Gabriel over the White House (1933)

Gabriel over the White House




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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
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Written By: Carey Wilson, Bertram Bloch
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On DVD: Apr 28, 1993

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as Hon. Judson Hammond

as Hartley Beekman

as Pendola Molloy

as Jasper Brooks

as Nick Diamond

as Jasper Brooks

as Jimmy Vetter

as John Bronson

as Dr. H.L. Eastman

as Alice Bronson

as Vice President

as Sen. Langham

as Theesen, Reporter

as General

as Secretary of War

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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New York Times
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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

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