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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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Fine biography in the "American Experience" series... 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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fine biography in the "American Experience" series..., 12 February 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

This TRUMAN biography gets first rate treatment from the "American Experience" producers, following Truman from his boyhood years in Missouri to the Washington years, first as a senator and then Vice-President to Franklin D. Roosevelt, a job which, unfortunately, left him totally unprepared for what happened when Roosevelt suddenly died in office while WWII was not yet over.

Truman is the man who had to make the delicate decision regarding the A-bomb--a man who had been kept unaware of all the "Top Secret" meetings that went on without his knowledge about the impending use of the Atomic bomb on Japan. The bio also deals effectively with his private life, his wife Bess, his daughter Margaret (with singing ambitions), and the re-election that wasn't supposed to happen, according to the press who already declared Thomas E. Dewey the winner when early headlines went to press.

Fascinating bio is a "must" for history fans and any student of American history, with a good deal of information about the WWII era and the post-war happenings. Highly recommended.

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