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Gabriel Over the White House

Walter Huston stars as a corrupt U.S. President who has a brush with an angel after a near-fatal car crash and awakens determined to right all America's wrongs - now and by any means possible.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: October 20, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1933
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 15


User Ratings: 284
Rating: 3/5 -- A most interesting fantasy, dated and quaint by today's standards, but most interesting for its time. The idea of a president warring on the underworld and executing criminals has some appeal.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Sep 12, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- Strange film that sees Huston as U.S. president who feels he's being visited by the angel Gabriel. More than topical considering the current prez' religious preoccupations.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Mar 1, 2003
Rating: 5/5 -- An odd, earnest comedy with soapbox leanings.
San Francisco Examiner
Nov 7, 2002
Rating: 5/5 -- Fascinating, original, definitely ahead of its time fantasy.
Kansas City Kansan
Jul 14, 2005
Gabriel Over the White House encourages its viewers to live the fantasy of the philosopher-king, but never counts the costs of such a regime.
Mixed Reviews
Nov 19, 2005
Rating: 3/5 -- Odd, slightly disconcerting Gregory La Cava film that's more interesting than good
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 14, 2002
The film itself is full of long-winded patriotic speeches which seem peculiarly false. Full Review
Vanity Fair
Jun 13, 2019

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As America despaired during the early days of the Depression, Hollywood met the challenge with chorus girls, gangsters, romances, a few dramas of social realism and the one-of-a-kind, thoroughly astonishing fantasy Gabriel Over The White House. Walter Huston stars as a corrupt U.S. President who has a brush with an angel after a near-fatal car crash and awakens determined to right all America's wrongs - now and by any means possible. Towering like a Yankee Colossus, he sweeps Constitutional safeguards aside to tackle poverty, crime and world peace as a populist dictator, winning the adulation of a grateful nation. Gregory La Cava, who would later score Oscar nominations for his work on 1936's My Man Godfrey and 1937's Stage Door, directed this grandly made curio.

Product Description:

In 1932, America struggles with the effects of the depression and Prohibition. A new president, Judson Hammond (Walter Huston), is inaugurated. A handsome, amiable man, he is more concerned with his young nephew (Dickie Moore) than the problems of the unemployed. Hammond is a party figurehead--the candidate of corrupt interests--and a bachelor with a very private secretary, Pendola Molloy (the elegant Karen Morley). This president tests the dedication of his idealistic public secretary, Hartley Beekman (Franchot Tone), and nearly everyone else around him. Things change, however, when President Hammond has an auto accident. Near death, he has an epiphany--and turns with a vengeance on those who elected him, becoming an advocate for the common people.

In making GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE, director Gregory La Cava and producer Walter Wanger developed a startling cinematic answer to the chaos that many thought was overrunning the country. The film feels like a prayer for deliverance; regarded as truly remarkable when it appeared, La Cava's movie is still astonishing today.


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Gabriel Over The White House- A Great Film! Movie Lover: from BRONX, NY US -- January, 21, 2016

I am a big fan of Walter Huston! His career is intriguing because he gives100% of his enormous talent! This film, made in 1933, was way ahead of its time! You have a march in Washington and a impeachment of a president and Walter Huston's characterization of Judge Hammond will remind you of Donald Trump! It is a fantasy film, but miraculously, everything in it is true! I can't tell you the ending of the film, however, I will tell you that I am very proud to be a citizen of the best nation of the world-The United States of America!

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  • Sales Rank: 36,020
  • UPC: 883316213124
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