From the September 7th, 1941 edition of the Kingsport Times:
Living biographies of the four most important men in the world today--President Franklin Delano Rooseveltl, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler--will be presented by the National Broadcasting Company's Red Network, including WKPT, on Sundays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and re-broadcast to the entire world over NBC's international shortwave stations WRCA and WNBI.
The series will be written, produced and presented through the program department of the National Broadcasting Company.
Entitled "These Four Men," the series will be designed to deal objectively with the human elements in the lives of the characters. Their backgrounds, their parentage, their development through the years and the world forces which made them what they are will be described in fascinating detail.
Each biography has been written by an expert in the field and will be enacted by an outstanding star of stage, screen and radio. All programs are to be presented under the personal supervision of Clarence L. Menser, national production manager for NBC.
Written By Experts
Prime Minister Churchill's biography, to be presented this evening, has been written by Phyllis Moir, author of the current best seller, "I Was Winston Churchill's Secretary," in collaboration with Frank Wilson, top-ranking radio dramatist.
The title role is to be played by Sir Cedrich Hardwicke, one of England's foremost actors, producers and authors, and a member of the BEF in France during the last World War, who was knighted in 1934 for his outstanding service to the crown. Sir Cedric is now in Hollywood starring in motion pictures. Menser is flying to the film capital in order to direct this production. An unusual musical background will be supplied by a large orchestra under the baton of Charles Dant, outstanding West Coast radio and concert conductor.
Complete details for the other programs in the series will be announced later, but Premier Stalin's biography has been chosen Sept. 14, Hitler's for Sept. 21, and President Roosevelt's for the 28th. Equally outstanding authors and stars have been engaged for these broadcasts, which will originate in Hollywood or New York, depending on availability of the principal players.
"These Four Men" will be broadcast direct to England and also will be reproduced in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish for the benefit of listeners around the World.
From the September 9th, 1941 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
The first of the "living Biographies" of the four most important men in the world today--President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, Premier Stalin and Reishschancellor Hitler--was heard over WEAF last Sunday. Initial program was devoted to Churchill and was written by Phyllis Moir, author of "I Was Winston Churchill's Secretary," in collaboration with Frank Wilson. Sir Cedric Hardwicke played the principal role.
Premier Stalin's biography has been scheduled for Sept. 14, Hitler's for Sept. 21 and President Roosevelt's for the 28th. Series is entitled "These Four Men" and is designed to deal objectively with the human elements in the lives of the characters.
"We're trying to correct the rather widespread impression that President Roosevelt called his schoolmates 'My Friends,' that Hitler wrote the first chapters of 'Mein Kampf' in kindergarten, that Stalin quoted Karl Marx in his cradle and that Churchill was born with a black cigar in his mouth," said Clarence L. Menser, production manager for the series.
To Fill In the Gaps
"It seems to us," said Menser, "that a revaluation of the careers of these world leaders, taking into account their parentage, childhood training, eccentricities and education would be much to explain why they grew into the men they are today.
"In other words, we know much of the Roosevelt who has been in the White House for ten years, but most of us know very little of his early life, his career as Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the World War and as Governor of New York.
"Stalin has been billed as the 'man of mystery' since he attained power in Russia, while Churchill's life as a soldier and author and Hitler's as a painter, soldier and organizer areonly a little better known.
"These Four Men" will endeavor to fill in hte gaps, taking our basic facts from intimate stories by writers who know each of the characters well, we plan to present incidents which not only describe their early lives but highlight their present day characters and world-shaking activities.
The series is being rebroadcast to England.