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Martin Luther King Will Not Appear in Preminger Film

Oct. 20, 1961 - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said today that he would not portray a Georgia senator in the film version of the novel “Advise and Consent,” as had been previously reported. Dr. King cited the possibility that some Southerners “would have been inflamed” by the portrayal. Moreover, he said, he thought the role “could not be of any significance in advancing civil rights.” The film, based on Allen Drury’s Pultizer Prize novel, is being made at Columbia’s Hollywood studios after location filming in the capital. The director, Otto Preminger, confirmed today that the portrayal had been canceled by friendly agreeement.

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