Some Hollywood Trivia –Anatomy of a Murder Judge Weaver (Joseph Welch) a real life HERO

July 10, 2015
Los Angeles, California

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One of my all time favorite classic films is ANATOMY OF A MURDER starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara and George C. Scott. I’ve probably watched it a dozen or so times through the years. One of my favorite actors in the film was the man who played the eccentric, “Judge Weaver” Didn’t know his name until I looked him up last week. Judge Weaver was played by actor, JOSEPH NYE WELCH.

Turns out “Judge Weaver” was a real life attorney and counsel for the Army during the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings.

Here’s Joseph Welch’s famous response to Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings:

“Fred Fisher is a young man who is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us.
Little did I dream that you could be so reckless, and so cruel, as to do an injury to that lad.
Have you no sense of decency, sir; at long last, have you left no sense of decency?”


Click to view the video of Joseph Welch’s famous indictment of Joseph McCarthy at Army Congressional Hearing in June, 1954



  1. marc tortora on August 10, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Mr Hodel
    as a man who seeks truth regardless of the consequences you need to read blacklisted by history by stanton evans for the complete truth about McCarthy

  2. Patricia O'Neill on August 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    The Demagogue Bitch Slap would pair nicely with The Banality of Evil (article by Hannah Arendt, reporter during the Adolf Eichmann trilal). While I do not promote physical violence, Mr. Welch certainly nailed Senator McCarthy during the Army McCarthy hearing in 1954. Too many Americans still march to the tune of whatever Pied Piper is leading them at the moment. There are too many in the “silent majority” who are too timid to speak their minds. Education in this country must embrace the arts of debate, appropriate expression and most definitely putting the bully in his place. Too often the “bitch slap” comes too late and sometimes with violence. We must learn to speak up, speak our minds, and be quick to protect ourselves, our families and those not able to do so.

    Slowly but surely we are learning this…..the tide is changing but only because we have experienced a “tsunami” of horrendous crime and human brutality. To maintain a civilized, safe environment takes constant vigilance, commitment and courage! That burden unfortunately is usually shouldered only by the few.

  3. Jeanna on May 30, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    There is certainly a lot to know about this subject.
    I like all of tthe points you have made.

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