Fall of '55
Directed bySeth Randal
Produced byLouise Luster (Executive producer)
Seth Randal
Written bySeth Randal
Narrated byClaudia Weathermon
Music byRandall Coryell
CinematographyCraig Franson
Jay Krajic
Brian Nelson
Edited byJenessa Carson
StudioEntendre Pictures
Distributed byFrameline
Release dateJune 10, 2006
Running time82 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Fall of '55 (2006) is a documentary about the Boise homosexuality scandal, a witch-hunt targeted at homosexuals in 1955 that resulted in a number of arrests and prison terms ranging anywhere from six months to life in prison.

The scandal began October 31, 1955 when a number of prominent Boise, Idaho men were persecuted for alleged homosexual acts. The film covers the same subject matter as John Gerassi's book The Boys of Boise (1966), although Seth Randal, the film's writer, director, and producer, says he completed five years of independent research on the topic.

Some accounts of the incident claim that nearly 1,000 boys were seduced by a "ring" of men. A 1955 TIME magazine article said "Boiseans were shocked to learn that their city had sheltered a widespread homosexual underworld that involved some of Boise's most prominent men and had preyed on hundreds of teen-age boys for the past decade".[2]

The film is narrated by former Boise television anchor Claudia Weathermon. The film premiered on 10 June 2006 at Newfest in New York City, at the Idaho International Film Festival at Boise's Egyptian Theater on 30 September 2006, and at the Spokane International Film Festival on 4 February 2007.


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