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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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Mrs. 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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They branded her "Adultress!" See more »

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Biography | Drama

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21 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Esclava y señora  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 dual 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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Cotton Eyed Joe
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Music by Urban Thielmann
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A Great Score
23 September 2008 | by (WA State USA) – See all my reviews

I'm delighted to see so many favorable reviews for this excellent picture. Released the same year CinemaScope made its splashy debut, 'The President's Lady' is a mid-sized production in b&w of typically high 20th-Fox quality. It would have been interesting if John Ford had directed it (it's his kind of film), but as it is, it is a minor classic all by itself, and Henry Levin did a great job.

The score by Alfred Newman deserves special mention. Not only is it moving and poignant in all the right moments, it is positive and robust and helps make the picture succeed on every level. It's a typical Newman score, which means music of extraordinary depth and quality.

Leo Tover's camera-work adds to the luster of this fine film. I can only request that it appear on DVD, for we enthusiasts, if no one else.


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