Wilson (1944)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Nelson ...
Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
George Felton
Ruth Ford ...
Madeleine Forbes ...
Stanley Ridges ...
Dr. Cary Grayson
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Colonel House


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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Release Date:

August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

President Wilson  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


$2,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film paints a rather saintly picture of Woodrow Wilson. In reality, he was a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan. See more »


When Ike Hoover, the White House head usher, tells the Wilsons upon their arrival, "We'll take the elevator up," the character's voice has clearly been looped over by another actor and is not that of the actor portraying Hoover, Roy Roberts. See more »


[last lines]
Woodrow Wilson: The President has nothing further to communicate. Good day, sir.
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A Bit Long In The Tooth, But A Decent Bio
17 September 2006 | by (United States) – 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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