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The Monroe Doctrine (1939)

Approved | | Short, Drama, History | 14 October 1939 (USA)
The story of President Monroe's response to attempts by Spain to interfere in South America.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Mitchell ... John Quincy Adams
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... President James Monroe
James Stephenson ... Senor De La Torre
Frank Wilcox ... Henry Clay
George Reeves ... John Sturgis
Nanette Fabray ... Rosita De La Torre (as Nanette Fabares)
Sidney Blackmer ... Theodore Roosevelt
Tom Chatterton ... John Randolph
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... John C. Calhoun
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Daniel Webster
Howard Lang ... William Wirt
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... President James K. Polk
Erville Alderson ... William Seward
Millard Vincent Millard Vincent ... President Millard Fillmore
Stuart Holmes ... Grover Cleveland


This two-reel short tells the tale of the effects of the Monroe Document in a historical and historical-fictional manner, and its effects---fact and fictional---in North and South America...and Europe and,how through the years, various U.S. Presidents have upheld it in various ways. The ending has Theodore Roosevelt delivering a speech that probably left the viewing audiences, in various countries, talking about it in various languages. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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14 October 1939 (USA) See more »

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Technicolor Classics (1939-1940 season) #1: The Monroe Doctrine See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Frank Wilcox. See more »


Senor De La Torre: What makes you so sure the United States would resort to war? people don't want it, and in a democracy people rule. So I've been told.
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Edited into My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950) See more »


Yankee Doodle Dandy
Composed by George M. Cohan (1904)
Integrated into background score
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The past is another country (and involving other countries)
9 June 2018 | by SillyhuronSee all my reviews

Hilarious propaganda short defending America's right to defend the rest of the western hemisphere from everyone else. (OK, the right to stop other nations "interfering" in them, with their dastardly foreign "despotism". Glad to see how democratic & liberty-loving the South Americans, especially, became). Sorry, but I'm Canadian. and it's difficult to watch a movie about this without making with the wisecracks. Henry Clay, a slave owner, is is shown eloquently defending democratic rights. Teddy Roosevelt emotes rather violently (the poor actor looks like he's about to pop his clogs) over America's peaceful intentions - and of course, not over his 3 different plans to invade Canada. One of these involved Britain's dispute about Venezuela - but it's interesting how she's never named (just called "a foreign power").

In fact the most interesting aspect of this movie is they way it attacks all European countries EXCEPT Britain. No mention of 1812 or the other disagreements in our history Why? Because it's 1939 folks & the British are now America's most valued allies. In fact they will have to be the ones stopping foreign despotism for nearly 2 years before America got involved. Anyway, the film itself is fast and fun to watch - for different reasons, depending where you come from. And Nanette Fabray & George Reeves make a wonderfully appealing couple whose love transcends national boundaries. Watch it and debate the ideas inside.

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