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The Best Man (1964) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and produced by Lawrence Turman and Stuart Millar.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorLee TracyNominated

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President Art Hockstader: Y'know, it's not that I object to your being a bastard, don't get me wrong there. It's your being such a stupid bastard that I object to.

William Russell: T.T. Claypoole has all the characteristics of a dog except loyalty.

President Art Hockstader: [Slyly] You know, those rumors about you and lady friends... they won't do you a bit of harm.

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Adapted from a stage production that opened on Mar. 31, 1960 at the Morosco Theatre in New York and ran for 520 performances. Lee Tracy repeated the role that he created on Broadway and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance. Melvyn Douglas originally played William Russell in the play, the Henry Fonda role in the film. The play also won the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play, written by Gore Vidal who also penned the screenplay for the movie version.
Gore Vidal cheerfully admitted that he meant the character of William Russell to remind people of Adlai Stevenson and that Joe Cantwell was based on Richard Nixon. Stevenson and Nixon were, of course, in different parties. Similarly, the character of the former President played by Lee Tracy bore resemblances to both the Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Democrat Harry Truman.
One of the filming locations is the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. In 1968, Robert Kennedy was assassinated here during his campaign to win the Democratic Party's nomination for president.
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