The Cardinal

The Cardinal

Director: Otto Preminger Cast: Tom Tryon, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Gish


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Tom Tryon plays the title role in this Otto Preminger version of the Henry Morton Robinson novel. In his matriculation from Monsignor to the College of Cardinals, Stephen Fermoyle (Tom Tryon) must undergo several grueling life experiences: standing up to bigots in Georgia, defying Nazis in Austria, and so on. The film boasts cameo appearances by Dorothy Gish, Cecil Kellaway, John Saxon, John Huston, Robert Morse, Burgess Meredith, Raf Vallone, Ossie Davis. Incidentally, Tryon eventually quit acting and became a popular novelist.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
UPC: 0012569724273
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:55:00
Sales rank: 11,008

Special Features

Closed Caption; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Tryon Stephen Fermoyle
Carol Lynley Mona/Regina Fermoyle
Dorothy Gish Celia
Romy Schneider Annemarie
John Huston Cardinal Glennon
Maggie McNamara Florrie
Raf Vallone Cardinal Quarenghi
Cameron Prud'Homme Din
John Saxon Benny Rampell
Cecil Kellaway Monsignor Monaghan
Loring Smith Cornelius J. Deegan
Jose Duvall Ramon Gongaro
Peter MacLean Father Callahan
Robert Morse Bobby and His Adora-Belles
Pat Henning Hercule Menton
Burgess Meredith Father Ned Halley
Jill Haworth Lalage Menton
Russ Brown Dr. Heller
Ossie Davis Father Gillis
Donald Hayne Father Eberling
Chill Wills Monsignor Whittle
Arthur Hunnicutt Sheriff Dubrow
Doro Merande Woman Picket
Patrick O'Neal Cecil Turner
Murray Hamilton Lafe
Peter Weck Kurt von Hartman
Rudolph Foster Drunk Man at the Ball
Billie Hayes Frank
Vilma Degischer Sister Wilhelmina
Dino DiLuca Italian Monsignor
Matthias Fuchs Father Neidermoser
Joseph Meinrad Cardinal Innitzer
Wolfgang Preiss S.S. Major
Tullio Carminatti Cardinal Giacobbi
Eric Frey Seyss-Inquart

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director,Producer
Donald Brooks Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Dozier Screenwriter
Louis Loeffler Editor
Eva Monley Production Manager
Jerome Moross Score Composer
Buddy Schwab Choreography
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Cardinal
1. Credits [3:45]
2. Ordination Memories [5:06]
3. Bishop's Ring [3:04]
4. Home to Boston [5:06]
5. Fermoyle Turmoil [4:55]
6. Matter of Faith [4:28]
7. The Truth [2:50]
8. God Is an Irishman [2:02]
9. Untrue Confession [3:19]
10. Cardinal Glennon [4:43]
11. Stonebury [3:06]
12. Father Halley [3:15]
13. Out of Favor [3:28]
14. Through With God [4:07]
15. Her Vocation [4:42]
16. Last Rites [5:00]
17. They Haven't Got the Girls in the USA [3:09]
18. Finding Mona [3:03]
19. Terrible Choice [3:36]
20. A New Pope [3:48]
21. Glennon's Offer [2:27]
22. Leave of Absence [5:23]
23. Intermission [:20]
24. Entr'Acte [4:04]
25. Vienna; Annemarie [4:16]
26. Her Full-Time Career [4:09]
27. Lovers Waltz [4:21]
28. Recommitment [4:18]
29. Father Gillis [6:05]
30. What Matters [2:24]
31. Arrival in Georgia [5:49]
32. The Locals [2:55]
33. Beaten By the Klan [4:23]
34. Lafe the Healer [4:44]
35. A Desirable Thing? [3:02]
36. Elevation to Bishop [4:11]
37. Mission to Vienna [2:30]
38. Cardinal Innitzer [3:50]
39. Karl's Choice [4:48]
40. Late-Night Visitors [2:44]
41. About Annemarie [5:01]
42. Meeting With Hitler [3:44]
43. Duelling Demonstrations [4:02]
44. Nazi Rampage [4:19]
45. Goodbye [3:51]
46. Living Example [3:06]
47. Cast List [1:47]

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The Cardinal 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is arguably one of the best films to come out of Hollywood, and is, as far as I am concerned, the only movie Thomas Tryon ever made. A monumental film ; one of Preminger's best.
Jib01 More than 1 year ago
I had previously seen this movie. I did not have the DVD. I have been collecting many of the old Religious movies of the past and watch them during Lent. A well done movie about becoming a Cardinal in the Catholic Church. A very compasionate movie. Will watch it every year during Lent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intercontinental journey spanning nearly 25 years, 'The Cardinal' is a masterfully told saga. Otto Preminger directs with his usual adroit perception of the human condition as he tempts the faith of a Catholic cardinal (Tom Tryon) from Rome to Boston and Vienna. Along the way the film tackles such grandiose social issues as abortion, racism, celibacy and Fascism. Co-star John Huston was Oscar-nominated for his role as the fiery archbishop. Catholic priest, Steven Fermoyle (Tryon) returns to his home from taking his vows to discover that his sister, Mona (Carol Lynley) is in love with a Jewish man who is unwilling to give up his faith and that his brother, Frank (Bill Hayes) has abandoned the priesthood. Mona¿s obsession to marry leads her to a life of wanton debauchery that results in her death. In the meantime, Cardinal Glennon (John Huston) is determined to drive all of Steven¿s false pride from his soul. To this end he sends the young novice to work in a forgotten, frozen parish presided over by the Rev. Ned Halley (Burgess Meredith). When Halley dies, Steven is recalled to Rome where he meets a black southern priest, Father Gillis (Ossie Davis) who has come to ask for aid in fighting racism in his parish. The Vatican denies Gillis¿ request but Steven does indeed quietly take a leave to administer aid to Gillis¿ parish. He is attacked and brutally beaten by a sect of good ol¿ boys and nearly dies. The plot, from this point forward is rather rushed, unworthy of Preminger¿s usually sterling attention to pace. One gets the sense that Preminger would have liked another two or three hours to unfold the remainder of his tale which includes having Stephen return to Rome, then travel to Austria to regain is moral center. There he falls in love with Anna Marie VonHartmann (Romy Schneider) who does not know he is a priest. But Steven returns to his love of God, leaving Anna to marry a resistance operator during WWII in Nazi Germany who, unfortunately is discovered and jumps out a third story window to his death. From there Steven barely escapes Nazi persecution to once again return home to his family. Warner delivers another wonderful transfer. Though the colors have dated somewhat, this 1963 classic sparkles in a nicely balanced transfer. Over all, colors are vibrant. Blacks are deep. Contrast and shadow levels are fully realized. There appears to be little in the way of age related artifacts. Digital anomalies are equally absent. The audio is 5.1 and captures the essence of early stereo recording. EXTRAS: The masterful feature length documentary on Otto Preminger's life - he was quite the character! Also, a featurette of the same vintage as the film and a theatrical trailer. 'The Cardinal' is an unusual religious epic; legitimate and introspective, bold and magnificent. It is a film of great emotional power and quiet graceful elegance.