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Vanished 

Government agencies investigate the mysterious disappearance of a powerful Presidential adviser.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Widmark ...  President Paul Roudebush 2 episodes, 1971
Skye Aubrey ...  Jill Nichols 2 episodes, 1971
Tom Bosley ...  Johnny Cavanaugh 2 episodes, 1971
James Farentino ...  Gene Culligan 2 episodes, 1971
Larry Hagman ...  Jerry Freytag 2 episodes, 1971
Murray Hamilton ...  Nick McCann 2 episodes, 1971
Arthur Hill ...  Arnold Greer 2 episodes, 1971
Robert Hooks ...  Larry Storm 2 episodes, 1971
E.G. Marshall ...  Arthur Ingram 2 episodes, 1971
Eleanor Parker ...  Sue Greer 2 episodes, 1971
William Shatner ...  Dave Paulick 2 episodes, 1971
Robert Young ...  Sen. Earl Gannon 2 episodes, 1971
Chet Huntley ...  Newscaster 2 episodes, 1971
Betty White ...  TV Hostess 2 episodes, 1971
Stephen McNally ...  Gen. Palfrey 2 episodes, 1971
Sheree North ...  Beverly West 2 episodes, 1971
Robert Lipton ...  Mike Loomis 2 episodes, 1971
Jim Davis ...  Capt. Cooledge 2 episodes, 1971
Michael Strong ...  Pete Descowicz 2 episodes, 1971
Christine Belford ...  Gretchen Greer 2 episodes, 1971
Catherine McLeod ...  Grace Lally 2 episodes, 1971
Denny Miller ...  Big Bubba Toubo 2 episodes, 1971
Don Pedro Colley ...  Mercurio 2 episodes, 1971
Russell Johnson ...  Clyde Morehouse 2 episodes, 1971
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A movie about the sudden disappearance of a top Presidential adviser. Grilled by the media, the President's press secretary reveals very little, simply because he knows very little. But the chief executive himself has more information than he's willing to make public; the FBI has proof that the vanished adviser was homosexual, and subject to blackmail. Written by Ørnås

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8 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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Real-life parallel
18 April 2012 | by mobile707See all my reviews

First of all, I admit this is not really a review of "Vanished". I have not seen it. But I do want to comment on the real-life episode that reportedly inspired the novel on which "Vanished" is based: About 4 weeks prior to the 1964 presidential election, Lyndon Johnson's chief-of-staff -- a 46-year-old husband and father of six named Walter Jenkins -- was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct following an incident in the men's bathroom of a YMCA located in Washington, DC. Jenkins had worked for LBJ since 1939 and had been his top administrative aide since 1945. It later emerged that Jenkins had been involved in a similar incident in January 1959 (while Johnson was Senate Majority Leader) but that had been covered up somehow.

In 1964, homosexuality was still such a taboo subject in American society that the media simply did not discuss the matter for about 7 days following the arrest, even though the reporters knew about it. Finally, after a week, the story "broke", even though most public discussion took place without mentioning the word "homosexuality".

Johnson's Republican opponent, Senator Goldwater of Arizona, actually knew Jenkins from their service in the Air Force Reserves and his comments were very restrained. Goldwater's VP-nominee, an obscure Congressman from Buffalo NY, was a bit less subtle, but even so the whole matter received a tiny fraction of the attention it would have received in later years. (Imagine if George W. Bush's chief-of-staff had been arrested for same-sex solicitation a month prior to the 2004 election. That would not have been simply "the lead" story in the national media, it would have been virtually THE ONLY story.)

The author Fletcher Knebel published the novel "Vanished" in 1968, about 3-4 years after the Jenkins episode, and then the TV-movie was originally aired in March 1971. So the movie was not -- as another reviewer wrote -- "filmed during the height of the Watergate scandal", which I think most people would place 2-3 years later.


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