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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.

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Jasper Brooks - Secretary of State
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Dr. H.L. Eastman (as Samuel Hinds)
William Pawley ...
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Claire Du Brey ...
Nurse (as Claire DuBrey)
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Storyline

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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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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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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Trivia

The protest march of the "army of the unemployed" in the story was no doubt a reference to the protest march of the "Bonus Army" in 1932, where veterans of WWI marched on Congress to demand payment of promised bonuses. They were attacked with tanks and tear gas by the U.S. Army led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur on orders of President Herbert Hoover. William Randolph Hearst, who railed against that action in his newpapers, saw to it that the President in this film helped the people. Meanwhile, Louis B. Mayer, a staunch Republican, delayed the movie until Hoover was out of office. See more »

Goofs

Through out the whole movie Walter Huston's hair is combed differently in one continuous scene after another. It's obvious many of the cuts back to him are from different takes. See more »

Quotes

Pendola 'Pendie' Molloy: I'm not a very religious person, Beek, but does it seem too fanciful to believe that God might've sent the angel Gabriel to do for Judd Hammond what He did for Daniel?
Hartley 'Beek' Beekman - Secretary to the President: Gabriel? I thought he was the messenger of Wrath.
Pendola 'Pendie' Molloy: Not always. To some he was the Angel of Revelations. A messenger sent from God to men.
Hartley 'Beek' Beekman - Secretary to the President: Huh... Gabriel over the White House.
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Hail to the Chief
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Good, but quirky
12 December 2003 | by (Springfield, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Here's a little-known gem of a movie. I really think that it is very clever and well done. It's one of those that gives you a weird feeling, but you want to watch it again. The principles conveyed are very commendable, and the cast is believable. It is a mesmerizing movie that you want to keep watching to see what happens. Typical of movies of the 30's, the sets are a little cramped, and the direction is a little stodgy, but that's just the way they did things back then. I would definitely recommend it to lovers of classic movies that are great dramas with some suspense. It's just a very clever, original idea of a movie -- and Walter Huston was one of the greats!


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