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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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Complete credited cast:
... Theodore K. Blair / Peeter J. 'Doc' Varney
... Felicia Hammond
... Curly Cooney
... Boss Jim Ronkton
... Prof. Aikenhead
... Sen. Sarah Scranton
... Jerrido
... 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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It's nonsense and - I love it!

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23 September 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Prof. Aikenhead: Blair lacks political charm. Blair has no flair for savoir faire.
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SCHNOZZOLA
Written by Arthur Johnston and Jimmy Durante
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Jimmy Durante
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"The night's so lovely you could eat it with a spoon!" - Colbert
15 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on PBS in New York many years ago and unfortunately before video tape. I recall reading an article about the way some of the special effects were done. Remember Cohan is playing two roles. There are many scenes in which he is talking and acting with himself. There is a particularly interesting scene on the front porch of an old house. Cohan #1 is in a rocking chair when Cohan #2 approaches him; Cohan #1 gets up to shake hands with Cohan #2- thereby shaking hands with himself. The rocking chair in the background continues to rock. After the hand shake they reverse positions and Cohan #2 walks up and gets into the rocking chair, which has never stopped rocking. Cohan #1 looks on. Done done in split screen? Apparently. but the effects artist died shortly after the film was made and to this day no one knows how he produced the effect. Great line by Colbert's character: "The night's so lovely you could eat it with a spoon".


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