Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Made for television, Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye is based on the bestseller by Kenneth P. O'Donnell, David F. Powers and Joe McCarthy. The film is set in 1946: Paul Rudd plays 29-year-old John F. Kennedy, fresh out of the Navy and preparing for his first campaign for public office in Boston. He insists that he is running on the issues, but is hoping that his war record will do him some good as well. Kennedy's biggest hurdle is overcoming the perception that he's just another rich boy "slumming" with the Boston poor in order to win votes. Also appearing in Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye are William Prince as Papa Joe Kennedy, Burgess Meredith as "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, and Kevin Conway as Dave Powers. The film was first telecast January 27, 1977.
President, campaign, career, courage, election, gift, Ireland, office, political-machine, public, youth