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The Chief

Directed by Beryl Fox and Douglas Leiterman
Canada, 1964 (documentary, 50 minutes, black and white, English)

Film Description:
"Documentary portrait on John Diefenbaker. Host John Drainie introduces the documentary which provides voice over commentary on Diefenbaker's recent defeat as Prime Minister and current struggle to maintain the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. Film presents 'the chief' in a variety of situations including: a fishing expedition in British Columbia; attending a Baptist worship service with his wife; strolling through Rockcliffe Park with his dog 'Happy'; riding the CN train from Saskatoon to Prince Albert; attending a Kinsmen's dinner; addressing a Conservative Party Convention. [...]"
-- Library and Archives Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Douglas Leiterman, John Griffen
Film Editing: Noel Dodds, David Knight, Michael Manne, Paul Nikolich
Production Company: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Notes about The Chief


Quote about The Chief

"[The Chief], a portrait of former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker [...] like so many of the excellent documentaries of the period, takes full advantage of the technological innovations of recently devised more portable equipment to catch images of heightened immediacy, such as in this case, fishing with Diefenbaker where his apparently more natural persona seems to emerge."
-- Peter Urquhart (source)

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