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The Best Man (1964)

 -  Drama  -  5 April 1964 (USA)
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The two front runners for their party's Presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the ex-President's endorsement.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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William Russell
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Joe Cantwell
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Mabel Cantwell
Margaret Leighton ...
Alice Russell
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Sheldon Bascomb
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President Art Hockstader
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Sue Ellen Gamadge
Gene Raymond ...
Don Cantwell
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Dick Jensen
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Herself
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Howard K. Smith
John Henry Faulk ...
Gov. T.T. Claypoole
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Sen. Oscar Anderson
Penny Singleton ...
Mrs. Claypoole (scenes deleted)
George Kirgo ...
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Storyline

The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Does The Best Man Always Get To The White House?

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Drama

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5 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Gore Vidal's The Best Man  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ronald Reagan was rejected for a role in this film because a studio executive didn't think he had "that presidential look." See more »

Goofs

When Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robertson) enters the helicopter he sits in the right seat. When he exits, he exits from the left seat. See more »

Quotes

T.T. Claypoole: Nice thing about you, Joe, is that you can sound like a liberal, but at heart you're an American
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a picture of every single U.S. President appears in order, from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 12 April 1964 (1964) See more »

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MUDSLINGING!
11 February 2000 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

60's flick about political mudslinging between two candidates who are vying for their party's nomination for president. The action takes place at the convention as both Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson dig up the dirt about each other. Compared to today's politics this 64 film actually seems tame. Fun to watch especially during a presidential election year.


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