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The final film in the Pepperdine College sponsored "Crisis for Americans" series focuses on the history, purpose, and necessity of congressional investigations carried out by the US Congress. Hosted by the actor Carleton Young, the history covers 1792 to 1965. The flim uses newsreel footage of actual hearings to illustrate the three purposes of congressional investigations, which the film identifies as aiding in legislation, providing a check and balance to the other branches of government, and contributing to an informed public opinion. The latter part of the film focuses on congressional investigations of "subversion, espionage, sabotage, and general disloyalty," and argues the importance of such investigations.