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Magnificent Doll (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | November 1946 (USA)
Ginger Rogers is the daughter of boardinghouse owners in Washington, DC who falls in love with Aaron Burr and James Madison.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Irving Stone (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Dolly Payne Madison
David Niven ... Aaron Burr
Burgess Meredith ... James Madison
Peggy Wood ... Mrs. Payne
Stephen McNally ... John Todd (as Horace McNally)
Robert Barrat ... Mr. Payne
Grandon Rhodes ... Thomas Jefferson
Frances E. Williams Frances E. Williams ... Amy (as Frances Williams)
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Count D'Arignon
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... Senator Ainsworth (as Joe Forte)
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Storyline

Dolly Payne is adored by two leaders of the fledgling American government, James Madison and Aaron Burr. She plays each against the other, not only for romantic reasons, but also to influence the shaping of the young country. By manipulating Burr's affections, she helps Thomas Jefferson win the presidency, and eventually she becomes First Lady of the land herself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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They spoke her name in whispers See more »

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's Magnificent Doll See more »

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Production Co:

Hallmark Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Of all the post-Fred Astaire movies of Ginger Rogers to this point, this historical drama was her least successful both financially and critically. According to the June 23, 1947 edition of TIME magazine the picture had "trouble getting into some first-run theaters." Moreover, film reviewers largely felt that Ginger had been miscast. To quote film historian Hal Erickson, writing for All Movie Guide, "The usually ebullient Rogers seems encased in wax as Dolly Madison, the first lady of the United States in the early 19th century." See more »

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Taking love over politics.
10 September 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It's considered polite to consider Borzage's post -war movies mediocre,which is completely unfair.Although they cannot match the director's 1927-1940 brilliant production (who can anyway?),some of them are acceptable,and some even highly commendable:such is the case of " I've always loved you" (1946) or "moonrise" (1948)."The Spanish main" (1945) although hailed by some as a pirates classic ,fails to excite ,perhaps because it is an impersonal movie.

"Magnificent doll" blends love stories with political subjects .David Niven ,cast against type ,plays the part of the villain,a politician who won't be satisfied till he owns everything .Ginger Rogers is good,but her character is a bit unbelievable.

In fact,at least to my eyes,only the first part is Borzagesque: Dolly's first husband is the good man we meet in many of his movies,the one ready to give it all ,to sacrifice everything,even his own happiness if the woman he loves is happy ;that was the story of the heroes/heroines of "street angel" "lucky star" "green light" "big city" ....


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