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"What was the truth about Ada?"
  • NR
  • 1961
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 6.6  (1,080)

"Ada" is a 1961 romantic comedy-drama movie directed by Daniel Mann, and starring Susan Hayward, Dean Martin, and Wilfrid Hyde-White. The movie revolves around the life of Ada Gillis (Hayward), a hardworking widow who is appointed as the mayor of her small town. Ada's appointment sparks uproar in the town's male-dominated political scene, as she is the first woman to be elected mayor.

As Ada begins to serve her new position, she faces ridicule and opposition from the town's corrupt officials who are determined to thwart her at every turn. With her business acumen and streetwise savvy, Ada outwits her detractors and sets out to bring about meaningful change in the town. Along the way, she finds herself falling for Bo Gillis (Martin), a roguish political operative with whom she shares a complicated past.

Bo is initially hostile towards Ada, believing her to be a 'spoiled' socialite from the town's old money elite. However, as he comes to know her better, he realizes that she is a hard-working and conscientious leader with a real desire to make a difference. Gradually, as their relationship deepens, Bo begins to see Ada in a new light and the two find themselves drawn together.

The movie is notable for its strong performances, particularly that of Susan Hayward, who received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Ada. Her character is the heart and soul of the movie, a woman of great intelligence, courage, and determination who refuses to accept the status quo. Ada is an unforgettable character, who endures hardship and prejudice to achieve her goals, and who ultimately triumphs over her adversaries.

Dean Martin provides solid support as Bo Gillis, Ada's love interest. Martin's signature charm and charisma are on full display in the movie, and his rapport with Hayward is genuine and believable. Wilfrid Hyde-White is also excellent as Judge Millard, Ada's ally on the town council, who recognizes her potential and supports her every step of the way.

The movie's visual style is also noteworthy, with director Daniel Mann using the small-town setting to great effect. The film's sets are authentically designed, and the costumes and makeup help to create a vivid sense of time and place. The movie's score is also excellent, with a mix of upbeat jazz numbers and romantic ballads that enhance the movie's overall tone.

Overall, "Ada" is an entertaining and well-crafted movie that combines elements of romance, comedy, and drama. It is a movie that celebrates the strength and resilience of women, and the power of individuals to effect positive change in their communities. With excellent performances from its lead actors, and a finely crafted script, "Ada" stands as a testament to the enduring power of the movies to inspire and enlighten.

Ada is a 1961 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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    1 hr 49 min
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    6.6  (1,080)