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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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John Eaton
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'Rowdy' Dow
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Mrs. Beall
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It's the early nineteenth century Washington. Young adult Margaret O'Neal - Peggy to most that know her - is the daughter of Major William O'Neal, who is the innkeeper of the establishment where most out-of-town politicians and military men stay when they're in Washington. Peggy is pretty and politically aware. She is courted by several of those politicians and military men who all want to marry her, except for the one with who she is truly in love. Because of her personal situation at the time, she, in 1828, becomes the unofficial first lady to help her old friend - "old" both in terms of age and length of time - Andrew Jackson, who has just been elected President of the United States. Jackson and Peggy have the same political outlook, where the union of the states is paramount, especially when many states see their rights as being more important than the union. Jackson had a rough ride during the election in large part because his wife, Rachel Jackson, was seen as a pipe smoking ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | History

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28 August 1936 (USA)  »

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A Alegre Locandeira  »

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$1,119,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lionel Barrymore played U.S. President Andrew Jackson again in the 1952 Western, Lone Star (1952), his last film role. Beulah Bondi, who plays Rachel Jackson in this movie, is also in the later film in a different role. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Sung by a mob with anti-Jackson lyrics
Whistled later by Joan Crawford
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Better than it gets
31 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joan Crawford stars in The Gorgeous Hussy, often referred to as her only historical drama. This is a myth. During her silent years, Crawford was the star of other historical films (Across to Singapore, Rose Marie) and westerns. She also went on to star in Johnny Guitar in 1954, set at the turn of the century, which became one of her most famous films. When reviewers say Crawford was too modern for historical pictures, they conveniently forget the terrific reviews she received for Rose Marie in 1928, now a lost film, and her electric presence in Johnny Guitar.

The Gorgeous Hussy is not a popular film. Many writers claim that Hussy was a disastrous box-office flop, which is not true. It actually made back all of its huge production cost (Hussy was an MGM prestige picture) and turned in a small profit. A lot of people went to see Gorgeous Hussy in its day--more people than saw other films referred to as hits, such as No More Ladies, and yet the high production did not allow it to make a significant enough profit to be considered a hit.


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