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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


When signing the order for the Ambassador to Greece, Hammond dips his pen twice in the inkwell in both the medium and wide shots. See more »


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Semper Fidelis
(1888) (uncredited)
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Look for the little-seen alternate version
23 May 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

While I was living in Madrid, the Filmoteca showed both the American version and the little-seen European version of this. My memory is a little hazy, but the European version was by far the more interesting of the two: firstly Hammond is seen to go just that much further into fascism; and secondly, rather than have him nobly struck down at the end, Pendie actually chooses NOT to save him, because she sees what he has become. I've yet to find anything written about this other version though. I think we should be told...

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