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?
The Broadway production of "Sunrise at Campobello" by Dore Schary
opened at the Cort Theater in New York on January 30, 1958, ran for 556 performances and won the 1958 Tony Award for the Best Play. Ralph Bellamy
won the 1958 Tony Award for Best Actor in Play and recreated his stage role in the movie version. See more
No competent orthopedist would have given Franklin D. Roosevelt
crutches so short that he would have to lean forward and use them to walk on all fours, as Ralph Bellamy
does. (Besides, the paralysis would have kept him from moving his legs.) Crutches should be long enough so that the user can stand up straight, support his weight on them and propel himself forward with his shoulder muscles. See more
Gov. Alfred E. Smith
You were both too surprised to *be* surprised.