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Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

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This mockumentary follows the fictional career of Harvey Wallinger, ostensible chief aide and adviser to Richard Nixon, from Nixon's time as Eisenhower's vice-president through his loss in ... See full summary »

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This mockumentary follows the fictional career of Harvey Wallinger, ostensible chief aide and adviser to Richard Nixon, from Nixon's time as Eisenhower's vice-president through his loss in the 1960 election to John F. Kennedy to his own eventual election as U.S. president in 1968. Wallinger gives Nixon advice over the course of his career and, in numerous interviews, catalogs the attitudes, skills, and insight that made Nixon as great as Nixon thought he was. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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By 1971, Woody Allen had sworn off doing television work but decided to do this special as a contribution to PBS. When this special was yanked before airing because of pressure from the Richard Nixon White House - it was a satire of then National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger - Allen cited the incident as an example of why he "sticks to movies." However, he later returned to television on three occasions: Don't Drink the Water (1994), Sounds from a Town I Love (2001) and Untitled Woody Allen Project (2016). See more »

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Rare, but worth finding, early Allen political short
16 June 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Funny 26 minute short, made for PBS in New York, parodying the Nixon administration. Very similar in its mock-documentary style to 'Take the Money and Run' with a bit of 'Zelig' hinted at as well (e.g. Woody inserting images of himself into historical situations).

Has it's share of flat jokes, and some of the satire is a bit on the nose, but there are a lot of very funny, incisive bits as well (e.g. Woody's hysterically convoluted explanation of Nixon's concept of not wanting to 'lose the peace' in Vietnam.)

Well worth seeking out for any Allen fan, Not only can this sometimes be found on ebay, iOffer and the like, but there are copies available for viewing at the Museum of Broadcasting in LA and (I believe) New York. You could also check film libraries at Universities that have strong film departments. Even one of my hipper local video stores somehow wound up with a copy.


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