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The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Passed | | Drama, History | 28 August 1936 (USA)
President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.


Clarence Brown


Ainsworth Morgan (screen play), Stephen Morehouse Avery (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Peggy Eaton
Robert Taylor ... 'Bow' Timberlake
Lionel Barrymore ... Andrew Jackson
Franchot Tone ... John Eaton
Melvyn Douglas ... John Randolph
James Stewart ... 'Rowdy' Dow
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Beall
Beulah Bondi ... Rachel Jackson
Louis Calhern ... Sunderland
Melville Cooper ... Cuthbert
Sidney Toler ... Daniel Webster
Gene Lockhart ... Maj. William O'Neal
Clara Blandick ... Louisa Abbott
Frank Conroy ... John C. Calhoun
Nydia Westman ... Maybelle


It's the early nineteenth century Washington. Young adult Margaret O'Neal - Peggy to most that know her - is the daughter of Major William O'Neal, who is the innkeeper of the establishment where most out-of-town politicians and military men stay when they're in Washington. Peggy is pretty and politically aware. She is courted by several of those politicians and military men who all want to marry her, except for the one with who she is truly in love. Because of her personal situation at the time, she, in 1828, becomes the unofficial first lady to help her old friend - "old" both in terms of age and length of time - Andrew Jackson, who has just been elected President of the United States. Jackson and Peggy have the same political outlook, where the union of the states is paramount, especially when many states see their rights as being more important than the union. Jackson had a rough ride during the election in large part because his wife, Rachel Jackson, was seen as a pipe smoking ... Written by Huggo

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Joan Crawfordf (I)'s only period film of the sound era. It was also her biggest budgeted film up to that point, at $1,119,000. See more »


Daniel Webster: Well Miss Peggy, have you shaped any new political doctrines today?
Peggy Eaton: Ah Mr. Webster, I'm just an impressionable young woman.
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Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Played by James Stewart on his fife
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Joan Crawford and Old Hickory
14 May 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

When girlish innkeeper's daughter Joan Crawford (as Margaret "Peggy" O'Neal) develops into a beautiful young woman, many men in 1823 Washington, DC desire her. Ms. Crawford finds sailor Robert Taylor (as "Bow" Timberlake) attractive, but Crawford is saving herself for Virginia Senator Melvyn Douglas (as John Randolph). Meanwhile, boyish Jimmy Stewart (as "Rowdy" Dow) pastes fake sideburns on his cheeks, and pines for Crawford. She brushes off Mr. Stewart, and gets kissed by Mr. Taylor. Though she still loves Mr. Douglas, Crawford marries Taylor after a fight with Douglas, who thinks Crawford is too young for marriage.

Shortly after the wedding, Lieutenant Taylor is called away for three months, to the West Indies.

Crawford waits in Washington with an older couple who consider her a companion and ward, politically savvy Lionel Barrymore (as Andrew "Andy" Jackson) and his pipe-smoking wife Beulah Bondi (as Rachel). After five years, Mr. Barrymore becomes the seventh President of the United States. Though a woman, Crawford is a political adviser of sorts, which encumbers gossip. Crawford's real-life husband, Franchot Tone (as John H. Eaton), also enters the picture. With strong direction by Clarence Brown and photography by George Folsey, MGM production values manage to sustain the years. Otherwise, this historical fiction succeeds as neither.

***** The Gorgeous Hussy (8/28/36) Clarence Brown ~ Joan Crawford, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Taylor

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Release Date:

28 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,119,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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