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Primary (1960)

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

Director:

Robert Drew

Writer:

Robert Drew
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Drew Robert Drew ... Self
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Self
Muriel Buck Humphrey Muriel Buck Humphrey ... Self
Joseph Julian Joseph Julian ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Jacqueline Kennedy ... Self
John F. Kennedy ... Self
Robert F. Kennedy ... Self
Joseph McBride ... Self - Kennedy volunteer
Philleo Nash Philleo Nash ... Self
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Storyline

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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Trivia

In 1960, only fifteen states and the District of Columbia held primary elections for the Democrat party. Kennedy's closest rival for the nomination, Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, did not campaign in any primary state. Hubert H. Humphrey eventually finished sixth at the Democrat National Convention that year. Humphrey would gain the party's nomination on 1968, but would lose the presidency to Richard Nixon. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Featured in What Is Cinema? (2013) See more »

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Early verity before the kinks were worked out
24 June 2020 | by jellopukeSee all my reviews

A historical curiosity if you really want to see how quaint and folksy primaries were back then, and to see JFK behind the scenes. But there's not much really here other than that, just a look at a lost world.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1960 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Darlington, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Drew Associates, Time See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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