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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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A folksy sheriff wins a Southern governorship with the help of a classy call girl who becomes his wife.
15 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an MGM potboiler with great colors and weak credibility. The picture was probably the best that repressed Hollywood could do at the time with the legend of Earl Long, once Governor of Louisiana, and the stripper Blaze Starr. (The story was filmed many years later, with Paul Newman and Lolita Davidovich.) A singing, guitar-playing candidate for Governor in the Depression South is quite historical. The sly self-deprecation in Bo Gillis's stump speech at the beginning of the picture is well done. But once he hooks up with Susan Hayward, Dean Martin becomes a marshmallow. The role must have appealed tremendously to a tough broad like Hayward. She was a perfect choice for Barbara Graham in I Want to Live. I'd call the picture a failure with interesting features.

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