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The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Passed | | Drama, History | 28 August 1936 (USA)
President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Bow' Timberlake
John Eaton
John Randolph
'Rowdy' Dow
Mrs. Beall
Rachel Jackson
Maj. William O'Neal
Louisa Abbott
Frank Conroy ...


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Release Date:

28 August 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Alegre Locandeira  »

Box Office


$1,119,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Sunday 24 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City 14 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), by San Francisco 12 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by Los Angeles 23 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »


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America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the Music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
Played in the opening scene as part of the score
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Crawford was not meant for period dramas
22 June 2003 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

Fanciful, but silly biography of Peggy Eaton (Crawford), a controversial figure during the Andrew Jackson administration in the late 1820s, and her relationships with influential men of that era. Semi-fiction story is "gorgeous" to look at thanks to elegant period settings and costumes, not so much the performances or script.

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