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Receiving a little inspiration from a good movie or book is a great feeling. Last year I re-read “All The President’s Men,” and it was a quick boost.

So, last night, I decided to join Netflix and order every single movie that is focused on journalism and journalists.

I am starting with the classics. The first movie I picked is “Call Northside 777,” staring James Stewart.

The documentary-style legal drama is based on a true story. During Prohibition, Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) is falsely accused and imprisoned for killing a cop. His mother, Tillie (Kasia Orzazewski), has a fierce belief in her son’s innocence, but it’s only when reporter P.J. McNeal (Stewart) starts investigating the crime 11 years later that the truth comes to light.

After that will come “Gentlemen’s Agreement” staring  Gregory Peck. Reporter Phil Green (Peck), eager to blow the lid off anti-Semitism, accepts an assignment to pen a series of  exposés for a progressive magazine. Green poses as a Jew and  endures the full spectrum of bigotry — from being denied a job and use of public facilities to his son suffering a beating.

I had to throw in the queue “Spiderman 3” and “No Country For Old Men” because I haven’t seen them. I just finished re-watching Spideman 1 and 2, which do have some ties to journalism (Peter Parker is a freelance photographer).  

Anyone want to suggest your favorite journalism movie?


  • Fredtastic

    The comedy “Dick” about Watergate is a great “journalism” comedy.

  • dantelvock

    Looking for inspiring movies though. On a funny note, I watched C.H.U.D. with a friend a week ago, a movie that portrays a journalist as this creepy, annoying guy. The weird homeless guy who saw the CHUDS kept making threats to the Nuclear officials that if they didn’t come clean he would GO TO THE PRESS. Not exactly inspiring but I laughed quite a bit.

  • johnfgustafson

    Dan, starting years ago, any news story about Katherine Graham I found inspiring. This has nothing to do with politics, but it has everything to do with a brilliant businesswoman and journalist. And despite incredible power, she carried herself like a real lady, displaying inner strength, with little bravado. The Pillars of the Post is one book that spoke candidly about this special newswoman.

  • dantelvock

    John, I might actually have that book. I know I have one about her stuffed in a box somewhere that I never got to reading. Maybe I will now. Stay tuned.

  • thelama

    Broadcast News – for showing us how superficial news gathering and reporting has become in the broadcast medium and even more so in the Internet age.

  • dantelvock

    I will check it out, Lama. From experience in all media formats, broadcast news is certainly a different animal. I turn to newspapers for all of my news reading and do not watch television for the news. My favorite paper right now is the WSJ.

    The Internet has basically allowed everyone an opportunity to “write” and express opinions.

  • Loganj001

    Dan, one of my most memorable experiences during my
    almost ten years at the WPC was helping produce the
    film version of Woodward and Bernstein’s book, “All the
    President’s Men”. Kay would not allow any filming in the
    building, that was done in Burbank. All of the outdoor
    scenes were actually filmed on site at 15th and L Street,
    Wash. DC. I have photos that I took of the filming in
    progress if you are interested.