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Washington Story (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 18 July 1952 (USA)
Joe Gresham is a hard-working but reticent congressman from Massachusetts. Reporter Alice Kingsley arrives in Washington, DC hired by Gilbert Nunnally, a tabloid columnist and cynic who ... See full summary »

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Robert Pirosh

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Robert Pirosh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Joseph T. Gresham
Patricia Neal ... Alice Kingsley
Louis Calhern ... Charles W. Birch
Sidney Blackmer ... Philip Emery
Philip Ober ... Gilbert Nunnally
Patricia Collinge ... Miss Galbreth
Moroni Olsen ... Speaker of the House
Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Dee
Reinhold Schünzel ... Peter Kralik
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Caswell
Dan Riss ... Bill Holmby
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Mrs. Vatek
Raymond Greenleaf ... John Sheldon
Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall ... Rodney Delwick
Perry Sheehan Perry Sheehan ... Secretary
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Joe Gresham is a hard-working but reticent congressman from Massachusetts. Reporter Alice Kingsley arrives in Washington, DC hired by Gilbert Nunnally, a tabloid columnist and cynic who wants Alice to uncover a ripe political scandal. They target "No Comment Joe" Gresham, and she begins developing a story on him, telling him it will be a benign "profile." Gresham is struggling with a genuine legislative dilemma, weighing the funding of a ship building facility which would favor his own district against broader national defense requirements. To get to know him better-and to dig up some appropriate dirt, Alice agrees to travel with Joe to his home district, where she meets his mother and observes him in his local context. She finds Gresham's wholesome image appears unfeigned and becomes torn between her commission to write a "tell-all" story and her growing attraction to Joe. Written by Mike Canning (mpcanning04@gmail.com

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Congressman See more »

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Budget:

$1,419,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Interiors were shot throughout the U.S. Capitol Building, including the House Chamber, Rotunda, and the subways to the House and Senate office buildings. The production crew was given unprecedented access to the Capitol, greater than any previous film. See more »

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When Alice Kingsley and Gilbert Nunnally are shown taking the subway to the Senate office building, they are shown coming to the end of the line twice on the rear-screen projection behind them. See more »

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DC romance with dash of drama says much about politics in '52
31 July 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Washington Story promises to be a lot grittier than it ends up being, but this non-Red-scare movie nonetheless says a lot about America during the height of the Red scare (1952, actually). Van Johnson plays a hard-working, honest congressman who runs foul of a venomous columnist. The columnist sets an idealistic young reporter (Patricia Neal) on him to dig up, or manufacture, dirt. At first wary, the two grow -- naturally -- close, only to draw apart from unfounded suspicions. The appeal of Johnson and Neal make this a passable diversion, and there's some nice observation of the Georgetown cocktail-party circuit and of close friendships between ideologically incompatible colleagues, but the underlying message is never far from the surface: It's unpatriotic to talk against the "Government," and the press is nothing but a pack of subversive malcontents.


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