J. Edgar

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    Nov 10, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    J. Edgar Hoover is one my favorite people to ever work in Washington. Theres a new movie directed by Clint Eastwood which hits theaters tomorrow. Is anyone else planning to go see it?
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    Nov 10, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidJ. Edgar Hoover is one my favorite people to ever work in Washington. Theres a new movie directed by Clint Eastwood which hits theaters tomorrow. Is anyone else planning to go see it?


    I'm looking forward to it.
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    Nov 10, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    Was Hoover gay?
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    Nov 10, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    catfish5 saidWas Hoover gay?



    Many thought he was gay, no one knew for sure.
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    Nov 10, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    I am really looking forward to this movie. I will probably see it Saturday night. Clint is one of my favorite directors as well as DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors. Armie Hammer is very easy on the eyes too!! icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    I think J. Edgar Hoover was one of the most fascinating people in American politics. I will probably go see this movie.

    But I also recommend a very good biography by Curt Gentry that painted a very detailed picture of the life of Hoover. Despite the fact that it avoided any mention of his cross dressing, it did depict the unusually close relationship Hoover had with his assistant Clyde Tolson.

    This book shows Hoover as a man who had enormous power and knew exactly how to use it to his advantage. He was a very shrewd and manipulative man. He used every piece of information in his collection in order to stay in his position until the day he died.
  • waccamatt

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    Nov 11, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    I have little doubt that Hoover was gay and Clyde Tolson was his partner. Hoover was an evil guy, but he was one of the most powerful gay men in American history.
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    it is said that Hoover made applicants for Agent jobs take lie detector tests to see if they were homosexual or not...
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    I'd like to catch it in the day actually. Being a Criminal Justice major, it looks quite interesting.
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    Nov 11, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    catfish5 saidWas Hoover gay?

    Yes, but closeted, and a homophobe. He directed FBI agents to look for any evidence of gay behavior in prominent people he wanted to blackmail.

    He was also extremely right-wing, actually an American Fascist, who was a player in the witch hunts of the post WWII McCarthy era. And yet, he refused to officially acknowledge there was such a thing as the Mafia and Organized Crime.

    His widely-publicized crime hunts were mainly against lone individuals, like John Dillinger, but not against the Mob, which in fact grew during his tenure. There has been speculation that while Hoover was blackmailing others over their being gay and other sexual indiscretions (like he did to President Kennedy), Hoover himself was being blackmailed by the Mob, and so he largely gave them a pass. It took Congressional investigative committees to finally force some token actions against Organized Crime.

    No, Hoover was largely ineffective against major crime in the US, but excellent at PR, a legacy which continues to this day.
  • RSportsguy

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    Nov 13, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    I just saw it tonight! I thought it was a good movie. Very informative, good acting and I thought it handled his relationship with Tolson with a lot of class. I heard a few comments from the other viewers while I was exiting the theater about it being too long, but it had to cover a lot of ground!