Friday, July 5, 2013

Advise & Consent

1962 American Feature

Cast: Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Eddie Hodges, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Inga Swenson, Will Geer and Betty White
Director: Otto Preminger
Writers: Wendell Mayes, based on the novel Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

A United States Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State gives light to a secret from the past, which has far-reaching consequences for all involved.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 82% / Audience: 87%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign Actor (Laughton).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor (Meredith).

  • Allen Drury's novel Advise and Consent, first published in 1959, won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the last time the Pulitzer for fiction was awarded to the year's bestselling novel. Drury followed it up with five sequels, beginning with A Shade of Difference in 1962.
  • The novel was adapted by Loring Mandel into the 1960 Broadway play Advise and Consent, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Richard Kiley, Ed Begley. Kevin McCarthy, Barnard Hughes and Conrad Bain. The production was followed by a national touring company starring Farley Granger.
  • The blackmail attempt is based on the case of Wyoming Senator Lester C. Hunt, who was blackmailed by members of the Republican Party in 1953. Hunt was told that if he ran for re-election, the details of his son's arrest (for soliciting prostitution from a male undercover officer) would be revealed. Hunt eventually agreed to step down, but eleven days later committed suicide in the Capitol.
  • The first post-war mainstream American movie to show a gay bar.
  • Charles Laughton's final film.
  • Betty White's feature film debut.

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