Ada (film)

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Ada
Ada poster.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Daniel Mann
Produced by Lawrence Weingarten
Screenplay by Arthur Sheekman
William Driskill
Based on Ada Dallas 
by Wirt Williams
Starring Susan Hayward
Dean Martin
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Ralph Meeker
Martin Balsam
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Ralph E. Winters
Production
company
Avon Productions
Chalmar Inc.
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates August 25, 1961 (USA)
Running time 109 min.
Country USA
Language English

Ada is a 1961 American political drama film made by Avon Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Lawrence Weingarten, with a screenplay by Arthur Sheekman and William Driskill based on the novel Ada Dallas by Wirt Williams. The musical score was by Bronislau Kaper and the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. The art direction was by Edward Carfagno and George W. Davis and the costume design by Helen Rose.

The film stars Susan Hayward and Dean Martin along with Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ralph Meeker, and Martin Balsam.

Plot[edit]

Bo Gillis is a guitar-playing good old boy from a Southern state who is a candidate for governor there. He ends up elected after his opponent's wife is revealed to have a dark secret, a fact that Bo's campaign mastermind, Sylvester Marin, makes sure becomes known to all.

Shortly before the election, Bo goes to a nightclub where he is introduced to Ada Dallas, a working girl. They share a similar upbringing and Bo feels an immediate bond. They elope, much to the chagrin of the candidate's speechwriter, Steve, and the cynical Sylvester, who wants the marriage annulled.

The Gillises resist and begin life as the state's first couple. Soon the governor finds that he is little more than a stooge, blindly signing whatever document Sylvester puts before him. His childhood friend Ronnie is dismissed as lieutenant governor for speaking out. Sylvester requests help from Ada in controlling her husband, but the state's ambitious First Lady demands something quite outrageous in return — to be named the new lieutenant governor.

Bo is furious. He wanted Ada to be his refuge from dirty politics, not a part of it. He continues to oppose Sylvester's methods, which leads to a bomb being placed in the governor's car. In the hospital, Bo tells Ada that he believes her to be a conspirator in his attack.

Ada is sworn in as acting governor. Quickly, though, she goes to work against Sylvester, promoting her husband's ideas for honest government. On the day of a decisive vote at the state Capitol building, as Bo views from the gallery, Sylvester and his henchman Yancey try to sabotage Ada's plans by revealing evidence of her past as a prostitute. Bo speaks up on his wife's behalf. Sylvester is ruined, and Bo and Ada walk away from the Capitol side by side.

Cast[edit]

Susan Hayward as Ada Gillis

Reception[edit]

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film lost $2,372,000.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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