Cinema: McCarthy's Last Stand

Point of Order. The Army-McCarthy hearings were superb political theater. In this fascinating film, a 97-minute précis of what television audiences saw at the time, the theater is heightened by intelligent and impartial editing.

The reason the Senate held the hearings is explained in a terse foreword: the Army charged that McCarthy and two members of his staff, Roy Conn and Frank Carr, had sought special favors for Private G. David Schine, one of McCarthy's assistants. McCarthy and Cohn countercharged that the Army was holding Schine as a hostage to prevent their investigation...

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