The Monroe Doctrine (1939)

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The story of President Monroe's response to attempts by Spain to interfere in South America.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Waldron ...
Senor De La Torre
Rosita De La Torre (as Nanette Fabares)
Tom Chatterton ...
John Randolph
Ted Osborne ...
Emmett Vogan ...
Howard Lang ...
William Wirt
Edwin Stanley ...
Erville Alderson ...
Millard Vincent ...
Stuart Holmes ...


This two-reel short tells the tale of the effects of the Monroe Document in a historical and historical-fictional manner, and its effects---fact and fictional---in North and South America...and Europe and,how through the years, various U.S. Presidents have upheld it in various ways. The ending has Theodore Roosevelt delivering a speech that probably left the viewing audiences, in various countries, talking about it in various languages. Written by Les Adams <>

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Technicolor Classics (1939-1940 season) #1: The Monroe Doctrine  »

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The second of seven films in which Sidney Blackmer would portray Theodore Roosevelt. See more »


Theodore Roosevelt: Speak softly but carry a big stick!
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Edited into March On, America! (1942) See more »


("My Country 'Tis of Thee")
Music from Muzio Clementi's "Symphony #3" (1832)
Included in background score
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A Brief Peek At American History
1 July 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Warner Brothers Short Subject.

THE MONROE DOCTRINE asserts the rights of the Americas to be left alone from all European entanglements.

This little film gives a good look at the reasons behind the Monroe Doctrine and how it was defined by succeeding American governments. It moves briskly and is well acted, especially by Grant Mitchell as John Quincy Adams and Sidney Blackmer as Teddy Roosevelt. Nanette Fabray & George Reeves very briefly portray young lovers caught up in history's flow.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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