MEN OF CRISIS: THE HARVEY WALLINGER STORY {UNAIRED WOODY ALLEN SPECIAL} (TV)

Summary

An unaired PBS special written and directed by Woody Allen. This mock documentary takes a satirical look at the career of Richard M. Nixon by profiling the president's fictitious political advisor, "Harvey Wallinger," played by Allen. Presented under the guise of a news documentary profile, the program features a stentorian narrator, interviews with Wallinger and his associates, and cleverly edited footage of President Nixon, creating an image of him as clumsy, fatuous, and dull. Also appearing in unflattering moments are Vice President Spiro Agnew; Attorney General John Mitchell and his wife, Martha; former Gov. George Wallace; and former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. Wallinger's early political career is examined with a letter-perfect reenactment of the McCarthy hearings, in which committee member Wallinger badgers a hapless witness about his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, Wallinger's past lovers describe his sexual inadequacies, and interviews with the man himself reveal him to be a smug, witless opportunist perfectly suited to his job.

Details

  • NETWORK:
  • DATE: 1972
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:26:50
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:24912
  • GENRE: Comedy
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy
  • SERIES RUN:
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Charles Joffe … Executive Producer
    • Jack Kuney … Producer
    • Mary Ann Donahue … Associate Producer
    • Woody Allen … Director, Writer
    • Reed Hadley … Narrator
    • Woody Allen … Cast, Harvey Wallinger
    • David Ackroyd … Cast
    • Wil Albert … Cast
    • Conrad Bain … Cast
    • Court Benson … Cast
    • Milo Boulton … Cast
    • Harold Chidnoff … Cast
    • Jean David … Cast
    • De Baer, Jeanne … Cast
    • Richard M. Dixon … Cast
    • Abe Drazen … Cast
    • Dan Frazer … Cast
    • George Harris … Cast
    • Graham Jarvis … Cast
    • Mitchell Jason … Cast
    • Graham Jarvis … Cast
    • Diane Keaton … Cast
    • Tom Lacy … Cast
    • Louise Lasser … Cast
    • Tom Rosqui … Cast
    • Lee Wallace … Cast
    • Spiro T. Agnew
    • Hubert H. Humphrey
    • John Mitchell
    • Martha Mitchell
    • Richard M. Nixon
    • George Wallace