During the DVD commentary for this film, George Clooney says that about 20 percent of the test audiences had never heard of Joseph McCarthy before, and they wanted to know the identity of the "actor" playing him. When McCarthy appears, of course, actual footage of the real McCarthy is shown. Joseph Raymond McCarthy (1908--1957) was the Republican Junior Senator from Wisconsin from 1947 to 1957, when he died in office.
In 1935, Ed Murrow began his career with CBS. When World War II broke out, it was his voice that brought the Battle of Britain home to us, through his "This Is London" radio series. He started with us all, many of us here tonight, when television ...
The U.S. Air Force officers are shown wearing modern, brushed metal name tags. Air Force personnel did not wear name tags until the blue plastic ones were introduced in 1967. Also officers are not authorized silver chin straps on the service hat - only plain leather ones (even in 1954). These are used for ceremonial duties only.
Even the rating band at the tail of the film is in black and white.
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