Promotional poster by Saul Bass
|Directed by||Otto Preminger|
|Produced by||Martin C. Schute|
Ring Lardner, Jr. (uncredited)</td></tr>
|Based on||The Cardinal</td></tr>|
|Music by||Jerome Moross</td></tr>|
|Edited by||Louis R. Loeffler</td></tr>|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures</td></tr>|
The Cardinal is a 1963 American drama film which was produced independently and directed by Otto Preminger, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Robert Dozier, based on the novel of the same name (1950) by Henry Morton Robinson.
The film was shot on location in Boston, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and in Rome and Vienna. The music score was written by Jerome Moross. The Cardinal featured the final appearance by veteran film star Dorothy Gish as well as the last big-screen performance of Maggie McNamara.
Robinson's novel was based on the life of Cardinal Francis Spellman, who was then Archbishop of New York. The Vatican's liaison officer for the film was Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI.
The life of a fictional Irish Catholic priest, Stephen Fermoyle (played by Tom Tryon), is portrayed from his ordination in 1917 to his appointment as a cardinal on the eve of World War II. Fermoyle goes through one crisis after another, first in his own family and then as he climbs up the ladder of the church hierarchy, beginning with his Boston parish and later in Rome within the Vatican.
Box office performance
The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, marking the last time (as of 2012[update]) a film won that category without later being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[N 1] Preminger was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director; John Huston was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Huston's role as Cardinal Glennon was his official debut as an actor although he had previously played bit roles in several films including his own The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Other Academy Awards nominations were for Best Cinematography (Leon Shamroy), Best Art Direction (Lyle R. Wheeler and set decorator Gene Callahan), Best Costume Design (Donald Brooks), and Best Film Editing (Louis R. Loeffler).