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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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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:
For The Good of the Country: The Political Shocker of 1962 See more (61 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:
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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Runtime:
139 min
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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:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #20078) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Former Vice President Richard Nixon was offered the role of the Vice President but refused.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When the roll call vote is being conducted on the motion to advise and consent to Leffingwell's nomination, Senator Van Ackerman's name is not called. Even though he had left the Senate Chamber, the clerk would still have called his name.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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Soundtrack:
The Song from Advise and ConsentSee more »

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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
For The Good of the Country: The Political Shocker of 1962, 3 February 2008
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

As a Congressional correspondent for the New York Times during the 1950s, author Allen Drury had ample opportunity to witness Washington politicians in their natural habit---and drew upon numerous factual sources, including the controversial Alger Hiss case and the scandalous suicide of Senator Lester Hunt, to create the story of a controversial nominee for Secretary of State. The novel was not only a best seller, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

It was also a book that Hollywood could not film under the film industry's notorious Production Code. As it happened, the book fell into the hands of director Otto Preminger, long-time foe of Hollywood's rules for self-censorship. He not only made the film, he flagrantly broke the code; as such, ADVISE AND CONSENT presents our nation's leaders embroiled in a blackmail plot, finds actress Gene Tierney using the word 'bitch,' and became the first Hollywood film to show a gay bar. It was shocking stuff for 1962.

The story is extremely convoluted. An aging and extremely ill President makes a highly controversial nomination for Secretary of State---which is opposed by a member of his own party, who bears the nominee a personal grudge and who attempts to derail the nomination by accusing the nominee of former membership in the Communist Party. This in turn touches off a vicious battle between those in the party who support the nominee and those who don't, a battle that will ultimately result in the suicide of the only character who has the integrity we would like to see in our political leaders.

The cast is indeed remarkable and, from Lew Ayres to Betty White, plays with considerable conviction and tremendous restraint. Henry Fonda is often cited as the star of the film, but in truth he appears in the small but pivotal role of Robert Leffingwell, nominee for Secretary of State. Screen time is divided between Walter Pigeon as the Majority Leader, Charles Laughton as the senator who opposes the nomination, and Don Murray, an idealist who finds himself chairing the nomination committee. All three play extremely well, but it is really Laughton---in his final screen role---who walks off with the film as the devious and openly vicious Senator from South Carolina. The trio is ably supported by a dream cast that includes Franchot Tone as the President, Lew Ayres as the Vice President, George Grizzard as a growling ideologue, Gene Tierney as a society hostess---and yes, Betty White, who offers a brief turn as the Senator from Kansas.

It has become fashionable to dismiss Otto Preminger films of the 1950s and 1960s as ponderous, all-star, and pseudo-intellectual trash, and indeed it is difficult to find much positive to say about films like EXODUS and HURRY SUNDOWN these days. But Preminger is in many ways under-rated; his films have not always dated well in terms of subject, but they hold up extremely well in the way in which they are put together, with ADVISE AND CONSENT a case in point---and it is worth pointing out that accusations of leftism, adultery, and homosexuality are still enough to prompt everything from impeachment to congressional hearings to resignations. Nor has the process of the political dance itself changed greatly between then and now.

The great flaw of the film is its conclusion, which seems facile to the point of being hokey---but this is also the great flaw of the novel, which ends in much the same way--and at times ADVISE AND CONSENT seems more than a little dry. All the same, it remains a movie worth watching, particularly notable for its performances, fluid camera work, and meticulous recreation of party politics. The DVD offers a near-pristine widescreen transfer with good sound quality and an interesting, if occasionally too academic, commentary by film historian Drew Casper. Recommended.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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