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Release Date:
12 December 1963 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
On the Cutting Edge of Catholic History See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tom Tryon ... Stephen Fermoyle

Carol Lynley ... Mona / Regina Fermoyle

Dorothy Gish ... Celia
Maggie McNamara ... Florrie
Bill Hayes ... Frank
Cameron Prud'Homme ... Din

Cecil Kellaway ... Monsignor Monaghan
Loring Smith ... Cornelius J. Deegan

John Saxon ... Benny Rampell
James Hickman ... Father Lyons
Berenice Gahm ... Mrs. Rampell

John Huston ... Glennon
Jose Duvall ... Ramon Gongaro (as Jose Duval)
Peter MacLean ... Father Callahan

Robert Morse ... Bobby (as Robert {Morse} and His Adora-Belles)
Billy Reed ... Master of Ceremonies
Pat Henning ... Hercule Menton

Burgess Meredith ... Father Ned Halley

Jill Haworth ... Lalage Menton
Russ Brown ... Dr. Heller

Raf Vallone ... Cardinal Quarenghi
Tullio Carminati ... Cardinal Giacobbi

Ossie Davis ... Father Gillis
Francesco Mancini ... Master of Ceremonies (Ordination) (as Don Francesco Mancini of Veroli)
Dino Di Luca ... Italian Monsignor
Donald Hayne ... Father Eberling

Chill Wills ... Monsignor Whittle
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Sheriff Dubrow
Doro Merande ... Woman Picket

Patrick O'Neal ... Cecil Turner

Murray Hamilton ... Lafe

Romy Schneider ... Annemarie
Peter Weck ... Kurt Von Hartman
Rudolf Forster ... Drunk Man at the Ball
Josef Meinrad ... Cardinal Innitzer
Dagmar Schmedes ... Madame Walter
Erik Frey ... Seyss-Inquart (as Eric Frey)
Josef Krastel ... Von Hartman Butler
Matthias Fuchs ... Father Neidermoser
Vilma Degischer ... Sister Wilhelmina

Wolfgang Preiss ... S.S. Major
Jürgen Wilke ... Army Lieutenant (as Jurgen Wilke)
Wilma Lipp ... Soloist
Eric van Nuys
Stefan Skodler (as Stephan Skodler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Breslin ... Priest (uncredited)

Jed Curtis ... Young Monk (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Redneck (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Rampell (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Redneck (uncredited)

Dan White ... Lamar (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Robert Dozier (screenplay)

Henry Morton Robinson (novel)

Ring Lardner Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
Martin C. Schute .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerome Moross 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Casting by
Bill Barnes 
 
Production Design by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan 
 
Costume Design by
Donald Brooks 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Frederic Jones .... hairdressing (as Frederick Jones)
Dick Smith .... makeup artist
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Guy Luongo .... production manager (International Film Services-Rome )
Eva Monley .... production manager
Harrison Starr .... production manager
Paul Waldherr .... production manager (Danubia Films-Vienna )
Henry Weinberger .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Coates .... assistant director
Roberto Fizz .... assistant director (as Robert Fiz)
Hermann Leitner .... assistant director
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director
Bob Vietro .... assistant director
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (as Eric Von Stroheim Jr.)
 
Art Department
Fred Bockstahler .... construction grip
Art Cole .... property master
Tom Frewer .... property master
Otto Niedermoser .... art director: Vienna
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... scene painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Morris Feingold .... sound
Walter Goss .... sound
Red Law .... sound
Harold Lewis .... sound
Peter Thornton .... sound effects editor
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
Fred Hall .... chief gaffer
Kenneth Lang .... best boy
Leo McCreary .... key grip
Saul Midwall .... camera operator
Piero Portalupi .... second unit camera
Morris Rosen .... key grip
Paul Uhl .... camera operator
Francesco Brescini .... electrician (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hope Bryce .... costume coordinator
Joe King .... wardrobe
George Newman .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Leon Birnbaum .... music editor
Gary Hughes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Elfi von Dassanowsky .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles
Don Nivardo Buttarazzi .... abbot: Abbey at Casamari
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor
Donald Hayne .... technical advisor
Otto Preminger .... presenter
Nat Rudich .... executive assistant to producer
Don Raffaele Scaccia .... prior: Abbey at Casamari
Buddy Schwab .... choreographer
Max Slater .... dialogue coach
John Dunaway .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
175 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
6-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-14 | USA:Approved (certificate #20518) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Curt Jurgens was initially cast as Cardinal Innitzer, but dropped out.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: All along the movie, we see, leading to St Peter's square, the Via della Conciliazione and its palazzi, built for the Holy Year of 1950, under the pontificate of Pius XII, whose election Cardinal Fermoyle is supposed to take part at the very end of the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Cardinal Glennon:We've never had a priest working with the Mafia before. But I suppose you made some interesting contacts in Rome.
Stephen Fermoyle:I had no choice, Your Eminence. I had to work my way through the seminary by selling opium in St. Peter's Square.
Cardinal Glennon:You're not afraid of me.
Stephen Fermoyle:No.
Cardinal Glennon:Why not? Most people are.
Stephen Fermoyle:I think it's because you remind me of my father. He was known as "Den the Down Shouter," but I soon learned his roar was the only fierce thing about him.
Cardinal Glennon:He's a lucky man to have a son who's not afraid of him.
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Soundtrack:
Jubilate AlleluiaSee more »

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Who sang the song Stay With Me in the film
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
On the Cutting Edge of Catholic History, 20 November 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Otto Preminger's blockbuster film, The Cardinal, is kind of like an ecclesiastical Winds of War with its priest/protagonist seemingly on the scene of a whole lot of history from before World War I until just before the outbreak of World War II. The church of those times is vastly different than the Roman Catholic Church of today.

Tom Tryon plays Stephen Fermoyle whose parents, Cameron Prudhomme and Dorothy Gish as did so many Irish married couples, determined that one of their kids would be a priest. They put aside money for same and the film opens with young Tryon completing his ordination in Rome and coming back to be assigned to the Boston Archdiocese.

Tryon undergoes many crises of faith, both personal and historical. As The Cardinal is history as how the church would write it for itself, a lot of things are passed over and answers we might come up with today would not be what Catholic folks especially would have thought back then.

One thing that did get me, though maybe it was in the novel the film is based on, is the big event for American Catholics in that time period was the 1928 presidential campaign and the nomination of Alfred E. Smith by the Democrats, the first Roman Catholic to be nominated by a major party for president. I could not believe that Preminger made a film about the Catholic church in that period with an American protagonist and didn't mention that at all in the film.

Preminger assembled a truly international cast of players of the second and third tier. Note the absence of any big name box office stars. He also shot the film in various locations around the world, Boston, Rome, Vienna and other places where the odyssey of Tom Tryon takes him.

Fellow director John Huston got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in his role as Cardinal Glennon of Boston, loosely based on Archbishop of Boston at the time, William O'Connell. Preminger said that Huston was cooperative in every way and Huston said he resisted successfully the impulse to call his own shots on his performance remembering this was not his film.

Carol Lynley playing both Tryon's sister and niece does well in a dual role and Patrick O'Neal and Murray Hamilton play a contrasting duo of Ku Klux Klansmen in Georgia. Romy Schneider is fine as the Austrian woman who loves Tryon and nearly shakes him from his vows of celibacy. Austrian actor Joseph Meinrad is memorable as the only true figure portrayed by name in the film, Cardinal Imnitzer of Vienna who makes a devil's bargain with Hitler and has cause to regret it.

I think viewers will also like a pair of fine Italian players Raf Vallone and Tullio Carminati who play a pair Cardinals, the former the friend and mentor of young Tryon and the latter the Papal Secretary of State based on Cardinal Merry del Val.

My favorite moments in The Cardinal are with Burgess Meredith as the parish priest from a diocese in Northern Maine where Tryon is sent as a curate. He's a simple man of great faith who is dying of multiple sclerosis. He's an old friend of Huston's and their reunion scene on Meredith's death bed is touching and sublime. This may very well have been Meredith's best screen role and he never gets enough credit for it.

Curious also that in this day when there is so much controversy about openly gay actor Chad Allen playing a missionary, it's ironic that closeted gay actor Tom Tryon plays a prince of the church here. Tryon after he left acting and became a successful novelist came relatively out of the closet. Today there would be the same howls of indignation as there were for Chad Allen if The Cardinal were made now.

As this is history as the church would write it itself, The Cardinal misfires in making its main points. But the performances that Otto Preminger gets from his cast are dignified and in some cases very moving. Not a bad film, but definitely falls short of being a great one.

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