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The President Vanishes (1934)

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Secretary of War Lewis Wardell
Arthur Byron ...
President Craig Stanley
Paul Kelly ...
Chick Moffat
Peggy Conklin ...
Alma Cronin
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Valentine Orcott
Janet Beecher ...
Mrs. Mary Stanley
Osgood Perkins ...
Harris Brownell
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D.L. Voorman
Edward Ellis ...
Lincoln Lee
Irene Franklin ...
Mrs. Orcott
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Richard Norton
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Sally Voorman
Robert McWade ...
Vice Presient Robert Molleson
DeWitt Jennings ...
Edward Cullen
Walter Kingsford ...
Martin Drew
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11 January 1935 (USA)  »

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Mercaderes de la muerte  »

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The on screen end credits identify Martha Mayo as Mrs. Delling, but the review in Weekly Variety, 11 December 1934, lists Clara Blandick. In the print viewed, Mrs. Delling, the wife of the delicatessen owner, is mentioned by name, but never seen, so the answer as to which actress plays the role remains a mystery. See more »

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A curio with a lot of dust on it
27 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Europe is at war, and our isolationist President is determined to stay out of it. That's the most compelling component of this muddled government thriller, which suffers from too many principal characters, an unstarry cast, B-movie production values, and a rather ludicrous premise. To get the public's mind off war and stanch a coup by labor-fascist "gray shirts," the Prez stages his own kidnapping, while a White House secretary romances a Secret Serviceman, while big business (in the form of five fatcats in one smoke-filled room) rub their hands in anticipatory glee of munitions profits, while the Eleanor-like First Lady grieves stoically, while... oh, skip it.

The normally excellent William Wellman can't salvage this script, which simplifies Washington politics down to absurdity and has lots of character actors unconvincingly waving guns at each other and making stentorian statements of the war-is-bad variety. There are a few compensations: the unlikely sight of Paul Kelly flattening Peggy Conklin in one punch, a snappy line or two, and a very young Rosalind Russell, impressive as a cynical lobbyist's wife.


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