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Richard Condon (based upon a novel by)
George Axelrod (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 October 1962 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Major Bennett Marco

Laurence Harvey ... Raymond Shaw

Janet Leigh ... Eugenie Rose Chaney

Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin

Henry Silva ... Chunjin

James Gregory ... Senator John Yerkes Iselin

Leslie Parrish ... Jocelyn Jordan

John McGiver ... Senator Thomas Jordan
Khigh Dhiegh ... Dr. Yen Lo
James Edwards ... Corporal Allen Melvin
Douglas Henderson ... Colonel Milt
Albert Paulsen ... Zilkov
Barry Kelley ... Secretary of Defense
Lloyd Corrigan ... Holborn Gaines
Madame Spivy ... Female Berezovo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Adams ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Midori Arimoto ... Communist Party Observer of soldiers being hypnotist (uncredited)
Frank Basso ... Photographer (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Medical Officer (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Silvers (uncredited)
Merritt Bohn ... Jilly (uncredited)
Nick Bolin ... Berezovo (uncredited)
Robert Burton ... Convention Chairman (uncredited)
Evelyn Byrd ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lana Crawford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ray Dailey ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Mimi Dillard ... Mrs. Melvin (uncredited)
Joan Douglas ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Mickey Finn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Gomel's Lady Counterpart (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
John Francis ... Hiken (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ralph Gambina ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Harris ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Maggie Hathaway ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Maye Henderson ... Chairlady (uncredited)
Sam 'Kid' Hogan ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... General (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Reporter (uncredited)
Miyoshi Jingu ... Miss Gertrude (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man Seated Next to Projector (uncredited)
Rita Kenaston ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Senator (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Henry Whitaker - Chairlady (uncredited)
Lou Krugg ... Manager (uncredited)
Jack Latham ... TV Newscaster (uncredited)
John Lawrence ... Grossfeld (uncredited)
Richard LePore ... Private Ed Mavole (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Delegate (uncredited)
Tom Lowell ... Private Bobby Lembeck (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Delegate (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ... Delegate (uncredited)

Michael Masters ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
William Meader ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Reporter (uncredited)
Marquita Moll ... Soprano (uncredited)
Reggie Nalder ... Gomel (uncredited)
Frances E. Nealy ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Karen Norris ... Secretary (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... Reporter (uncredited)
Julie Payne ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Riordan ... Benjamin K. Arthur (uncredited)
Anna Shin ... Korean Girl (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Policeman (uncredited)
Irving Steinberg ... Freeman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Officer (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Senator (uncredited)
William Thourlby ... Little (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Raynum K. Tsukamoto ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Jeanne Vaughn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anton von Stralen ... Officer (uncredited)
James Yagi ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Writing credits
Richard Condon (based upon a novel by)

George Axelrod (screenplay)

John Frankenheimer  uncredited

Produced by
George Axelrod .... producer
John Frankenheimer .... producer
Howard W. Koch .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Amram 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster (film editor)
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Philip M. Jefferies (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist
Jack Freeman .... makeup artist
Bernard Ponedel .... makeup artist
Gene Shacove .... hair stylist: Janet Leigh
Mary Westmoreland .... hair stylist
Dorothy Parkinson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Behm .... assistant director (as Joseph Behm)
Read Killgore .... assistant director (uncredited)
David Salven .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arden Cripe .... property master
Philip M. Jefferies .... assistant art director
Richard Borland .... props (uncredited)
Lucius O. Croxton .... set dresser (uncredited)
John M. Elliott .... set dresser (uncredited)
Seymour Klate .... set dresser (uncredited)
Richard M. Rubin .... props (uncredited)
Gaylin P. Schultz .... props (uncredited)
Joseph S. Toldy .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Edmondson .... sound mixer
Del Harris .... sound effects editor
Buddy Myers .... re-recordist
Bill Flannery .... boom operator (uncredited)
Paul Wolfe .... recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Paul Pollard)
Gordon Doversola .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Beau Vanden Ecker .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
John Indrisano .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Mehl .... operative cameraman
Felix Barlow .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Craemer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eugene Levitt .... camera assistant (uncredited)
William Read Woodfield .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wesley Jeffries .... costumer (as Wesley V. Jefferies)
Angela Alexander .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Morris Brown .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ron Talsky .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Rose Viebeck .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Carl Mahakian .... assistant film editor
Music Department
David Amram .... conductor
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Vinton Vernon .... music recordist
Other crew
Thom Conroy .... dialogue coach
Amalia Wade .... script supervisor
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Mollie Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Gene Martell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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126 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1989) (uncut) | Finland:(Banned) (1964) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1964) (uncut) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:18 (1964) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:12A (2010) | UK:15 (1988) | UK:A (1962) (cut) | USA:PG-13 | USA:Approved (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

One scene was filmed at the Bar and Grill that Frank Sinatra's friend Jilly Rizzo owned in New York City.See more »
Factual errors: As Shaw arrives at the airport at the beginning of the film, several discrepancies on his uniform coat can be seen: he has two overseas bars at the bottoms of both sleeves (should be only on the left sleeve); he wears no three-year service stripes, even though he has obviously been in the service longer than three years; and he wears no ribbons for the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, or for World War II service (his age and rank indicate he would also have served during that war).See more »
Raymond Shaw:Twelve days of Christmas! One day of Christmas is loathsome enough!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Psycho Lover (1970)See more »
Theme from the Manchurian Candidate (Jazz Version)See more »


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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of the Finest Movies of Its Genre, 15 February 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Still one of the finest movies of its genre, this original film version of "The Manchurian Candidate" features excellent atmosphere, memorable characters, and a first-rate cast. John Frankenheimer's direction shows a very good understanding of the material and its potential, and indeed it is a rare example of a top quality movie being made from an average novel, rather than the other way around.

Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey carry the bulk of the movie, as former members of the same military unit in Korea, who slowly learn the truth about their shared past. Both give fine performances, with Sinatra's character perpetually nervous and fearful of what he will find, yet compelled to get at the truth, while Harvey as Sergeant Shaw is coldly self-composed, and contemptuous of anyone else's weakness.

The supporting cast is also excellent. Angela Lansbury's icy presence as Shaw's mother is unforgettable, Janet Leigh makes an intriguing woman of mystery, and James Gregory is flawless as a pestilential, brainless Senator. Khigh Dhiegh also has some fine moments of refined cruelty as evil mastermind Yen Lo.

Some of the finest scenes come from the dream sequences, which are crafted very well from a technical viewpoint, and which also ring true with the story as it comes out. They produce some chilling moments, as well as making the plot concept - which in itself is pretty far- fetched - seem more believable.

With the passage of time and the dissolution of Cold War tensions, it's now possible to watch this without any political baggage, and to allow the excellent production to stand on its own high quality, rather than on any contemporary sentiments.

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