The Cardinal (1963)

175 mins | Drama | 1963

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writer:

Robert Dozier

Producer:

Otto Preminger

Cinematographer:

Leon Shamroy

Editor:

Louis Loeffler

Production Designer:

Lyle Wheeler

Production Company:

Gamma Productions
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Boston, Stamford, Connecticut, Rome, Vienna, and Stowe, Vermont. Filmed in 35mm and blown up to 70mm for some roadshow ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Boston, Stamford, Connecticut, Rome, Vienna, and Stowe, Vermont. Filmed in 35mm and blown up to 70mm for some roadshow presentations. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit cam
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir Vienna sequence
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost coordinator
MUSIC
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Prod courtesy of danubia films--vienna
Prod courtesy of international film services--rome
Scr supv
Exec asst to the prod
Tech adv
Ch gaffer
Constr grip
Key grip
Key grip
Prop master
Prop master
Dial asst
Casting
Titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson (New York, 1950).
MUSIC
"Jubilate alleluia" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Wilma Lipp and The Wiener Jeunesse Choir
Liturgucal cahnts, performed by the Monks of the Abbey at Casamari, Don Nivardo Buttarazzi, Abbot at Casamari and Don Raffaele Scaccia, Rector at Casamari.
SONGS
"They Haven't Got the Girls in the U.S.A.," music undetermined, lyrics by Al Stillman.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1963
Premiere Information:
Boston opening: 12 December 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Gamma Productions
Copyright Date:
1 December 1963
Copyright Number:
LP26806
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
175
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1917 young Stephen Fermoyle returns to his native Boston as a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest. Upon learning that their daughter, Mona, is planning to marry a Jewish boy, the strong-willed Fermoyle family is so openly rude that the lad changes his mind. Consequently, Mona runs away and becomes the partner of a tango dancer. Stephen's arrogant nature causes the crusty but humane Archbishop Glennon to send him to a remote country parish, and there he learns his first lesson in humility from the dying Father Halley. He discovers that Mona is about to have an illegitimate child and that her life can be saved only if the infant's cranium is crushed. All too aware of Catholic dogma, Stephen denies permission and Mona dies. Haunted by the incident, he takes a year's leave of absence from his position with the Vatican diplomatic corps and becomes a teacher in Vienna. After a romantic but unfulfilled encounter with Anna, one of his students, he decides that the Church is his true vocation. Upon his return to Rome, he irritates most of his superiors by defending the rights of a black priest to have a parish in Georgia. As a result of his courageous fight against the Ku Klux Klan, he is promoted to Bishop. Just prior to World War II, he is sent to Austria in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Cardinal Innitzer to oppose the Nazis. Subsequently, the two have a narrow escape when the Nazis attack the Austrian diocese. As the war begins, Fermoyle is appointed Cardinal, and his proud family travels from America to watch their son assume the robes of his ... +


In 1917 young Stephen Fermoyle returns to his native Boston as a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest. Upon learning that their daughter, Mona, is planning to marry a Jewish boy, the strong-willed Fermoyle family is so openly rude that the lad changes his mind. Consequently, Mona runs away and becomes the partner of a tango dancer. Stephen's arrogant nature causes the crusty but humane Archbishop Glennon to send him to a remote country parish, and there he learns his first lesson in humility from the dying Father Halley. He discovers that Mona is about to have an illegitimate child and that her life can be saved only if the infant's cranium is crushed. All too aware of Catholic dogma, Stephen denies permission and Mona dies. Haunted by the incident, he takes a year's leave of absence from his position with the Vatican diplomatic corps and becomes a teacher in Vienna. After a romantic but unfulfilled encounter with Anna, one of his students, he decides that the Church is his true vocation. Upon his return to Rome, he irritates most of his superiors by defending the rights of a black priest to have a parish in Georgia. As a result of his courageous fight against the Ku Klux Klan, he is promoted to Bishop. Just prior to World War II, he is sent to Austria in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Cardinal Innitzer to oppose the Nazis. Subsequently, the two have a narrow escape when the Nazis attack the Austrian diocese. As the war begins, Fermoyle is appointed Cardinal, and his proud family travels from America to watch their son assume the robes of his office. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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