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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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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1952 (USA) See more »

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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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Harry Nash, an actual Capitol Building guide for 40 years, appears in this film in that role. 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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Art Imitating Life?
11 January 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

(There are Spoilers)

The movie "Washington Story" is about a straight as an arrow US Congressman Joseph T. Gresham, Van Johnson, who's career as a United States lawmaker is seriously jeopardized when he's accused of having been paid off by a big time ship builder and D.C lobbyist Philip Emery, Sidney Blackman,to vote for this bill that he's been pushing.

At first Congressman Gresham is against the bill despite his voting base depending on it since it would have a major effect on the economy of his congressional districts ship building industry. This "Ship Dispersel Bill" would have all the ship building in Congressman Gresham district directed inland and thus take away thousands of jobs from his congressional district that are dependent on that industry.

Gresham at the time is being followed around by news reporter Alice Kingley, Patricia Neal, who's doing a story on him for her newspaper. The truth is that Alice is really working for top D.C columnist and political muckraker Gilbert Nunnally ,Philip Ober, who want's her to do a hit piece on the congressman and destroy his career for what he's got going against him; a lawsuit for defamation of character on the part of Nunnally.

We, as well as Alice, later learn that Congressman Gresham's change of heart in his vote for the bill had nothing to do with him getting paid off by Emery like Nunnally wanted the public to believe. It's his concern for the national security of the United States even if that vote cost him his seat in the US Congress. There's also an important side story that really shows what a great person, as well as American, Congressman Gresham is with his selfless action to get Peter Kralik ,Reinhold Schunzel, a man who lived in the USA for 28 years and is now in danger of being deported back to his native country behind the Iron Curtain as well as deprived his American citizenship.

In the end Alice sees what a heel her boss Nunnally really is and quits working for him as a leg-women in getting the so-called dirt on Gresham and falls in love with the congressman where they then live happily ever after in D.C and his home back in Newchtester Ma.

I was fascinated by the comparison between the person that Van Johnson played in the film Congressman Joeseph T. Gresham and the late and tragic President of the United States John F. Kennedy. Even though at the time that the movie "Washington Story" was made, in early 1952, JFK was a relatively unknown congressman from the state of Massachusetts.

Both Congressman Greshman in the movie and Congressman Kennedy in real life were both democrats representing a congressional district in Massachustts and were elected right after WWII, 1946, and served in the US Navy where they were decorated for bravery in that conflict.

Even more fantastic is that Congressman Greshman met fell in love with and, obviously after the movie was over, married a woman who worked for a newspaper the pretty news reporter Alice Kingsley. At the time that the film "Washington Story" was being filmed John F. Kennedy in fact did meet and later married Miss. Jacqueline Bouvier, the future Mrs. Jackie Kenndey, who also worked for a newspaper at the time as a news photographer! Speaking of art imitating life!


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