May 8, 1962 - “Advise and Consent,” a film produced and directed by Otto Preminger (pictured left in Cannes, France with Gene Tierney and Walter Pidgeon) which explores the inner workings of the U.S. Government, won a mixed reception today at the Cannes Film Festival. Some critics and spectators called Preminger’s version of Allen Drury’s best-selling novel an apology for McCarthyism. Others felt it was pro-Communist, while still others maintained it was laudatory of the U.S. Senate. All agreed that the picture was technically excellent. They also praised the acting of Charles Laughton, Henry Fonda, and Franchot Tone.
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