Four key incidents in the public life of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), seventh President of the United States. We watch him win the Battle of New Orleans in 1812 after an alliance with pirate...
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Four key incidents in the public life of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), seventh President of the United States. We watch him win the Battle of New Orleans in 1812 after an alliance with pirate Jean Lafitte. Later, political enemies slander his wife to coax Jackson into a duel with a crack shot: from her sickbed, she demands he promise not to fight. At his inauguration in 1829, plain folk are invited to celebrate. The film ends with a close look at a crisis early in his presidency: the threat by South Carolina (and his own Vice President, John Calhoun), to secede in a dispute over tariffs. This southern President confounds his allies, choosing the union over parochial economics. Written by
What we have here is Demille's THE BUCCANEER showing just the highlights of the Battle of New Orleans and the celebratory party afterwards, with some fine color photography and no story. As a matter of fact, the same actor plays Andy Jackson in both flicks.
In 1939 this was a mildly interesting short subject of the American History as Hagiography type, but little else. Most of the story is told in pompous voice-over, with lines like "Only his deep loyalty to the American people" and "Andrew Jackson was the first president sprung from the common people and his door was always open to his friends."
I would suggest that you read a good book on the subject instead of wasting ten minutes on this effort.
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