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Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 September 1960 (USA)
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In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.

Director:

Vincent J. Donehue

Writers:

Dore Schary (screenplay), Dore Schary (story)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bellamy ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Greer Garson ... Eleanor Roosevelt
Hume Cronyn ... Louis Howe
Jean Hagen ... Missy Le Hand
Ann Shoemaker ... Sara Delano Roosevelt
Alan Bunce ... Gov. Alfred E. Smith
Tim Considine ... James Roosevelt
Zina Bethune ... Anna Roosevelt
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Bennett
Pat Close Pat Close ... Elliott Roosevelt
Robin Warga Robin Warga ... Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
Tom Carty Tom Carty ... Johnny Roosevelt
Lyle Talbot ... Mr. Brimmer
David White ... Mr. Lassiter
Walter Sande ... Capt. Skinner
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Storyline

The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Sunrise at Campobello. To lift up your heart and light up the entertainment world forever! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dez Passos Imortais See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Alan Bunce and Ralph Bellamy and are the only two actors from the original Broadway stage production to repeat their roles in the film which were as Governor Alfred E. Smith and President Franklin D. Roosevelt respectively. However, director Vincent J. Donehue also participated in both productions, directing both the Broadway play and this feature film adaptation. See more »

Goofs

In a 1924 scene, someone buys a newspaper with a Thomas Jefferson nickel. This design wasn't minted until 1938. See more »

Quotes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Louis, why in hell must you keep pacing up and down?
Louis Howe: I'm nervous!
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A great movie
1 July 2016 | by steven_torreySee all my reviews

It is easy to look at politics and politicians as an exercise in skulduggery; like Sarah Roosevelt, the politician just a little above the garbage collector.

This movie documents FDR's affliction with what was surmised than as infantile paralysis, at the relatively young age of 39; a paralysis that left him incapacitated for the rest of his life. It ends in 1924 when he walks using braces and crutches to the podium to nominate Al Smith as Democratic Presidential Candidate.

But the film shows Roosevelt not only battling his handicap, but battling his mother, battling his family, battling Louis Howe, battling the politicians--the film shows a strong willed person standing up to anyone who looked at him as 'handicapped'. It is that strong will that led to the Governorship of New York in 1928 and to the Presidency in 1932.

I saw the movie when it came out in 1960, was impressed then, and am still impressed. it caught the family dynamic pretty much as it was reported in various books about Roosevelt. His mother was domineering, Mrs. Roosevelt tolerated her but barely. Louis Howe (excellently portrayed by Hume Cronyn) was looked on as something of a charlatan by both Eleanor and Sarah. But most importantly it caught that intangible something that goes into the making of a politician who is expected to lead the nation, and not let the nation wallow in self-destructive behavior.

Many years later, after this event, when Roosevelt was President, still in the early stages of the Great Depression, Roosevelt made the assertion that something had to be done or there would be no democracy. (Paraphrasing roughly) When Roosevelt said in his first Inaugural address, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" he went on to mention the fear as something that paralyzes people... Roosevelt knew what he was talking about re the metaphysics of paralysis. And the nation knew what he was talking about re the metaphysics of paralysis because the President and the Nation had been there.

There are those who say that Roosevelt gained a human touch as a result of his paralysis and that made him a successful politician able to create practical solutions to real problems. In 1960 Kennedy became President. Much later, his brother made the assertion: "There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" That quote is in the progressive tradition of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


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