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 sun came up twice that day. Once in the heavens for all the world to see... once in the darkness for a man, his wife, and their children alone to share...
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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
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
Sara Delano Roosevelt
[upon hearing Eleanor was out giving a speech
You know my feelings about politics generally. It's a tawdry business for a man. And I believe shocking for a woman.