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<i>Rufus Jones for President</i>. 1933. USA. Directed by Roy Mack
  • Gabriel over the White House [British release version]

    1933. USA/Great Britain. Gregory La Cava. 86 min.

  • Rufus Jones for President

    1933. USA. Roy Mack. 21 min.

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 3:45 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Gabriel over the White House [British release version]

    1933. USA/Great Britain. Directed by Gregory La Cava. Screenplay by Carey Wilson, Bertram Bloch, based on the novel by T. F. Tweed. With Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone. Intended for release on the eve of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration, this product of William Randolph Hearst’s Cosmopolitan studio is—as Andrew Bergman would write in his classic history of Depression-era movies—one of the period’s “real shockers.” A political hack (Walter Huston, reelected to screen presidency after starring in D.W. Griffith’s Abraham Lincoln, shown in To Save and Project on October 28) undergoes a supernatural transformation to become the dictator America needed—and Hearst craved. The movie was highly controversial in its day; it has since been discovered that a special, reedited version—more shocking in some ways, more conciliatory in others—was made for British distribution. Digitally preserved by the Cinémathèque Royale, Brussels; courtesy Warner Bros. 86 min.

  • Rufus Jones for President

    1933. USA. Directed by Roy Mack. Screenplay by A. Dorian Otvos, Cyrus Wood. With Ethel Waters, Sammy Davis, Jr. Americans had the presidency much on their mind in 1933. Early in the New Deal, Vitaphone put out this jovially offensive fantasy in which Ethel Waters dreams that her very talented son (seven-year-old Sammy Davis, Jr.) is elected president of the United States. Preserved by Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University, Bloomington; courtesy Paramount. 21 min.