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You Are There: Tragedy and Promise- The Capture of John Wilkes Booth/Spindletop - The First Texas O


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  • Actors: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, Todd Hunter, Harlow Wilcox, DeForest Kelley
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: Arnold Manoff, Howard Merrill, Saul Levitt, Shirley Gordon, Walter Bernstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Woodhaven Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0006213MG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You Are There: Tragedy and Promise- The Capture of John Wilkes Booth/Spindletop - The First Texas O" on IMDb

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Emmy award winner Walter Cronkite tells about the capture of Lincoln's assinator John Wilkes Booth and the Spindeltop Oil Strike in Texas. Over 50 minutes in length this is a very interesting DVD and professionally preented by one of the world's greatest speakers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Jaco on April 3, 2009
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I am old enough to remember these, not from their original broadcasts but from my classrooms in the '60's. We enjoyed them back then, and I still think they are relevant contributions to history education.

What I find hardest for my own students to grasp is the drab colors of the Black and White images, the simple sets and wardrobe, and the lengthy single-shot scenes that have a character or two talking about their own views of the issue at hand. Certainly, the ending of the capture of John Wilkes Booth is rather unsettling, and makes you feel a bit uncomfortable as if "You Are There" (as the voice intones before each segment). The Spindletop story also has a good climax, and although there's a notch of too much talking for modern ears, the characters are interesting, and the historic significance is brought home very clearly. Nevertheless, young people today have a low tolerance for such "talky" programs, and can lose interest early, which is too bad.

What is most important to remember about these programs is their time context. TV in the 50's was still learning to find its way, and many minds were experimenting with concepts and formats. Disney, for one, and the Bell Telephone Co., for another, saw the medium of television as a great new avenue for public education. The CBS News division was also enjoying a tremendous era of influence, and Cronkite, though still down a few rungs from the likes of Murrow, was one of many seasoned correspondents who had survived both World War II and Korea, some of whom are listed on the credits of these programs, and who were excited about being involved in this television experiment. These programs ran as segments of Cronkite's "Twentieth Century" series, which was a staple of a this era, and hugely informative.
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