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Movies: “Advise and Consent”

July 7, 1962 - Today’s new film is “Advise and Consent,” a political drama based on the 1959 Pulitzer prize-winning novel of the same name by Allen Drury. The film was directed by Otto Preminger. The ensemble cast includes Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, and Betty White. The title derives from the U.S. Constitution’s Article II, Sec. 2, cl. 2, which provides that the president of the United States "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States." The film follows the nomination process of a man who commits perjury in confirmation hearings for his nomination as Secretary of State.

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