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A dramatization of the life of Joe McCarthy, the alcoholic senator from Wisconsin whose tactics of accusing prominent people of Communist sympathies were initially designed to give him a national power base when he later planned to run for... See more »

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  • Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations.
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Joe McCarthy
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Paul Cunningham
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Logan (as Heather Menzies)
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Joseph Welch
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Sen. Margaret Chase Smith
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Mrs. DeCamp
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Sen. Scott Lucas
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Middleton
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Sylvester
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Jean Kerr
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Wisconsin Farmer
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Logan's Boss
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Sarah
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Dwight Eisenhower
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Armitage
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Publisher
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Pete
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Librarian
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Eisenhower Publicist (as Allan Oppenheimer)
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General George C. Marshall
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Peter Parker McNair Gates
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Gen. Lampkin
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Ray Jenkins
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Gen. Zwicker
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Robert Ten Broeck Stevens
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Drew Pearson
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Roy Cohn
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Sen. Stuart Symington
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Mrs. Sarah Gates
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President Harry Truman
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James Juliana
Sam Chew Jr. ...
Robert F. Kennedy
John Chappell ...
Sen. Karl Mundt
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Sen. Raymond Baldwin
Edward Anhalt ...
Sen. Herbert Lehman
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Dean Acheson
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Lt. Ted Cantwell
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Eisenhower Aide
Charles Macaulay ...
Wm. Roberts
Richard M. Dixon ...
Sen. Richard M. Nixon
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Speaker
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Clucas
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Marie
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Chas. Kraus
Dallas Mitchell ...
Reporter
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Navy Doctor
Devra Korwin ...
Divorced Wife
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Gen. George C. Marshall (uncredited)
Gary Greene ...
Photographer in Jeep (uncredited)
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Office Worker (uncredited)
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Congressman (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Congressman (uncredited)
Jimmy Williams ...
Congressman (uncredited)
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Ohio Reporter (uncredited)

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Jud Taylor

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Lane Slate ... ()

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George Eckstein ... producer
Norman Chandler Fox ... associate producer

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Ric Waite ... director of photography

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Bernard J. Small

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Reuben Cannon

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Lawrence G. Paull

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Lloyd A. Linnean

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Charles Waldo

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Fred R. Simpson ... unit manager

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Hap Weyman ... assistant director

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Don Parker ... sound
Don Weinman ... sound effects editor

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Baird Steptoe ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walden ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

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Bettie Biery ... music editor
Billy May ... conductor / music arranger

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Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)

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Cliff Shirpser ... aviation technical advisor (uncredited)
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A dramatization of the life of Joe McCarthy, the alcoholic senator from Wisconsin whose tactics of accusing prominent people of Communist sympathies were initially designed to give him a national power base when he later planned to run for President. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • La chasse aux sorci√®res (Canada, French title)
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  • 145 min
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Trivia Burgess Meredith, who plays the attorney Joseph Welch who finally stood up to Senator McCarthy, was himself named an unfriendly witness by the House Un-American Activities Committee, which nearly ruined his acting career. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1977). See more »
Crazy Credits This program presents a dramatized interpretation of the life and times of Senator Joe McCarthy. Some of the names have been changed and the reporters and some of the persons interviewed have been created to serve as narrators of incidents based upon actual occurrences. See more »
Quotes JOSEPH WELCH: Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Fred Fisher is a young man who is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us. Little did I dream that you could be so reckless, and so cruel, as to do an injury to that lad. Have you no sense of decency, sir; at long last, have you left no sense of decency?
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