The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 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
It began with a sunrise at Campobello . . . and out of it rose a love that could move mountains . . . a faith that could shake the earth . . . and a laughter of children that was a miracle of its own!
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Did You Know?
According to Jay S. Steinberg at Turner Classic Movies, the film's screenwriter and source playwright Dore Schary
, for this film's source Broadway stage play production, " . . . had considered casting Anthony Quayle
as FDR [Franklin D. Roosevelt
] when his wife suggested Bellamy [Ralph Bellamy
], who, as fate would have it, lived in the Manhattan apartment building across the street from the Scharys. Within a few hours of the script's delivery, the actor called Schary and wanted to know when rehearsals would start." Schary wrote in his book "Heyday: An Autobiography" (1979): "The next morning the doorbell rang I opened the door and there stood Ralph, a cigarette holder clenched perkily in his mouth, a fedora perched on his head with the front brim turned up, and a broad smile on his face. I grabbed his hand and said, 'Mr. President, Welcome!'." See more
In a 1924 scene, someone buys a newspaper with a Thomas Jefferson
nickel. This design wasn't minted until 1938. See more
You must be aware of the fears that many Americans have when they contemplate the election of a Catholic to the presidency of the United States. The domination of the church over its members is well known, and Governor Smith is a devout Catholic.
Would it be more acceptable if he were a renegade Catholic?