The Big Story (1949–1959)

TV Series   |    |  Drama


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Based on a popular radio series, each show tells a different reporter's Big Story, a true story selected from newspapers across the United States. Comments from the actual reporter open and... See full summary »

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4 June 2009 | don_k
The theme music for this program: Ein Heldenleben, by Richard Strauss
I learned to love classical music from my exposure to the themes used by television programs in the 50's. I looked forward to the shows as much for the themes as anything else. One of my favorites was the theme to The Big Story, which I only discovered years later was taken from the opening bars of Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life). When I first heard it on a classical radio station it gave me a rush of pleasure. I recognized it immediately as an old friend.

I recall that one of the reporters whose "Big Story" was highlighted in an episode was Dorothy Kilgallen. I remembered her because she was a regular on the television program What's My Line.

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