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Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
is a biographical play and 1975 film, written by playwright Samuel Gallu. Both the play and film are a one-man show about former President of the United States
President of the United States
Harry S. Truman. Give 'em Hell, Harry! stars James Whitmore, and was directed by Steve Binder and Peter H. Hunt.


1 Title origin 2 History 3 Awards 4 References 5 External links

Title origin[edit] The title comes from an incident that took place during the 1948 Presidential election campaign. In Bremerton, Washington, Truman delivered a speech attacking the Republicans. During the speech, a supporter yelled out, "Give 'em Hell, Harry!". Truman replied, "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them, and they think it's Hell." Subsequently, "Give 'em Hell, Harry!" became a lifetime slogan for Truman supporters. History[edit] The play previewed in Hershey, Pennsylvania, followed by its official opening at Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre
in Washington, D. C. Its April 17, 1975, premiere was hosted by Truman's daughter Margaret, and attended by President Gerald Ford. The play then went on to a six-city tour, during which it was videotaped for film on the stage of the Moore Theatre in Seattle, using a live editing process called Theatrovision.[1] Although the play has been regularly revived, it did not make its New York debut until July 2008 at St. Luke's Theatre. Awards[edit] James Whitmore
James Whitmore
was nominated for Best Actor by both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. It is only the third film to have its entire credited cast (Whitmore) nominated for an Academy Award, the first two being Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966, where almost all members excluding the extras were nominated and Sleuth in 1972.[2] Whitmore was also nominated for, and won, a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Spoken Word Recording. References[edit]

^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1975). "Review: Give 'em Hell, Harry!". Chicago Sun-Times.  ^ "Follow these clues to the original 'Sleuth'". USA Today. October 11, 2007. p. 2D. 

External links[edit]

Give 'em Hell, Harry on IMDb Department Of The Interior National Registry of Historic Places and B.P.O.E. #1181 / City of Bremerton plaques commemorating location of Truman's "Give Em Hell Harry" speech.[permanent dead link]

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Spoken Word Album


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Harry S. Truman

33rd President of the United States
President of the United States
(1945–1953) 34th Vice President of the United States
President of the United States
(1945) U.S. Senator from Missouri (1935–1945)


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