|Tail Gunner Joe|
|Written by||Lane Slate|
|Directed by||Jud Taylor|
Robert F. Simon
|Music by||Billy May|
|Country of origin||United States|
Norman Chandler Fox (associate producer)
|Editor(s)||Bernard J. Small|
|Running time||145 min|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television|
Tail Gunner Joe is a 1977 television movie dramatizing the life of U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, a Wisconsin Republican who claimed knowledge of communist infiltration of the U.S. government during the 1950s. The film was broadcast on NBC-TV. It was nominated for six Emmy awards and won two: best writing and best supporting actor for Burgess Meredith's portrayal of attorney Joseph Welch. It starred Peter Boyle (as McCarthy) and John Forsythe. Robert F. Simon appeared as liberal journalist Drew Pearson.
The nickname 'Tail Gunner Joe' is a derisive term for the Senator that originated from his false claim to have been a tail gunner on American bombers during World War II.
- Garraty, John (1989). 1,001 Things Everyone Should Know About American History. New York: Doubleday. p. 24. ISBN 0-385-24432-0.
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