World War I: The Complete Story Documentary Series Overview (1964-1965)


World War I: The Complete Story is a 26-part documentary hosted by Robert Ryan, and published by CBS in 1964-1965.

Also known as World War I (original title) and The Complete Story: World War I.


The most comprehensive World War 1 documentary series ever made recalls the causes, conduct, and aftermath of “The War to End All Wars”.

Along with the social, political, and economic fabric of the times, the roles of key figures are analysed in depth.

Produced during the Golden Age of CBS TV documentaries, this series, narrated by Robert Ryan, contains some of the highest-quality World War 1 footage known to exist. It began as a regional conflict and escalated into a war of Empires that covered the Earth. World War I The Complete Story, is a comprehensive look at The War to End All Wars. Produced by CBS television in the early 1960s in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the onset of World War I, this unflinching 26 episode series is more than just the history of this global conflict; it is also a photo album of the early twentieth century. From the political intrigues that led nations to war to Armistice day more than four years later, you will meet the men and machines that fought the war and witness every major battle and event of this global struggle. No other collection offers such a complete overview of one of history’s most destructive conflicts.

The Complete Story: World War I Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
    • Robert Ryan.
  • Director(s):
  • Producer(s):
    • Burton Benjamin … executive producer (2 episodes, 1964).
    • Isaac Kleinerman … producer (2 episodes, 1964).
    • John Sharnik … producer (2 episodes, 1964).
  • Writer(s):
    • John Sharnik … (1 episode, 1964).
    • Irve Tunick … (1 episode, 1964).
  • Music:
    • Morton Gould … (26 episodes, 1964-1965).
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • CBS News.
  • Distributor(s):
    • CBS (1964) (USA) (TV).
  • Release Date:
    • 07 August 1964 (Switzerland, German speaking region).
    • 22 September 1964 to 18 April 1965 (US).
  • Running time: 30 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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