March 27th, 2006


Good Night, and Good Luck Review

Directed by George Clooney. Produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Starring, among others, George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Music arrangements were those written for Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt) and music played by her former band, but sung by the incredibly talented Dianne Reeves since Rosemary has been dead for 4 years, and would have been 78 this year anyway.

I don't remember seeing Edward R. Murrow's TV shows, we didn't own a TV set until the summer of 1955, just in time for the first airing of The Mickey Mouse Club. Though Good Night, and Good Luck opens with a scene at a 1958 banquet in Murrow's honor, the main action takes place in 1953-54. Murrow was shuffled out of CBS by the end of 1954, I believe. I clearly remember seeing Walter Cronkite as the CBS news anchor, but a search tells me he didn't land that job till 1962. Douglas Edwards had that post during the period of this flick.  Actually, Murrow wasn't the news anchor, he was the world famous WWII radio reporter who broadcast live from London during the German bombings, and was put on the TV payroll more as a star than as a journalist - the way Cronkite was 10 years ago. Murrow produced and was the anchor for a 1-hour show called See It Now, which aired whenever Murrow got around to finishing an episode. This film focuses on a few key broadcasts in 1953-1954.

A serious omission in the film - Cronkite was recruited by Murrow in 1950 for CBS and worked with him, and probably was a key member of the Murrow anti-McCarthy staff, but he is not even mentioned in this film. Edwards also is left out of the film, and replaced by a character named Don Hollenbeck. More on that behind the cut.

Mostly rented this film because of the subject matter, the Oscar nomination, and to see if George Clooney was anything more than just another pretty face. My opinion after seeing the film is...

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