“Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” Joseph N. Welch, 1954

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“I think I never really gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness… If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty, I would do so. I like to think I’m a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

Joseph N. Welch, chief counsel for the United States Army, 6/9/1954

This was the Boston lawyer who was instrumental in breaking Joseph McCarthy. Some years later he took a role in Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder saying, “it looked like that was the only way I’d ever get to be a judge.”

Bosley Crowther said of his performance in a review from The New York Times:

On the bench as the judge, Joseph N. Welch of Boston, the lawyer who distinguished himself in the Army-McCarthy hearings, does an unbelievably professional job. He is delightful and ever so convincing. Mr. Preminger scored a coup in getting him.

From left to right, Joseph N. Welch, James Stewart, Brooks West, George C. Scott

From left to right, Joseph N. Welch, James Stewart, Brooks West, George C. Scott

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