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Winchell (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  21 November 1998 (USA)
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The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.

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Biopic of the controversial muckraking journalist Walter Winchell. After spending 12 years in vaudeville, Winchell began writing a column in the New York Mirror. Part gossip, part half-truths, the reporting focused on well-known or prominent individuals and their dalliances. Winchell grew in popularity, particularly when he started his weekly Sunday night radio show. His reporting became more political in the late 1930s when he railed against Hitler. His star began to fall in the 1950's when Josephine Baker was refused service at the Stork Club and Winchell allegedly refused to do anything about it. The end came with his support of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his own rabid anti-communism. Following McCarthy's style, Winchell accused anyone who stood in his way of being a communist. Soon, he found himself facing lawsuits, a failed attempt at a television show and eventually, the cancellation of his radio show. Written by garykmcd

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radio | 1950s | columnist | writing | 1930s | See more »

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Sex, scandal, Sensationalism. He was the first of his kind ... but certainly not the last. See more »


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Rated R for language and a scene of strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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21 November 1998 (USA)  »

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The character of Dallas Wayne is a fictionalized version of real-life Winchell confidante and speakeasy owner Texas Guinan. See more »

Goofs

When Winchell does a Las Vegas nightclub act in 1958, a sign can be seen advertising a show starring Seigfried and Roy - who didn't become headliners until years after Winchell's death. See more »

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Walter Winchell: Hitler hates me. He hates me!
Newstand Operator: Yeah, well, Joe Stalin hasn't sent me a Christmas card either.
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Richard Kent Green was Stanley Tucci's stand-in for both the Central Park scenes in New York and the photo shoot for the poster. See more »

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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Written by Ellis Reynolds, A.J. Neiberg (as Al J. Neiburg) and Doc Dougherty
Performed by Victoria Platt
Arranged and Produced by Jim Jacobsen
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Good movie about a controversial media figure.
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This is a good biopic of Walter Winchell, a popular and controversial figure in American journalistic history. The movie shows how Winchell, a vaudeville entertainer, managed to pass himself off as a journalist and became, for a time, the most famous and influential gossip monger in the United States. That he jumbled up the English language and, according to the movie, had an abrasive personality did not seem to impede his career. Also, that ethical standards seemed to mean nothing to him, and that he was willing to use information to hurt people did not seem to bother him until he became a news story. What Winchell lacked in charm he made up for in sheer brazenness. He was engaging and could be your friend, but only if he could use you, and he was prone to smearing people he did not like. The movie shows how Winchell's career took a hit after the Josephine Baker incident. Yet, the movie also shows how Winchell used the microphone to attack Adolf Hitler and to warn the American people about Nazism. For that Winchell deserved credit. This movie provides an excellent dramatization of the rise and fall of media giant and of the need for the media to report the news in a responsible matter. Stanley Tucci is excellent as Walter Winchell.


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