In the Name of Security

In the Name of Security

A series in three parts―The Trials of Alger Hiss, The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, The Case of J. Robert Oppenheimer. At the height of the Cold War, American democracy was challenged by the anti-Communist atmosphere of the McCarthy era. In the Name of Security re-opens three famous spy cases that rocked America between 1948 and 1954: Alger Hiss, Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. Peter Goodchild combines dramatic re-enactments based on original trial transcripts, archival material, new evidence, the latest assessments of American historians and scientists, and the commentaries of relatives and friends of the accused in each hour-long program. A BBC and KCRW co-production.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

John de Lancie as J. Robert Oppenheimer
William Frankfather as Lloyd Paul Stryker/Narrator
Francis Guinan as Emanuel Bloch
Arthur Hanket as Narrator/Roy Cohn/Lloyd Garrison
Ella Joyce as Mrs. Cox
Richard Hoyt Miller as Richard Nixon/Gordon Gray
David Hyde Pierce as Alger Hiss
Amy Pietz as Ruth Greenglass
John Rubinstein as Julius Rosenberg
Erika Schickel as Ethel Rosenberg
Tom Virtue as Robert Stripling/General Groves
Alan Wilder as Hebert/Irving Saypol/Roger Robb

Directed by John Theocharis and Martin Jenkins. Recorded before a live audience at the KCRW Studios, Santa Monica in November of 1997.

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978 1 58081 326 6

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Peter Goodchild


John de Lancie, William Frankfather, Arthur Hanket, Ella Joyce, Richard Hoyt Miller, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Pietz, Tom Virtue, Alan Wilder

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