Skip to comments.TCM Classic Movie Alert 9/18/12
Posted on 09/18/2012 9:57:09 AM PDT by Vision
This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert!
Tonight...Walter Huston!...in Gabriel over the White House(1933), 8pm est
"A crooked president reforms mysteriously."
When the film opens, U.S. President Judson C. ‘Judd’ Hammond (Huston) is variously described as “a Hoover-like partisan hack” or “basically a do-nothing crook, based on, to some extent, Warren G. Harding.” Then he suffers a near-fatal automobile accident and goes into a coma. Through what Portland State University instructor Dennis Grunes calls “possible divine intervention,” Hammond (an “FDR lookalike”) miraculously recovers, emerging “a changed man, an activist politician, a Roosevelt.”
President Hammond makes “a political U-turn,” purging his entire cabinet of “big-business lackeys.” When Congress impeaches him, he responds by dissolving the legislative branch, assuming the temporary power to make laws as he “transforms himself into an all-powerful dictator.” He orders the formation of a new Army of Construction answerable only to him, spends billions on one New Deallike program after another, and nationalizes the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
Sounds like socialist propaganda
I don't want the current president to 'reform'. I just want him the hell out of here.
Yes, wow, this really does sound like propaganda.
Struck to death, the whole world marvels at his recovery? That sounds vaguely familiar...
Inspired by certain foreign movements - fascism, nazism, communism...
US military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.
An appalling piece of fascist/collectivist propaganda. This movie is discussed in Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism. It's a good example of it.
Sounds like FDR actually learned from this movie.
I think they made it while he was running for President or something. Like agitprop or something. But for which side?
I hope people understand how special Walter Huston was. A beautiful American actor.
Interesting post... thank you.
Check out Houston in “Mission To Moscow’’(1943). The guy was a Red through and through.
I’ve seen most of it. It was one of FDR’s favorite movies. The movie ends with the President having a stroke and dieing just before he can sign a disarmament treaty.
It was one a series of “strong man” movies made at the bottom of the Depression showing someone coming in and setting things right. Whether the actions were Constitutional or not.
“Over the White House” is evidently the one that has survived the test of time.
Thanks for the reply. A few of us may not have wanted to know the ending however.
It was directed by F. W. Murnau, the great German Expressionalist also known for his direction of the famous silent classic, "Nesferatu".
The plot of "Sunrise" was cornily dramatic, but the acting was so intense and outstanding plus the stylistic sets and other features were so innovative for the time that I really got hooked on it. It is considered one of the 100 best films ever made.....and has been called "the Citizen Kane of the Silents" because of the directing innovations and the unusual camera work.
Thanks, Vision, for posting alerts to us on all the great classic movies that TCM is showing. Last week, dang it all, I missed the 1946 terrific film noir, "Gilda", with Rita Hayworth at her most luscious and seductive peak (and wearing that unforgettable gown that women still remember and men still lust over!)
Yes, silent films can be quite gripping. I really like City Lights.
And yes...Hayworth was amazing in Gilda.
They're a sad commentary on how far American culture has fallen; but we still have these!
“I hope people understand how special Walter Huston was. A beautiful American actor.”
Too bad that his son became an FDR liberal.
My favorite movie of all time could be Dodsworth.
Then: “We want work!”
Now: “We want birth control!”
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‘Mission to Moscow’ was made at the behest of the U.S. Government to soften the relationship with the Soviets during WW2. It doesn’t speak to Huston’s politics any more than it speaks to those of director Michael Curtiz (who had just directed Casablanca).
It most certainly spoke to Huston’s politics. read a bio on the guy.
Nothing on his Wiki page about it and he died just before the Hollywood Blacklist. I was only speaking to MTM. There were various other pro Soviet films made during WW2. All made with the approval and oversight of the FDR administration.
I think I confused him for John Houston. Yeah, Hollywood made pro-Soviet films. Sappy stuff about the happy, proud Russian peasants and workers living in some kind of quasi-democratic system.”North Star’’ was another one of these films with Huston as the star. He might have just been concerned with earning a paycheck or he maybe really believed the script he was handed.
John h. Was his son and I hadn’t hear that about him either. He was never blacklisted.
Read a bio of him. He was a Red. McCarthy was right. Hollywood has always been full of closet Reds. Being patriotic is the new blacklist today.
I just google-ed the matter and didn’t see him as a communist at any time in his life. I could be wrong. McCarthy didn’t address Hollywood at all.
Go to “World Socialist Web Site(WSWS.org), they sure talk him up.
They talk up Hitchcock and Welles too. It’s because of what they see in the films not what politics they had.
Telling man, they’re Reds. Check out Charlie Chaplin.
Hitchcock and Welles?? LOL!! Welles was a devout Christian and Hitchcock was basically a conservative.
Chaplin wasn’t a communist either. He never registered as such and never expressed support for the Communists. His politics were of the naive ‘Peace on Earth’ variety.
If you want a real communist film director here ya go...
Dude, virtually everything Welles wrote was from a standpoint of socialism. England was infected with it.
Did you go to the web-site on Huston I gave you? Go to Charlie Chaplin Club charliechaplinclub.com and get a read on the guy. I’m not picking this stuff outta thin air here. Or anywhere else!
I was talking about American filmmaker Orson Welles not British writer H.G. Wells.
Yes I read the article. The point is that John Huston was never a communist. Chaplin had no coherent politics to speak of.
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