July 10, 2015
Los Angeles, California
File in the WHO KNEW catagory.
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?”
(I’M A BIG FAN OF THE DEMAGOGUE BITCH-SLAP, AND WELCH’S TO MCCARTHY IN ’54 IS ONE OF THE BEST.)