Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Even Oliver Stone's 1995 Nixon took a kinder view of our controversial 37th president than the satirical documentary Milhouse-A White Comedy. Made one year before Watergate, the film uses overly familiar filmclips to depict Nixon as a buffoon, mostly by leaning heavily on the "Checkers" speech and the "You Won't Have Dick Nixon to Kick Around" promise of 1962. Curiously, by emphasizing Nixon's public failures, the film succeeds in displaying Richard M. as a true survivor, one who was able to weather personal crises that would have felled a lesser man. This certainly was not what the filmmakers had in mind, but that's the danger of relying upon irony and sarcasm rather than genuine wit when concocting a hatchet piece. Naturally, if you don't like Richard Nixon, you'll find plenty in Milhouse-A White Comedy to bolster your opinion of the man, especially in the juxtaposed-newsclip sequences wherein Nixon's many prevarications are dwelt upon.
performer, politician, President