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GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY with JAMES WHITMORE performing his
Tony-nominated one-man show about President Harry S Truman

My grandfather was a rather severe right-wing Republican – compared to him, Rush Limbaugh was a Pete Seeger-style leftie! While Grandpa abhorred the Democratic Party, there was one leader in their ranks whom he revered: Harry S Truman. Grandpa may not have been in line with many of Truman’s policies, but he greatly admired the 33rd president’s blunt honesty, salty sense of humor and willingness to stand up for what he believed in.

In today’s political climate, it is easy to rue the absence of a straight-talking, morally honest leader like Truman. Since that kind of a politician appears to be extinct, the best we can do is to appreciate the spirit of Truman in the delightful 1975 film GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY!

GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY! was conceived by playwright Samuel Gallu as a one-man production that highlighted episodes in Truman’s personal and political adventures. It was created at a time when American theater was ripe with one-person plays on the lives of towering historic figures: most notably, Henry Fonda played Clarence Darrow, Hal Holbrook was Mark Twain and Julie Harris was Emily Dickinson.

For the theatrical production of GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY!, character actor James Whitmore (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, WILL ROGERS’ U.S.A., FACE OF FIRE) was tapped as the show’s star. Whitmore bore only a passing physical resemblance to Truman, however, expert make-up and costuming helped to bring about a startling similarity. Even more, Whitmore captured the unique cadences of Truman’s distinctive speech pattern and the trademark physical gestures that shaped the public’s perception – most notably his wide, beaming smile. As New York Times critic Richard Eder remarked: “If at the start he is an actor straining away to imitate Truman, by the end he is the man.”

Ultimately, GIVE ’EM HELL, HARRY! is Whitmore’s triumph. The actor invests an extraordinary level of visceral energy into his Truman, breathing new life into Truman’s frank command of the language. Whether threatening a newspaper critic who denigrated a concert recital by his daughter Margaret or harshly calling Douglas MacArthur and Joseph McCarthy to task for overstepping the bounds of their respective authorities, Whitmore’s Truman is a whoosh of fresh air – he is a man who speaks his mind freely, but never recklessly. One of the biggest laughs in the show comes when Whitmore repeats Truman’s celebrated 1948 campaign remark: “I don’t give ‘em hell – I tell the truth and they think they’re in hell.”

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