Motion Picture MP81-6

Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman - Give ‘Em Hell, Harry, Episode No. 16

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

Episode 16. Give ‘Em Hell, Harry,. This program is about the 1948 presidential campaign.


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Shot List

  • Reel 1
1:34   Credits.
2:12   Harry S. Truman campaigning; Gallup polls show Truman ahead of Thomas Dewey and Robert Taft.
2:50   Political cartoons illustrate Truman's decline in popularity.
3:05   Governor Ben Laney of Arkansas criticizes Truman.
3:15   Truman speaks about decision he made - Palestine civil rights - that made him unpopular.
3:57   Strom Thurmond speaks.
4:20   Truman says angels were on his side. Speaks of Gallup poll. Says he doesn't give a damn about pollsters.
4:58   White House - balcony built.
5:54   Dwight Eisenhower; Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. announced support of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
6:33   Truman says he decided to go to the people (1948 western trip).
6:53   Truman walking (back view); train moving; invitation to University of California, gave him excuse for the trip.
7:16   Whistle stop speeches; crowds.
8:35   Omaha - empty seats in arena where he spoke, Carey Idaho Airport dedication -Truman tells of mistake in dedication. Talks of bad publicity when he called Stalin a good fellow.
9:45   Berkeley, California, Truman speaks of being told "give ‘em Hell, Harry" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
10;15   Campaign speeches - "do-nothing Congress".
11:05   Motorcade upon return to Washington: portion of speech at train station.
11:35   Jeremiah T. Mahoney (New York delegate to Democratic Convention) speaks against Truman; headlines against Truman.
11:56   Republican Convention; Thomas Dewey's acceptance; family scenes of Dewey.
12:43   Democratic Convention - parades, etc; Senator Alben Barkley; Big Jim Folsom of Alabama offers himself as candidate.
15:11   Southern states walk out.
15:41   Truman speaks of convention and his nomination.
15:33   Truman accepts Democratic nomination; goes to podium; portion of speech.
16:48   Senator Robert Taft speaks of Congress being called back into session.
17:06   Dewey; Strom Thurmond; Henry Wallace.
18:02   Labor Day - Truman's campaign tour begins. He and daughter Margaret on train.
18:29   Truman speech on Labor Day - Detroit (portion of).
18:51   Thurmond; Henry Wallace; Dewey and Earl Warren; Truman comments on financial problems. Comments on Bernard Baruch, who didn't contribute; Eleanor Roosevelt.
20:02   Dewey speaks on radio; campaigns.
20:29   Truman and Dewey speak - contrasting styles; Earl Warren speaks; campaign scenes.
22:58   Truman home - talks of election night; Dewey and Truman vote. Truman tells of winning election. Holds Chicago Tribune up at desk.
24:53   Eleanor Roosevelt congratulates him on election.
25:28   White House balcony.