The Cardinal is a 1963 film which was produced independently and directed by Otto Preminger, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Robert Dozier, based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson.
The Cardinal cast featured Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider and John Huston. It was nominated for six Academy Awards.
The film was shot on location in Boston, Rome and Vienna; the music score was written by Jerome Moross. The Cardinal featured the final appearance by veteran film star Dorothy Gish.
Robinson's original 1950 novel was based on the life of Cardinal Francis Spellman, who was then archbishop of New York. The Vatican's liaison officer for the film was Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI.
The film shows the life of a fictional Irish Catholic priest, Stephen Fermoyle, played by Tom Tryon, from his ordination in 1917 to his appointment as a cardinal on the eve of World War II. Fermoyle goes through one crisis after another, first in his own family and...