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 1950s 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.
He didn't shape public opinion. He made it.
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One of two tele-movie features directed by filmmaker Paul Mazursky. The films are [in order]; 'Winchell' (1998) (TV) and 'Coast to Coast' (2003) (TV). Both tele-films were late career productions directed by Mazursky who did not perform writing or producing duties on either unlike with his earlier theatrical feature film work. See more
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
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The face of fear is coming. And when it comes, Walter, you'll answer to no one, not even me.
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
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Glenn Miller
Courtesy of Rainwood Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more