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"American Experience" Truman: Part I (1997)

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Original Air Date:
5 October 1997 (Season 10, Episode 1)
Biography of U.S. President Harry S Truman. | Add synopsis »
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Harry Truman: A President for All Seasons **** See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast)
Charles Babcock ... Himself

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Farren ... Young Truman
Mike Fennelly
Sue Gentry ... Herself

Ruth Gruber ... Herself
Alonzo Hamby ... Himself
Vernon Jarrett ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Pendergast ... Himself (archive footage)
Victor Reuther ... Himself

Jason Robards ... Narrator (voice)

Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Bess Truman ... Herself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Truman ... Herself (archive footage)
McKinley Wooden ... Himself

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Grubin 
Writing credits
David Grubin (written by)

Nick Davis  script development

Produced by
Rose M. Compagine .... post-production producer
Margaret Drain .... executive producer
James E. Dunford .... post-production producer
David Grubin .... producer
Lullie Haddad .... associate producer
Allyson Luchak .... senior producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
David Murdock .... associate producer
Amanda Pollak .... associate producer
Mark Samels .... senior producer
Greg Shea .... post-production producer
Original Music by
Michael Bacon 
Cinematography by
James Callanan 
David Grubin 
William McCullough 
Roger Phenix 
Alex Zakrzewski 
Film Editing by
Geof Bartz 
Howard Sharp 
Production Design by
Alison Kennedy (series designer)
Sound Department
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
John Jenkins .... sound mixer
Ray Palagy .... sound editor
Roger Phenix .... sound recordist
Michael Ruschak .... sound designer
Tony Slocum .... sound editor
Merce Williams .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Branit .... assistant camera
John Dodgin .... gaffer
Patrick J. Donnelly .... key grip
Rob Featherstone .... assistant camera
John Goroff .... grip
Don Grissom .... assistant camera
Richard Mauro .... gaffer
Sean McCague .... grip
William Rexer .... assistant camera
Bill Thomas .... gaffer
Animation Department
Frank Ferrigno .... photo animator
Editorial Department
Seth Bomse .... assistant editor
Dale Boyce .... on-line editor
James Daglish .... colorist
Mary Recine .... post-production coordinator
Mark Steele .... on-line editor
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music theme
Paula Kimper .... score preparation
Other crew
Johanna Baker .... publicist
Elana Bluestine .... researcher
Adam Brinkley .... advisor
Rob Carson .... production assistant
Alma Castillo .... research intern
Nancy Crumley .... film researcher
Jonathan Daitch .... equipment manager
Maria Daniels .... multimedia director
Danielle Dell'Olio .... interactive media
Nancy Farrell .... project administrator
Betsy Friedman .... production assistant
Lainie Gallers .... production assistant
Sharon Grimberg .... series editor
Susan Grobman .... research associate
Alonzo Hamby .... advisor
Diane Hamilton .... photo researcher
Abigail Kende .... rights and clearances
Walter LaFeber .... advisor
Nelson Lichtenstein .... advisor
Barbara Magerl .... photo researcher
David McCullough .... advisor
Daphne B. Noyes .... publicist
Claudia Odyniec .... production assistant
Melissa Palazzo .... controller
Miriam Reinharth .... production executive
Deborah Ricketts .... film researcher
Vanessa Ruiz Ezersky .... project administrator (as Vanessa Ruiz)
Helen R. Russell .... project administrator
Ellen Schrecker .... advisor
Rebekah Suggs .... project administrator
David Thaxton .... film researcher
John Van Hagen .... business manager
Judy Vannais .... photo researcher
Midge Woolsey .... production executive

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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139 min
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Harry Truman: A President for All Seasons ****, 1 June 2008
Author: edwagreen from United States

Outstanding biography of our nation's 33rd president.

While it was becoming apparent that Harry Truman was failing at everything he did, when it came to the presidency, he succeeded more than anyone could imagine.

The documentary showed how Truman went into politics thanks to Boss Pendergast. It depicted the dilemma that Truman found himself in. Wanting to do right as the county commissioner but tied to the strings of this malevolent boss.

Truman may have been a footnote in senate history had it not been for his work on showing corruption in defense in the 1940s. The work that he did on the committee certainly caught the eye of President Roosevelt. Though it is said that Roosevelt didn't think much of Sen. Truman, it is hard to believe that despite Roosevelt's failing health, that he didn't care who the Democratic bosses picked as his running mate in 1944. We have to say thank the Lord for the bosses. Had Vice President Henry Wallace been renominated for V.P., this country would have been in a lot of difficulty.

What a tumultuous presidency Truman would have with the threatened railroad strike, use of the a-bomb to end World War 11, Berlin blockade and Korea.

When Truman left office in 1953, his approval rating was 32%. History has judged him a lot better than that.

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