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Advise & Consent

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The first of Allen Drury "all names changed to protect the guilty" political novels, Advise and Consent was brought to the screen by producer/director Otto Preminger. The film hinges upon the appointment of Robert Leffingwell Henry Fonda to Secretary of State. Leffingwell has been hand-picked by the President Franchot Tone, meaning that there'll be a battle on the Senate floor between adherents of and opponents to the current administration. Among the participants are veteran Dixiecrat Charles Laughton, freshman ...
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Overview

The first of Allen Drury "all names changed to protect the guilty" political novels, Advise and Consent was brought to the screen by producer/director Otto Preminger. The film hinges upon the appointment of Robert Leffingwell Henry Fonda to Secretary of State. Leffingwell has been hand-picked by the President Franchot Tone, meaning that there'll be a battle on the Senate floor between adherents of and opponents to the current administration. Among the participants are veteran Dixiecrat Charles Laughton, freshman Senator Don Murray and Nixonlike powerseeker George Grizzard. Burgess Meredith also shows up as a pathetic Whitaker Chambers type who is brought into the Senate to "prove" that Leffingwell is a communist. To neutralize Murray, Grizzard threatens to dredge up a homosexual incident in Murray's past, which results in the latter's suicide. Advise and Consent is a slow and old-fashioned film, coming to life only when Laughton and Grizzard are on screen--and in the climax, in which the fate of Leffingwell's appointment is left in the hands of acting President Lew Ayres.
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Editorial Reviews

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Perhaps the most realistic portrayal of American political workings ever put on film, Otto Preminger's Advise and Consent may be a tad tedious for those uninterested in the capital's foibles. As with many of Preminger's films, however, there is no denying that the director skillfully captures a specific slice of American life. Unfortunately, the film was not a financial success; Preminger's hadn't had a box-office hit since Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and Exodus (1960). In keeping with his string of interesting failures, Advise and Consent has many noteworthy elements. The cantankerous Preminger was famous for pushing the envelope of the Hollywood Production Code and American morality in general -- as he did with the graphic sexual content of Anatomy of a Murder and The Moon is Blue or drug addiction in The Man With the Golden Arm -- and the open homosexual element of Advise was understandably shocking for 1962. The brilliant British actor Charles Laughton made his final appearance in this film as South Carolina senator Seabright Cooley.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/1995
  • UPC: 085393569136
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda Robert Leffingwell
Charles Laughton Sen. Seabright "Seab" Cooley
Don Murray Sen. Brigham Anderson
Walter Pidgeon Sen. Bob Munson
Gene Tierney Dolly Harrison
Peter Lawford Sen. Lafe Smith
Inga Swenson Ellen Anderson
Lew Ayres The Vice-President
Burgess Meredith Herbert Gelman
George Grizzard Sen. Fred Van Ackerman
Paul Ford Sen. Stanley Danta
Franchot Tone The President
Raoul de Leon Sen. Velez
Bill Quinn Sen. Hendershot
Edward Andrews Sen. Orrin Knox
Malcolm Atterbury Sen. Tom August
Russ Brown Nightwatchman
Hilary Eaves Lady Maudulayne
Sid Gould Bartender
Tom Helmore British Ambassador
Eddie Hodges Johnny Leffingwell
Paul McGrath Hardiman Fletcher
J. Edward McKinley Sen. Hanson
Michele Montau Celestine Barre
Rene Paul French Ambassador
Chet Stratton Rev. Birch
Betty White Sen. Bessie Adams
Cay Forrester President's Secretary
Will Geer Senate Minority Leader
Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director, Producer
Del Armstrong Makeup
Eli Benneche Set Decoration/Design
Hope Bryce Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Willaim Hamilton Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Loeffler Editor
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Stellar.

    They say if you like hot dogs, don't tour the hot dog factory. Well I've watched Modern Marvels and I still like my dogs. This great movie is the factory tour of how things really work in DC. The depth of casting is astounding, and Premminger is, as always, unmatched. However, the two scene stealers are Walter Pidgeon, and Charles Laughton. Laughton chews the scenery as the senior senator from South Carolina; it's an opportunity to see one of the greatest actors, in his last film, show the whippersnappers how it's done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    An gripping lesson on civics and government.

    Based upon Allen Drury's polizter prize winning novel, advise and consent brings the United States Senate to life with this fictional tale that may have been based on real events or persons whose names and situations were changed. Advise and consent although released in 1962 still holds true to todays polictal environment. Those interested in politics will enjoy this gripping tale of a senate confirmation hearing for the Secretary of State. Twists, turns, lies and accusations will keep one guessing who will do what to whom to get the upper edge of power.

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