‘Tom and Harry’ Shows Link Between Boss Pendergast and Harry Truman


See the film and meet its director on Mr. Truman’s birthday, May 8!

Before he gave ’em hell as the 33rd President of the United States, Harry Truman worked closely with controversial and eventually imprisoned Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast, who backed Truman’s successful 1934 U.S. Senate campaign.

What were the ramifications of their ongoing alliance in the 1920s and 1930s, for which Truman conspicuously never apologized? Were they real friends or only pragmatic political partners?

Kansas City filmmaker Terence O’Malley’s illuminating new documentary, “Tom and Harry: The Boss and the President,” scrutinizes the rise and fall of the Pendergast era and Truman’s true relationship to it. The film will receive a special screening on May 8 – Mr. Truman’s 129th birthday – at the Screenland Crossroads Theatre, 1656 Washington St.
O’Malley will attend a pre-screening mixer at 6 p.m. and participate in a Q&A following the 7 p.m. screening. O’Malley’s previously well-received Kansas City-centric documentaries are “Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time” and “Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City.”

Representatives of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence will also be in attendance, and there will be Harry friendly giveaways and a CinemaKC raffle featuring movie memorabilia.

Whether you’re just wild about Harry or simply passionate about Kansas City history, don’t miss this exceptional occasion for a suggested donation of $10 to support CinemaKC in its efforts to serve the movie community in 2013.

Get tickets here!


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1 Comment

  1. Avatar Peter Lisner on March 6th, 2016 at 3:43 am

    How much do you know about the Pendergast family? I believe I have a relationship.

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