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A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 5 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Alexander Knox ... Woodrow Wilson

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Edith Bolling Galt

Thomas Mitchell ... Joseph Tumulty
Ruth Nelson ... Ellen Wilson

Cedric Hardwicke ... Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Charles Coburn ... Professor Henry Holmes

Vincent Price ... William Gibbs McAdoo

William Eythe ... George Felton

Mary Anderson ... Eleanor Wilson
Ruth Ford ... Margaret Wilson

Sidney Blackmer ... Josephus Daniels
Madeleine Forbes ... Jessie Wilson

Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Cary Grayson

Eddie Foy Jr. ... Eddie Foy

Charles Halton ... Colonel House

Thurston Hall ... Senator Edward H. 'Big Ed' Jones
J.M. Kerrigan ... Edward Sullivan
James Rennie ... Jim Beeker

Marcel Dalio ... Premier Georges Clemenceau
Katherine Locke ... Helen Bones
Stanley Logan ... Robert Lansing, Secretary of State

Edwin Maxwell ... William Jennings Bryan
Clifford Brooke ... Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Tonio Selwart ... Count Von Bernstorff

John Ince ... Senator Watson
Charles Miller ... Senator Bromfield
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John J. Pershing ... Himself (archive footage) (as General Pershing)
Richard Abbott ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Adams ... Senator (uncredited)
George Anderson ... Secretary David F. Houston (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... German Delegate (uncredited)
John Ardell ... Delegate (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Wilson Campaign Orator (uncredited)

Griff Barnett ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... Edwin Meredith, Secretary of Agriculture (uncredited)
Felix Basch ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Symona Boniface ... White House Reception Guest (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Missouri Delegate (uncredited)
Jess Lee Brooks ... White House Servant from Georgia (uncredited)

Phyllis Brooks ... Granddaughter (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... Boy (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Senator (uncredited)
James Bush ... Reporter (uncredited)

Francis X. Bushman ... Barnard Baruch (uncredited)
Romaine Callender ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Minor Role (uncredited)

George M. Carleton ... Senator (uncredited)
William P. Carleton ... Senator (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Secretary (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Alabama Speaker at Convention (uncredited)

Davison Clark ... Champ Clark - Speaker of the House (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Ray Cooper ... Secretary (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Italian Restaurant Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Woman at Baseball Game (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Attorney General Palmer (uncredited)

John Davidson ... Princeton Team Doctor (uncredited)

Marvin Davis ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Reporter (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Reporter (uncredited)

Marie Dressler ... Herself - at WWI Rally (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Senator Robert La Follette (uncredited)

Edward Earle ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ben Erway ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Judge Westcott (uncredited)

Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself - at WWI Rally (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (uncredited)
Clyde Fillmore ... Senator (uncredited)

Sam Flint ... Orator (uncredited)

Francis Ford ... Hughes Campaign Orator (uncredited)
John Forrest ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... German Delegate (uncredited)
Russell Gaige ... Bainbridge Colby - Secretary of State (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ... Thomas Marshall (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Senator (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Senator (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Scott (uncredited)
Jessica Grayson ... Maid (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greene ... Chief Justice Edward White (uncredited)

Reed Hadley ... White House Usher (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edith Hallor ... Minor Role (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Legislator in Wilson's Office (uncredited)
Josh Hardin ... Tex (uncredited)
Larry Harris ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... General Tasker Bliss (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
John Maxwell Hayes ... Legislator (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Delegate (uncredited)

Herbert Heyes ... Senator (uncredited)
Paul Hilton ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Charles Anthony Hughes ... Colonel Harts (uncredited)
Roger Imhof ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Gladden James ... Redfield (uncredited)

Al Jolson ... Himself - at WWI Rally (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Hughes Campaign Orator (uncredited)

Cy Kendall ... Charles F. Murphy (uncredited)
King George V ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Emmett King ... Senator (uncredited)
Jack Lawrence ... Legislator (uncredited)

George Lessey ... Senator (uncredited)
Ralph Linn ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Franklin Lane - Secretary of the Interior (uncredited)

George Lynn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hamilton MacFadden ... Minor Role (uncredited)

George Macready ... William McCombs (uncredited)

Aubrey Mather ... Hughes' Butler (uncredited)

George Mathews ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... William B. Wilson - Secretary of Labor (uncredited)

Tom McGuire ... New York Delegate (uncredited)

Paul McVey ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Metcalf ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... Lindley M. Garrison - Secretary of War (uncredited)

Matt Moore ... Albert S. Burleson - Postmaster General (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Singer (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Carroll Nye ... Reporter (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... New York Delegate (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Jennie - Maid (uncredited)

Frank Orth ... Smith (uncredited)
Marguerita Padula ... Singer (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Reporter (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Chairman of Democratic Committee (uncredited)

Mary Pickford ... Herself - at WWI Rally (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Rep. Jeanette Rankin (uncredited)

Isabel Randolph ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Robert Regent ... Soldier (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Delegate (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... White House Reporter (uncredited)

Roy Roberts ... Ike Hoover - Chief White House Butler (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... New Jersey Democratic Campaign Worker (uncredited)

Theodore Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Ryan ... Soldier Served Coffee by the President (uncredited)
Norman Salling ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Ralph Sanford ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Shoeshine Customer (uncredited)
Harold Schlickenmayer ... Baseball Manager (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Senator (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Man Seated Next to Judge Everton (uncredited)
Jamesson Shade ... John Payne - Secretary of the Interior (uncredited)

C. Montague Shaw ... Harry L. White (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Newton D. Baker - Secretary of War (uncredited)

Arthur Space ... Francis Sayre (uncredited)

Jack Stoney ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Missouri Speaker at Convention (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Wilson Campaign Orator (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
Truman Van Dyke ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Walburn ... Newsboy (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rex Williams ... Soldier (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Reporter (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Hughes Campaign Orator in Maine (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... German Delegate (uncredited)
Jack Young ... Senator (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
Lamar Trotti (screenplay)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy 
Ernest Palmer (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Wiard Ihnen 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Production Management
R.L. Hough .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Behm .... assistant director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul S. Fox .... associate set decorator
Hector Serbaroli .... painter: historic paintings (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edmund H. Hansen .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Anderson .... electrician (uncredited)
E. Truman Joiner .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Other crew
Ray Stannard Baker .... technical advisor
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Jane Lockwood .... production staff
Miles McCahill .... technical advisor
Richard Mueller .... associate technicolor color director
Frances C. Richardson .... researcher (uncredited)
Helen Webb .... researcher (uncredited)

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154 min
Color (Technicolor) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Darryl F. Zanuck was so proud of the film that he ordered that the world premiere be held in Wahoo, Nebraska, Zanuck's own home town - presumably so that Zanuck could show off his pet project to the local citizens. The plan backfired; nobody in Wahoo was really interested in Woodrow Wilson, and attendance at the film's showings was extremely poor.See more »
Anachronisms: When Wilson is traveling the country promoting the League of Nations in 1919, cars and trucks from the 1940s are visible outside the train's windows.See more »
Professor Henry Holmes:Now I know why the Democratic Party chose a jackass for a mascot.See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Big Political Spectacle: depressing but ultimately optimistic, 14 March 2004
Author: Llamapoot1 from Texas

When watching this film one first has to take into account the fact that it was made in 1944, the heyday of patriotic Hollywood propaganda. Hollywood had joined the war just like the rest of America, and its job was to keep up moral, foster hope for a better future, and keep people doing their jobs in the war machine with enthusiasm.

If you can take all that with a grain of salt, then you will probably like Wilson, because the goofy and embarrassingly obvious moments of propaganda (and Wilson idolatry) are the movie's only major flaw.

What this movie has going for it is Henry King's direction, many very impressive big crowd scenes and great sets (where you can actually see the ceilings), Woodrow Wilsons somewhat tragic life story, and Alexander Knox who plays Wilson. Knox gives very endearing, powerful, and emotionally resonant performance. He makes Wilson a real character that comes through even the thick layers of propaganda. The rest of the cast is good as well (especially the women in his life), but it is Knox and King that carry the movie.

See it for Wilson's excruciatingly intense final political speech. It's forceful.

7 out of 10 (for great spectacle and emotional effectiveness).

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