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- kevin sellers
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith Go To Tallahassee" is kinda fun in a tawdry, trashy way. It's the sort of movie Tennessee Williams might have written if he had half his talent and twice his interest in politics. As it is Arthur Sheekman and William Driskill's script provides good conflict between Susan Hayward's call girl turned politician and Wilfrid Hyde White's sleazy boss as well as a couple good scornful speeches delivered by Hayward to cowering male bureaucrats and snobby female political spouses. Daniel Mann was described by guest host Michael Feinstein as an "actor's director" which usually means he lets his performers get away with scenery chewing. Certainly Hayward takes advantage. No surprise there. But usually understated thesps like Hyde White (sporting a really lame Florida by way of Harrow accent) and Ralph Meeker are also over the top, which is kind of irksome. About the only person who turns in an unselfconscious performance is Dean Martin, surprisingly convincing as a Southerner. Well, maybe not so surprising considering "Some Came Running." Also dragging this movie down is the basic ludicrousness of the story. I mean, it's established that Hayward has for years worked in a brothel patronized by state politicos and no one finds out until she's acting governor! Don't know if this major story hole was Sheekman and Driscoll's fault or novelist Wirt Williams' screw up, but in any case it sure doesn't help in the ol credibility dept. But then again, in a guilty pleasure type endeavor like this one, with Hayes Office mores largely and cheerfully ignored, who really cares? Give it a B minus.
Another Winner thanks to Hollywood and TCM
- Chris Zawojski
Proof positive: It pays to catch a glimpse of any TCM "Premiere" movie presentation. "Ada" was a complete surprise. Just the sort of film that grabs your undivided attention and elicits spontaneous applause. Great script, casting, directing, and performance by Susan Hayward. A feel good "gotcha" story that, along with"Mr Smith Goes To Washington," should be viewed annually where all legislators meet. (Wishful thinking!)Once this title becomes available on home video, I will feature it for a large group gathering of friends.
Ada: One of my favorite movies
I first saw this movie on TCM, and the performance by Susan Hayward was spectacular. After watching many of her most famous movies, I realized she was such a great actress back then and when I see her movies now, she will always remain a memorable actress in my opinion. Dean Martin was also an overlooked actor. He could act and his supporting role was believable and was in sync with Hayward's role. They casted them just right for their roles and the other actors as well. I believe this movie was before it's time, given the fact now there are today many woman governers in office. She set and went after her goals, her toughness and natural acting made this movie very interesting and the story line was not boring. I really enjoyed the ending of this movie. Although long overdue, however; it would be great if TCM would have Susan Hayward as the Star of the Month as a tribute to this most memorable and gifted actress.
Hayward is Tops in this Film
- Mandy Fox
No actress in the history of cinema could play a hard boiled character like Susan Hayward. In this movie she plays an ex-call girl, who is not only beautiful, but quick on her feet, street smart, and hard as nails. Susan played this type of roll so well it might explain why she was later chosen to play another tough character, true life crook and accused murderess, Barbara Graham, in I Want to Live. Susan won the Best Actress Oscar for that moving and controversial performance. She also entertainingly played another tough and boozy character, washed up actress Helen Larson, in the campy bomb Valley of the Dolls. Susan was a multi-talented performer who could hold her own as a singer which is displayed to perfection in her performance as the alcoholic 30s singer Lillian Roth in I'll Cry Tomorrow. Her singing was not only extremely entertaining, but her performance could break your heart. Susan Hayward was, like Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Joan Crawford, a one of a kind whose body of work rightly deserves to live on in cinematic history.
- D Cambria
Unfortunately I missed the first 15 min. of the movie. I also had to leave in about the middle. The political intrigue fascinated me. I only wish it was available on DVD. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I've always liked Dean Martin and an actor. I had no idea he also directed.
Susan Hayward's Favorite Film
- David Atkins
Miss Hayward dying of cancer asked to see one of her films, and this is the one she selected. Miss Hayward nominated for 5 other films and a winner for her brilliant "I Want To Live" was said to like her performance in this film very much. As always Susan, gives a fine performance. Daniel Mann who directed Hayward in her "I'll Cry Tomorrow" directs this film with his usual professional manner. No tricks, just direct. MGM gave the film a big production and note the scenes with yellow roses, Miss Hayward's favorite flower, that is what happens when one is a super star. Dean Martin and the fine Wilfrid Hyde White support the great Susan.
Started to watch Ave on TCM but was not able to finish. Would like to add to my DVD library.