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Washington Story, (Target for Scandal)1952

Washington Story, (Target for Scandal) (1952)





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In this political, romantic drama, a female news correspondent is assigned to bedevil the congress at every opportunity. She chooses one young congressman in particular. Soon he is suing her for libel after she prints incriminating and untrue information about him in her paper. As he prepares the suit, the newspaper woman decides to write a series of favorable articles about the politicians. During the course of this series, she and the congressman fall in love.


Van Johnson
as Joseph T. Gresham
Philip Ober
as Gilbert Nunnally
Patricia Neal
as Alice Kingsley
Louis Calhern
as Charles W. Birch
Sidney Blackmer
as Philip Emery, Lobbyist
Patricia Collinge
as Miss Galbreth
Moroni Olsen
as Speaker
Reinhold Schünzel
as Peter Kralik
Fay Roope
as Caswell
Dan Riss
as Bill Holmby
Joan Banks
as Mrs. Varick
Raymond Greenleaf
as John Sheldon
Gregory Marshall
as Rodney Delwick
Perry Sheehan
as Secretary
Jimmy Fox
as Mr. Watkins
Katherine Warren
as Mrs. Birch
Don Beddoe
as Congressman
Hugh Beaumont
as Chaplain
Carleton Young
as Congressional Clerk
Lawrence Dobkin
as Secretary of the Senate
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"washington story" was one of the patricia neal movies tcm played on her birthday this day, before then i wasn't aware what a striking, idosyncraticly talented she had been..."washington story" is that sort of pleasant comedy of congressman falling in love with a female journalist who is sent to hachet some inside story of him..along the course of getting acquinted with the congressman, she discovers he's straight-to-the-arrow decent man america needs...so she's swooned by his integrity as he's infatuated by the touch of class in her....the movie could have been pulled off with more bit of edge and dynamite...van johnson is typecasted as that sort of homely honest goodie-goodie for ladies who admire good wholesome americanistic qualities...anyway. no. the only thing worth watching here is patricia neal who was so damned beautiful and elegant with her deep sexy voice. how come i never noticed before? "washington story" has the framebone of "his girl friday" and "meet john doe", and patricia neal seems to have the capacity to manage that sort of roles which barbara stanwyck and rosalind russell did more than a decade ago...but unfortunately it features a mediocre backset as well as an average leading man (watching van johnson is one of the not so exciting experiences on screen), it's at best a mild slow-paced romantic comedy instead of a smashing classic.

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