Motion Picture MP80-6

Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman - Man on the Spot, Episode No. 7

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Motion Picture
907 feet
Running Time
25 minutes
Film Gauge
Black & White
Produced by
Columbia Pictures - Ben Gradus in association with Screen Gems and David Noyes

Episode 7. Man on the Spot. This program deals with the House Un American Activities Committee, the McCarren Act, and Sen. Joseph McCarthy.


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Shot List

  • Reel 1
:15   Harry S. Truman narrates - on Communism and subversives - McCarren Bill.
:53   Credits begin.
1:30   Prewar neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan.
2:25   Truman speaks - history of hysteria - Salem Witchcraft Trials and Alien-Sedition Act, anti-Masons, anti-Catholics and Ku Klux Klan.
4:18   Ku Klux Klan in Missouri and Truman's attendance at Lee's Summit where he chastised them.
5:35   Vladamir Lenin and Josef Stalin - Bolshevism and A. Mitchell Palmer raids on Communists in U.S.
6:20   Sacco and Vanzetti.
6:40   Depression marches - bread lines.
7:20   Communist convention - 1940 and program, demonstrations.
8:00   Union violence - strikes.
8:15   Fascism in Europe.
8:30   Rep. Martin Dies speaks about Communists - House Un-American Activities Committee.
9:25   Truman speaks - individual's right to protection.
9:50   Truman walking and end of war in Europe.
10:25   FBI Office.
10:40   Truman comments on Loyalty program.
11:05   House Un-American Activities Committee and attack on movie writers; witnesses under fire.
12:27   Adolphe Menjou, Robert Young, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and other movie stars.
13:00   Eric Johnston, President of the Motion Picture Association of America; Paul McNutt, Counsel MPAA.
13:25   Parnell Thomas.
13:54   Truman speaks - HUAC didn't try to prove charges, used "smear" technique.
14:25   Elizabeth Bentley (spy).
15:00   Whittaker Chambers testifies; Alger Hiss.
15:45   Congressman Richard Nixon and evidence.
16:11   Truman quoted on "Red Herring".
16:29   Robert Taft speaks - "corruption".
16:45   Truman in 1948 campaign.
17:14   Parnell Thomas indicted.
17:25   Communism in Czechoslovakia and Mao Tse Tung's victory in China.
17:50   Detection of USSR A-Bomb.
18:05   Alger Hiss convicted and others.
18:35   Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
18:46   Korean War.
19:10   Sen. William E. Jenner and Red Conspiracy.
19:25   Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
19:40   Truman speaks.
20:17   Work on Anti-Subversives Bill.
20:36   Truman speaks - FBI not to be Gestapo.
21:00   Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses.
21:20   Sumner Welles and Phillip Jessup.
21:40   Truman speaks - security but not injustice.
22:00   McCarren Act - Truman comments on.
22:55   Lewis Budenz testifies.
23:10   Truman speaks on veto of McCarren Act. Misery and poverty, not conspiracy, brings Communism.