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The President's Lady (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 21 May 1953 (USA)
The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

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Rachel Donelson
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Lewis Robards
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Charles Dickinson
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Mrs. Phariss
Ruth Attaway ...
Moll
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Capt. Irwin
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Mrs. 'Peachblossom' Stark
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Mrs. Robards
Ralph Dumke ...
Col. Stark
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The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

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outside the crowds thundered: "AN ADULTRESS IN THE WHITE HOUSE - NEVER!" See more »

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Esclava y señora  »

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Trivia

Charlton Heston played Andrew Jackson a second time in The Buccaneer (1958). See more »

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Rachel talks about Andrew building her a home "with six columns" and we see the house, named The Hermitage. The house had three main iterations. The first was a simple New England style two-story wood frame home. That was later remodeled with the addition of wings and a wide veranda. The iconic image we have today (and how it still looks) was the third remodeling - but it was done after Rachel's death. Rachel may have involved in the plans for the renovations, but she didn't live to see the finished product. See more »

Quotes

Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson: [to Andrew who is planning to duel with Charles Dickinson the following morning] Andrew, if I'm to be the cause of all your quarrels for the rest of your life, then you give me no choice. I must leave you! I will not let you be killed because of me, nor will I let you take another man's life. I must leave!
President Andrew Jackson: You'd leave me now?
Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson: No! No! Oh Andrew, please, please don't do this! If Mr. Dickinson's bullet kills you, it kills me too! Let him say what he will about me!
President Andrew Jackson: No man can say what he will about ...
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Referenced in Bowling for Columbine (2002) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
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From frontier life to White House
11 February 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best historical romances on film. It's the heartwarming story of Andrew Jackson, played by Charlton Heston, and centers on his love for Rachel, superbly acted here by the beautiful Susan Hayward.

The start takes us from the early beginnings of their relationship when she was still married to another, but eventually she breaks ties and in time becomes Andrew's wife -- a courtship that takes us from the frontiers to the White House.

Life for homesteaders wasn't easy in those times of opening up the west, battling native Indians and fighting wars; however, Andrew gradually progressed up the military ranks although it meant many separations from Rachel. Their position in society had an uneven start, having to deal with scandal surrounding the circumstances of their marriage, yet in time this was slowly overcome, and as the years passed Andrew became more involved in political life, ultimately becoming president.

A very human story.


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