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Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion 

A dramatized account of the actual events that led to the 1950 conviction of former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss of perjury before a federal grand jury and his resulting ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writer:

Hugh Whitemore
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Bamman ... Father John Cronin
John Harkins ... Whittaker Chambers
Edward Herrmann ... Alger Hiss
Maria Tucci ... Priscilla Hiss
Jamie E. Pierce Jamie E. Pierce ... Tony Hiss
Alice Drummond ... Hiss's Secretary
Kurt Knudson Kurt Knudson ... Walter Sarnoff
Peter Riegert ... Richard M. Nixon
Alan North ... Karl Mundt
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... John McDowell
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace ... Ben Mandel
Stuart Burney ... Louis Russell
Jack Dodson ... F. Edward Hebert
Kevin O'Morrison ... John E. Rankin
Wayne Tippit ... Robert Stripling
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A dramatized account of the actual events that led to the 1950 conviction of former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss of perjury before a federal grand jury and his resulting imprisonment. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Why I think this film is unavailable...
24 May 2008 | by rmegahan3See all my reviews

...is that many in the 'biz' don't like the inference that Hiss was guilty and would prefer this subject be forgotten. It is amazing that this film was made at all and then shown on PBS no less. Based on a book called 'Perjury' the true hero of the story is a journalist named Whittaker Chambers who had been a member of the Communist Party USA and came to renounce that ideology and expose it's conspiracies and operatives. While these events happened 60 years ago, die-hard American leftists and particularly those in Hollywood, prefer to advance the notion that Hiss was an innocent man and ruined by the evil Nixon. Ever notice how there is no shortage of one-sided dramas about Senator Joe McCarthy and the blacklisting of Hollywood writers? Now there exist quite a number of good books documenting the extent and intentions of communists in the early 1930's, 40's and 50's.

KGB archives that became available after the fall of the Soviet Union prove that Hiss was guilty. Look it up.


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