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Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  31 March 1933 (USA)
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A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.


(as Gregory LaCava)


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Newly inaugurated President Judson Hammond is content to live out the next four years exercising a hands-off approach and leaving the problems of Depression America to local authorities. But after a miraculous recovery from an auto accident, Hammond is ready to take on every social ill and neither Congress, gangsters nor the nations of the world will stop him. Written by Erik Gregersen <>

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Release Date:

31 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El despertar de una nación  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The onscreen credit for the author of the novel was "Anonymous," but Thomas Frederick Tweed is listed in the movie's copyright entry. See more »


When Pendola and Beekman are speaking in the foyer of the White House early in the film, as she walks away the reflection of the moving microphone boom can be seen in the glass doors behind them. See more »


Pendola 'Pendie' Molloy: [to Beekman about the President] He's doing the things you wanted. The way he thinks is so simple and honest. It sounds a little crazy. If he's mad, it's a divine madness. Look at the chaos and catastrophe the sane men of this world have brought about!
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love song for fascism
14 January 2004 | by (St Louis, MO, USA) – See all my reviews

According to this movie, the US could solve its problems (then in the Great Depression after the market crash in '29) by making the president a dictator. Guided by the advice of the Angel Gabriel, the president made dictator avoids the red tape from due process and the balance of powers. For example, he can get rid of gangsters by trying them for execution in police courts (without being too fussy about requiring evidence for things the police ``know'' to be true). The quaint set of populist policies advocated is naive and crosses modern liberal/conservative lines. In the movie, the only alternative is having things run by Congress and a Cabinet that are self-interested, corrupt, and beholden to corrupt bosses. Pure political fertilizer, just like a modern campaign.

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