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%%* 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.


''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, Frank Langella, 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/JeffDaniels, Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Creator/PatriciaClarkson, Frank Langella, Creator/FrankLangella, and [[AsHimself Senator Joseph McCarthy]].

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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.


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** It is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, if one knows what happened to [=McCarthy=] afterwards. While he did keep his seat, he never got the public attention and support he initially had, and his fellow Senators avoided him like the plague [[TheFriendNoOneLikes (even fellow Republicans)]]. This, plus the [[TheAlcoholic exacerbation of his drinking problem]], led to his health declining and eventually his death in 1957.


The film was nominated for six {{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture.

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The film was nominated for six {{Academy UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture.


''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, Jeff Daniels, Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Creator/PatriciaClarkson, Frank Langella, 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, Jeff Daniels, Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Creator/PatriciaClarkson, Frank Langella, and [[AsHimself Senator Joseph McCarthy]].


* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Joe and Shirley's marriage. The director tells them that everybody knows about it [[spoiler:when asking them to resign ahead of planned layoffs.]] Except for Murrow, apparently, when Fred says everyone new and he claims "I didn't know."[[note]]He's so dry, it's hard to tell if he's joking.[[/note]]

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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Joe and Shirley's marriage. The director tells them that everybody knows about it [[spoiler:when asking them to resign ahead of planned layoffs.]] Except for Murrow, apparently, when Fred says everyone new knew and he claims "I didn't know."[[note]]He's so dry, it's hard to tell if he's joking.[[/note]]



* FridayNightDeathSlot: [[invoked]] Paley won't cancel "See It Now" outright, probably because it would (accurately) be seen as a response to Murrow's reporting on [=McCarthy=]. Instead, he moves the show to a weekly format and puts it in an hour-long Sunday afternoon timeslot, which will kill its ratings and allow him to cancel it for ''that'' reason after the hubbub has died down.

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* FridayNightDeathSlot: [[invoked]] Paley won't cancel "See It Now" outright, probably because it would (accurately) be seen as a response to Murrow's reporting on [=McCarthy=]. Instead, he moves the show to a weekly format and puts it in an hour-long Sunday afternoon timeslot, time slot, which will kill its ratings and allow him to cancel it for ''that'' reason after the hubbub has died down.



* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: George Clooney as Fred Friendly. To a lesser extent, David Straitharn as Murrow, though Murrow himself was far from a bad looking guy.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: George Clooney as Fred Friendly. To a lesser extent, David Straitharn Strathairn as Murrow, though Murrow himself was far from a bad looking bad-looking guy.



* ShownTheirWork: George Clooney grew up in his father's television news set, so the news scenes are precisely accurate, down to the crewman under the newsdesk tugging at Murrow's pant leg to let him know the camera was on.

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* ShownTheirWork: George Clooney grew up in on his father's television news set, so the news scenes are precisely accurate, down to the crewman under the newsdesk news desk tugging at Murrow's pant leg to let him know the camera was on.


* FridayNightDeathSlot: Paley won't cancel "See It Now" outright, probably because it would (accurately) be seen as a response to Murrow's reporting on [=McCarthy=]. Instead, he moves the show to a weekly format and puts it in an hour-long Sunday afternoon timeslot, which will kill its ratings and allow him to cancel it for ''that'' reason after the hubbub has died down.

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* FridayNightDeathSlot: [[invoked]] Paley won't cancel "See It Now" outright, probably because it would (accurately) be seen as a response to Murrow's reporting on [=McCarthy=]. Instead, he moves the show to a weekly format and puts it in an hour-long Sunday afternoon timeslot, which will kill its ratings and allow him to cancel it for ''that'' reason after the hubbub has died down.


* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The film was shot in color on a greyscale set and then color-corrected in post-production.



* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Joe and Shirley's marriage. The director tells them that everybody knows about it [[spoiler:when asking them to resign ahead of planned layoffs.]]

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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Joe and Shirley's marriage. The director tells them that everybody knows about it [[spoiler:when asking them to resign ahead of planned layoffs.]]]] Except for Murrow, apparently, when Fred says everyone new and he claims "I didn't know."[[note]]He's so dry, it's hard to tell if he's joking.[[/note]]



* FridayNightDeathSlot: Paley won't cancel "See It Now" outright, probably because it would (accurately) be seen as a response to Murrow's reporting on [=McCarthy=]. Instead, he moves the show to a weekly format and puts it in an hour-long Sunday afternoon timeslot, which will kill its ratings and allow him to cancel it for ''that'' reason after the hubbub has died down.
* GenreSavvy: A [=McCarthy=] minion slips Joe some dirt on Murrow's supposed Communist connections in order to threaten them. Joe tells him he needs to watch more spy films because you're not supposed to hand envelopes full of secret information to people in crowded lobbies.



* SpeakIllOfTheDead: O'Brien's reaction to Hollenbeck's suicide is to write another column calling him a pinko.

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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: Conservative columnist O'Brien's reaction to Hollenbeck's suicide is to write another column calling him a pinko.



* WeddingRingRemoval: Two of the characters are married to each other, but remove their wedding rings every morning before work, because the TV station where they work doesn't allow married couples.

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* WeddingRingRemoval: Two of the characters are Joe and Shirley have recently married to each other, but remove their wedding rings every morning before work, because the TV station where they work doesn't allow in spite of [=CBS=]'s prohibition on married couples.couples in the office. Shirley jokes that she's probably the only wife who reminds her husband to take ''off'' his ring before going to work.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Joe and Shirley's suspicious furtive behavior resembles Communists trying to avoid the blacklist. [[spoiler: Nah, they're just married when the network as a policy against married partners working there.]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Joe and Shirley's suspicious furtive behavior resembles Communists trying to avoid the blacklist. [[spoiler: Nah, they're just married when the network as has a policy against married partners working there.]]


* DaEditor: Paley is a soft-spoken version. At one point he calls up Murrow just before broadcast and invites him to a Knicks game with dry humor, but he tries to pull back Murrow harder after the [=McCarthy=] pieces imperil sponsorship. When he puts "See It Now" in the Sunday death slot, he says he's fighting the affiliates, sponsors, and politicians and is sick of getting a stomachache every time Murrow takes on controversy.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The entirety of a Kent commercial is shown before one of Murrow's "Person to Person" segments.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: After "See It Now" is effectively canceled, Friendly suggests to Murrow that their first program in the new timeslot should be about the downfall of television, and they agree to go down swinging.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The entirety of a Kent cigarette commercial is shown before one of Murrow's "Person to Person" segments.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Don Hollenbeck kills himself by running his gas oven after repeated accusations of being a Communist sympathizer]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Don Don Hollenbeck kills himself by running his gas oven after repeated accusations of being a Communist sympathizer]].sympathizer.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Joe and Shirley's marriage. The director tells them that everybody knows about it [[spoiler:when asking them to resign ahead of planned layoffs.]]



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


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* KarmaHoudini: When [=McCarthy=] is censured, Murrow and Friendly point out that he still gets to keep his Senate seat.
* MoodWhiplash: The triumphal news that [=McCarthy=] is himself being investigated by the Senate is cut off when Friendly receives news that Don Hollenbeck has committed suicide.


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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: O'Brien's reaction to Hollenbeck's suicide is to write another column calling him a pinko.

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