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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peggy Eaton
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'Bow' Timberlake
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Andrew Jackson
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John Eaton
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John Randolph
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'Rowdy' Dow
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Mrs. Beall
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Rachel Jackson
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Sunderland
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Cuthbert
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Daniel Webster
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Maj. William O'Neal
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Louisa Abbott
Frank Conroy ...
John C. Calhoun
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Maybelle
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

28 August 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Alegre Locandeira  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,119,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,458,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,019,000
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many people who are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Louise Beavers (Aunt Sukey), Bert Roach (Major Domo), Oscar Apfel (Tompkins), Richard Powell (Doorman), Syd Saylor and Hooper Atchley (Agitators), Morgan Wallace (Slave Buyer), William Stack (W.R. Earle), Ward Bond (Officer) and Samuel S. Hinds (Commander). A modern source also lists Harry Holman (Auctioneer) and Harry Strang (Navigator) as cast members, but they were not seen either. See more »

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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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Joan in hoop skirts
28 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

No! No! No! What is that most modern, at least to her time, of actresses Joan Crawford doing in hoop skirts and crinoline? Pretty much making a fool of herself, not that it's her fault MGM should have known better. There is not one look or gesture that she makes that has a feeling of any period but the 20th century.

Both stagnant and silly this completely miscast picture takes an interesting and scandalous piece of American history, The Petticoat Affair, and make it seem asinine and trivial when it practically tore Jackson's presidency apart and did lead to most of his cabinet's resignation.

Proof positive that not every film that came out of Hollywood's golden age and its premiere studio was a classic worth seeing filled with top flight talent or not. Even if you are a completist of any of the stars work this will be a struggle to get through.


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