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Washington Story stars Van Johnson as mildly liberal congressman Joseph T. Gresham. For reasons that he can't fathom, Gresham has been targeted for abuse by powerful columnist Gilbert Nunnaly (Philip Ober). Working in cahoots with Nunnaly is journalist Alice Kingsley (Patricia Neal), who pretends to be working on a favorable magazine article about Gresham, but who is actually digging up dirt for Nunnaly's benefit. Ultimately, Alice falls in love with the honest Gresham, standing by him during a moment of profound political crisis. The major selling card of Washington Story was producer Dore Schary's decision to lens the film on location in Washington, offering viewers glimpses of the real-life Congress and Senate in action. Remarkably, the film offers a slightly left-of-center hero at a time when McCarthyism was at its height. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Van Johnson
as Joseph T. Gresham
Patricia Neal
as Alice Kingsly
Louis Calhern
as Charles W. Birch
Sidney Blackmer, Sr.
as Philip Emery, Lobbyist
Philip Ober
as Gilbert Nunnally
Moroni Olsen
as Speaker
Elizabeth Patterson
as Miss Dee
Reinhold Schünzel
as Peter Kralik
Fay Roope
as Caswell
Dan Riss
as Bill Holmby
Joan Banks
as Mrs. Varick
Raymond Greenleaf
as John Sheldon
Perry Sheehan
as Secretary
Katherine Warren
as Mrs. Birch
Hugh Beaumont
Don Beddoe
Willis B. Bouchey
Lawrence Dobkin
Emory Parnell
Carleton Young


Robert Pirosh
Dore Schary
Robert Pirosh
John Alton
Conrad Salinger
Composer (Music Score)
John Durant
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Helen Rose
Costume Designer