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Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion 

A dramatized account of the actual events that led to the 1950 conviction of former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss of perjury before a federal grand jury and his resulting ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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John Harkins ...
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Priscilla Hiss
Jamie E. Pierce ...
Tony Hiss
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Hiss's Secretary
Kurt Knudson ...
Walter Sarnoff
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Alan North ...
Karl Mundt
MacIntyre Dixon ...
John McDowell
Lee Wallace ...
Ben Mandel
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Louis Russell
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F. Edward Hebert
Kevin O'Morrison ...
John E. Rankin
Wayne Tippit ...
Robert Stripling
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A dramatized account of the actual events that led to the 1950 conviction of former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss of perjury before a federal grand jury and his resulting imprisonment. Written by Anonymous

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7 May 1984 (USA)  »

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superb drama about alger hiss
30 April 2000 | by (derby, ks usa) – See all my reviews

Even though I disagreed with the central theme of this program--that is, the innocence of Alger Hiss--I found it to be a very enjoyable historical presentation.

The cast was superb. Edward Herrmann was excellent, as was the late John Harkins. Peter Riegert gave one of his best performances ever as Richard Nixon.

The main problem--in fact, the only problem--was the very shaky assumption that Hiss (played by Herrmann) was framed by Whittaker Chambers (Harkins).

This was one of very few efforts put this story on film, and even if it must be taken with a grain of salt, is still very much worth watching.


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