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Wilson (1944)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | August 1945 (USA)
A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director:

Henry King

Writer:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Knox ... Woodrow Wilson
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Edith Bolling Galt
Thomas Mitchell ... Joseph Tumulty
Ruth Nelson ... Ellen Wilson
Cedric Hardwicke ... Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Charles Coburn ... Professor Henry Holmes
Vincent Price ... William Gibbs McAdoo
William Eythe ... George Felton
Mary Anderson ... Eleanor Wilson
Ruth Ford Ruth Ford ... Margaret Wilson
Sidney Blackmer ... Josephus Daniels
Madeleine Forbes Madeleine Forbes ... Jessie Wilson
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Cary Grayson
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Eddie Foy
Charles Halton ... Colonel House
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Storyline

The political career of Woodrow Wilson is chronicled, beginning with his decision to leave his post at Princeton to run for Governor of New Jersey, and his subsequent ascent to the Presidency of the United States. During his terms in office, Wilson must deal with the death of his first wife, the onslaught of German hostilities leading to American involvement in the Great War, and his own country's reticence to join the League of Nations. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darryl F. Zanuck's Wilson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Franklin D. Roosevelt screened the film at the Second Quebec Conference in 1944. Among those watching were Winston Churchill who was decidedly unimpressed and left early to go to bed. See more »

Goofs

When Tumulty comes to the family sitting outside Mrs. Wilson's bedroom during her last illness, he tells President Wilson that "Senator Carter Glass" needs to see him about the Federal Reserve Act legislation. Carter Glass was a sponsor of the bill, but he was in the House of Reppresentatives at the time, not the Senate. See more »

Quotes

Woodrow Wilson: [Reading a newspaper clipping] A weak and imbecile man, the weakest I've ever knew in a high place. If I wanted to paint a despot, a man perfectly regardless of every Constitutional right of the people, I would paint his hideous form.
Eleanor Wilson: That's outrageous!
Woodrow Wilson: When he goes out of office next March, the whole country except thieves, cowards, public plunderers, office holders, and traitors will rejoice.
Edith Bolling Galt: [Slamming down a coffee pot] Woodrow, that's the last straw! You've got to do something about it. ...
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A Film to Cherish
20 September 2000 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

If you want to dramatize Wilson's life, you can either approach it as either a tragedy or a hagiography, and Fox chose the hagiographic route. Considering the era and that the only biography at the time was the uncritical one by Ray Standard Baker, this is hardly surprising. Thank God, however, they cast the unknown Alexander Knox rather than an established star such as Gary Cooper for the title character; when you see the film you can't imagine anyone else playing the part.

This movie proves that the Hollywood era could do films with some integrity beyond the standard fare from MGM or Warners. Twentieth-Century Fox's Zanuck was the only mogul who had the guts to make a motion picture as expensive as this, with an unknown in the lead, and on a President who, unlike say Teddy Roosevelt, strikes many people as a cold fish. I love this film, despite its simplifying of history and its wartime propaganda because it's very special in many ways. There are plenty of movies like JEFFERSON IN PARIS or YOUNG MR. LINCOLN or ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS or THE PRESIDENT'S LADY etc., but aside from NIXON, Zanuck and King's WILSON seems the only theatrical film that dramatizes a President's life while he served in office. For those of you who find it undramatic, think again: it's a film to cherish


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