The drama that unfolded that night was as exciting as anything put to the screen, with plot twists, threats of violence, and a cast that included some of the most august names in cinema.

At 11pm, Mankiewicz was in a screening room at Fox when he got a call from his brother. “So what do you have in common with Andrew Johnson?” Herman asked, and without even waiting for a reply he answered his own question: “You’re being impeached, my boy.”

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