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Truman: Part I 

Biography of U.S. President Harry S Truman.


David Grubin


David Grubin, Nick Davis (script development)




Episode credited cast:
Charles Babcock Charles Babcock ... Himself
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Farren Robert Farren ... Young Truman
Mike Fennelly Mike Fennelly
Sue Gentry Sue Gentry ... Herself
Ruth Gruber ... Herself
Alonzo Hamby Alonzo Hamby ... Himself
Vernon Jarrett ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself
Vyacheslav Molotov Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Pendergast Tom Pendergast ... Himself (archive footage)
Victor Reuther Victor Reuther ... Himself
Jason Robards ... Narrator (voice)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Bess Truman Bess Truman ... Herself (archive footage)


Biography of U.S. President Harry S Truman.

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Release Date:

5 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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WGBH See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Harry Truman: A President for All Seasons ****
1 June 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Outstanding biography of our nation's 33rd president.

While it was becoming apparent that Harry Truman was failing at everything he did, when it came to the presidency, he succeeded more than anyone could imagine.

The documentary showed how Truman went into politics thanks to Boss Pendergast. It depicted the dilemma that Truman found himself in. Wanting to do right as the county commissioner but tied to the strings of this malevolent boss.

Truman may have been a footnote in senate history had it not been for his work on showing corruption in defense in the 1940s. The work that he did on the committee certainly caught the eye of President Roosevelt. Though it is said that Roosevelt didn't think much of Sen. Truman, it is hard to believe that despite Roosevelt's failing health, that he didn't care who the Democratic bosses picked as his running mate in 1944. We have to say thank the Lord for the bosses. Had Vice President Henry Wallace been renominated for V.P., this country would have been in a lot of difficulty.

What a tumultuous presidency Truman would have with the threatened railroad strike, use of the a-bomb to end World War 11, Berlin blockade and Korea.

When Truman left office in 1953, his approval rating was 32%. History has judged him a lot better than that.

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