The President's Mystery

The President's Mystery

Henry Wilcoxon
Director: Phil Rosen Cast: Henry Wilcoxon
Henry Wilcoxon
, Betty Furness
Betty Furness
, Sidney Blackmer Sr.
Sidney Blackmer Sr.
Phil Rosen

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The screenplay for this mystery is based upon a story suggested to Liberty Magazine by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is the tale of a prominent lawyer who shocks his snooty friends, family and colleagues by abruptly abandoning his successful practice and his wife to find true happiness. He soon falls in love with another woman and continues to keep a low profile until he learns that his first wife stands accused of murdering him.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler

If The President's Mystery has any real lasting value, it's because of the story behind its title rather than the quality of the film itself. In brief, President Roosevelt proposed a story about how a millionaire could effectively disappear and create a new life, and "Liberty Magazine" hired six authors to create a story based on this premise. Republic, meanwhile, created their own story to go with this set-up, and it's pretty basic. While the actual writing in Mystery is rather run-of-the-mill, the fact that it focuses a great deal of attention of local cooperatives is of historical and sociological interest and the bias it exhibits in favor of the cooperatives is also worth noting. The screenplay tends to traffic in stock figures, but every now and then a neatly turned phrase or a snappy line will ring out, giving the actors something to play off. Henry Wilcoxon is quite good in the leading role, believable as both the sharpie he starts out as and the sympathetic figure he becomes. Betty Furness is rather bland, but Sidney Blackmer is delightfully wicked and Evelyn Brent scores as Wilcoxon's wife. Phil Rosen's direction is uninspired.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290630131
Original Release: 1936
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 51,096

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