Gabriel over the White House 1933

Gabriel Over the White House

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When Judson Hammond (Walter Huston) is elected United States president during the Great Depression, he's seen by many as a hands-off, please-everyone type. After an astounding recovery from a car accident, however, Hammond awakes a changed man. Instituting sweeping, radical changes to the government -- including the dissolution of Congress and the revoking of the Constitution -- Hammond somehow manages to bring order to the country through dictatorship, along with world peace.

Cast & Crew

Walter Huston
President Judson C. "Judd", "Major" Hammond
Arthur Byron
Secretary of State Jasper Brooks
Karen Morley
Pendola "Pendie" Molloy
Franchot Tone
Hartley "Beek" Beekman
Dickie Moore
Jimmy Vetter
C. Henry Gordon
Nick Diamond (aka Antone Brilawski)
David Landau
John Bronson
Samuel S. Hinds
Dr. H.L. Eastman
William Pawley
Borell, Nick's henchman
Jean Parker
Alice Bronson
William Axt
Original Music
Bert Glennon
Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons
Art Direction
T.F. Tweed
Writer (Novel)
Bertram Bloch
Writer (Dialogue)
Adrian
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Critic Reviews for Gabriel over the White House

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Audience Reviews for Gabriel over the White House

  • Oct 23, 2009
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2008
    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 f Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2008
    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 R Super Reviewer

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