A Los Angeles socialite kills a man while home alone one night and claims he was an intruder she did not know. It seems like a clear case of self defense until the story hits the papers and people connected to the dead man come forward.
Robert Leffingwell is the president's nominee for Secretary of State. Prior to his approval, he must go through a Senate investigation to determine if he's qualified. Leading the Senate committee is idealistic Senator Brig Anderson, who soon finds himself unprepared for the opposition and political dirt that's revealed, including Leffingwell's past affiliations with a Communist organization. When Leffingwell testifies about his political leanings, he proves his innocence. Later, however, Anderson learns that he lied under oath and asks the president to withdraw Leffingwell from consideration, especially after the young senator and his wife begins receiving blackmail threats about a skeleton in his own closet.Written by
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Last film with Franchot Tone and Charles Laughton together. They both first starred in "Mutiny on the Bounty" 27 years earlier. See more »
When the women are speaking in the gallery before the first Senate session, Mrs. Harrison says the "minority party is on the right and the majority party is on the left." If she's referring to the speaker's (President's) perspective, this would put the Republicans in the majority, as the Democrats (being the oldest party) sit on the speaker's right.
However, later in that scene the Vice President steps down from the podium and asks a senator to take over for him; that senator is clearly to his right. A member of the minority party would never serve as President of the Senate, particularly during such a sensitive hearing. Thus, it's possible that Mrs. Harrison is noting "right" and "left" from her perspective in the gallery (which would place the Democrats in the majority). See more »
[a boy is selling newspapers outside the U.S. Capitol, with the headline "Leffingwell Picked for Secretary of State"]
[to a customer]
[taking change from Danta]
Good morning, senator... thank you.
[Danta gets into a taxicab]
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So condescending, to everyone. Washington socialite Gene Tirney comes into the public gallery of Congress escorting two diplomat's wives, the British and the French. She gives the French wife a lesson into the workings of Congress, the French lady doesn't seem to know anything about the American executive branch or understand it. Why didn't the French sue? Or women for that matter. Behind the camera there is a man with a tyrannic brain a misogynistic eye and a very old sensibility, if any. What's fun about this politically incorrect tired tale is precisely the incorrectness, the melodramatic turn and Charles Laughton. Betrayal and conspiracy in the corridors of power has always been a favorite subject from Shakespeare and beyond but here there is a massive problem and I can't decide whether it takes itself too seriously or not seriously enough. See it by yourself and enjoy a terrific Laughton.
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