Political drama about a honest but naive gubernatorial candidate who is manipulated by his corrupt campaign manager and is forced to temporarily cede power to his wife, a woman of integrity despite her shameful past.
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The son of a dead Italian nobleman and a wealthy American woman forgets the disappointment of finding he has no talent for being a painter by succumbing to the sexual advances of an amoral model who believes in indiscriminate love affairs.
Bo Gillis is running for Governor. Steve writes the speeches, Sylvester runs the campaign and Bo plays the guitar. Everything is going according to the plan until a hooker named Ada is setup with Bo one night. Even with her past, Bo decides to marry her, much to the astonishment of everyone. After the election, she has a created bio and is very adept at handling people. Bo Gillis, as Governor, finds that he has little influence as Sylvester runs the whole operation. Bo's function is only to sign what is given to him. But while Bo is weak and fails to push his reforms, Ada is strong and adept at doing what is best for Bo and her.Written by
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MGM acquired the film rights to the novel even before it was published in October 1959, and announced Elizabeth Taylor was being sought as the lead. Subsequently, an article in the 12 February 1960 edition of Daily Variety announced Ava Gardner and Robert Mitchum were the planned leads. See more »
Even though the story is taking place in an unspecified Southern state, the governor's car, a 1939 LaSalle sedan, bears a California license plate (AIG 447); after it's blown up, it appears again undamaged when the governor's wife drives to the Motel, but this time bearing a different California plate (TAT 497). The plates are the black on gold variety first issued in California in 1956, then updated each year with a new sticker, in this case the dark blue one issued in 1960. See more »
Soapy Melodrama Not Worth the Fine Talents of Its Stars
"Ada" has a good premise, but unfortunately does not evolve into a good movie. The soapy melodrama about a "puppet" gubernatorial candidate married to a prostitute does not due justice to the talents of its stars. The fine talents of the three main stars are not fully explored, and their characters are likewise underdeveloped. The ending is hardly probable, and as a resolution, it leaves a lot to be desired.
The cast do the best they can with the material they have. Dean Martin and Susan Hayward are both quite credible in their highly emotional performances. Wilfrid Hyde-White is also good in portraying a grasping and stifling villain, an unusual role for him.
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