Monday, October 24, 2016
"The Manchurian Candidate" released 1962
One of the most powerful, scariest and best movies ever, The Manchurian Candidate, was released October 24, 1962. Angela Lansbury gives a strong performance and should have won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for which she was nominated. She did win the Golden Globe for her role. Sinatra had actually considered Lucille Ball for Lansbury's role, Mrs. Iselin, but director John Frankenheimer went with Angela instead.
I didn't understand why she didn't get top billing instead of Janet Leigh because Angela had a larger role. But I suppose with Janet, still riding high from her performance in Psycho, could garner the top spot.
Newsweek selected the role Mrs. Iselin as one of the top 10 Villains in movie history.