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Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 September 1960 (USA)
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In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.

Director:

Vincent J. Donehue

Writers:

Dore Schary (screenplay), Dore Schary (story)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bellamy ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Greer Garson ... Eleanor Roosevelt
Hume Cronyn ... Louis Howe
Jean Hagen ... Missy Le Hand
Ann Shoemaker ... Sara Delano Roosevelt
Alan Bunce ... Gov. Alfred E. Smith
Tim Considine ... James Roosevelt
Zina Bethune ... Anna Roosevelt
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Bennett
Pat Close Pat Close ... Elliott Roosevelt
Robin Warga Robin Warga ... Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
Tom Carty Tom Carty ... Johnny Roosevelt
Lyle Talbot ... Mr. Brimmer
David White ... Mr. Lassiter
Walter Sande ... Capt. Skinner
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Storyline

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. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Ralph Bellamy as the man who never forgot how to smile...Greer Garson as the woman who never forgot how to love... See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dez Passos Imortais See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jay S. Steinberg at Turner Classic Movies, the film's screenwriter and source playwright Dore Schary, for this film's source Broadway stage play production, " . . . had considered casting Anthony Quayle as FDR [Franklin D. Roosevelt] when his wife suggested Bellamy [Ralph Bellamy], who, as fate would have it, lived in the Manhattan apartment building across the street from the Scharys. Within a few hours of the script's delivery, the actor called Schary and wanted to know when rehearsals would start." Schary wrote in his book "Heyday: An Autobiography" (1979): "The next morning the doorbell rang I opened the door and there stood Ralph, a cigarette holder clenched perkily in his mouth, a fedora perched on his head with the front brim turned up, and a broad smile on his face. I grabbed his hand and said, 'Mr. President, Welcome!'." See more »

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In a 1924 scene, someone buys a newspaper with a Thomas Jefferson nickel. This design wasn't minted until 1938. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Roosevelt: Franklin, may I say a word?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Certainly, if you're going to agree with me.
Eleanor Roosevelt: Then I have nothing to say.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: That is hardly a sign of wifely devotion.
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 25 August 1960 (1960) See more »

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Ralph Bellamy repeats his famous stage role for the screen...
18 June 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

For anyone remotely interested in the history of U.S. presidents, SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO does an outstanding job of recreating the period of time during which Franklin Deleano Roosevelt coped with his victory over suffering polio in his forties, just as his political ambitions were taking shape.

RALPH BELLAMY repeats his stage role and makes you forget that all he ever played in his earlier movies were the hapless saps who lost the girl in the last reel. He gives a full-bodied portrait of the man and is ably assisted by an actress who seemed a most unlikely choice for her role--GREER GARSON as Eleanor Roosevelt.

With a striking supporting cast headed by HUME CRONYN as Roosevelt's closest friend and adviser, the only weak point of the whole enterprise is the length of time it takes to tell the story. 144 minutes is a long time to sit through a tale such as this, crammed as it is with some static scenes and full of dialog exchanges that go on for some length of time.

But all in all, it's a fascinating history lesson in that all of the events unfold using a lot of historical background as to the politics of the time. Oddly enough, Bellamy himself did not win an Oscar nomination but Greer Garson did. She also won awards from The National Board of Review and the Golden Globes as Best Actress.

Well worth seeing, although it seems to wear out its welcome during the last twenty-five minutes or so.


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