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Wilson (1944)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | August 1945 (USA)
A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director:

Henry King

Writer:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Knox ... Woodrow Wilson
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Edith Bolling Galt
Thomas Mitchell ... Joseph Tumulty
Ruth Nelson ... Ellen Wilson
Cedric Hardwicke ... Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Charles Coburn ... Professor Henry Holmes
Vincent Price ... William Gibbs McAdoo
William Eythe ... George Felton
Mary Anderson ... Eleanor Wilson
Ruth Ford ... Margaret Wilson
Sidney Blackmer ... Josephus Daniels
Madeleine Forbes Madeleine Forbes ... Jessie Wilson
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Cary Grayson
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Eddie Foy
Charles Halton ... Colonel House
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Storyline

The political career of Woodrow Wilson is chronicled, beginning with his decision to leave his post at Princeton to run for Governor of New Jersey, and his subsequent ascent to the Presidency of the United States. During his terms in office, Wilson must deal with the death of his first wife, the onslaught of German hostilities leading to American involvement in the Great War, and his own country's reticence to join the League of Nations. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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NEVER SUCH DRAMA, SPECTACLE AND EXCITEMENT! (Print ad- The Union, ((Manchester NH)) 26 October 1944) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darryl F. Zanuck's Wilson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Fonda and Gary Cooper were both considered for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shots of Washington, D.C., which are supposed to be on Wilson's inauguration day (March 4, 1913), the trees and grass are green and in full flower, which they would not have been in March, and in particular on the day Wilson was sworn in, which was cold and blustery with snow showers. See more »

Quotes

Woodrow Wilson: I'm sorry I won't be able to stay for the inauguration ceremonies, but Mr. Harding and Mr. Coolidge have been kind enough to excuse me. I told them it was bad enough for the senate to throw me down without my stumbling and falling up the steps on my own account.
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Typical biography which rewrites history.
22 May 2010 | by lferrigon-1See all my reviews

Woodrow Wilson, was not a great President, was not a good President and was not even a good person.

The movie glosses over the fact that Wilson was a narrow minded, bigoted, sexist, racist jerk who dragged the country into a war it did not need to get involved in. His Justice department violated the civil rights and civil liberties of many Americans.

As for the League of Nations, its already been said that if not for his stubbornness, he might have gotten the Senate to ratify the treaty.

Finally, his most serious crime was staying in office after his stroke instead of resigning which would have been appropriate. The Vice President could not take the reigns without it looking like a power grab. Wilson placed the country in danger with his selfishness.

If the United States had been invaded or attacked or if there had been a serious crisis, the country was leaderless to handle it. That condemns Wilson and he does not deserve to be placed among the greatest Presidents.


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