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Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

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

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Jasper Brooks - Secretary of State
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Dr. H.L. Eastman (as Samuel Hinds)
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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 <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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The sensation of a nation!

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This film's initial television presentation took place Monday 28 January 1957 in both Chicago and Minneapolis on WBBM (Channel 2) and on KMGM (Channel 9); in Altoona it first aired 17 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 28 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Memphis 14 May 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), and in Omaha 20 August 1957 on WOW (Channel 6) . Because of its age, obscurity and the dated political nature of its story, other major market telecasts eschewed it at this time, but it's now in the Turner Classic Movies inventory and vintage film enthusiasts welcome its occasional airings on TCM. See more »

Goofs

In the cabinet meeting after Hammond's accident, Hammond is holding a document in the wide shot, has both hands down on the table in the medium shot, and is again holding the document in the cut back to the wide shot. See more »

Quotes

Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States: [as the Vice-President leaves the room] Good night, Mr. Vice-President. I hope you sleep well.
Vice President: When did a Vice-President do anything else?
[Hammond shakes hands with him, but wipes it in disdain after he leaves]
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Soundtracks

Try a Little Tenderness
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, and Harry M. Woods
Performed by orchestra on radio
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A fascinating political fantasy
31 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Anyone with an interest in American history or politics should see this--if you can find it! It's a fantasy about a political hack who is elected president during the Depression, who is transformed by an angel after an auto accident into a national savior--the perfect president, from a 1933 point of view. The result is just a bit scary. The fact that this movie came out during FDR's first few months in office makes it particularly interesting. It reveals a lot about what America was looking for then--and what it may be looking for today.


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