A documentary based on Theodore H. White's examination of the 1960 presidential campaign. Includes footage of the following people and events: Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon on election day; Nixon with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev; presidential hopefuls Adlai Stevenson, Stuart Symington, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert H. Humphrey, Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller. In addition, the Democratic primaries of Wisconsin and West Virginia are reviewed, and the U-2 Affair is noted. Democratic convention coverage includes the following: the opposition led by former President Harry S Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson; Adlai Stevenson; Robert Kennedy, the roll call, the nomination of John F. Kennedy and his acceptance speech. Coverage of the Republican race includes: Nixon, Rockefeller and Barry M. Goldwater, and the nomination of Nixon and his acceptance speech. Clips focus on post-convention activities and include speeches by Kennedy and Nixon; a pre-airtime look at the first debate as television director Don Hewitt explains the format to the candidates; excerpts from the debate; vice presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge; and Kennedy's concern regarding the arrest of Dr. Martin Luther King. The eleventh hour coverage includes Dwight D. Eisenhower and Nixon and election-eve speeches. Election coverage begins and includes concession and victory statements. The program concludes with Kennedy's inauguration. Includes commercials.

(This program originally aired on December 29, 1963.)


  • DATE: June 11, 1964 Thursday 9:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:21:21
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T77:0392
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Democratic National Convention - 1960
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 1964


  • David L. Wolper … Executive Producer
  • Mel Stuart … Producer, Director
  • Theodore H. White … Writer
  • Elmer Bernstein … Music by
  • Martin Gabel … Narrator
  • Edward P. Morgan … Host
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Barry Goldwater
  • Don Hewitt
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Robert F. Kennedy
  • Nikita S. Khrushchev
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Henry Cabot Lodge
  • Richard M. Nixon
  • Nelson Rockefeller
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Harry S. Truman
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