J. Edgar: The Most Powerful Man in the World

Synopsis: The real story of J. Edgar Hoover, created as a bonus featurette for the DVD/Blu-ray of the film J. Edgar (2011).
 
IMDB:
6.6
Year:
2012
19 min
141 Views

Let me tell you something.

The SCLC has direct Communist ties.

Even great men can be corrupted,

can't they?

Communism is not a political party.

Lt is a disease.

Lt corrupts the soul,

turning even the gentlest of men...

into vicious, evil tyrants.

What we are seeing is a pervasive

contempt for law and order.

Crime rates are soaring.

There's widespread,

open defiance of our authority...

and, mark my words,

if this goes unchecked...

it will once again plunge our nation

into the depths of anarchy.

Lt all starts out peacefully,

doesn't it, Mr. Irwin?

You have to live with the fact...

that you could've helped prevent

the bombings and the violence.

I'm more interested in what this says

about your FBI.

I have worked too long and hard

to just sit back...

and watch the bad guys capture

the spotlight again, haven't I?

The funny thing about notoriety...

especially the kind that needs

adoration, fame for fame's sake...

if unchecked,

it inevitably leads to villainy.

I suggest you look at what this

squabble is really about...

before you destroy the reputation

of the thing we both know you love most.

Sir, the

writer's here from Crime Records...

the PR Department.

Set him up with a typewriter

in my outer office.

Miss Gandy, it's time this generation

learn my side of the story.

Right away.

- Thank you.

In 1919, Agent Smith...

my first boss here

at the Department of Justice...

was Attorney General

A. Mitchell Palmer.

He was a Quaker.

He didn't believe in war, but he understood

the necessity of strength and resolve.

Believe what you will from historians...

most write from a present perspective,

forgetting context.

Mitchell Palmer was a hero.

- Are you all right?

- Unh.

- Are you all right?

- Yes. I think. Yes.

Lt's all right. Come here.

- lt's all right, it's all right.

- No, it's okay.

Are you okay? lt's okay.

Are you okay?

You see,

Palmer fought the radicals, just as I have.

And just as I have, he was targeted.

He wasn't alone.

Across the country that night,

eight bombs exploded, all at 11 p.m.

Two United States senators...

four cabinet members,

a Supreme Court justice...

John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan...

all of them targeted

by Bolshevik Communists.

Yeah, it shook the whole thing.

It was clear to me

the radicals bomb went off too soon...

leaving only his blood in the street.

But the inspectors used buckets to

clean up the mess instead of collecting it.

They discarded his gun

instead of preserving its prints.

But you see,

this wasn't clumsy police work.

In those times, it was normal procedure.

This may be the end of days

for this country, Dwight.

lt was 1919, before anyone

respected criminal science...

before federal powers, before the FBI.

It was that night my eyes were opened.

That very night.

Ls he a neighbor, sir?

No. He works in my office.

"There will have to be murder.

We will kill because it is necessary.

We will destroy to rid the world

of your tyrannical institutions."

You were at Attorney General

Palmer's home that night?

Well, let's leave that

to the reader's imagination.

You see, it's important we give

our protagonist a bit of mystery.

I could allude to a young man

who matches your description.

The best of both worlds.

Where did you get your law degree?

George Washington. I grew up here.

I had a mom to take care of,

so I stayed close.

I received an English degree there also.

Then I don't need to tell you that

what determines a man's legacy...

is often what isn't seen.

What's critical at this moment is...

that we re-clarify the difference

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