The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name. Written by
THE GREAT AMERICAN LOVE STORY!
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Did You Know?
Although Ann Shoemaker
, who plays FDR's mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, in the film was not in the original Broadway production on opening night, she was the first and only full-time replacement for Anne Seymour
in that production. See more
When Franklin D. Roosevelt
addressed the 1924 convention, he did not walk to the podium on crutches. His son James Roosevelt
supported him on one side, while he supported himself with a cane on the other. This gave more of an appearance of walking to an observer. See more
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Caution, my friend, is the refuge of cowards.