Tail Gunner Joe

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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. read more

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 and John Forsythe. Robert F. Simon appeared as liberal journalist Drew Pearson.

Original Release

02/06/1977

US Release

02/06/1977

Cast

Peter Boyle Joe McCarthy / Joseph McCarthy
John Forsythe Paul Cunningham
Burgess Meredith Joseph Welch
Patricia Neal Sen. Margaret Chase Smith / Margaret Chase Smith
Jean Stapleton Mrs. DeCamp
Ned Beatty Sylvester
Philip Abbott Sen. Scott Lucas / Scott Lucas
Wesley Addy Middleton
Karen Carlson Jean Kerr
John Carradine Wisconsin Farmer
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jud Taylor

Writers

Lane Slate

Cast

Peter Boyle Joe McCarthy / Joseph McCarthy
John Forsythe Paul Cunningham
Burgess Meredith Joseph Welch
Patricia Neal Sen. Margaret Chase Smith / Margaret Chase Smith
Jean Stapleton Mrs. DeCamp
Ned Beatty Sylvester
Philip Abbott Sen. Scott Lucas / Scott Lucas
Wesley Addy Middleton
Karen Carlson Jean Kerr
John Carradine Wisconsin Farmer
Charles Cioffi Logan's Boss
Diana Douglas Sarah
Andrew Duggan Dwight Eisenhower
Henry Jones Armitage
Murray Matheson Publisher
Allan Miller Pete
Tim O'Connor Librarian
Addison Powell General George C. Marshall
Andrew Prine Peter Parker McNair Gates
John Randolph Gen. Lampkin

Producers

Editors

Bernard J. Small

1977EmmyOutstanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a Special Nominated
1977EmmyOutstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Nominated
1977EmmyOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special Nominated
1977EmmyOutstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special Won
1977EmmyOutstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Special Nominated
1977EmmyOutstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay Won
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