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Magnificent Doll (1946)

Magnificent Doll (1946)

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Director Frank Borzage and star Ginger Rogers both came acropper in the lavish but dull historical biopic Magnificent Doll. The usually ebullient Rogers seems encased in wax as Dolly Madison, first lady of the United States in the early 19th century. The story begins as young Washington socialite Dolly Payne, previously and unhappily wed to one John Todd (Horace McNally), can't make up her mind romantically between idealistic politician James Madison (Burgess Meredith) and firebrand Aaron Burr (David Niven). Burr solves that problem when he flees the country after killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, leaving the field clear for Madison. What should have been the film's highlight, Dolly's rescue of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution during the 1812 burning of Washington, is treated as a throwaway. Told in flashback, the film ends just before Madison's ascendancy to the White House, with Dolly chastely charming the current chief executive Thomas Jefferson (Grandon Rhodes). Magnificent Doll is anything but .

Cast

Ginger Rogers
as Dolly Payne Madison
David Niven
as Aaron Burr
Burgess Meredith
as James Madison
Horace McNally
as John Todd
Peggy Wood
as Mrs. Payne
Grandon Rhodes
as Thomas Jefferson
Henri Letondal
as Count D'Arignon
Joe Forte
as Sen. Ainsworth
Francis McDonald
as Barber Jenks
Emmett Vogan
as Mr. Gallentine
Arthur Space
as Alexander Hamilton
Joseph Crehan
as Williams
Vivien Oakland
as Mrs. Witherspoon
John Sheehan
as Janitor
Ruth Lee
as Mrs. Gallentine
Jack Ingram
as Lane, the Courier
Olaf Hytten
as Blennerhassett
Sam Flint
as Waters
Boyd Irwin
as Hathaway
Lee Phelps
as Hatch, a Bettor
Lois Austin
as Grace Phillips
Louis Austin
as Grace Phillips
Johnny Hines
as Dr. Ellis
Ferris Taylor
as Mr. Phillips
Eddy Waller
as Arthur, the Coachman
Stanley Price
as Man at Platform
Jack George
as Gov. Stanley
Ethan Laidlaw
as Sanders, a Soldier
Carey Hamilton
as Sen. Mason
Dick Dickinson
as Man Who Falls
Larry Steers
as Lafayette
Frank Erickson
as Capt. White
Grace Cunard
as Woman with Baby
Tom Coleman
as Mr. Carroll
Pietro Sosso
as Mr. Anthony
Harry Denny
as Mr. Calot
Garnett Marks
as Justice Drake
John Hamilton
as Mr. Witherspoon
Vivian Oakland
as Mrs. Witherspoon
Joe King
as Jailer
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