Justin O'Connell 1:30 p.m., Nov. 25
Point of Order
- Rated NR
Emile De Antonio's condensation of the television tapes of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings: it serves, at best, as an interest-exciter, or perhaps even better, as a doubt-stirrer. The slant is toward courtroom melodrama, with Joseph Welch leading the charge toward Justice. It is inevitable that worry grows about the information that De Antonio discarded in the editing room. It is obvious, even from what remains, that the participants — Welch, McCarthy, Cohn, Symington, et al. — are a good deal more interesting and complicated than the Good Guy and Bad Guy colorings attributed to them by De Antonio, although one of McCarthy's most famous and fatal flaws, his tiresomeness, also is lost in the compression of events. 1964.