The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name.
Even if you never heard his name...Even if this whole story was make-believe...you'll not soon forget this drama of devotion, this laughter through tears, this motion picture of motion pictures...
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Did You Know?
According to the Wikipedia website: "The film was produced with the cooperation of the Roosevelt family. Eleanor Roosevelt
was present on the set during location shooting at the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York." See more
No competent orthopedist would have given Franklin D. Roosevelt
crutches so short that he would have to lean forward and use them to walk on all fours, as Ralph Bellamy
does. (Besides, the paralysis would have kept him from moving his legs.) Crutches should be long enough so that the user can stand up straight, support his weight on them and propel himself forward with his shoulder muscles. See more
You must be aware of the fears that many Americans have when they contemplate the election of a Catholic to the presidency of the United States. The domination of the church over its members is well known, and Governor Smith is a devout Catholic.
Would it be more acceptable if he were a renegade Catholic?
Version of Warm Springs