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Carol Lynley in The Cardinal

by Tom Lisanti
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Carol Lynley ended 1963 with a high profile role in Otto Preminger’s Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated religious epic The Cardinal, which went from the turn of the century to the late thirties and from New England and Georgia to Vienna and Rome. Carol played Mona the youngest sister of priest Tom Tryon whose strict Irish Catholic family squashes her engagement to Jewish John Saxon. She runs off to become a tango dancing prostitute, gets knocked up, and her priest brother has to decide to save the baby or the mother. Guess who he chooses? It was the 6th highest grossing film of 1964 and for me a Christmas Eve favorite as channel 5 aired it yearly starting around midnight. More in my upcoming BearManor Media book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy & Suspense

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