Promotional poster by Saul Bass
|Directed by||Otto Preminger|
|Produced by||Martin C. Schute|
|Screenplay by||Robert Dozier|
|Based on||The Cardinal|
|Music by||Jerome Moross|
|Edited by||Louis R. Loeffler|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||175 minutes|
The Cardinal is a 1963 American drama film which was produced independently and directed by Otto Preminger, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Robert Dozier, based on the novel of the same name (1950) by Henry Morton Robinson.
The film was shot on location in Boston, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and in Rome and Vienna. The music score was written by Jerome Moross. The Cardinal featured the final appearance by veteran film star Dorothy Gish as well as the last big-screen performance of Maggie McNamara.
Robinson's novel was based on the life of Cardinal Francis Spellman, who was then Archbishop of New York. The Vatican's liaison officer for the film was Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI.
The life of a fictional Irish Catholic priest, Stephen Fermoyle (played by Tom Tryon), is portrayed from his ordination in 1917 to his appointment as a cardinal on the eve of World War II. Fermoyle goes through one crisis after another, first in his own family and then as he climbs up the ladder of the church hierarchy, beginning with his Boston parish and later in Rome within the Vatican.
- Tom Tryon as Stephen Fermoyle
- Carol Lynley as Mona Fermoyle / Regina Fermoyle
- Dorothy Gish as Celia Fermoyle
- Maggie McNamara as Florrie Fermoyle
- Bill Hayes as Frank Fermoyle
- Cameron Prud'Homme as Din Fermoyle
- Romy Schneider as Annemarie von Hartman
- Cecil Kellaway as Monsignor Monaghan
- Ossie Davis as Father Gillis
- Loring Smith as Cornelius J. Deegan
- John Saxon as Benny Rampell
- James Hickman as Father Lyons
- Berenice Gahm as Mrs Rampell
- John Huston as Cardinal Glennon
- Jose Duvall (as Jose Duval) as Ramon Gongaro
- Peter MacLean as Father Callahan
- Robert Morse as Bobby and His Adora-Belles
- Burgess Meredith as Father Ned Halley
- Josef Meinrad as Cardinal Innitzer
- Erik Frey as Seyss-Inquart
- Wolfgang Preiss as SS major
- Jill Haworth as Lalage Menton
- Raf Vallone as Cardinal Quarenghi
Box office performance
The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, marking the last time (as of 2012[update]) a film won that category without later being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[N 1] Preminger was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director; John Huston was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Huston's role as Cardinal Glennon was his official debut as an actor although he had previously played bit roles in several films including his own The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Other Academy Awards nominations were for Best Cinematography (Leon Shamroy), Best Art Direction (Lyle R. Wheeler and set decorator Gene Callahan), Best Costume Design (Donald Brooks), and Best Film Editing (Louis R. Loeffler).
- Box Office Information for The Cardinal. The Numbers. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- The Cardinal review by Frank Miller, Turner Classic Movies
- "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors not total gross.
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- The Cardinal at the TCM Movie Database