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Gabriel Over the White House (1933) was a Drama - Fantasy Film directed by Gregory La Cava and produced by Walter Wanger and William Randolph Hearst.

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Gabriel Over the White House (1933): Franchot and Politics

By Franchot Tone Fan on Oct 7, 2016 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of Franchot Tone

For this week's entry into my Franchot and Politics series, I'm looking at one of Franchot Tone's earliest films, Gabriel Over the White House. Directed by Gregory La Cava and produced by Walter Wanger, the political pre-code stars Walter Huston, Franchot Tone, and Karen Morley. Gabriel Over the Wh... Read full article


Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

By smumcountry on May 24, 2015 From Smum County

May 24, 2015 by smumcounty The 30?s are my go to decade for classic films. I watch more films from that decade than any other. Don?t ask me why. That?s just how I?m wired. As such I?ve come to know something of the history of that period, particularly The Great Depression. Nothing to be surprised at... Read full article


Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

By smumcountry on May 24, 2015 From Smum County

May 24, 2015 by smumcounty The 30?s are my go to decade for classic films. I watch more films from that decade than any other. Don?t ask me why. That?s just how I?m wired. As such I?ve come to know something of the history of that period, particularly The Great Depression. Nothing to be surprised at... Read full article


Gabriel Over The White House (1933)

By Franchot Tone Fan on Apr 22, 2015 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of Franchot Tone

Image from Amazon.com Franchot Tone plays Hartley Beekman, secretary to President Hammond (Walter Huston) in the early political drama, Gabriel Over The White House. Directed by Gregory LaCava, the plot of Gabriel revolves around a president who lacks a take-charge attitude and is perfectly satisfi... Read full article


Neglected Post Theatre: "Gabriel Over the White House," or The Fascist and the Furious

By David on Apr 29, 2013 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

It's time for another edition of "Neglected Post Theatre," where we take an older post that deserves more attention and re-showcase it. This time around, it's "Gabriel Over the White House," or the Fascist and the Furious.... Read full article


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Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States: [as the Vice-President leaves the room] Good night, Mr. Vice-President. I hope you sleep well.
Vice President: When did a Vice-President do anything else?
[Hammond shakes hands with him, but wipes it in disdain after he leaves]


Mr. Thieson: Mr. President, my paper's indictment against the government is a staggering one. Starvation is wanton everywhere, from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. Millions of dollars are poured into new battleships. Farmers burn corn and wheat, food is thrown into the sea while men and women are begging for bread. Men are freezing without coats while cotton rots in the field. Thousands are homeless, millions of vacant homes. Over 5000 gang land murders last year, and only five gangsters in prison, not for killing but for income tax violations! What does the New Administration say to this? What answer? What definite plan has the government for this indictment, this state of misery and horror, of lost hope, of broken faith, of the collapse of American democracy?


Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States: The American people have risen before and they will rise again. Gentlemen, remember, our party promises a return to prosperity.


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Facts about

The protest march of the "army of the unemployed" in the story was no doubt a reference to the protest march of the "Bonus Army" in 1932, where veterans of WWI marched on Congress to demand payment of promised bonuses. They were attacked with tanks and tear gas by the U.S. Army led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur on orders of President Herbert Hoover. William Randolph Hearst, who railed against that action in his newpapers, saw to it that the President in this film helped the people. Meanwhile, Louis B. Mayer, a staunch Republican, delayed the movie until Hoover was out of office.
A scene for the movie depicting bullets fired at the President's car was deleted following the attempted assassination of President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The onscreen credit for the author of the novel was "Anonymous," but Thomas Frederick Tweed is listed in the movie's copyright entry.
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