Good Night, and Good Luck: a George Clooney Film About McCarthy vs. Murrow

The epic battle between Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy and legendary newcaster Edward R. Murrow is getting another look from noted film star George Clooney. Clooney directs a new film, "Good Night, and Good Luck," which re-creates the 1954 McCarthy/Murrow standoff over the Army-McCarthy hearings. The black-and-white film uses documentary footage of McCarthy taken from the hearings that riveted America's attention. Clooney not only served as director of "Good Night, and Good Luck" but also as its co-producer, co-writer and co-star, playing the role of Fred Friendly who produced television's first news magazine, "See it Now," alongside Murrow.

Over the next few weeks, the Society will offer documents and photographs about this Cold War battle that took place in American newspapers, radio and television. Stay tuned for more.

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