WWII Generals DVD (Patton, Bradley, Eisenhower, Macarthur)
FAMOUS GENERALS: PATTON
A remarkable and informative documentary about General George S. Patton, Jr., narrated by the actor who would become U.S. President Ronald Reagan, that tells the story of a soldier who lived for action and glory and reached the heights in serving his country. No American leader was known to be more colorful and more successful in leading and inspiring vast forces of men. While the basic elements of the film are combat sequences, the documentary also delves into the General’s life with such intimate details as his inability to spell, even though he was a model cadet at West Point. A believer in showmanship, he was aware that if the act could not be carried off in fine style, the men would see through it. The “old man” pushed his men harder than anyone had pushed them before, and the results were always more than they expected. Patton is a study in duty, patriotism and loyalty. From the American documentary TV program, The Big Picture, 1963.
Running time: 27 minutes
FAMOUS GENERALS: BRADLEY
This is the story of General Omar N. Bradley, a man of quiet dignity, yet he had a punch that packed a terrific wallop. Includes an introduction by Academy Award-winning actor Walter Matthau. A military leader’s achievements are usually measured in terms of battles won. In the case of Omar Bradley, General of the Army, the scope broadens. His achievements are evaluated in the winning of a great war and laying the foundations for world peace. Actor Walter Matthau gives the introduction. Find out what from his past helped make him one of America’s most successful Army generals. See photos from his childhood and actual footage of him during the war. From the American documentary TV program, The Big Picture.
Running time: 28 minutes
FAMOUS GENERALS: EISENHOWER
This film, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Raymond Massey, shows the life of a man who is at once a symbol and a leader of one of the greatest military victories ever won by the United States of America: Dwight D. Eisenhower. Includes an introduction by Academy Award-winning actor Walter Matthau. The film deals exclusively with the general’s life before becoming President, with emphasis on his military career. We visit Abilene, Kansas, and the Eisenhower Museum. The film dissolves into flashbacks in Eisenhower’s life. The dramatic high point comes with the victorious D-Day, and reflects on the incalculable importance of its outcome on the entire world, and on the responsibility it imposed on one man. From the American documentary TV program, The Big Picture.
Running time: 29 minutes
FAMOUS GENERALS: MACARTHUR
Narrated by Golden Globe-winner Walter Cronkite and with an introduction by Academy Award-winning actor Walter Matthau, this film chronicles the career of General Douglas MacArthur with an emphasis on World War II action in the Pacific and during the post-war era in Japan. The film begins with his speech at the end of his military service. From the American documentary TV program, The Big Picture, 1963.
Running time: 28 minutes