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Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)

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This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of... See full summary »

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Pierre Watkin ...
Sen. Platt
Theodore von Eltz ...
William Loeb
Arthur Loft ...
Big Jim Rafferty
Clay Clement ...
Avery D. Andrews
Douglas Wood ...
Robert Warwick ...
Capt. Leonard Wood
Glenn Strange ...
Jim Rawlins
Selmer Jackson ...
John W. Riggs, Cabinet Member
Edward McWade ...
Russell Alger, Secretary of War
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This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898 is re-created. He becomes vice president in March 1901 and assumes the presidency when William McKinley is assassinated six months later. According to the narrator, Roosevelt refused to be beholden to political bosses, doing what he believed to be right for the American people. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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24 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Theodore Roosevelt's unsuccessful return to politics with his 1912 run for the Presidency on the Bullmoose Party ticket is not referred to. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Theodore Roosevelt: soldier, president, statesman, American. In 1895 Roosevelt became police commissioner of New York City, declared war on corrupt politicians.
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Edited into March On, America! (1942) See more »

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theo. A. Metz
Performed by the studio orchestra
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Speak Softly And Carry A Big Stick
20 December 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Probably one of the most written about, discussed, admired, and despised in some quarters, presidents we've ever had was the many sided Theodore Roosevelt. Each generation brings forth new biographies and historical reassessments of his career. The same man who made conservation a personal cause, who passed the Pure&Food and Drug Act, who won a Noble Peace Prize for mediating a settlement of the Russo-Japanese War was also one of the most belligerent men who ever occupied the White House.

But in 1940 with another Roosevelt in the White House, a little of that belligerency might have gone a long way in limiting the ambitions of some megalomaniacs across the pond. It was with that in mind that Warner Brothers made this short subject giving a superficial, but effective treatment of TR's life.

Sidney Blackmer who made a small career within a career of playing Theodore Roosevelt stars in this film which won an Oscar for Best Short Subject. Theodore Roosevelt's career just like his cousin Franklin's would require a nine part mini-series, but the highlights are touched on and the character comes through.


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