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The Phantom President (1932)

Too bad for presidential hopes of banker T.K. Blair; his party feels he has too little flair for savoir faire. But at a medicine show, the party bosses find Blair's double: huckster Doc ... See full summary »

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George M. Cohan ...
Theodore K. Blair / Peeter J. 'Doc' Varney
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Felicia Hammond
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Curly Cooney
George Barbier ...
Boss Jim Ronkton
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Prof. Aikenhead
Louise Mackintosh ...
Sen. Sarah Scranton
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Jerrido
Julius McVicker ...
Sen. Melrose
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Too bad for presidential hopes of banker T.K. Blair; his party feels he has too little flair for savoir faire. But at a medicine show, the party bosses find Blair's double: huckster Doc Varney. Of course, they scheme to make Varney T.K.'s public spokesman; at first, he even fools Blair's girlfriend Felicia, providing a romantic complication. As election eve approaches, the conspirators face the problem of what to do with Varney...who has difficult decisions of his own to make. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's nonsense and - I love it!

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23 September 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The portraits that provide a prologue for the movie and sing about the problems of the country during the Depression are of the same four presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Rossevelt) that are on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota that was being carved at the time this movie was released. See more »

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Prof. Aikenhead: Blair lacks political charm. Blair has no flair for savoir faire.
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GIVE HER A KISS
Written by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by chorus of wildlife (uncredited voices) and tenor
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A rare and wonderful chance to see Geo. M. Cohan in action
13 May 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you saw Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy, you've got the wrong idea. George M. Cohan was the smoothest song-and dance-man of them all, not the edgy fireball that Cagney portrayed. (No knock to Cagney; but he couldn't repress his natural energies) Watching Cohan, the original, is a delightful experience.

The plot is a fairly funny political satire. A politician with just what it takes to be president, but none of the "good American sex appeal" needed to get elected, finds an exact double: a medicine show charlatan. The medicine show man is hired to pinch hit for campaign purposes. His sidekick (Durante) comes along for the ride. They turn the medicine show into the convention. Durante does one of his famous "I won't talk on the radio" routines. It's, overall, light fare, but thoroughly enjoyable.

This film used to be shown on New York City local TV every four years on Election Night. Now, it seems to be virtually impossible to see. Too bad Universal (which owns the old Paramount films) doesn't dig it out of the vault and put it on Video.


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