Advise and Consent

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Director:
Otto Preminger
Released:
1962
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Advise and Consent is a political drama about a controversial nomination for Secretary Of State. America's President is terminally ill, and, in his concern over his (seemingly) weak Vice President, nominates Robert A. Leffingwell for the position. The nomination is extremely controversial, and a very divided Senate appoints a sub-committee to investigate Leffingwell. A savage fight ensues, with Leffingwell accused of communism and the Senator heading the sub-committee ruthlessly blackmailed. In a down-to-the-wire decision, all bets are off as to whether Leffingwell's nomination will go through. Advise and Consent, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Allen Drury, was revolutionary in that many of the scenes were actually filmed in the Halls Of Congress, with actual Representatives appearing in the film. Otto Preminger directs this powerful look at a contentious legislative debate in the darkest days of the Cold War.

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda

Robert A. Leffingwell

Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton

Senator Seabright Cooley

Don Murray

Don Murray

Brigham Anderson

Walter Pidgeon

Walter Pidgeon

Robert Munson

Peter Lawford

Peter Lawford

Lafe Smith

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This was Charles Laughton's final movie; he died shortly after its first showings. Director Otto Preminger later commented, "It was a wonderful thing to become Laughton's friend in the last days of his life."

    • Allen Drury strongly disapproved of this film of his well-known novel, as he was an arch-conservative, whilst director Otto Preminger and screenwriter Wendell Mayes were both liberals.

    • Allen Drury's best-selling novel had already been turned into a successful Broadway play (in which the character of Robert A. Leffingwell never appears).

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  • NOTES (1)

    • This was Gene Tierney's first film role in six years, following an extensive nervous breakdown, and Will Geer's first in over a decade, as a result of blacklisting in the McCarthy days. It also brought composer Jerry Fielding back to film work after blacklisting.

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