The Big Picture is an American documentary television program which aired on ABC-TV from 1951 to 1964. The series consisted of documentary films produced by the United States Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service, showing weaponry, battles, and biographies of famous soldiers.
The "The Mathew Brady Story" brings to the television screen the work of the famed photographer who, during the Civil War, earned the title of "The First Combat Photographer." In this documentary, Brady's crisp visual account of the Civil War and its men is brought to life as music, sound, and movement team up with Brady's photographic skill to give THE BIG PICTURE audience an authentic sense of what it was like to live and fight through the years when our nation's unity hung in the balance. In the "Clara Barton Story," the personal chronicle of the woman who was instrumental in founding the Red Cross - the accounting, in her own words, of her part in a single day of the Battle of Antietam - is documented through scenes shot at the actual site of the battle, near Hagerstown, Maryland. Hagerstown residents ably portray Miss Barton and those with whom - and for whom - she worked, in the midst of that tragic day and night of fighting, adding visual drama to a narrative excerpted from words written by Clara Barton herself."
Companion film to TV 530 -- picks up the report on Berlin, the divided city, in the critical summer of 1961.