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Primary (1960)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1960 (USA)
Cinéma vérité feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary.

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Robert Drew

Writer:

Robert Drew
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Credited cast:
Robert Drew Robert Drew ... Himself
Hubert H. Humphrey Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself
Muriel Buck Humphrey Muriel Buck Humphrey ... Herself
Joseph Julian Joseph Julian ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself
John F. Kennedy ... Himself
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Kennedy volunteer
Philleo Nash Philleo Nash ... Himself
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It's the tail end of winter in 1960. U.S. Senators Hubert Humphrey and John Kennedy seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President. Wisconsin's primary - one of the few direct primaries at the time - is on April 5. We see both candidates on the road; it's retail politics, shaking hands, signing autographs, smiling. We hear part of a standard stump speech from Kennedy; we watch Humphrey talk to farmers in a rural hall. Kennedy is favored. We see his wife, his brother Robert briefly, and on election night his sisters Pat and Eunice. Jacqueline speaks a few words of Polish at a Milwaukee rally. The returns come in; it's on to Indiana and West Virginia. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primárias See more »

Filming Locations:

Wisconsin, USA

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Drew Associates, Time See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1990. See more »

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When Jacqueline Kennedy is singing along with supporters at a campaign rally, her lips are not in sync. See more »

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Featured in Richard Reeves on the Kennedy Presidency (2016) See more »

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cinema verite documentary
9 November 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Filmmaker Robert Drew follows Senators Hubert H. Humphrey and John F. Kennedy as they campaign for the Wisconsin Democratic primary in the wintry start of 1960. There is limited narration. It is a cinema verite documentary. It's a lot of glad handing and chicken dinner speeches. It's the grinding daily political theater. As archival footage, this is fascinating for politics history junkies. The sound can vary in quality. There are glimpses of Jacqueline Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy clan. There is definitely a difference in the two campaigns. While Humphrey talks to reserved farmers, Kennedy is fighting through throngs of excited people. In the end, JFK comes out ahead 2 to 1 on primary night. The last image is a straggling dusty old car with a Humphrey sticker rolling down the road.


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