Gene Tierney as Tregaron Hostess More than 400 Washington socialites, politicians, and members of the diplomatic corps volunteered to portray themselves at the function. For their efforts, the standard $25 daily salary was donated to a charity of their choice.
Otto Preminger and Crew Set up in Tregaron Furniture, paintings, and other props were installed in Tregaron to give it just the right appearance. Preminger, center, directs the crew while Charles Laughton, left, looks on.
Will Geer and Charles Laughton Play Poker at Tregaron The Senate minority leader (Will Geer) and Senator Seab Cooley (Laughton) participate in a bipartisan game of poker at Tregaron. Moments later the senators learn that Senator Brigham Anderson (Murray) has committed suicide.
Front View of Tregaron Although Lily Spandorf worked primarily in black and white for the Washington Star, she also created some works in color. This gouache (a type of watercolor) of Tregaron is one of only two color works she did of the filming.
Exterior of Tregaron Senator Seab Cooley (Laughton) and Senator Bob Munson (Pidgeon) descend the columned steps of Tregaron.
Party Scene at Tregaron Being an extra in a film was more difficult than many of the volunteers imagined. From 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. the participants had to endure a “party” with non-alcoholic drinks, where they could not smoke (unless they had already started, in which case they were not permitted to stop!), and which they could not leave.