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Magnificent Doll (1946)

Approved | | Drama, History | November 1946 (USA)
Ginger Rogers is the daughter of boardinghouse owners in Washington, DC who falls in love with Aaron Burr and James Madison.

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Dolly Payne is adored by two leaders of the fledgling American government, James Madison and Aaron Burr. She plays each against the other, not only for romantic reasons, but also to influence the shaping of the young country. By manipulating Burr's affections, she helps Thomas Jefferson win the presidency, and eventually she becomes First Lady of the land herself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The first plot outline describes the future Dolley Madison as the daughter of boardinghouse owners in Washington, D.C. Her father never ran a boardinghouse. Dolley's mother did that job briefly, after the death of her husband. The boardinghouse was in Philadelphia, then the nation's capital. It was there that Dolley met Aaron Burr and James Madison, when she was a young widow with a small son. Only several years later, was Washington, D.C. completed. Madison became President Jefferson's Secretary of State. Dolley served as Jefferson's official hostess in the Executive Mansion because he was a widower. See more »

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MAGNIFICENT DOLL (Frank Borzage, 1946) **1/2
6 January 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Bizarrely cast and talky historical drama about the romantic and political involvement of the titular Southern belle (Ginger Rogers) with the then-U.S. Secretary of State James Madison (Burgess Meredith) and misguidedly ambitious Presidential nominee Aaron Burr (David Niven). Given that Niven ends up losing both the girl and the candidature (to Thomas Jefferson), he is understandably glum throughout – but the tragic fact that the beloved British actor had just lost his wife in a freak accident at home surely cannot have aided his countenance any! As usual, my fondness for films depicting political machinations perhaps made this appeal to me more than it would have otherwise but, while everybody concerned was clearly seen at a better advantage elsewhere, it must be said here that the narrative certainly wasn't a familiar one and, consequently, it held my interest throughout.


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