the new bins. To find the cause. Edwards visits tbe grain belt and sees evidence of sabotage, While searching for the person responsible, Senator Edwards meets with several tense moments but his quick thinking brings the situation to a startling climax.
52-12-16
5
Anti-Filibuster Bill
Y
52-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Sen. Dean Edwards wars on fillibustering.

52-10-24 Rhinelander Daily News
United States Senator Dean Edwards (Tyrone Power) finds his senatorial career gravely endangered in The Oct.
26th episode of FREEDOM, U.S.A. over station WOBT at 8:30 P.M..
After having spent months preparing a bill which he believes essential, Senator Edwards is forced to watch it "die" as the result of a filibuster. Feeling that such measures are not justifiable, he decides to work on an anti-filibuster bill. His party, however, is against it and through several technicalities, is able to postpone his introduction of the bill.
Seeing an opportunity to gain favorable publicity, Senator Brett, of the opposing party introduces bis own anti-filibuster bill and the Washington grape-vine parries a story
that the young senator and Senator Brett have worked out a "deal." Before the vote is cast for Brett's bill, however, Senator Edwards makes a surprise move which, after several tense moments, brings an unexpected conclusion to the session
.
52-12-23
6
French Girl's Temporary Visa
Y
[Holiday program]

52-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator helps rip red tape so French girl can reach new American home.
52-12-30
7
Shipping Subsidy Bill
N
52-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Sen. Edwards becomes victim of backstage blackmail.
53-01-06
8
Middle East Trouble Spot
N
52-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Sen. Edwards visits Middle East trouble spot.
53-01-13
9
The Whole Truth
Y
53-01-09 Tucson Daily Citizen
7:30 — Freedom, U. S. A.
Tyrone Power meets up with a South American revolution, a trade embargo and a senate filibuster!
(KCNA).

52-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Sen. Edwards jumps to a conclusion--the wrong one.

53-01-11 Charleston Gazette
United States Senator Dean Edwards (Tyrone Power) makes a flying trip to a South American republic to see if a trade embargo is needed to restore the deposed government in tonight's episode of "Freedom, USA"—WOAY 8 p. m.
53-01-20
10
Senate Vacation
Y
53-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Tyrone Power as senator who persuades critic to become candidate.
53-01-27
11
Immigration Bill
Y
53-01-05 Cedar Rapids Gazette
SABOTAGE enters the political career of Senator Dean Edwards . . . as portrayed by Tyrone Power . . . on the
FREEDOM, U. S. A. episode scheduled for broadcast at 5:30 P.M. today on KCRG--KCRK.

53-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Sen. Edwards helps falsely accused man win freedom.
53-02-03
12
Senate Rule No. 5
Y
53-02-01 San Antonio Express
Help From an unforeseen source appears, to help Senator Edwards (Tyrone Power) clear the name of an innocent man!

53-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Sen. Dean Edwards finds that personalities and careers don't mix.
53-02-10
13
Report On Project X
N
53-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-02-17
14
Stolen Funds
N
53-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
crooked political machine threatens senator's career.

53-02-20 Tucson Daily Citizen
7:30 — Freedom,
U. S. A.
Tyrone Power stars, as a U. S. Senator in an amusing protocol situation (KCNA).
53-02-24
15
Embargo On Santa Granada
Y
53-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator uncovers real story of South American revolt.
53-03-03
16
Plot and Conspiracy
Y
53-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
dishonest brokers set trap for U.S. senator.
53-03-10
17
The Man Who Committed Suicide
Y
53-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-03-17
18
Citizen - Held!
Y
53-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-03-24
19
Gambling Investigation
Y
53-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-03-31
20
International Diplomacy - Africa
Y
53-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-04-07
21
Dean's First Chairmanship
Y
53-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator finds problems even in a social celebration.
53-04-14
22
Leaked Congressional Report on Fuel Oil Stocks
Y
53-04-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator fights plan to move veteran's hospital.
53-04-21
23
For Those Who Serve
Y
53-04-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator fights plan to close veteran's hospital.
53-04-28
24
Municipal Bond Fraud
Y
53-04-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator, prosecutor join forces to catch fake stock promoters.
53-05-05
25
The Memorial
Y
53-05-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator investigates private life of national hero.
53-05-12
26
Foreign Aid Trip
Y
53-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator goes behind Iron Curtain to get assassination facts.
53-05-19
27
Cloud Seeding
Y
53-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-05-26
28
American Professor Detained Behind Iron Curtain
The Nazi
Y
53-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Russian police arrest U.S. senator.
53-06-02
29
Army Red Tape
Cody's Monster
Y
53-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Tyrone Power, as Sen. Edwards, gets Pentagon runaround.
53-06-09
30
Army Red Tape
Y
53-06-07 Cedar Rapids Gazette
A NEW hospital program of the Veterans' Administration gets Senate attention on this week's FREEDOM, U.S.A. Tyrone Power stars in this series, 5:30 P.M. each Sunday on KCRG-KCRK.

53-06-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
experimental plane's crash-landing starts bitter wrangle in U.S. senate.
53-06-16
31
Farm Tenant Act
Y
53-06-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
delayed letter starts storm over West Point appointment.
53-06-23
32
Traitor Or Not
Y
53-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator finds out why soldier sold secrets.

53-06-26 Portsmouth Times
U.S. Senator Dean Edwards, starring Tyrone Power, will take a European junket to discover from himself why a resistance leader was shot by a member of his own underground in
"Assassination" on "Freedom, USA"—WPAY 5 p. m.
53-06-30
33
Homestead Act Revived
Y
53-06-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator uncovers uranium find.
53-07-07
34
Migrant Worker Camp Scandal
Y
53-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
senator cleans up situation involving migrant farm workers.
53-07-14
35
Title Unknown
N
53-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-07-21
36
Title Unknown
N
53-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW):
Tyrone Power, as Sen. Edwards, interrupts campaign to settle mine dispute.

53-07-24 Portsmouth Times
NEWSMAN EDWIN- C. HILL is the commentator on Freedom U.S.A., Sundays at 5 p.m. over WPAY-CBS.
This Sunday's episode will find Sen. Dean "Edwards, starring Tyrone Power, in a bitter wrangle in the senate because of the crash landing of an experimental cargo plane.
53-07-28
37
Title Unknown
N
53-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-08-04
38
Title Unknown
N
53-08-02 Cedar Rapids Gazette
THE storm center that can develop when a Senator has more than one applicant for a single West Point appointment will be dramatized on FREEDOM, U.S.A 5:30 this afternoon on KCRG--KCRK. Tyrone Power stars in this weekly series.

53-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-08-11
39
Title Unknown
N
53-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-08-18
40
Title Unknown
N
53-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-08-26
41
Prison Reform Bill
N
53-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-09-01
42
Housing For Defense Workers
N
53-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-09-08
43
Indian Fishing Rights
Y
53-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-09-15
44
The Synchronized Flood Control Bill
Y
53-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)


Features
Ken Lynch as U.S. Senator Trillis
53-09-22
45
The Pennsylvania Avenue Peanut Stand
Y
53-09-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-09-29
46
Illegal Trade in Precision American Steel
Y
53-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)

Features
Mason Adams as Jess Fogarty and Paul Frees as Mr. Tassell
53-10-06
47
Title Unknown
N
53-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-10-13
48
Title Unknown
N
53-10-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-10-20
49
Title Unknown
N
53-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Freedom, U.S.A. (WKOW)
53-10-27
50
Title Unknown
N
53-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
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Tyrone Edmund Power, III
(Senator Dean Edwards)

Screen, Radio, and Television Actor
(1914-1958)

Birthplace: Cinncinati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Military Service: Marine Transport Command

Radiography:
1936 Hollywood Hote
1938 A Tribute To Irving Berlin
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theater
1940 Community Mobilization For Human Needs
1940 Lux Radio Theatre
1941 America Calling
1941 Hollywood Premier
1941 The Treasury Hour
1942 Hollywood March Of Dimes Of the Air
1942 Cavalcade of America
1942 This Is War
1942 Keep 'Em Rolling
1942 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1943 Treasury Star Parade
1946 Command Performance
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1946 The Pepsodent Show
1650 The New Frontier
1951 George Fisher Interviews the Stars
1951 Freedom USA
1952 Family Theater
1952 The Bob Hope Show
1952 Hollywood Sound Stage
1952 The Hour Of St Francis
1954 Suspense
1954 Anthology
1955 What Christmas Means To Me
1958 Meet Debbie Dixon
Bud's Bandwagon
Young Tyrone Power III, atop his favorite tricycle at the age of 3
Young Tyrone Power III, atop his favorite tricycle at the age of 3


Tyrone Power and parents (insets) from 1939
Tyrone Power and parents (insets) from 1939

From the April 1939 issue of Radio Mirror magazine:

This is the Life! 

 Beginning the personal history of Tyrone Power, who worked his way up from nothing to practically everything--and enjoyed every step of the way 
By HOWARD SHARPE
 A CABLE came from Rio de Janeira to the bosses of Twentieth Century-Fox the other day.  It said, in effect, All right -all right.  I won't marry Annabella now.  Your investment is safe.
     It said another thing, by implication.  Leave me alone--
     But they can't leave the personage who sent that cable alone.  He's news.  He's the most romantic man in pictures today.  He is Tyrone Power III, son of the famous Tyrone Power II and of Patia Reaume Power, and he will be twenty-five years old next May 5, and he has Glamour.  He drives sleek open roadsters by day and lounges behind a liveried chauffeur in his long black limousine by night.  His favored ladies are Hollywood's--even the world's-- greatest beauties.  He takes clipper ships to South America.  He attends premieres and the biggest lights over the marquee spell his name. He could build a paper house, full-sized, from a month's fan mail.
     His name has many synonyms:  Success, fame, wealth.
     He has and is these things, and he has made them for himself.  Now, when he remembers what he used to be, what went before, he can know that and find favor with himself . . .
     What has happened to Tyrone Power during his twenty-four years of hectic life is in essence what every mother hopes will happen to her son:  that he might meet his grave problems with courage, that he might turn out to be handsome and famous and rich, that he might adjust within himself a clear-cut, brilliant personality.
     What young Mr. Power has become has origin in three things.  The first is the intelligent way in which Patia Power brought him through childhood and adolescence, molding his viewpoints and his attitudes but letting his ideas alone.
     The second is his personal character:  confidence in himself, almost ruthless determination to succeed, and the knack of combining the fashionable with the intrinsically artistic in all his activities.
     The third is the age he was born into, an era made to order for Tyrone Power.  Call it what you like--Jazz Age, Post-War Madness, Reconstructive Period--it nevertheless offered him scope and range for his vitality, for his peculiar abilities.
     There has been a brilliance about his life, even when he was a child.  Patia discovered it early when, in New York shortly after he was born, a famous doctor told her the facts about her son.  "He is a type," the physician said, thoughtfully.  "If he lives he will go through life like a dynamo, thinking too hard and too fast for other people. Such individuals are dangerous--but they're exciting."
     "What do you mean," asked Patia, "If he lives?"
     "He's not strong.  He's not in the work-horse category.  You must always remember that, teach him to conserve his physical strength and keep a check on his nervous energy.  Otherwise he'll shake himself to pieces."
     So that, toward the primary end of saving the baby's life (she needn't worry just yet about the nervous energy business) Patia packed her clothes in a trunk, Tyrone in a blanket, took his small sister by the hand, and entrained for California, where the healthiest and most beautiful children in the world were being raised.
     Thus the child's spindly body had the chance to soak in sun, so plentiful on Coronado's beach; and after a little time you could count fewer ribs and you could even discover, on close scrutiny, two hard little lumps on his arms which would one day be respectable biceps.
     This accomplished, Patia moved to San Gabriel, took a house, and got a job in the Mission Play.  Ty's boyhood, to all outward appearances, was the purely normal growing-up period of the majority of California children:  he went to kindergarten and to grammar school; he played football with the kids of his neighborhood; he soaped the windows of Alhambra storekeepers on Halloween; he ate fantastic amounts of fresh vegetables and drank gallons of fresh milk ...
     But the New York brain specialist had not based his prophecy on an idle assumption.  Tyrone learned things too fast, particularly backstage at the Mission Playhouse.  Patia, a devotee of the modern method in rearing offspring, let him figure out the answers to his own problems, and he accomplished this with rather amazing precocity.
     There was the problem of his playmates, who scorned him because he was skinny.  He obtained the only football in the neighborhood and refused to let anyone else play with it unless he could be Captain.  He was made Captain.
     His sister was an obedient, phlegmatic, but not a particularly resourceful child.  She asked him too many questions.  Something had to be done to teach her a man was too busy for that sort of thing, all the time.  So he arose at night and cut off all her long curls with a manicure Scissors.
     These were typical incidents.
     Then Palia moved, with her children, to Cincinnati because she had been offered a chair as instructress in drama at the Schuster-Martin school there.  She put Tyrone in an Academy, where Discipline in the person of Sisters entered his life.  He didn't object so much to the discipline but he didn't like the way it was administered; so Patia transferred him to a Parochial school, taught by Brothers.  This was better.  He knew how to cope with men.
He could stand up to men.
     The hodge podge of his early and middle teens must be familiar, since it was so typically American, in its period.
     This was the latter part of the 20's and it was the era in which youth discovered many new things.  Painting cartoon characters with India ink on yellow slickers.  Widebottomed pants, hip waistlines, jalopies with slogans. Speed.
     Tyrone discovered these things, of course.  He took them for what they were worth, for what they could add to his experience, which was plenty.
He bought a high, hoarse-voiced car for $35, banged around in it a bit, discovered that the oil he poured into it came out immediately afterward as hot water, found the engine block was cracked, and straightway sold the thing for $50.
HE had numerous girls, all with bright mouths and the casual Right Attitude about things.  He danced (two tickets, 5c) at the pavilion in Ault Park, and he ushered in a theater and jerked soda in a drug store and studied when necessary, particularly at term-end, and generally evolved from boy to youth, from youth to man, with the minimum of agony.  It is not a surprising record, except that in his case he had the sense to know what was happening to him.
     He knew so well, indeed, that on the night of his graduation he could come to Patia with his mind made up, say firmly:  "I'm not going on to college."
     She waited for his explanation calmly.
     "I'm seventeen, and I want to get started as an actor," he told her concisely.  You understand.  I've enthusiasm
now, I care ... I might not, later.  And if I'm going to get anything I want it soon--now--so I can enjoy it."
     "What will you do?"
     He shrugged.  "Dad's offered to have me for the summer at the place in Canada.  Says he'll give me a course in Shakespeare."
     Patia simply nodded.  "You couldn't have a better teacher.  I've given you what training I could.  Now you move up."
     He tried to smile.  "You're so good about things," he told her ...
     He had almost a year of grace.  Not quite.  The summer had passed, and the winter, and the foggy spring had come to California when finally Tyrone sat opposite his father's financial advisor--one Mr. Adams--and said, "I don't know what I'm doing out here on the Coast, why I don't go East to Mother.  Now that he's--dead, I mean. There was some point to it before, when Dad was going to do this 'Miracle Man' thing.  I thought I might squeeze into the business on the strength of his name.  But now--"
YOU were there, weren't you?  When .it happened?"
     Tyrone frowned.  "He died in my arms."
     Mr. Adams put on his business face, amenities over, and opened a portfolio.  "Your father didn't have much money, you know.  He lived too well.  The best hotels, expensive cars, enormous wardrobes."
     "I guessed that.  I hadn't intended to depend on what he might leave me.  But I want to work.  D'you suppose-- might there be a chance for me here?"
     "Why don't you try it?"
     Tyrone grinned.  "Dad had nothing on me, financially speaking."
"I might help."
     The two--the sophisticated older man and the equally worldly youngster--grinned at each other, in complete
understanding.
     "How much," asked Mr. Adams, "can you get by on?"
     Getting by, in any circumstances is not a happy business.  Tyrone learned the meaning of the phrases "skin-of-the-teeth" and "hair's-breadth" during the following years.  ... There were the rooms he lived in especially--better left unremembered; there were the beaneries, innumerable, of a pattern.  The better to appreciate Guinea hen a l'orange at Perino's, later.  There was the time, early in 1930, when his agent called him and said, "I've set you for a role in 'Tom Brown.'  You can relax now."
     He did.  It was a mistake.  By the time he had discovered that it wasn't as easy as that, that you don't receive success on a nickel phone call, months had gone by and he had blisters on his heels from tramping to agents' offices from producers' offices--and you could count Tyrone Power's ribs again, and there was nothing, not anything, to keep him here in this ghastly unfeeling town with its relentless sun and its relentless industry.
     Whereupon he ate an enormous steak, spent what money he could find in his trousers pocket for a cab to the beach, and lay happily watching the surf roll up, complacently aware that Something would Happen.
     It was always darkest, he reflected, before the dawn.  Not to mention that stuff about the silver lining. Anyway,
if ever there were such a thing as luck, now was the time ...
     Drops of cold water on his back snapped him out of it.  He sat up.
     "Harya, pal," said the young man who, fresh from a swim stood above him.
EDDIE FISHER!" Ty held out his h.and. "Are you the angel I'm expecting, F.O.B. Heaven?"
     "Not exactly.  But very F.D.B. Santa Barbara.  I'm directing a little theater there."
     "Then I'm hired."
     Eddie allowed himself one raised eyebrow.  "Okay. You're hired."
     Tyrone raised his hands to the sky.  "Didn't I tell you?" he yelled triumphantly.  "Didn't I tell you?"
     "Screwball." said Eddie.
     Santa Barbara--the period there during the time when he worked for Eddie in the little theater--is of importance because it brought besides a small salary and some experience, First Love to Tyrone.  Her name was Nicky.
     In any case she is Nicky in his memory.  "This," said Eddie that particular evening after the show was over and the crowd had gathered backstage for dancing, "is Nicky."
     "Let's dance," Ty said to her, and crooked his right arm to receive her.
     He might have known she would dance that well.
     "'Say it isn't so---'" She hummed the tune lightly, with the music.  Her voice was warm.  He caught in it the reflection of what she was:  a slim Venus in sandal hose and with a white cross on her back where shoulder straps of play-suits had defied the sun.  She would do most of the right things at the right time--plunge directly into surf instead of wading in gingerly, treat sentimental topics and events with just the right shading between tenderness and restraint.
     "I'll see you tomorrow," he told her when the evening was over.
     "If I see you first," said Nicky, "I'll get out my lasso."
     It began that way, and lasted all summer and all winter, and it was a love with glamour--the glamour of palms along white beaches, of midnight drives (she had a car) along theunbelievable Coastline, of dashing trips, sixty miles and back to Los Angeles for dinner and dancing at the Cocoanut Grove; and there were highlights.  The night she stood up and cheered at his exit In "Three Cornered Moon."  The afternoon she said, "This is the end of our friendship, I suppose.  What are we going to do?"
     HE did the only thing possible.  He packed his clothes at midnight, left a note for Eddie, and caught the first bus to Los Angeles.
     It took courage of a sort he had not known he possessed.  He tore a part of himself loose and threw it away, that night.  His ears still heard her low voice, the tunes-forever memorable--to which they had danced.  Her
gay laughter followed him....
     But there can be greater things than a first love.  Tyrone Power had found it necessary, often, to be relentless with other people; now he must be relentless with himself.  He could not offer Nicky anything, not even the diamond bracelets 'Woolworth sells; and the portion of his mind and energy dedicated to boundless ambition told him:  Keep on, keep on.  It has been six years, now. That is too long. Hurry.  Hurry.
     He talked to Adams and to Patia the next day, his eyes troubled, his brain cold and detached.  "Don't ask me, because I don't know," he said.  "Only I've got to go away.  I've got to try something else.  And I need some money."
     Once again Adams grinned, and the smile found the suggestion of an answer on Tyrone's set mouth.  "How
much," asked Mr. Adams, "can you get along on?"
     Under him the wheels of the day coach sang a monotony, translated in Tyrone's ears to, "What now, what
now, what now, what now."
     He shifted in his chair. "--little man?" he finished for the wheels.  And went to sleep.

Chicago, a job in the World's Fair; New York, and a job with Katherine Cornell; Hollywood again, and stardom--greater loves--riches--Tyrone Power's fabulous life story reaches its startling climax in the May Radio Mirror, out March 24th.


From the May 1939 issue of Radio Mirror magazine:

CHICAGO was hot, and inexpressibly full of people.  It was August of 1934, Century of Progress year, and Tyrone Power stopped there on his way to New York; he felt he might as well see the Fair.

     He stayed until January.  Friends from the earlier days were at the train when he came in and greeted him with gladsome cries, so that the weary trek from hotel to hotel (all filled to capacity) was not necessary for him.
     It was the Power luck.  They had an apartment which they shared, these friends, and since it was already uncomfortably crowded another occupant could hardly add inconvenience.  Particularly if he were Tyrone Power, congenial, young, given to laughter.
     The Chicago period was a transition, a time-out for adjustment.  Behind the boy lay his absolute youth, a head-long collection of years in which his ambition and his self-assurance had, hand in hand, brought him anti-climax.
     He'd set off bravely enough, when he was seventeen, to be an actor.  Perhaps, if Tyrone Power II, his father, had lived, he would have had better luck.  He didn't know.  All he knew was that Hollywood hadn't wanted him.  A year--almost--in the Santa Barbara Little Theater had been good; it had given him security, for a time, and much needed experience.
     It had given him something else, too.  Somewhere, behind him, was first love--Nicky, the girl at the Santa Barbara theater.  But that was all over now.  He musn't look back.  The future would need all his attention--if indeed there was any left over form the present.
     Professionally he was given reassurance when one of the friends got him a job with the fair, announcing him to concession managers as an experienced actor from the Coast.  For a month or two he pantomimed before unloaded cameras while patrons, having paid their good money to see a "Glimpse of Hollywood," watched with unblinking eyes his every movement.
     When this occupation had palled, both on the visitors and on Tyrone, he auditioned at a radio station and got a job reading the funny papers to Chicago's listening young people each Sunday afternoon.  There were occasional bit parts to do on network shows.  One of them was in Don Ameche's First Nighter program.
     During the summer, then, and through the long autumn, young Mr. Powers worked hard, amused himself grimly during the evenings in company with his cheerful roomates, and tried to put the memory of unprofitable years out of his mind.
     When he had done that, finally, he could go to the radio people, resign, and catch the first train for New York.
     "But of course you'll stay with us!" Michael Strange, a family friend of long standing said to him at dinner his first night in Manhattan; and Harrison Tweed, her husband, nodded assent.  So that was settled.
     Tyrone had very little money, just enough to keep him for a time.  Amazingly, he was not worried.  People whose luck is attuned to their eventual success know when a change for the better is imminent.  They know it instinctively.  And a small, recognizable voice in the boy's heart said now:  "Get ready.  Any minute now...."
     It happened abruptly, and it was doubly insured.  On one afternoon he paused before the building which Stanley Ghilkey, Katherine Cornell's manager, kept his offices.  There was no particular reason for going in, but Mr. Power went in anyway.  Ghilkey saw him at once.
 IF you're not under contract just now, I can spot you with Cornell," he said.  "Have you seen her show?"
     "I was going to ask you for some passes," Tyrone said.
     "These," said Ghilkey, handing over two cardboard slips, "are for tonight.  Let me know your decision."
     When Tyrone reached home half an hour later he found Ghilkey's telephone message.  "Come to see me about a job before 3:30," it read.  And it was now a quarter of four.
     "When "Flowers of the Forest" closed at last, in May, he had a contract for summer stock, and another that called for his services as an understudy in Cornell's fall play; and he went to visit his mother in California for a time, anxious to show these contracts to her, watch her face when she congratulated him.
     Then back east, to spend the summer at Falmouth.  This was an idyllic interlude given over to a certain amount of hard work but primarily to relaxing.  He could savor things now that his luck had changed and the harsh nagging of his ambition had found a certain release.
     He played the lead in "Ceiling Zero," "Private Lives," "On Stage."  And one evening he came into his dressing room after the third act curtain to find a young man there, waiting.  "I want to talk to you about Hollywood," said this person.
     Tyrone sat down, held out his package of cigarettes, and sat back to listen.  After a time he said, "Yes, Hollywood's important to me.  And I appreciate your offer.  But I know that town now and I'm going to refuse."
     The talent scout's mouth fell open.  "What?"
     "Yes.  I'm not ready yet.  And they'd get me for buttons--a little later they'll come to me with a real contract.  Then I'll be prepared for anything."
     And they did, and he was; but that was later.
THAT was alter, after he had spent the winter touring with Cornell's show, after he had spent part of the spring of 1936 rehearsing for the role of De Pongeley in "St. Joan."  The two long seasons had their effect on the boy; you do not travel about the country in company with seasoned stage troupers without maturing at double speed.
     This period in his memory, when he thinks of it--which is seldom--is a kind of hodge-podge made up of sleeper jumps, of numberless stages and the curtains that rose and fell on those stages; of applause....
     He remembers the time his long hair, grown of necessity because of the role he played, came loose form under his hat, one Christmas Eve while he rode a trolley, and the resultant chaos among the passengers because the hair and his pale face and heavy eyebrows made him look like a Borgia.
HE remembers such little, unimportant things; the rest is a kind of haze, a leading-up period.  He was not surprised, then, when it ended--nor at the way it ended--
     He came into his rooms in Detroit, that afternoon, laden with delicatessen packages.  A little tired, faced with a long evening of rehearsal, he poured himself a beer and flopped in a deep chair to smoke a cigarette before starting supper.
     The phone screamed and he let it ring, for a time.  But it was persistent and at last, wearily, he went over and lifted the receiver.
     "New York calling..." the operator crooned.
     It was his agent.  "It's set for Friday!" the agent yelled.  "Your screen test, I mean.  And you'd better get packed!"
     Tyrone frowned.  "Now I don't know--"
     But the agent had hung up.
     Supper forgotten, Tyrone wandered relentlessly about his rooms, chain-smoking and generally working himself into a nervous frenzy.  He thought, so soon!  I knew it would come, but this is so little warning.  Can I do it?  Will I be any good?
     He didn't know; and after awhile he mind went into reverse and refused to consider the problem with any clarity.  He gave it up and went on to rehearsal.
     On Friday, in New York, he made the screen test.  It was unbelievably bad.
     "It's what I thought," Tyrone told his agent when the news came.  "I'm simply not ready."
     "Listen," the agent said sharply, "you've been saying that for too long now.  You can go on saying it for twenty years.  Frankly, I think you're scared."
     Tyrone's face went white.  "Can you get them to give me another try?"
     The agent had taught himself not so show pleasure when any of his schemes worked.  His face was impassive when he answered "I've already arranged it."
     And that, in essence, was the beginning, since with fury in his heart and a cold sharp control governing his actions, Tyrone Power made a second test which brought Darryl Zanuck, days later in a Hollywood projection room, to his feet with enthusiasm.  And Zanuck sent a wire, and a contract, and plane reservations to Tyrone in New York; and younger Mr. Power answered the first and signed the second and used the third--and in this manner, a star was born.
THE Hollywood success story of Tyrone Power is one you have read and heard repeatedly, from its inception.  Because it is the perfect, the unbelievable the story book tale, it can be truthfully told without a hitch.  Additionally, it has romance, it has glamour.  It would, because it is Tyrone's story.
     I met him first a day or two after the premier of "Loyds of London," the picture Mr. Zanuck made to introduce his new property to the world.  Few people had asked to see Tyrone before that, although he had a bit in "Girls Dormitory"--but they were waiting in line now.
     He had an eager courtesy.  He talked freely about himself and what he liked and whom he liked.  He still does, if you know him well, adding at the end however the standard "not for publication" warning.  After all, it is three years later, and he is now one of the five greatest stars in the world, and he has learned several bitter lessons.
     But already, when I first spoke with him, he had fitted on the role of star like a Lastex suit.  He already had a Cord motor, and a smart new wardrobe, and a stock of purely Hollywood stories.  He already had met Sonja Henie....
     That romance--at least the papers called it romance--is for the record but so far as its effect on Tyrone or his life is concerned it is of small enough account.  It was magnificent publicity, it taught him what to expect; but it was subordinate business to his rise in the industry, to his great ambition.
     Almost everything was, and is.
     He met her, or rather Sonja met him, in the studio commissary when she singled him out and gave him tickets to her first exhibition in Los Angeles.  He went backstage, turned on every ounce of his fabulous charm, and took her home that night.
     Their resultant friendship had its great value at the time.  There was no danger, in the first place, of a really serious love growing out of the arrangement they had.
     Tyrone is an emotional person, but he controls his emotions; he was not ready to fall wholeheartedly in love then, and so he did not.  Sonja just isn't emotional.
     By the time "Love is News" and two or three other box-office hits had made certain that Tyrone was going to sustain--indeed, to grow--as a star, he was already trying to forget the time he threw gravel at Sonja's window and enjoined her to climb down a rose lattice in order not to disturb her sleeping parents.  He was trying to forget many things....
FOR some months he saw much of several ladies, none with serious intent, and worked hard at his assignments.  With his mother and a friend whom he had hired as secretary and general pal, Tyrone took a house in Bel Air and dedicated himself to the Zanuck schedule.
     Meanwhile he had fallen a little in love with Janet Gaynor.  It was not a new emotion, nor essentially a real one; rather it was a necessary completion of an adolescent thought-trend which started years ago when he was twelve and saw Miss Gaynor in the memorable "Seventh Heaven."
     Something about his ego made him see that young dream turn into reality, just as he had made real his other dramas of great fame and great money and great success.
     Still a bit awed by Janet--she had acquired a legendary aura through the years--he sent her anonymous notes and roses until at last a mutual friend relayed to her his invitation to dinner.  After the sporting and rather robust friendship with Sonja this new liaison was pure romance, built on the glamour of dim corner tables, of orchids trembling on ermine, of soft music and long quiet hours at her house in the evenings.
     It lasted until very recently.  Then, after a decent interval, Tyrone Power's inexhaustible luck brought him Annabella along with the new box-office ratings (just after the completion of "Jesse James") which announced him as one of the Ten Best Stars in the industry.
     As if to make his triumph thoroughly complete, what appears to be his final great love--although he won't say so--and the absolute peak of his career came to him simultaneously.  Both happened in a spectacular way, as is the manner of things when Tyrone achieves them.
     You will not get him to answer if you ask whether or not he knew Annabella would join him in South America after her publicized divorce in Paris.  Nor, any longer, can you get him to make an answer to any really intimate question.  This is a new person, this Tyrone Power whom you will meet today.
THE basic things about him are still there:  his charm, his clear intelligence, his boundless ambition, his utterly modern attitude about life, his 1939-model sense of humor.  But the fervent, too eager youth is gone; here is a man whose name spells a fortune in money, a fabulous fame--whose romances with some of the greatest beauties of our time have made his personality synonymous with the idea of romance.  His time, his private life, his personal freedom no longer are his; they belong against his will, to the public.
     He knows these things about himself.  The next story to be written about Tyrone Power will be an account of his desperate attempts to escape form them.
     But they were the things he wanted.  And they are his, at twenty-four.

From the November 15th 1958 edition of the Stevens Point Daily Journal:

Tyrone Power
Stricken On
Film Set, Dies


By LOUIS P. NEVIN

MADRID, Spain (AP) — Tyrone Power, 45, died today of a heart attack.  The screen and stage star was stricken on a movie set,"Solomon and Sheba" in which he was playing opposite Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida.
     Tower complained, as he had been for several days, of a pain in his left arm and abdomen.
     He was rushed to a Spanish hospital and died an hour later.  Ted Richmond, producer of the picture, was at his bedside.
     His wife of less than a year, the former Debbie Ann Minardos, is expecting a baby in February.
     Power had been married to French actress Annabella and to Linda Christian.  Both marriages ended in divorce.
     Shooting of the picture was halted by Director King Vidor until further notice.  Extras and bit players, all Spaniards, dispersed quietly.  All were stunned when told their star had died.
     Richmond drove from the hospital, weeping, to break the news to Power's young wife.
     Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 5, 1913, he was the third in a line of actors named Tyrone Power.  His great-grandfather was an Irish comedian and his father a Shakespearian actor.  He took his first stage part at 7.
     He attended schools in Cincinnati and Dayton but elected to study Shakespearean drama under his father rather than go on to college.
     Then a box office draw, Power enlisted in the Marines in August 1942, at San Diego.  He flew with the Marine Transport Command in the Pacific.  He was discharged as a lieutenant in December, 1945.
     Power was married to French Actress Annabella—Suzanne Georgette Charpentier—in 1939.  They were divorced Jan. 26, 1948.
     A year later, on the day the divorce became final in California, Power married Linda Christian in Rome in a ceremony that movie fans turned into a near riot.
     They had two daughters.  Miss Christian obtained a divorce in 1955.  She received a million-dollar settlement.
     Power was married to Mrs Deborha Minardos, a 26-year-old divorcee, in a ceremony at Tunica, Miss., last May 8.
     His movies included such standouts as "Lloyds of London," "In Old Chicago," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Marie Antonette," "Rose of Washington Square," "Jessie James," "The Rains Came," "Brigham Young." "The Mark of Zorro," "Blood and Sand," "Long Gray Line " "Eddy Duchin Story," "The Sun Also Rises" and "Witness For the Prosecution."
     On the stage, Power toured in "John Brown's Body" in 1952.  He was on Broadway opposite Katharine Cornell in "The Dark is Light Enough" in 1955 and in "Mister Roberts."

     This year he made an 11-week tour of cities in the Eastern states in George Bernard Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh."
     The quiet, handsome actor in the role of Solomon was making a dueling scene with George Sanders when he was stricken.
     Sanders in the role of Adonijah, Solomon's older brother, was to be killed in the duel.
     Power's death was a tragic duplicate of that of his father, Tyrone Power II.  His father also was fatally stricken on the set of a picture, "The Miracle Man."  He died a few hours later in the arms of his son.
     Power had continued a theatrical dynasty begun by his grandfather on the Dublin stage in 1827.  Tyrone Power I was a celebrated comedian whose baptismal name came from County Tyrone, Ireland.





David Rose
(Composer/Conductor)

Screen, Radio, and Television Music Director; Songwriter; Composer
(1910-1990)

Birthplace: London, England

Radiography:

1941 I Want A Divorce
1942 Hollywood Star Time
1944 Command Performance
1944 The Radio Hall Of Fame
1951 Bold Venture
1951 Hallmark Playhouse
1953 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
I Was A Communist For the FBI
Showtime
Downbeat
Personal Album
Art Baker and His Notebook

(David Rose and His Ochestra)

1940 Meet David Rose
1940 California Melodies
1941 Forecast
1941 Adventures In Melody
1941 Muted Music
1941 Barrel Of Fun
1941 The Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street
1942 Navy Relief Program
1942 Command Performance
1947 The Raleigh Cigarette Program
1948 Operation Nightmare
1948 Guest Star
1948 The Red Skelton Show
1950 The David Rose Show
1955 The Tony Martin Show
1959 Hollywood Salutes the National Guard
Here's To Veterans
Freedom Is Our Business


David Rose, ca. 1941
David Rose, ca. 1941

Rose goes over the script of an AFRS production with staff, ca. 1944
Rose goes over the script of an AFRS production with staff, ca. 1944

Mr. and Mrs. David Rose (David Rose and Judy Garland), ca. 1939
Mr. and Mrs. David Rose (David Rose and Judy Garland), ca. 1939

The Roses mugging at a Hollywood party, ca. 1939
The Roses mugging at a Hollywood party, ca. 1939

Rose's second great passion--Trains. Here riding his own miniature gauge train around his Sherman Oaks home, ca. 1942
Rose's second great passion--Trains. Here riding his own miniature gauge train around his Sherman Oaks home, ca. 1942

Rose reflects on a lifetime of Music, ca. 1978
Rose reflects on a lifetime of Music, ca. 1978

Popular composer and music director David Rose was born in London, England, relocating to Chicago, Illinois in 1914 at the age of four. Young Master Rose was studying piano at the age of seven and by the age of 14, was studying at Chicago's prestigious Chicago College of Music.

By the age of 16, David Rose was performing with the Ted Florito dance band in New York City. NBC Radio got wind of his talent while recording some Band Remotes and by 1930, David Rose was working as a standby arranger, pianist and conductor for NBC Radio. He continued working independently of the network, penning arrangements for Benny Goodman, among them, his 1936 hit, It's Been So Long.

1938 saw him heading for Hollywood. Once there, he assembled his famous David Rose Orchestra and became the Music director for the Don-Lee Mutual Broadcasting System's California Melodies for national broadcast. Soon becoming 'The King of Strings', Rose's Orchestra was ultimately pared down to the string section alone.

David Rose joined the U.S. Army Air Forces, serving for 4 years. He acted as director and composer for the Moss Air Force production of the play Winged Victory, which subsequently became a major motion picture. It was during his time in the service that he composed his legendary Holiday for Strings which would become one of his most popular compositions.

On returning from the military, David Rose resumed his career in both Radio and Film as a studio conductor. 1944 marked his first Oscar nomination for Bob Hope's The Princess and the Pirate. In 1947 he commenced a 23-year association with
Red Skelton for whom Holiday For Strings became his theme song.

Throughout the 1940s, David Rose was scoring some of Radio's most popular programs, eventually compiling over 800 Radio appearances or credits. His work on the Red Skelton Show continued through its jump to Television. Rose also contributed to a vast array of military-sponsored variety programs of the 1940s. He performed on his own Radio program from 1950 to 1953. When Humphrey Bogart put together his first--and only--radio program, Bold Venture, it was David Rose who he tapped to score the entire run of seventy-eight episodes.

Rose was also becoming one of Television's most in demand composers. In 1961, he became the Music Director at MGM where he scored films for
Doris Day, Paul Newman, Sydney Portier and Jane Powell. By 1962 Rose was composing music for twenty-two shows. 1962 also saw his composition, The Stripper, go on to gain him his first gold record.

Rose continued scoring for Television well into the 1980s, ranging from Sea Hunt, Bold Venture, Mr. Adams and Eve to Father Murphy and Highway to Heaven. Rose's most memorable and noteworthy Television compositions of the era were for his 136 episodes of Bonanza and 47 episodes of
Little House on the Prairie, both of which gained him Emmys.

David Rose's music has backed feature films from MGM, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal and Paramount. David Rose continued composing until his death in August 1990. But his musical compositions aren't his only legacy to the World of Music. His technical innovations in sound recording included pioneering the use of the echo chamber and for then, ground-breaking 21-channel separation in orchestral recording. Rose recorded over 5,000 hours of music and fifty albums. David Rose's compositions have been featured in over forty films and twenty-five television programs. Rose compiled four Emmys, six Gold Records, six Grammies, and two Academy Award nominations during his amazing career.



Frederick W. Ziv
(Creator/Syndicator)

(1905-2001)
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Education: University of Michigan

Radiography:

Easy Aces (1935)
One for The Book (1938)
Forbidden Diary (1938)
Dearest Mother (1938)
Lightning Jim (1939)
The Career of Alice Blair (1940)
Korn Kobblers (1941)
Manhunt (1943)
The Weird Circle (1943)
Sincerely,Kenny Baker (1944)
Boston Blackie (1944)
Philo Vance (1945)
The Cisco Kid (1942)
Pleasure Parade (1945)
The Barry Wood Show (1946)
Favorite Story (1946)
Guy Lombardo Show (1948)
Meet The Menjous (1949)
Bold Venture (1951)
Freedom U.S.A. (1951)
I Was A Communist for The FBI (1952)
Showtime From Hollywood
Mr. District Attorney (1952)
Meet Corliss Archer (1956)

Frederick W. Ziv. ca. 1957
Frederick W. Ziv. ca. 1957
Frederick W. Ziv (right), receiving award, ca. 1981
Frederick W. Ziv (right), receiving award, ca. 1981


Ziv Radio Productions logo, ca. 1948

Ziv Television Production Company logo, ca. 1956, arguably one of the most ubiquitous logos from The Golden Age of Television
Ziv Television Production Company logo, ca. 1956, arguably one of the most ubiquitous logos from The Golden Age of Television.

Frederick W. Ziv, the son of immigrant parents, attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in Law. Upon returning to his native Cincinnati, Ziv actually never practiced Law. Rather, he opened his own advertising agency after spending a few months at 10 dollars an hour learning the ropes from other advertising agencies.

Throughout the Golden Age of Radio, Cincinnati had become a remarkably busy regional hub for Radio production. Crosley Electronics' clear-channel station WLW, broadcast a powerful radio beacon that could be heard over much of the Midwest. Thus, WLW's influence, leveraged on its reach, became a major source of alternative radio programming to local stations.

Also quite fortuitously, Cincinnati was also home to Procter and Gamble, the most influential advertiser in the radio industry at a time when most radio programming was produced by sponsors. Procter and Gamble in particular, had become directly responsible for developing many of radio's most lasting genres--the melodramatic serial opera (e.g., soap opera), especially.

Ziv produced several programs for WLW, during which time he met John L. Sinn, a writer who would eventually become Ziv's right-hand man. So it was that in 1937, Ziv and Sinn launched the Frederick W. Ziv Company as a programming syndicator. Frederick Ziv had recognized early on, that local and regional advertisers could not--and cannot--compete with national-brand sponsors. The Brand-name sponsors gain a significant tax position by expensing all of their investments in Radio sponsorship, but the local radio stations and smaller network affiliates could never recoup that kind of investment on their own.

Enter Frederick Ziv and his made-to-order solution. In a programming environment dominated by live broadcasts, Ziv produced pre-recorded programs; "transcriptions" recorded onto acetate discs and thus bypassing the networks by selling his programming directly to local advertisers on a market-by-market basis.

Programming was priced according to the size of each market, which gave local sponsors a chance to break into radio with affordable quality programming that could be scheduled in any available slot on a station's schedule.

Indeed, Ziv produced a wide range of programming for radio: sports, music, talk shows, soap operas, anthology dramas, and action-adventure series such as Boston Blackie, Philo Vance, and The Cisco Kid. Thus it was that by 1948, Frederic Ziv had become the largest packager/syndicator of radio programming--the primary source of programming outside the networks.




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