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Director:
Writers:
Allen Drury (novel)
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 June 1962 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Are the men and women of Washington really like this?
Plot:
Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The greatest of all American political movies See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Franchot Tone ... The President

Lew Ayres ... The Vice President

Henry Fonda ... Robert Leffingwell

Walter Pidgeon ... Senate Majority Leader

Charles Laughton ... Senator Seabright Cooley
Don Murray ... Senator Brigham Anderson

Peter Lawford ... Senator Lafe Smith

Gene Tierney ... Dolly Harrison

Burgess Meredith ... Herbert Gelman
Eddie Hodges ... Johnny Leffingwell

Paul Ford ... Senator Stanley Danta
George Grizzard ... Senator Fred Van Ackerman

Inga Swenson ... Ellen Anderson
Paul McGrath ... Hardiman Fletcher

Will Geer ... Senate Minority Leader

Edward Andrews ... Senator Orrin Knox

Betty White ... Senator Bessie Adams

Malcolm Atterbury ... Senator Tom August
J. Edward McKinley ... Senator Powell Hanson
Bill Quinn ... Senator Paul Hendershot (as William Quinn)
Tiki Santos ... Senator Kanaho
Raoul De Leon ... Senator Velez

Tom Helmore ... British Ambassador
Hilary Eaves ... Lady Maudulayne
Rene Paul ... French Ambassador
Michele Montau ... Celestine Barre
Raj Mallick ... Indian Ambassador
Russ Brown ... Night Watchman - Mike
Janet Jane Carty ... Pidge Anderson
Chet Stratton ... Rev. Carney Birch
Larry Tucker ... Manuel
John Granger ... Ray Shaff
Sid Gould ... Bartender

Frank Sinatra ... Himself - on Recording at Gay Bar (voice) (archive sound)
Paul Stevens ... Louis Newborn
Betty Murray ... Lafe's Girl (as Bettie Johnson)
Meyer Davis ... Director of Orchestra (as Meyer Davis and his orchestra)
White House Correspondents Association ... Themselves
White House Press Photographers Association ... Themselves
Irv Kupcinet ... Journalist
Robert C. Wilson ... Journalist
Alan Emory ... Journalist
Jesse Stearns Buscher ... Journalist (as Jessie Stearns Buscher)
Milton Berliner ... Journalist
Allan W. Cromley ... Journalist (as Allen W. Cromley)
William Knighton ... President of White House Correspondents Association
Guy M. Gillette ... Senator Harper (as The Honorable Guy M. Gillette)
Henry Fountain Ashurst ... Senator McCafferty (as The Honorable Henry Fountain Ashurst)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron White ... Washington Party Guest
Leon Alton ... Senator (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Senator (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Senator (uncredited)
Mario Cimino ... Senator (uncredited)
Roger Clark ... Senator (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Senator (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Senator (uncredited)
Cay Forester ... President's Secretary (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Senator (uncredited)
Polly Guggenheim ... Washington Socialite (uncredited)
Clive Halliday ... Senator (uncredited)
Helen Hardin ... Washington Socialite (uncredited)
Henry Jackson ... Drink Refuser (uncredited)
Virgil Johanson ... Senator (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Reporter in Senate Chamber (uncredited)
Evelyn Lincoln ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Al McGranary ... Senator (uncredited)
William Meader ... Senator (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Senate Official (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Gay Bar Patron (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Senator (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Senate Staff Clerk (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Senator (uncredited)
Carlisle Runge ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Mrs. Carlisle Runge ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Senator (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Senate Staff Clerk (uncredited)
Louis Scheyven ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Mrs. Louis Scheyven ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Senator (uncredited)
Marion Lloyd Stearns White ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Senator (uncredited)
Wayne Tucker ... Journalist (uncredited)
Harty Wadsworth ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Jerry Wadsworth ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Allen Drury (novel)

Wendell Mayes (screenplay)

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Production Design by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Eli Benneche 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Myrl Stoltz .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Jack McEdward .... production manager
Henry Weinberger .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Bohart .... assistant director
Don Kranze .... assistant director
L.V. McCardle Jr. .... first assistant director
Larry Powell .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Meyer Gordon .... property master
Arnold Pine .... construction manager
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leon Birnbaum .... sound effects editor
William Hamilton .... sound
Harold Lewis .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... electrical supervisor
Saul Midwall .... camera operator
Emil Oster .... camera operator (as Emil Oster Jr.)
Morris Rosen .... key grip
Josh Weiner .... stills
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Blass .... clothes designer: Miss Tierney
Hope Bryce .... costume co-ordinator
Michael J. Harte .... wardrobe (as Michael Harte)
Joe King .... wardrobe
Adele Parmenter .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Lee Osborne .... music editor
Murray Spivack .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles designer
David De Silva .... production assistant
Allen Drury .... technical adviser
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor
Florence Nerlinger .... production secretary
Otto Preminger .... presenter
Sol Schulman .... furs
Max Slater .... assistant to producer
Harry Winston .... diamond jewelry
 
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Runtime:
139 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (TV rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (PCA #20078) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 18 secondsSee more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Certain errors are made in the way senators are usually called upon or addressed in the Senate chamber. In the film, senators are almost always referred to as "The senior (or junior) senator from" a state, but in fact the terms senior or junior are seldom used in recognizing or referring to a senator on the floor or in committee. Also, when Senator Lafe Smith is called on during the climactic roll call and at first doesn't answer, the clerk repeats his name, at which point he responds "No". But in actual Senate practice a senator's name is not called a second time until after the initial roll call has been completed.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[a boy is selling newspapers outside the U.S. Capitol, with the headline "Leffingwell Picked for Secretary of State"]
Paperboy:[to a customer] Thank you.
Stanley Danta:Morning, son.
Paperboy:[taking change from Danta] Good morning, senator... thank you.
[Danta gets into a taxicab]
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Song from Advise and ConsentSee more »

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54 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
The greatest of all American political movies, 6 May 2006
Author: Martin Bradley (MOscarbradley@aol.com) from Derry, Ireland

Preminger's masterpiece and one of the greatest of all American films and yet critical opinion is strongly divided on this one. Some people believe that the melodramatic elements of the plot, (homosexuality, blackmail, suicide), denigrates the film's authenticity and takes away from it as drama but the characters are so beautifully drawn, (and the performances of such a uniformly high standard), that the mechanics of the plot seem startlingly real. By being overt about homosexuality in 1962 the film broke new ground, though the gay characters, briefly seen, are cringe-worthy stereotypes.

What makes the film a masterpiece is Preminger's extraordinary mise-en-scene and possibly the best use of the widescreen for dramatic effect in any American movie. By keeping some characters on the periphery of the screen while the main characters in the scene interact in the foreground Preminger creates tensions and psychological relationships between them that cutting would only dissipate.

The plot centres on a dying President's controversial nomination of a left-wing Secretary of State. On the one hand, there are consequential melodramas inherent in pushing the plot forward, (the President's nomination is opposed; the politicians play dirty), while on the other is the almost documentary-like approach Preminger applies to the political machinations that take place on the floor of the senate and in the offices, houses and hotel-rooms where the characters live and work.

It is also the most entertaining of all political movies. (filmed luminously in black-and-white by Sam Leavitt it feels like a cracking film noir). The cast are matchless and many of them did their finest work here. This is particularly true of Walter Pigeon as the Majority Leader, (he's as decent and as noble as Ghandi), Franchot Tone as the President, Don Murray as the senator who is being blackmailed, (he was never to get a better part), Lew Ayres as the invisible Vice-President and Burgess Meredith as the mentally unstable witness, (it's a great cameo). Charles Laughton, too, gave a career-defining performance as the wily old senator whose opposition is the source of everyone's troubles, (it was his last film).

George Grizzard's character and performance is a mistake. He's the villain of the piece and he's demonic; he goes around spitting fire but he's a necessary evil. And the ending doesn't ring true; it's too convenient, a cop-out even if we are on the edge of our seat. But these are minor quibbles when everything else is so extraordinarily good. The script, by Wendell Mayes, is one of the great adaptations of a book, (even if it does reduce the roles of some characters and leaves out the back-fill). Amazingly, this great film wasn't nominated for a single Oscar. It rose above the brouhaha of the Academy.

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