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Ada (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 25 August 1961 (USA)
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Bo Gillis is running for Governor. Steve writes the speeches, Sylvester runs the campaign and Bo plays the guitar. Everything is going according to the plan until a hooker named Ada is ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Ada Gillis
Dean Martin ... Bo Gillis
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Sylvester Marin
Ralph Meeker ... Colonel Yancey
Martin Balsam ... Steve Jackson
Frank Maxwell ... Ronnie Hallerton
Connie Sawyer ... Alice Sweet
Ford Rainey ... Speaker
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Al Winslow
Larry Gates ... Joe Adams
Robert S. Simon Robert S. Simon ... Warren Hatfield
Bill Zuckert ... Harry Davers (as William Zuckert)
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Bo Gillis is running for Governor. Steve writes the speeches, Sylvester runs the campaign and Bo plays the guitar. Everything is going according to the plan until a hooker named Ada is setup with Bo one night. Even with her past, Bo decides to marry her, much to the astonishment of everyone. After the election, she has a created bio and is very adept at handling people. Bo Gillis, as Governor, finds that he has little influence as Sylvester runs the whole operation. Bo's function is only to sign what is given to him. But while Bo is weak and fails to push his reforms, Ada is strong and adept at doing what is best for Bo and her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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What was the truth about Ada? See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ada Dallas See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The premise - corrupt political boss, his puppet candidate, and the unsavory past of the candidate's wife - is similar to that of Flamingo Road (1949). See more »

Goofs

Even though the story is taking place in an unspecified Southern state, the governor's car, a 1939 LaSalle sedan, bears a California license plate (AIG 447); after it's blown up, it appears again undamaged when the governor's wife drives to the Motel, but this time bearing a different California plate (TAT 497). The plates are the black on gold variety first issued in California in 1956, then updated each year with a new sticker, in this case the dark blue one issued in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Bo Gillis: You must have been a tough little girl.
Ada Gillis: I'm a tough big one, too.
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Featured in Sunset Over Mulholland Drive (2019) See more »

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May the Lord Bless You Real Good
Written by Warren Roberts and Wally Fowler
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Rather disappointing
30 April 2012 | by FANatic-10See all my reviews

Though entertaining enough, "Ada" does not belong in the top tier of Susan Hayward showcases. She's terrific as always, in a role that suits her, but too much in this stretches credibility and lacks proper transitioning. I blame the script, plus Susan and Dean Martin don't especially click together. The film is set in the South and, even though it says Ada comes from Alabama originally, its never made clear which state the action occurs in. The period is also not spelled out, though at the beginning, as Martin is campaigning, he passes a movie theater showing "Escapade", a 1935 William Powell vehicle. Yet, the clothing and hairstyles are definitely not 30's style. Two fine character actors, Martin Balsam and Ralph Meeker, are not given enough to do in support, while Wilfred Hyde-White never seems quite right as wily power-behind-the-scenes Sylvester Marin, his British accent out of place even with a layer of Southern drawl superimposed over it. All in all, you'll be entertained by this combination of "All the King's Men" and "A Face in the Crowd" with sudsy soap opera, but don't expect greatness.


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