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Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)

In a series of short scenes, key periods in Theodore Roosevelt's political life are dramatized beginning in 1895 with his time as New York City police commissioner and later as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Vice President and President.


Ray Enright

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Complete credited cast:
Sidney Blackmer ... Theodore Roosevelt
Pierre Watkin ... Sen. Platt
Theodore von Eltz ... William Loeb
Arthur Loft ... Big Jim Rafferty


This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898 is re-created. He becomes vice president in March 1901 and assumes the presidency when William McKinley is assassinated six months later. According to the narrator, Roosevelt refused to be beholden to political bosses, doing what he believed to be right for the American people. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

24 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1939-1940) #4: Teddy, the Rough Rider See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included on the 2006 Warner DVD of Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Theodore Roosevelt: soldier, president, statesman, American. In 1895 Roosevelt became police commissioner of New York City, declared war on corrupt politicians.
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Version of The Rough Riders (1927) See more »


aka "My Country 'tis of Thee" (uncredited)
Music from "God Save the King"
Performed by the studio orchestra
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Nice Short
24 February 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar-winning short from Warner has Sidney Blackmer playing Teddy Roosevelt as we see his early life in New York City to his military days and finally his years in the White House. I'm really not sure how historically accurate this film is but from what I've read it's more accurate than most bio-pics from Hollywood. This two-reelers benefits from being shot in Technicolor, which leads to some very good looking scenes including a rather nice war sequence, which contains some good action and of course some beautiful colors. The main reason to watch this film is for the performance by Blackmer who would play this character six times in his career. Again, I'm not sure how realistic the performance is but the two men certainly look a lot alike and it wouldn't shock me if this was close to how the President acted. Blackmer gives an incredibly strong and uplifting performance as it's clear the political speech at the end was prepping current American's for the war, which was about to happen.

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