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Ada (1961)

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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 »


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


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 <>

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Release Date:

25 August 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ada Dallas  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Bo Gillis: You must have been a tough little girl.
Ada Gillis: I'm a tough big one, too.
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Written by Warren Roberts and Wally Fowler
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Soapy Melodrama Not Worth the Fine Talents of Its Stars
18 September 2002 | by (Malibu, California) – See all my reviews

"Ada" has a good premise, but unfortunately does not evolve into a good movie. The soapy melodrama about a "puppet" gubernatorial candidate married to a prostitute does not due justice to the talents of its stars. The fine talents of the three main stars are not fully explored, and their characters are likewise underdeveloped. The ending is hardly probable, and as a resolution, it leaves a lot to be desired.

The cast do the best they can with the material they have. Dean Martin and Susan Hayward are both quite credible in their highly emotional performances. Wilfrid Hyde-White is also good in portraying a grasping and stifling villain, an unusual role for him.

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