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Director:
Writers:
Allen Drury (novel)
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 June 1962 (USA) See more »
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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:
A stately, dry, involving film--with some edgy social issues for the day See more (57 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)
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)
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)
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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: Senator Brigham Anderson of Utah is shown in his home drinking from a distinctive fluted Coca-Cola bottle. Anderson (from his first name and home state) may be a Mormon; the novel states this explicitly, but the film does not.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:
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Soundtrack:
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A stately, dry, involving film--with some edgy social issues for the day, 19 May 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Advise and Consent (1962)

A moving look at a fictional moment in American politics. We see the dirty deals behind the scenes, but also that dignity and wisdom is preserved by some of the men (and one woman, shown). And we see the power of the system, the value of begrudging respect for those with opposite views, and plain old simplicity of being on the Senate floor and making points, orally, in front of a bunch of others, some of them actually listening.

Reminds me of my classrooms, and that brings government down to a level of believability. That's the secret to the movie, overall, it's ability to make the people real, including a host of really great actors like Charles Laughton and Walter Pidgeon, and of course Henry Fonda, who has a smaller role. Franchot Tone makes a believable ailing president, and it's great to see Gene Tierney in 1962, perfectly cast as a cool, smiley Senator's wife.

Otto Preminger is one of those revered directors who was always tweaking the moral edges of Hollywood, and therefore of America, and the spectacular thread that rises as the movie goes along, of a homosexual subculture existing at all in 1962, and arising from the activity of soldiers, and penetrating the Senate directly, was weirdly controversial stuff. Of course, it's almost ridiculous now, but it wasn't then, and to hear the central senator refer to another senator's gay military experience as a "tired old sin" is hard stuff for those of use who have grown up thinking "each to their own," or even "don't ask don't tell."

Preminger also irked a few anti-Communists by using a couple of left-wing actors, including Burgess Meredith, who has a small but memorable role. And the whole notion of a potential Secretary of State once having been superficially involved in a "Communist cell block" is interesting here partly because it shows how silly accusations can be, attacking things you do when you're twenty and have fully rejected or outgrown. Fonda is that figure of utter respectability for the good reason that he represents utter morality and patriotism, without become a cardboard flag-waver.

Though released to a public well into the Kennedy era, it feels like an Eisenhower world, with a couple younger senators easily looking like the Kennedy type, but still not President. The belligerent Old South conservative is, tellingly, a Democrat, back in the days when the South was pretty much conservative democratic. There are no parties mentioned, actually, but the leading voices seem to be liberal in their foreign policy, more like the Kennedy tone (or from the 50s, the tone of Adlai Stevenson, who lost the nomination bid to Kennedy in 1960). The book that led to the movie, by Allen Drury, was finished in 1959, and Drury was a bit of a right-winger, critical of the media he was part of, and openly anti-Communist. The events in the story (book and movie both) take one notable liberty: the Senator with a "homosexual scandal" in his past was Lester Hunt of Wyoming, whose son was a homosexual. That was enough to make the father a blackmail target, leading to Hunt's suicide.

That none of this matters is tribute to the movie, which really captures 1950s style American politics in a bright, Hollywood way. I mean that positively. It's not a gritty documentary, and it doesn't make scandal out of everything. But the air is familiar, the tone, the looks, the clothes. And it is supremely well done, from the dignified camera-work (nothing film noir here) to the solid editing and storytelling, to of course the acting itself. Not exciting, but very involving and interesting.

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