American Playhouse

Season 3 Episode 14

Concealed Enemies (2)

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 07, 1984 on PBS
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  • Although the eccentric Whittaker Chambers seems an unsuitable witness, Richard Nixon continues with his campaign to prove that Alger Hiss was a Communist spy.

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    This was co-produced with Britain's Channel Four, and the scriptwriter was a British playwright, Hugh Whitemore. His script maintains an admirably even keel; although we all knew about the venality of Richard Nixon in the years after Watergate, there is no hint of any (unproven) corruption in Peter Reigert's excellent performance as the future president. Similarly, Edward Herrmann seems wholly a man of probity as Hiss, but there is no attempt at special pleading, or to provide answers to the mystery save those that can be deduced from known facts. As the bizarre Whittaker Chambers, John Harkins is mesmeric in every scene in which he appears - and ambiguity is the key to his performance's success.moreless

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