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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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Karen Morley ...
Pendola Molloy
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Arthur Byron ...
Jasper Brooks - Secretary of State
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C. Henry Gordon ...
David Landau ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
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

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Thieson: Mr. President, my paper's indictment against the government is a staggering one. Starvation is wanton everywhere, from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. Millions of dollars are poured into new battleships. Farmers burn corn and wheat, food is thrown into the sea while men and women are begging for bread. Men are freezing without coats while cotton rots in the field. Thousands are homeless, millions of vacant homes. Over 5000 gang land murders last year, and only five gangsters in prison...
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Featured in The Great Depression (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

John Brown's Body Lies A-Mouldering in the Grave
(1859) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (1856)
Lyricst unknown
Sung a cappella by the army of the unemployed in protest
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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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