Set your DVR to record this 1933 political fantasy. Watch it and think about our current political climate here in the U.S.A. The movie is called GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE and it's a fantasy focused on the President. Something unusual happens in his life. But, the surreal situation is not comical like in THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT (1932) starring George M. Cohan or DAVE (1993) starring Kevin Kline. In THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT and DAVE, there was a performer who was an unrelated identical twin to the President of the United States and is recruited to pretend to be the president when the real one is unavailable. George M. Cohan and Kevin Kline played dual roles in their comedies. In GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE, Walter Huston plays a reckless president who has a change of spirit. GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE airs on TCM at 7:45am ET on Thursday, April 6th.
Judd Hammond was a hack politician when he took office but he went on to become a great president in this bizarre fantasy. It's bizarre but it had solid performances from Walter Huston, Franchot Tone and Karen Morley as the woman in love with the president. GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE was directed by Gregory La Cava. He directed the original MY MAN GODFREY and two of Ginger Rogers' best films -- STAGE DOOR and PRIMROSE PATH.
Again...watch or record GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE. It airs Thursday morning, April 6th, at 7:45 ET on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). If you miss the movie, it is available on Warner Archive DVD.
I also recommend that you see Walter Huston as DODWORTH....