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Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)

In a series of short scenes, key periods in Theodore Roosevelt's political life are dramatized beginning in 1895 with his time as New York City police commissioner and later as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Vice President and President.

Director:

Ray Enright
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Blackmer ... Theodore Roosevelt
Pierre Watkin ... Sen. Platt
Theodore von Eltz ... William Loeb
Arthur Loft ... Big Jim Rafferty
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Storyline

This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898 is re-created. He becomes vice president in March 1901 and assumes the presidency when William McKinley is assassinated six months later. According to the narrator, Roosevelt refused to be beholden to political bosses, doing what he believed to be right for the American people. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1939-1940) #4: Teddy, the Rough Rider See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #9666-9667. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Theodore Roosevelt: soldier, president, statesman, American. In 1895 Roosevelt became police commissioner of New York City, declared war on corrupt politicians.
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Connections

Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

America
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aka "My Country 'tis of Thee" (uncredited)
Music from "God Save the King"
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Performed by the studio orchestra
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A Bully Movie
30 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Sidney Blackmer plays the 28th president of the United States in this short, which won the Oscar for best two-reel movie in the next set of Oscars. Blackmer played Roosevelt seven times on the screen and probably terrorized his entire neighborhood keeping in practice.

This movie covers the period of Roosevelt's life from 1895, when he was Police Commissioner of New York City through his death.

This was director Ray Enright's first short subject in twenty years. Over the past dozen years, he had been one of Warner Brothers' workhorse directors, turning out three or more features a year. Enright was never distinguished as a stylist, but he turned out a long series of money-making movies. This movie looks like it was intended from the first to be Warner Brother's candidate for Oscar gold.


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