6.3/10
94
5 user

The Monroe Doctrine (1939)

Approved | | Short, Drama, History | 14 October 1939 (USA)
The story of President Monroe's response to attempts by Spain to interfere in South America.

Director:

Crane Wilbur
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Roadblock (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Intimate and compelling documentary on the life and career of Leslie Howard (1893-1943)

Director: Thomas Hamilton
Stars: Leslie Ruth Howard, Norman Spencer, Matthew Sweet
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The comic adventures of a new car owner.

Director: Hal Roach
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Fred McPherson
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Our hero saves a man from drowning, only to find that it is the wrong man.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding
Stars: Harold Lloyd, 'Snub' Pollard, Bebe Daniels
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tipsy doctor encounters his patient sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street.

Director: Hal Roach
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks
Red Barry (1938)
Certificate: Passed Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A famous detective sets out to discover who stole $2 million in bonds.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Alan James
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Frances Robinson, Edna Sedgewick
Certificate: Passed Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young girl, wanting a life of luxury, takes the "easy" way, and winds up in jail.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Irene Hervey, Robert Livingston, Robert Warwick
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally ... See full summary »

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Igor Fomchenko, Vladimir Zamanskiy, Marina Adzhubei
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Short documentary presents the case that local schools in poor rural communities of Appalachia must provide an education that will improve people's lives directly such as how to farm correctly and what to plant so that they may eat better.

Director: Willard Van Dyke
Stars: Myron McCormick
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

While at an amusement park, two men try to win the heart of a young lady. They compete with each other while attempting to find her runaway dog, and they race to ask her mother's permission to take her up in a hot air balloon.

Directors: Hal Roach, Fred C. Newmeyer
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Bill Williams, Barbara Hale, Richard Quine
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Billy Blazes confronts Crooked Charley, who has been ruling the town of Peaceful Vale through fear and violence.

Director: Hal Roach
Stars: Harold Lloyd, 'Snub' Pollard, Bebe Daniels
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Mitchell ... John Quincy Adams
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... President James Monroe
James Stephenson ... Senor De La Torre
Frank Wilcox ... Henry Clay
George Reeves ... John Sturgis
Nanette Fabray ... Rosita De La Torre (as Nanette Fabares)
Sidney Blackmer ... Theodore Roosevelt
Tom Chatterton ... John Randolph
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... John C. Calhoun
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Daniel Webster
Howard Lang ... William Wirt
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... President James K. Polk
Erville Alderson ... William Seward
Millard Vincent Millard Vincent ... President Millard Fillmore
Stuart Holmes ... Grover Cleveland
Edit

Storyline

This two-reel short tells the tale of the effects of the Monroe Document in a historical and historical-fictional manner, and its effects---fact and fictional---in North and South America...and Europe and,how through the years, various U.S. Presidents have upheld it in various ways. The ending has Theodore Roosevelt delivering a speech that probably left the viewing audiences, in various countries, talking about it in various languages. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Classics (1939-1940 season) #1: The Monroe Doctrine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (re-release) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The second of seven films in which Sidney Blackmer would portray Theodore Roosevelt. See more »

Quotes

Senor De La Torre: What makes you so sure the United States would resort to war? people don't want it, and in a democracy people rule. So I've been told.
See more »

Connections

Edited into March On, America! (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Dandy
(uncredited)
Composed by George M. Cohan (1904)
Integrated into background score
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Brief Peek At American History
1 July 2005 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Warner Brothers Short Subject.

THE MONROE DOCTRINE asserts the rights of the Americas to be left alone from all European entanglements.

This little film gives a good look at the reasons behind the Monroe Doctrine and how it was defined by succeeding American governments. It moves briskly and is well acted, especially by Grant Mitchell as John Quincy Adams and Sidney Blackmer as Teddy Roosevelt. Nanette Fabray & George Reeves very briefly portray young lovers caught up in history's flow.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed