The Bid was Four Hearts

Sunday, May 28, 1950

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From Internet: Joan Leslie, Stephan McNalley

In honor of Memorial Day, a re-enactment of the story of the Four Chaplains: the sinking of the USAT Dorchester on 1943-02-03 by Nazis. The four Chaplains sacrificed themselves by giving their life vests to younger soldiers.

The four chaplains aboard the USS Dorchester reminisce on their lives, then discuss forming a quartet to entertain other passengers. As the ship goes down, actors deliver lines from the perspective of soldiers on the boat. A narrator dramatically contextualizes the event in honor of Memorial Day. Adapted by Father Timothy Mulvey from the book "Faith of Our Fighters" by Ellwood C. Nance. Originally produced by NBC.

Alexander Scorby - Narrator
Joe De Santis, John Larkin, Burt Cowlan, Philip Wolfe - Four Chaplains
Anne Seymour - the Mother
Ronnie Liss - Jackson
Larry Hames - Jimmy
Fritzi Colehagen - Teresa
Jay Winburn and Arthur Lay - Music & Sound Technician
Diane Casper - Production Assistant
Jerry Sandler - Producer & Director

The Four Chaplains are also the subject of 69023, Four Chaplains Dinner ; Miscellaneous.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69088
Municipal archives id: LT360


Fritzi Colehagen, Burt Cowlan, Joe De Santis, Larry Hames, John Larkin, Ronnie Liss, Alexander Scourby, Anne Seymour and Philip Wolfe


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About Miscellaneous

Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This collection includes some unique “slice-of-life” productions that provide a telling portrait of America from the 1940s through the 1950s, such as public service announcements regarding everything from water conservation to traffic safety and juvenile delinquency and radio dramas such as "The Trouble Makers" and "Hate, Incorporated."



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