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Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 1 December 1939 (USA)
Brooklyn residents Joe Turp (William Gargan) and his wife, Ethel (Ann Sothern), travel to Washington D. C. to call on the US President (Lewis Stone)to make a pleas on the behalf of their ... See full summary »



, (story "A Call on the President")


Cast overview, first billed only:
The President
Joe Turp
Kitty Crusper
Johnny Crusper
James Bush ...
Henry Crusper
Muriel Hutchison ...
Francine La Vaughn aka Jennie
Jack Norton ...
Mike O'Brien
Frederick Burton ...
Bishop Bannon
Father Reicher
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Pat Donegan
Cliff Clark ...
Garage Owner


Brooklyn residents Joe Turp (William Gargan) and his wife, Ethel (Ann Sothern), travel to Washington D. C. to call on the US President (Lewis Stone)to make a pleas on the behalf of their mailman, Jim (Walter Brennan), is who about to be sacked for illegally opening and destroying a letter. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

1 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heroica Mentira  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Tuesday 27 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Philadelphia it first aired Monday 3 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New York City 4 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 4 August 1963 on KGO (Channel 7). Presently, it's in the Turner Classic Movies film library, having been last shown on TNT in November 1988 and on TCM in July 1996, but more recent legal complications have arisen which prevent its being aired again on TCM and its commercial distribution on DVD. See more »

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Quaint and sentimental story about getting the President to right an injustice.
19 May 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie only once -- as a boy. It was a long time ago, and I have often reflected on it, for I was immediately struck then by the way in which the movie, against the backdrop of the Oval Office and the weighty matters of State, portrays an ordinary man and wife. They are, of course, beset with their own everyday trials and tribulations and partake of the common household petulance married folk practice against each other every day -- even though in the White House. I didn't know it then, but these ordinary citizens in their ordinary garbs and demeanors contrast to the more formal and staid affairs of the Presidency was an instance of irony. I laughed then at these juxtapositions; the scenario was funny. The business that brings this couple to seek the aid of the President, however, was sad. Their neighborhood mail carrier had lost his job because he had presumed to withhold a registered letter from one of the residents on his route. The reason he withholds the letter involves issues of the heart. He cared for this resident, a woman he had once loved -- perhaps still does. The letter contained news about the woman's son, who was a constant source of grief for her. Knowing the news was bad, the mail carrier destroys the letter and loses his job. Joe and Ethel Turp then call on the President to set things right. I'd like to see this movie again and hope that some day it will come out on DVD or video tape. Ah, well . . .

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