Ada (1961)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  25 August 1961 (USA)
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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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(Westrex Recording System)



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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May the Lord Bless You Real Good
Written by Warren Roberts and Wally Fowler
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"I bet you were a tough little girl." ... "I'm a tough BIG one!"
27 October 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Depression-era politics in the Old South, as guitar-strummin' sheriff Dean Martin campaigns for Governor, meeting and marrying call-girl Susan Hayward on the trail. Soon they're dealing with legislation problems and greedy weasels with old money, but will Hayward's ambitious nature ruin her marriage as well as bring her past history to light? Well-produced but naive, rather plodding melodrama based on Wirt Williams' novel "Ada Dallas" gives all the juiciest scenes to Hayward; Martin, on the other, is shunted off to the side (they're quite a pair anyway: he drinks, she smokes). The atmosphere of Southern plantations and back alleys isn't captured with much distinction (we don't even know what state this is supposedly taking place in), but the production is certainly colorful, even if the human interaction is rote. ** from ****

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