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The Phantom President (1932)

A presidential candidate is deemed to have a dull personality, thus a charismatic look-alike is hired as a front.

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Norman Taurog
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Complete credited cast:
George M. Cohan ... Theodore K. Blair / Peeter J. 'Doc' Varney
Claudette Colbert ... Felicia Hammond
Jimmy Durante ... Curly Cooney
George Barbier ... Boss Jim Ronkton
Sidney Toler ... Prof. Aikenhead
Louise Mackintosh ... Sen. Sarah Scranton
Jameson Thomas ... Jerrido
Julius McVicker ... Sen. Melrose
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Too bad for presidential hopes of banker T.K. Blair; his party feels he has too little flair for savoir faire. But at a medicine show, the party bosses find Blair's double: huckster Doc Varney. Of course, they scheme to make Varney T.K.'s public spokesman; at first, he even fools Blair's girlfriend Felicia, providing a romantic complication. As election eve approaches, the conspirators face the problem of what to do with Varney...who has difficult decisions of his own to make. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Yankee Doodle Dandy and the Schnozzola write a new chapter in American Hysterics! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 29 September 1932) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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One of Paramount's biggest flops of 1932. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Aikenhead: Blair lacks political charm. Blair has no flair for savoir faire.
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Soundtracks

PHANTOM PRESIDENT PRELUDE
Written by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung and chanted by uncredited players
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Patently Paramount, a very entertaining movie!
9 March 2001 | by nlangdonSee all my reviews

All the actors sparkle here, even Durante (who killed more than one MGM feature in his day) is a riot. Colbert is dazzling in every scene, even while bathing a dog. Cohan is fresh and fun, too bad he didn't make any other talkies. This production wreaks of Paramount, right down to the Lubitch touches of rhyming dialogue and animals delivering a musical number laced with sexual innuendo. In one instance the camera dissolves from the back side of a jackass to the keynote speaker of the Presidential convention; some things never change and it's still fresh!

Will Hays would have had a lot to say about this production if he could have gotten his hands on it.... :)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falso Presidente See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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