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 ...
Dr. Cary Grayson
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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Cinematographer Leon Shamroy replaced Ernest Palmer, who fell ill during production. 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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I was pleasantly surprised by this fine film
12 July 2004 | by (Southern Vermont) – See all my reviews

This is really a great movie. I've been trying to track it down for years and just found it on the Fox Movie Channel last night. The script is well written and for a Hollywood bio-pic it is pretty historically accurate. I thought Knox was excellent as Wilson and wished he had done more high profile movies. And I was also very impressed by the high production values.

Don't know how much Zanuck spent on it but it was all up there on the screen. The Technicolor of those times is always lovely to look at too. Of course it came out in the middle of World War II, so a slight excess of flag-waving is to be expected. And any cast of supporting actors that runs the gamut from Thomas Mitchell to Vincent Price can't be all bad either. An altogether entertaining top quality movie.

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