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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?

Famous for his use of innovative camera angles, director John Frankenheimer was widely acclaimed for a shot that is slightly out of focus: Frank Sinatra showing the all-queens deck of cards to Laurence Harvey. Frankenheimer said that rather than the shot being evidence of inspiration, it was an accident and merely the best take for Sinatra. Audiences interpreted it as Shaw's blurred perspective.See more »
Revealing mistakes: You can see the countryside passing by outside the train window. It's obvious that the actors are not really being filmed on a moving train, but the footage of the moving landscape was shot at an angle. So the camera that's aimed directly towards the window depicts a landscape that's bizarrely moving away from the train on an angle.See more »
Sen. John Yerkes Iselin:No evasions, Mister Secretary, no evasions if you please.
Secretary of Defense:Evasions? What the hell are you talking about?
Secretary of Defense:[whispering to Marco] What the hell is this nonsense?
Marco:[covering the microphones] Mister Secretary, I'm kind of new at this job, but I don't think it's good public relations to speak that way to a US Senator, even if he is an idiot.
Sen. John Yerkes Iselin:I am United States Senator John Yerkes Iselin, and I have here a list of two hundred seven persons who are known by the Secretary of Defense as being members of the Communist Party!
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43 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Truly, a gem!, 24 January 2005
Author: fastmike from Long Branch, NJ, USA

Probably John Frankenheimer's best production, and Frank Sinatra's best cinema performance.

I saw this because of the recent 'remake', I would assume that the reader will be making the same comparison. Having never seen this before, I found myself riveted to the story, and absolutely great performances by Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, John McGiver, James Gregory, and Leslie Parrish.

Coincidently, I had just recently finished reading some previously published works about the cold war, in particular the Chambers-Hiss court cases.

It might be accident, but I wouldn't doubt it might have been intended by Frankenheimer to choose Harvey, who resembled Hiss, in appearance and McGiver who resembled Chambers appearance. When this was released in 1962, the Hiss-Chambers spy fiasco was still fresh in the public's mind.

Other American political images are not for want of satire either, since Lansbury and Gregory seemed to have reminded me, in appearance, of Mary and (honest) Abe Lincoln.

The pace, style and non stop tension rivals Hitchcock; it will certainly have you wondering if he had anything to do with this! Truly Frankenhiemer, excels here.

Because Sinatra was box office magnet, most of his other roles seemed 'fitted' for him. Not here! You'll have a chance to see the real Frank Sinatra, really working to make the part work, and without a doubt, he too excels in his role.

I don't think I'll bother to see the recent version yet. I want to see this original classic a few more times.

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