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Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 26 September 1960 (USA)
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In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.

Director:

Vincent J. Donehue

Writers:

Dore Schary (screenplay), Dore Schary (story)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bellamy ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Greer Garson ... Eleanor Roosevelt
Hume Cronyn ... Louis Howe
Jean Hagen ... Missy Le Hand
Ann Shoemaker ... Sara Delano Roosevelt
Alan Bunce ... Gov. Alfred E. Smith
Tim Considine ... James Roosevelt
Zina Bethune ... Anna Roosevelt
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Bennett
Pat Close Pat Close ... Elliott Roosevelt
Robin Warga Robin Warga ... Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.
Tom Carty Tom Carty ... Johnny Roosevelt
Lyle Talbot ... Mr. Brimmer
David White ... Mr. Lassiter
Walter Sande ... Capt. Skinner
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Storyline

The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Even if you never heard his name...Even if this whole story was make-believe...you'll not soon forget this drama of devotion, this laughter through tears, this motion picture of motion pictures... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dez Passos Imortais See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Ralph Bellamy, who plays Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt, reprising his Broadway stage role in this movie, said of the part in his auto-biography, "When the Smoke Hits the Fan" (1979): "A peculiar thing about Sunrise is that everyone knew the story before they came to the theatre, but in spite of that there was suspense" and "I think the appeal was the indomitability of the human spirit - the courage and will to live." See more »

Goofs

When the train departs to carry the Roosevelt family home from Campobello, there's a shot of the departing locomotive accompanied by typical steam-locomotive-starting-up sounds which are not paced or synchronized with the actual operation of the steam engine. See more »

Quotes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I feel I've had to go through the fire for some reason. Eleanor, it's a hard way to learn humility, but I've had to learn it by crawling. I know what is meant "You must learn to crawl, before you can walk."
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 25 August 1960 (1960) See more »

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Drama on Early FDR
22 July 2002 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"Sunrise at Campobello" enacts early events in the personal life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with fine production values, including solid performances.

Certainly both Ralph Bellamy and Greer Garson had their work cut out playing, respectively, Franklin and Eleanor. They got their characterizations down pat, and their work is of a high calibre.

The talented supporting cast is headed by Hume Cronyn as Franklin's best friend and Ann Shoemaker as his doting mother. Jean Hagen is seen as a good-natured secretary.

It may be that Dore Schary's script from his play was too lengthy, or that Vincent J. Donahue's direction was too slow. Whatever the case, running at 144 minutes this seems a pretty long haul for the average viewer.

Bellamy's work is consistently exectued, with all of the famous FDR mannerisms--it is also slowly-paced. Garson's Eleanor captures her distinctivly slow, deliberate speech cadence. Likewise, both principals' makeups are subtely effective.

The script begins in 1921 when Franklin was 40 and wisely ends just three years later with his politically important nominating speech for Al Smith. While there may be some dramatic modifications of factual material, the basic flavor of the period and characters are well handled.

Fraklin's overcoming of physical adversity to become a four term US president is a story of great interest, from both a human and professional perspective. "Sunrise at Campolbello" skillfully presents this inspired period of American history.


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