• Publication date: March 1, 2010

Good Night, and Good Luck Good Night, and Good Luck

In 1953, Edward R. Murrow was one of the best-known newsmen on television ...

In 1953, Edward R. Murrow was one of the best-known newsmen on television as host of both the talk show Person to Person and the pioneering investigate series “See It Now.” Meanwhile, Joseph McCarthy, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, is generating no small amount of controversy in the public and private sectors with his allegations that Communists have risen to positions of power and influence in America, and an Air Force pilot, Milo Radulovich, is drummed out of the service due to McCarthy's charges that he is a Communist agent. Radulovich is dismissed without a formal hearing, and he protests that he is innocent, prompting Murrow to do a story on Radulovich's case questioning the legitimacy of his dismissal, which is seen by McCarthy and his supporters as an open challenge to his campaign. McCarthy then responds by accusing Murrow of being a Communist, leading to a legendary installment of “See It Now” in which both Murrow and McCarthy present their sides of the story, which is seen by many as the first step toward McCarthy's downfall. Meanwhile, Murrow has to deal with CBS head William Paley, who supports Murrow but is extremely wary of his controversial positions, while Murrow is also trying to support fellow newsman Don Hollenbeck, battling charges against his own political views, and working alongside Fred Friendly, the daring head of CBS News. Good Night and Good Luck was nominated for 6 Oscars and had numerous festival wins. This movie is rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.