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Advise & Consent -- A controversial political appointee triggers DC gamesmanship and scandal. Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon and Charles Laughton in Otto Preminger's film of Allen Drury's best seller.
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Allen Drury (novel)
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 June 1962 (USA) See more »
Are the men and women of Washington really like this?
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 »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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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:
Leon Alton ... Senator (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Senator (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Senator (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Senator (uncredited)
Mario Cimino ... Senator (uncredited)
Roger Clark ... Senator (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Senate Gallery Spectator (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Senator (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Senator (uncredited)
George Ford ... 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)
Joseph La Cava ... Senator (uncredited)
Evelyn Lincoln ... Washington Party Guest (uncredited)
Al McGranary ... Senator (uncredited)
William Meader ... Senator (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Senate Official (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Senator (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Gay Bar Patron (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Senate Gallery Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Senator (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Senate Staff Clerk (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Senator (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Senator (uncredited)
John Roy ... Reporter (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)
Stephen Soldi ... Senate Gallery Spectator (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)
Byron White ... 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
Crew verified as complete

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139 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #20078) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Burgess Meredith, as Herbert Gelman, testifies against Leffingwell at the latter's confirmation hearing, claiming that the two of them were members of a Communist cell. In real life, Meredith was himself named an "unfriendly witness" by the House Un-American Activities Committee, which nearly ruined his career. Will Geer, who plays the Senate minority leader, was also blacklisted for refusing to name names before the same Committee.See more »
Continuity: When Senator Brig Anderson (Don Murray) returns home after the black-tie party, he enters his bedroom and removes his tuxedo jacket. An undershirt is clearly visible under his dress shirt. He then goes into the bathroom and removes his tie, but having awakened his wife, comes back into the bedroom before taking off his shirt, at which point, he's no longer wearing an undershirt.See more »
[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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46 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Timely, Fascinating Inside View of Politics..., 5 June 2005
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

With the election of John F. Kennedy, in 1960, Hollywood took a heightened interest in politics, and the behind-the-scenes drama of lawmaking. Allen Drury's massive novel of wheeling and dealing, "Advise and Consent", was a natural choice for the big screen, and under the sure direction of legendary Otto Preminger, a classic 'political thriller' was born.

The premise, the nomination of a controversial new Secretary of State, and the actions of the President and Congress to help or hinder his approval, is still a remarkably timely issue, over forty years later, and it is surprising how little things have actually changed. With Henry Fonda as the nominee, you'd expect that he'd be the 'good guy' of the tale, but when he lies under oath (even for the best of reasons), Preminger makes it clear that in politics, as in life, there is little that can easily be divided into 'black' and 'white'.

Certainly, there are recognizable historic figures in the cast, under different names. The most obvious is skirt-chasing Sen. Lafe Smith, a thinly-disguised JFK, himself, who cut quite a social path prior to marrying Jackie (and afterward, too, as the years have revealed). That his real-life brother-in-law, Peter Lawford, plays the role, is a grand piece of 'tongue-in-cheek' casting (as is Gene Tierney, one of Kennedy's early 'conquests', as a Washington social maven). One character has become even more fascinating, since the film's release; wily South Carolina Sen. Seabright Cooley (a brilliant Charles Laughton, in his final role), was said to have been based on Illinois' legendary Everett Dirksen, but in a real-life parallel, South Carolina produced a 'real' Sea Cooley, in the amazing Strom Thurmond! The 'Who-Is-Who?' aspect aside, the film is populated with many fascinating characters, from wise and sympathetic Senate Majority Leader Robert Munson (Walter Pigeon, in one of his finest later roles), and his 'right-hand man', Senate Majority Whip Stanley Danta (Paul Ford, also wonderful), to the Minority opposition, headed by the perfectly-cast Will Geer. Women, who were finally achieving greater political status, aren't as well-conceived in the film, but are present, with Betty White(!) in a small but visible role.

The key 'players' of the drama, however, are the wily, dying President (screen veteran Franchot Tone, in a terrific 'comeback' role), the enigmatic Vice President (Lew Ayres, another screen legend making a 'comeback'), young, idealistic Sen. Brigham Anderson (Don Murray, who nearly steals the film in his tragic portrayal), and opportunistic Sen. Fred Van Ackerman (George Grizzard, as easily the film's most hiss-able villain!) As with all Preminger films, there is an element of controversy in the story, with homosexuality as the issue addressed. While later film historians have complained that the director fell back into an almost caricatured approach to the gay lifestyle, considering the era the film was produced, and the censorship restrictions of the time, to even mention it was a courageous move, and that Preminger kept this key plot element in the story should be applauded.

"Advise and Consent" may not be the kind of film that will appeal to everyone, but each time I hear Jerry Fielding's stirring opening theme, I find myself drawn back into this ever-fascinating world of Politics and Power, and I think, if you give it a chance, you'll be hooked by it, too! This one is a keeper!

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