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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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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 (13)

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 18, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A classic example of pre-code Hollywood getting away with all kinds of depression-era madness.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Of all the crackpot political films to come out of Hollywood ... this is surely the crackpottest, and must really be seen to be believed.

Full Review… | May 17, 2007
Goatdog's Movies

Gabriel Over the White House encourages its viewers to live the fantasy of the philosopher-king, but never counts the costs of such a regime.

November 19, 2005
Mixed Reviews

Fascinating, original, definitely ahead of its time fantasy.

July 13, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Gabriel over the White House


Fascinating depression era film. Walter Huston gives a sincere and great performance as the president. It is dated, but that is what make it so fascinating. Fine supporting cast. An impressive classic.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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
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
cody franklin

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