Publicity photo for The Naked Civil Servant, starring John Hurt as Quentin Crisp, 1975.
ADVISE & CONSENT (1962) dir. Otto Preminger
This political drama depicts the debate sparked when controversial candidate Robert Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) is nominated as U.S. Secretary of State. As concerns are aired during the Senate investigation of Leffingwell’s qualifications, Senator Brig Anderson (Don Murray), the head of the committee, soon finds himself being blackmailed over an affair that he had with a fellow soldier Ray Shaff (John Granger) while they were both serving in the army during World War II. A worried Anderson visits Ray in New York and meets him in a gay bar.
The movie pushed censorship boundaries with its depiction of a married senator who is being blackmailed over a wartime homosexual affair, and was the first mainstream American film after World War II to show a gay bar.