Advise and Consent (Columbia 1962, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres)

Advise and Consent

Otto Preminger’s political thriller Advise and Consent examines the dark side of politics and its tragic personal repercussions for an essentially decent man. When a President nominates a controversial candidate for Secretary of State, the political dealing and infighting begins as dissident legislators are willing to stoop even to blackmail to stop his confirmation – or assure it.

Preminger seemed to hit his stride lending a documentary tension to legal or political settings, and this is one of his best. Charles Laughton made his final screen appearance in the movie, playing Senator Seabright “Seb” Cooley, the aging Dixiecrat from South Carolina.

Franchot Tone as The President
Lew Ayres as The Vice President – Harley Hudson
Henry Fonda as Robert Leffingwell
Walter Pidgeon as Senate Majority Leader Bob Munson
Charles Laughton as Senator Seabright Cooley
Don Murray as Senator Brigham Anderson
Peter Lawford as Senator Lafe Smith
Gene Tierney as Dolly Harrison
Burgess Meredith as Herbert Gelman
Eddie Hodges as Johnny Leffingwell
Paul Ford as Senator Stanley Danta
George Grizzard as Senator Fred Van Ackerman
Inga Swenson as Ellen Anderson
Paul McGrath as Hardiman Fletcher
Will Geer as Senate Minority Leader

crew details
Producer and Director: Otto Preminger
Original Story: Allen Drury
Director of Photography: Sam Leavitt
Editor: Louis R. Loeffler
Composer: Jerry Fielding
Screenwriter: Wendell Mayes
Production Designer: Lyle Wheeler
Costume Designer: Hope Bryce
Set Designer: Eli Benneche

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Columbia
Year of Release: 1962
Duration: 139 minutes

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