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The President's Lady (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 21 May 1953 (USA)
The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

John Patrick, Irving Stone (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Rachel Donelson
Charlton Heston ... President Andrew Jackson
John McIntire ... John Overton
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Donelson
Whitfield Connor ... Lewis Robards
Carl Betz ... Charles Dickinson
Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Phariss
Ruth Attaway Ruth Attaway ... Moll
Charles Dingle ... Capt. Irwin
Nina Varela ... Mrs. 'Peachblossom' Stark
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Robards
Ralph Dumke ... Col. Stark
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Storyline

The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

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Taglines:

outside the crowds thundered: "AN ADULTRESS IN THE WHITE HOUSE - NEVER!" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esclava y señora See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

20th Century Fox originally intended for Gregory Peck and Olivia De Havilland to star. See more »

Goofs

When Rachel returns to Nashville, escorted back by Andrew Jackson, palm trees can be seen in the foreground. There are no palm trees in Tennessee. See more »

Quotes

Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson: [to Andrew who is planning to duel with Charles Dickinson the following morning] Andrew, if I'm to be the cause of all your quarrels for the rest of your life, then you give me no choice. I must leave you! I will not let you be killed because of me, nor will I let you take another man's life. I must leave!
President Andrew Jackson: You'd leave me now?
Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson: No! No! Oh Andrew, please, please don't do this! If Mr. Dickinson's bullet kills you, it kills me too! Let him say what he will about me!
President Andrew Jackson: No man can say what he will about ...
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Connections

Referenced in Bowling for Columbine (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Leather Britches
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Urban Thielmann
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A Great Score
23 September 2008 | by GooperSee all my reviews

I'm delighted to see so many favorable reviews for this excellent picture. Released the same year CinemaScope made its splashy debut, 'The President's Lady' is a mid-sized production in b&w of typically high 20th-Fox quality. It would have been interesting if John Ford had directed it (it's his kind of film), but as it is, it is a minor classic all by itself, and Henry Levin did a great job.

The score by Alfred Newman deserves special mention. Not only is it moving and poignant in all the right moments, it is positive and robust and helps make the picture succeed on every level. It's a typical Newman score, which means music of extraordinary depth and quality.

Leo Tover's camera-work adds to the luster of this fine film. I can only request that it appear on DVD, for we enthusiasts, if no one else.


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