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* RedScare: Senator Joseph [=McCarty=] himself, one of the greatest symbols [[WitchHunt of all the worst]] [[WithUsOrAgainstUs parts of this era]], is the GreaterScopeVillain of this film.

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* RedScare: Senator Joseph [=McCarty=] [=McCarthy=] himself, one of the greatest symbols [[WitchHunt of all the worst]] [[WithUsOrAgainstUs parts of this era]], is the GreaterScopeVillain of this film.


* RealityIsUnrealistic[=/=]YourCostumeNeedsWork: Some of the film's detractors complained that the actor playing [[AsHimself Senator McCarthy]] hammed the role up too much, when the movie used ''actual film'' of him.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic[=/=]YourCostumeNeedsWork: Some RealityIsUnrealistic: If you were to ask anyone to name a part of the film's detractors complained that the actor playing [[AsHimself Senator McCarthy]] hammed the role up too much, when the movie used ''actual film'' they didn't like, chances are they'd mentioning the guy playing Senator [=McCarthy=] and his over the top acting. [[FailedASpotCheck No one played McCarthy in the film; all footage of him.him is archival.]]


* TheFifties: Focusing more on the dark effects of the Red Scare rather than picket fences and bobby socks.

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* TheFifties: Focusing This film takes place during the decade, focusing more on the dark effects of the Red Scare rather than picket fences and bobby socks.


* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Guess.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Guess.UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy, the infamous Senator and central figure of the Red Scare of TheFifties, is the main historical figure that the plot centers around. The journalists who fought against his allegations of secret communists in the American government and society are the focus of the plot.


* DeadpanSnarker: Apparently, a number of them worked for Creator/{{CBS}}.

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%% * DeadpanSnarker: Apparently, a number of them worked for Creator/{{CBS}}.


* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: {{Averted}}, though the film was accused of this. Murrow and the studio didn't stand up for the Air Force officer accused of treason and go against [=McCarthy=] out of the goodness of their hearts-they needed an angle, and no one else seemed to be covering the treason case. In addition, Murrow's AuthorTract on television about fiction being one of the downfalls of the modern age in the opening wasn't treated as uplifting, or moving, or the message of the film.


* QuittingToGetMarried: Gender-flipped and retroactively applied. Joe and Shirley Wershba are HappilyMarried despite Creator/{{CBS}} company policy prohibiting married coworkers. Their marriage is an OpenSecret in the office, but near the end of the film their boss is told to lay off two employees, and gives them the opportunity to have one or both of them quit to save somebody else's job. Joe takes the offer.

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* QuittingToGetMarried: Gender-flipped and retroactively applied. Joe and Shirley Wershba are HappilyMarried despite Creator/{{CBS}} company policy prohibiting married coworkers. Their marriage is an OpenSecret in the office, but near the end of the film their boss is told to lay off two employees, and gives them the opportunity to have one or both of them quit to save somebody else's job. Joe takes the offer.offer; [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Wershba he had the stronger resume and became one of the founders of]] ''Series/SixtyMinutes''.

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: It's clear that Morrow utterly despises the "Person-to-Person" segments he is forced to do to as part of his contract. He doesn't even bother to learn his lines. His reasoning for it as "It pays the bills."


It is a dramatization of the conflict between Senator UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy and broadcaster Edward R. Murrow during the height of TheFifties RedScare in the United States. Notably, no actor actually portrays [=McCarthy=], instead relying entirely on archival footage, giving it an edge of historical accuracy. The themes of the movie focus on the responsibility of television, not just the news, to go beyond just entertainment, and inform and voice dissent.

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It is a dramatization of the conflict between Senator UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy and broadcaster Edward R. Murrow Creator/EdwardRMurrow during the height of TheFifties RedScare in the United States. Notably, no actor actually portrays [=McCarthy=], instead relying entirely on archival footage, giving it an edge of historical accuracy. The themes of the movie focus on the responsibility of television, not just the news, to go beyond just entertainment, and inform and voice dissent.


%%* RedScare

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%%* RedScare* RedScare: Senator Joseph [=McCarty=] himself, one of the greatest symbols [[WitchHunt of all the worst]] [[WithUsOrAgainstUs parts of this era]], is the GreaterScopeVillain of this film.


* AndMissionControlRejoiced: The control room bursts into spontaneous applause after Murrow finishes his daring piece about Milo Radulovich.



* AndMissionControlRejoiced: The control room bursts into spontaneous applause after Murrow finishes his daring piece about Milo Radulovich.

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* AndMissionControlRejoiced: The control room bursts into spontaneous applause after Murrow finishes his daring piece about Milo Radulovich.AsHimself: Senator Joseph [=McCarthy=] was credited as himself.


''Good Night, and Good Luck'' is a 2005 [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]] film directed by Creator/GeorgeClooney and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. It stars Clooney, David Strathairn, Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Creator/PatriciaClarkson, Creator/FrankLangella, and [[AsHimself Senator Joseph McCarthy]].

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''Good Night, and Good Luck'' is a 2005 [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]] film directed by Creator/GeorgeClooney and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. It stars Clooney, David Strathairn, Creator/DavidStrathairn, Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Creator/PatriciaClarkson, Creator/FrankLangella, and [[AsHimself Senator Joseph McCarthy]].

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* QuittingToGetMarried: Gender-flipped and retroactively applied. Joe and Shirley Wershba are HappilyMarried despite Creator/{{CBS}} company policy prohibiting married coworkers. Their marriage is an OpenSecret in the office, but near the end of the film their boss is told to lay off two employees, and gives them the opportunity to have one or both of them quit to save somebody else's job. Joe takes the offer.


* TheAlcoholic: Senator [=McCarthy=] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment is introduced at a speaking event, guzzling down a drink before he starts speaking]]. TruthInTelevision, as [=McCarthy=] was a notorious drinker, and it's clear in much of the footage that he's likely drunk or hung over.

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* TheAlcoholic: Senator [=McCarthy=] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment is introduced at a speaking event, guzzling down a drink before he starts speaking]]. TruthInTelevision, as [=McCarthy=] was a notorious drinker, and it's clear in much of the footage that he's likely drunk or hung over. He died from cirrhosis of the liver in fact, three years after being censured.

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