Ada

Overview

Dean Martin plays an easygoing Southern politician, long on charm but short on brains. Susan Hayward, a poor girl with rich ideas, marries Martin and endeavors to engineer him into the governor's chair. Though no saint herself, Hayward is determined to overcome the good-old-boy corruption infesting the state government. She emerges triumphant after a public showdown with crafty politico Wilfred Hyde-White. Based on a novel by Wirt Williams,Ada was produced by the same team that had guided Susan Hayward to an ...
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Overview

Dean Martin plays an easygoing Southern politician, long on charm but short on brains. Susan Hayward, a poor girl with rich ideas, marries Martin and endeavors to engineer him into the governor's chair. Though no saint herself, Hayward is determined to overcome the good-old-boy corruption infesting the state government. She emerges triumphant after a public showdown with crafty politico Wilfred Hyde-White. Based on a novel by Wirt Williams,Ada was produced by the same team that had guided Susan Hayward to an Oscar nomination for I'll Cry Tomorrow.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although the novel that was its basis was somewhat inspired by a real political situation, Ada suffers from a severe credibility problem. For those who don't mind how outrageous the plot twists and machinations of their soap operas are, Ada will probably be an okay way to pass a little time. But for those who insist on some degree of believability, the movie will be sunk within the first fifteen minutes. It might not be so bad if Ada's plot twists and turns were buttressed by some incisive characterizations or dialogue that crackled and sparkled. Unfortunately, it's all one-dimensional characters who spout lines we've all heard time and time again. Still, it's easy to see why Susan Hayward was attracted to the project, as the title role is one of those characters that she can give her all to --and she does. It's not great acting, but it's commanding and powerful, and it keeps Ada moving. Surprisingly, Dean Martin turns in one of his stronger performances, making one wish he had committed himself to some better roles in his career. The rest of the cast is fine, even if Wilfrid Hyde-White's accent comes and goes, and director Daniel Mann plays up the strengths of his performers as much as possible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • UPC: 883316630174
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,094

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hayward Ada Gillis
Dean Martin Bo Gillis
Wilfrid Hyde-White Sylvester Marin
Ralph Meeker Col. Yancey
Martin Balsam Steve Jackson
Frank Maxwell Ronnie Hallerton
Connie Sawyer Alice Sweet
Ford Rainey Speaker
Charles Watts Al Winslow
Larry Gates Joe Adams
Robert Simon Natfield
William Zuckert Harry Davers
Richard Benedict
Helen Beverly
Robert Burton
Kathryn Card
Mary Treen Clubwoman
Technical Credits
Daniel Mann Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
George W. Davis Art Director
William Driskill Screenwriter
Walt Fowler Songwriter
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Jack Mills Set Decoration/Design
Warren Roberts Songwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Arthur Sheekman Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Ralph Winters Editor
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