|Fonda as the President's pick.|
|Laughton on the Senate's floor.|
My favorite aspect of the film, though, is its “behind the scenes” look at
|Pidgeon and Gene Tierney,|
The 1960s were a banner decade for political dramas. The Best Man (1964), about two men seeking their party’s presidential nomination, is a fine companion piece to Advise & Consent (interestingly, it also shares a key subplot and also stars Henry Fonda). And though it’s more of a thriller, Seven Days in May (1964) provides a sharp portrait of a president facing a leadership crisis. All three films hold up amazingly well today and come highly recommended.