MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 19,252 this week

Ada (1961)

 -  Drama  -  25 August 1961 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 519 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 2 critic

Bo Gillis is running for Governor. Steve writes the speeches, Sylvester runs the campaign and Bo plays the guitar. Everything is going according to the plan until a hooker named Ada is ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 204 titles
created 26 Mar 2011
 
list image
a list of 377 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1195 titles
created 15 Apr 2012
 
a list of 5909 titles
created 01 Apr 2013
 
a list of 108 titles
created 23 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Ada" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ada (1961)

Ada (1961) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ada.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Back Street (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. There's... See full summary »

Director: David Miller
Stars: Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A hunch horse-player's marriage is threatened by his betting ways; in desperation, his wife becomes his bookie.

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Eddie Albert
Summer Flight (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Mike, a famed racing driver and an old flame of hers, is worried that Laura may be ill. Tricking her into a doctor's examination, she discovers she is; a brain operation to remove a tumor ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Susan Hayward, Michael Craig, Diane Baker
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

1850 adventure story of the Basque immigrants on their way to California, their struggle with the Indians, and the development of a complicated love triangle.

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler, Jacques Bergerac
Film-Noir | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon to be drafted sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

Director: Harold Clurman
Stars: Susan Hayward, Bill Williams, Paul Lukas
Mr. Ricco (1975)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A San Francisco attorney (Dean Martin) is hired to defend a black militant accused of murder.

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: Dean Martin, Eugene Roche, Thalmus Rasulala
The Hairy Ape (1944)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Hank Smith, a brutish stoker on board a freighter, is appalled when Mildred Douglas, a society girl forced by circumstance to travel as a passenger, visits the stokehold and recoils at the ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: William Bendix, Susan Hayward, John Loder
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A former deputy and a strong-willed widow determine to stop a ruthless town boss.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Dean Martin, Jean Simmons, George Peppard
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Susan Hayward, Stephen Boyd, Barbara Nichols
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

This film proves the old adage "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you shouldn't pick friends who rob banks." Local bad girl Hilda convinces Connie to join her at a ... See full summary »

Director: William C. McGann
Stars: Jane Bryan, Ronald Reagan, Anthony Averill
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1848, a young Frenchwoman, Madeline Minot, goes to New York City to see Thevenet, the grandfather of her fiance. Thevenet had been with Napoleon and may be sympathetic to the political ... See full summary »

Director: Fletcher Markle
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Ada Gillis
...
Bo Gillis
...
Sylvester Marin
...
Colonel Yancey
...
Steve Jackson
Frank Maxwell ...
Ronnie Hallerton
...
Alice Sweet
Ford Rainey ...
Speaker
Charles Watts ...
Al Winslow
Larry Gates ...
Joe Adams
Robert S. Simon ...
Warren Hatfield
Bill Zuckert ...
Harry Davers (as William Zuckert)
Edit

Storyline

Bo Gillis is running for Governor. Steve writes the speeches, Sylvester runs the campaign and Bo plays the guitar. Everything is going according to the plan until a hooker named Ada is setup with Bo one night. Even with her past, Bo decides to marry her, must to the astonishment of everyone. After the election, she has a created bio and is very adept at handling people. Bo Gillis, as Governor, finds that he has little influence as Sylvester runs the whole operation. Bo's function is only to sign what is given to him. But while Bo is weak and fails to push his reforms, Ada is strong and adept at doing what is best for Bo and her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What was the truth about Ada? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 August 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ada Dallas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Although story takes place during Depression, a key prop is a portable tape recorder like those used during '50s. See more »

Quotes

Bo Gillis: You must have been a tough little girl.
Ada Gillis: I'm a tough big one, too.
See more »

Soundtracks

May the Lord Bless You Real Good
Written by Warren Roberts and Wally Fowler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rather disappointing
30 April 2012 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

Though entertaining enough, "Ada" does not belong in the top tier of Susan Hayward showcases. She's terrific as always, in a role that suits her, but too much in this stretches credibility and lacks proper transitioning. I blame the script, plus Susan and Dean Martin don't especially click together. The film is set in the South and, even though it says Ada comes from Alabama originally, its never made clear which state the action occurs in. The period is also not spelled out, though at the beginning, as Martin is campaigning, he passes a movie theater showing "Escapade", a 1935 William Powell vehicle. Yet, the clothing and hairstyles are definitely not 30's style. Two fine character actors, Martin Balsam and Ralph Meeker, are not given enough to do in support, while Wilfred Hyde-White never seems quite right as wily power-behind-the-scenes Sylvester Marin, his British accent out of place even with a layer of Southern drawl superimposed over it. All in all, you'll be entertained by this combination of "All the King's Men" and "A Face in the Crowd" with sudsy soap opera, but don't expect greatness.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to see? abcripps
Wilfrid Hyde-White goyar
Discuss Ada (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?