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
Ralph Bellamy as the man who never forgot how to smile...Greer Garson as the woman who never forgot how to love...
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Did You Know?
Responding to the protests of the children of Franklin D. Roosevelt
& Eleanor Roosevelt
to the inaccurate and largely fictitious depiction of their grandmother Sara as a controlling and domineering harridan, the writer of the play and screenplay Dore Schary
cheerfully responded, "Every play needs a villain!" See more
When the train departs to carry the Roosevelt family home from Campobello, there's a shot of the departing locomotive accompanied by typical steam-locomotive-starting-up sounds which are not paced or synchronized with the actual operation of the steam engine. See more
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
When you're forced to sit a lot, and watch others move about, you feel apart, lonely - because you can't get up and pace around.