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Wilson (1944)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, History | August 1945 (USA)
A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

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Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Dr. Cary Grayson
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Eddie Foy
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Colonel House
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The political career of Woodrow Wilson is chronicled, beginning with his decision to leave his post at Princeton to run for Governor of New Jersey, and his subsequent ascent to the Presidency of the United States. During his terms in office, Wilson must deal with the death of his first wife, the onslaught of German hostilities leading to American involvement in the Great War, and his own country's reticence to join the League of Nations. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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August 1945 (USA)  »

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Darryl F. Zanuck's Wilson  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Franklin D. Roosevelt screened the film at the Second Quebec Conference in 1944. Among those watching were Winston Churchill who was decidedly unimpressed and left early to go to bed. See more »

Goofs

When Tumulty comes to the family sitting outside Mrs. Wilson's bedroom during her last illness, he tells President Wilson that "Senator Carter Glass" needs to see him about the Federal Reserve Act legislation. Carter Glass was a sponsor of the bill, but he was in the House of Reppresentatives at the time, not the Senate. See more »

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Woodrow Wilson: [Reading a newspaper clipping] A weak and imbecile man, the weakest I've ever knew in a high place. If I wanted to paint a despot, a man perfectly regardless of every Constitutional right of the people, I would paint his hideous form.
Eleanor Wilson: That's outrageous!
Woodrow Wilson: When he goes out of office next March, the whole country except thieves, cowards, public plunderers, office holders, and traitors will rejoice.
Edith Bolling Galt: [Slamming down a coffee pot] Woodrow, that's the last straw! You've got to do something about it. ...
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A Bit Long In The Tooth, But A Decent Bio
17 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how many modern-day film viewers would sit through this long a biography (154 minutes) of a fairly boring man but it moves pretty well and is generally entertaining account of our 28th U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson.

When I watched this, I was unfamiliar with the lead actor, Alexander Knox, and I still am! However, he did a fine job as Wilson. The supporting cast did have some "names," such as Charles Coburn, Thomas Mitchell, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Ruth Nelson and much more.

When they made Technicolor films of the 1940s, which wasn't often, they were very pretty and this one is, too. They also did a nice job re-creating the early 20th century.

It's a nice film but nothing memorable, to be honest, and certainly biased in favor of Wilson....but still worth seeing. With it's length, one viewing would be enough.


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