The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)





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The daughter of the owner of a Washington D.C. inn becomes the center of scandal in this historical drama, set during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. The trouble ensues when the woman befriends President Jackson and his wife, enraging high society types, who set out to destroy her reputation.
Classics , Drama , Kids & Family , Romance
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Joan Crawford
as Peggy Eaton
Robert Taylor
as 'Bow' Timberlake
Lionel Barrymore
as Andrew Jackson
Franchot Tone
as John Eaton
James Stewart
as 'Rowdy' Dow
Melvyn Douglas
as John Randolph
Beulah Bondi
as Rachel
Alison Skipworth
as Mrs. Beall
Louis Calhern
as Sunderland
Melville Cooper
as Cuthbert
Edith Atwater
as Lady Vaughn
Sidney Toler
as Daniel Webster
Gene Lockhart
as Maj. O'Neal
Phoebe Foster
as Emily Donaldson
Clara Blandick
as Louisa Abbott
Frank Conroy
as John C. Calhoun
Nydia Westman
as Maybelle
Rubye DeRemer
as Mrs. Bellamy
Louise Beavers
as Aunt Sukey
Charles Trowbridge
as Martin Van Buren
Willard Robertson
as Secretary Ingham
Greta Meyer
as Mrs. Oxenrider
William Orlamond
as Herr Oxenrider
Tom Herbert
as Slave Dealer
Lee Phelps
as Bartender
Rubye de Remer
as Mrs. Bellamy
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Wainwright
Bert Roach
as Major-Domo
Elsa Janssen
as Dutch Minister's Wife
Oscar Apfel
as Tompkins
Richard Powell
as Doorman
Lew Harvey
as Agitator
Syd Saylor
as Agitator
Wade Boteler
as Agitator
Hooper Atchley
as Agitator
Zeffie Tilbury
as Mrs. Daniel Beall
George H. Reed
as Braxton
Harry Holman
as Auctioneer
Morgan Wallace
as Slave Buyer
Ward Bond
as Officer
Samuel S. Hinds
as Commander
Sam McDaniel
as Butler
Sid Saylor
as Agitator
Harry Strang
as Navigator
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Critic Reviews for The Gorgeous Hussy

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This MGM fictionalized historical drama tries but doesn't always succeed to be a good star vehicle for Joan Crawford (as Peggy Eaton) as well as a biopic of President Andrew Jackson.

Full Review… | January 19, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Gorgeous Hussy

I found the human plot-lines in this film to be very intriguing and the acting was also great. Joan Crawford gave a great performance, and she looked amazing throughout the entire film. I also enjoyed seeing Joan play a more vulnerable, innocent character. I really didn't pay particular attention to the opening credits of the film and was delighted to see Jimmy Stewart show up in the film. I thought his small parts in the film added a lot of flair. I really feel Lionel Barrymore should have received more acclaim for his performance of Andrew Jackson. Granted, the historical aspect of this film is skewed and written totally for dramatic affect, I still feel his performance was strong. Overall, I really enjoyed the film, and I wish there was an actress today that could carry such a presence as Joan Crawford brought to every one of her films.


The basic story isn't the problem and could make an interesting film but this ain't it! Joan is completely wrong in a period piece far to contemporary in action and deed, she takes the rest of the cast down with her.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The acting is really, really amazing. Too bad the rest of the film plays with history like a Choose Your Own Adventure book.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

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