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With: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron, Dickie Moore, C. Henry Gordon, David Landau, Samuel S. Hinds, William Pawley, Jean Parker, Claire Du Brey, Mischa Auer
Written by: Carey Wilson, Bertram Bloch
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86
Date: 03/31/1933

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Executive Branched

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey, Stage Door), Gabriel over the White House is a classic example of pre-code Hollywood getting away with all kinds of depression-era madness. Walter Huston is the new president of the United States. He's having a ball until he gets into a car accident and, when he comes out of a coma, he's a changed man. (Has the angel Gabriel taken over his body?) He declares martial law to stop homelessness and cajoles the leaders of every country in the world to destroy their militaries. Karen Morley plays the president's personal secretary who tries to keep a lid on all the craziness.

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