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The President's Lady (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 21 May 1953 (USA)
The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

John Patrick, Irving Stone (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Rachel Donelson
Charlton Heston ... President Andrew Jackson
John McIntire ... John Overton
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. Donelson
Whitfield Connor ... Lewis Robards
Carl Betz ... Charles Dickinson
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Phariss
Ruth Attaway Ruth Attaway ... Moll
Charles Dingle ... Capt. Irwin
Nina Varela ... Mrs. 'Peachblossom' Stark
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Robards
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Col. Stark
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Storyline

The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

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Irving Stone's best seller See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esclava y señora See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston played Andrew Jackson a second time in The Buccaneer (1958). See more »

Goofs

Rachel talks about Andrew building her a home "with six columns" and we see the house, named The Hermitage. The house had three main iterations. The first was a simple New England style two-story wood frame home. That was later remodeled with the addition of wings and a wide veranda. The iconic image we have today (and how it still looks) was the third remodeling - but it was done after Rachel's death. Rachel may have involved in the plans for the renovations, but she didn't live to see the finished product. See more »

Quotes

Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson: [to Andrew who is planning to duel with Charles Dickinson the following morning] Andrew, if I'm to be the cause of all your quarrels for the rest of your life, then you give me no choice. I must leave you! I will not let you be killed because of me, nor will I let you take another man's life. I must leave!
President Andrew Jackson: You'd leave me now?
Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson: No! No! Oh Andrew, please, please don't do this! If Mr. Dickinson's bullet kills you, it kills me too! Let him say what he will about me!
President Andrew Jackson: No man can say what he will about ...
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Connections

Referenced in Biography: Charlton Heston: For All Seasons (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

German Dances
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Edward B. Powell
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Basically Factual
11 September 2004 | by LERuthSee all my reviews

This movie is basically factual. It gives an excellent portrayal of two complex historical characters. Heston is excellent as a strong Andrew Jackson and Hayward gives strength with a touch of humanity to Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson. You can get a feel for the ruggedness of a young Tennessee with Jackson as a person who will ascend to historical significance. It is the style of movies that you do not see anymore.

One reviewer questioned whether Rachel died before Jackson became President. Yes she died before he was sworn in as President. Many feel her health deteriorated rapidly as she faced the negative comments made about her during the election of 1828. She was ostracized because of her divorce from Robards. This mistreatment was cause for several hotheaded reactions from Andrew Jackson. This is hard for our current culture to understand since by all accounts it was likely an abusive marriage.

I know there is much disagreement regarding colorization of older movies but I would really like a colorized version of this excellent historical biography. It is a classic of this style of film.


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