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Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

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Running Time
1 hour, 26 minutes

Country USA

Studio Cosmopolitan

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• Gabriel Over the White House

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Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Political, Role-switching, Fantasy, Satire, Spoof

Plot: In 1932, America struggles with the effects of the depression and Prohibition. A new president, Judson Hammond (Walter Huston), is inaugurated. A handsome, amiable man, he is more concerned with his young nephew (Dickie Moore) than the problems of the unemployed. Hammond is a party figurehead--the candidate of corrupt interests--and a bachelor with a very private secretary, Pendola Molloy (the elegant Karen Morley). This president tests the dedication of his idealistic public secretary, Hartley Beekman (Franchot Tone), and nearly everyone else around him. Things change, however, when President Hammond has an auto accident. Near death, he has an epiphany--and turns with a vengeance on those who elected him, becoming an advocate for the common people.

In making GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE, director Gregory La Cava and producer Walter Wanger developed a startling cinematic answer to the chaos that many thought was overrunning the country. The film feels like a prayer for deliverance; regarded as truly remarkable when it appeared, La Cava's movie is still astonishing today.

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 Directed by
Gregory La Cava
My Man Godfrey, Stage Door, Primrose Path
 Written by
Carey Wilson
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Scaramouche, Green Dolphin Street
Walter Huston
The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Karen Morley
Scarface, Pride and Prejudice, Dinner at Eight
Franchot Tone
Mutiny on the Bounty, In Harm's Way, Advise and Consent
Arthur Byron
The Mummy, The Prisoner of Zenda, 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
Dickie Moore
Out of the Past, Sergeant York, Blonde Venus
C. Henry Gordon
Scarface, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Mata Hari
David Landau
Horse Feathers, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, She Done Him Wrong
 Music By
William Axt
The Thin Man, Tarzan and His Mate, Dinner at Eight

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Lady for a Day (1933)
Gabriel & Me (2001)

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