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Gabriel over the White House (1933)




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At the bottom of the Depression, a political hack is elected President of the United States. After suffering a near-fatal car accident, he is inspired by the angel Gabriel to seize dictatorial powers in order to lead the nation out of its woes. more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carey Wilson, Bertram Bloch
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On DVD: Apr 28, 1993


Walter Huston
as Hon. Judson Hammond
Franchot Tone
as Hartley Beekman
Karen Morley
as Pendola Molloy
Arthur Byron
as Jasper Brooks
C. Henry Gordon
as Nick Diamond
A.S. Byron
as Jasper Brooks
Dickie Moore
as Jimmy Vetter
David Landau
as John Bronson
Samuel S. Hinds
as Dr. H.L. Eastman
Jean Parker
as Alice Bronson
Spencer Charters
as Vice President
Henry Kolker
as Sen. Langham
Mischa Auer
as Theesen, Reporter
Guy Usher
as General
Walter Walker
as Secretary of War
John Davidson
as Foreign Diplomat
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Critic Reviews for Gabriel over the White House

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Gregory La Cava's 1933 New Deal fantasy is one of the strangest political films to escape the studios.

Full Review… | December 6, 2009

A unique and somewhat daffy Depression-era comedy New Deal fantasy film.

Full Review… | December 19, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Gabriel over the White House

beyond bizarre. walter huston as the president asserts his constitutional authority to become dictator of the u.s. after a near-death experience. he fires everyone and uses federal troops to combat the depression and gangsters. there's even a driveby shooting at the white house! produced by william randolph hearst the same year hitler came to power, it soon became controversial for obvious reasons and wasn't seen for many years. it's an interesting piece of propaganda and still a little bit frightening

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

This is a strange but enjoyable film. Walter Huston becomes president during the Great Depression and he approaches the depression without urgency, but then he is in a car accident and is close to death. He recovers suddenly as a different person and starts to run the country as a dictator and fights the economy and gangsters.He bullies his cabinet, congress, and foreign leaders if they don't do as he says. It's hinted that the angel Gabriel has possessed him. This film showed what he was doing as positive and what the country needed, but the film was pulled when Hitler came to power and was doing exactly what Huston was doing. Huston is very good and the film is interesting. It's just a little crazy and it has a scene where gangsters do a drive by on the White House. Never seen that before.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

One of the more interesting films I have seen of late, but it feels very long. The subject matter is interesting, but watching the film is not.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

Gabriel over the White House Quotes

Nick Diamond: The American government is like the American people.. just a bunch of boobs.
– Submitted by Kevin H (3 years ago)

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