The Manchurian Candidate

John Frankenheimer (director)
Richard Condon (novel)
George Axelrod (screenwriter)
Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: M.C. Productions / United Artists, 1962. One vintage studio still photograph and one vintage reference photograph from the 1962 film. Reference photograph with a printed mimeo snipe attached to the verso.

Based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel. A film that managed the unlikely feat of being both timely and well ahead of its time, combining several ambitious themes, including thought control, political assassination, multinational conspiracy, Oedipal issues, and Cold War paranoia. Still riveting today, and along with "Seconds" (1966), helped cast Frankenheimer as the master of the paranoid, unsettling thriller. Contrary to popular belief, the film was not pulled from circulation following the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but did disappear in 1972 when rights reverted to Frank Sinatra, who subsequently neglected to pursue continued distribution. This lapse continued until 1988, when Sinatra re-released the film to theaters in conjunction with MGM and United Artists.

Set in Korea and Washington, DC, shot on location in New York, California.

One photograph 10 x 8 inches, one photograph 9 x 7 inches. Near Fine.

National Film Registry. Grant US. Selby US. Spicer US.

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