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Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Director:

Gregory La Cava (as Gregory LaCava)

Writers:

Carey Wilson (screen play), Bertram Bloch (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Huston ... Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States
Karen Morley ... Pendola Molloy
Franchot Tone ... Hartley Beekman - Secretary to the President
Arthur Byron ... Jasper Brooks - Secretary of State
Dickie Moore ... Jimmy Vetter
C. Henry Gordon ... Nick Diamond
David Landau ... John Bronson
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. H.L. Eastman (as Samuel Hinds)
William Pawley ... Borell
Jean Parker ... Alice Bronson
Claire Du Brey ... Nurse (as Claire DuBrey)
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Storyline

Newly inaugurated President Judson Hammond is content to live out the next four years exercising a hands-off approach and leaving the problems of Depression America to local authorities. But after a miraculous recovery from an auto accident, Hammond is ready to take on every social ill and neither Congress, gangsters nor the nations of the world will stop him. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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The sensation of a nation!

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El despertar de una nación See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial television presentation took place Monday 28 January 1957 in both Chicago and Minneapolis on WBBM (Channel 2) and on KMGM (Channel 9); in Altoona it first aired 17 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 28 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Memphis 14 May 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), and in Omaha 20 August 1957 on WOW (Channel 6) . Because of its age, obscurity and the dated political nature of its story, other major market telecasts eschewed it at this time, but it's now in the Turner Classic Movies inventory and vintage film enthusiasts welcome its occasional airings on TCM. See more »

Goofs

When signing the order for the Ambassador to Greece, Hammond dips his pen twice in the inkwell in both the medium and wide shots. See more »

Quotes

Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States: The American people have risen before and they will rise again. Gentlemen, remember, our party promises a return to prosperity.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
(1876) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
A fourth movement theme is played during the opening credits
The same theme is used often as a leitmotif suggesting Archangel Gabriel's presence
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Look for the little-seen alternate version
23 May 2000 | by FilmFan2001See all my reviews

While I was living in Madrid, the Filmoteca showed both the American version and the little-seen European version of this. My memory is a little hazy, but the European version was by far the more interesting of the two: firstly Hammond is seen to go just that much further into fascism; and secondly, rather than have him nobly struck down at the end, Pendie actually chooses NOT to save him, because she sees what he has become. I've yet to find anything written about this other version though. I think we should be told...


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