Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Manchurian Candidate

The 1962 version ofThe Manchurian Candidate is one of the best political thrillers of all time. (The Jonathan Demme remake is pretty good as well.) It was pulled from circulation in the wake of the Kennedy assassination by star/producer/former JFK pal, Frank Sinatra. The story has a few superficial similarities to Oswald’s but many, many more differences. But it was still wise to pull the movie when the country was numb over the events in Dallas.

Here’s an early cover of Richard Condon’s 1959 novel:


Here’s the poster for the re-release of John Frankenheimer’s brilliant 1962 film:


It’s trailer time: