Gabriel Over the White House

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Gabriel Over the White House is a 1933 American pre-Code political fantasy film starring Walter Huston as a genial but politically corrupt U.S. President who has a near-fatal automobile accident and comes under divine influence—specifically the Archangel Gabriel and the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. Eventually he takes control of the government, solves the problems of the nation, from unemployment to racketeering, and arranges for worldwide peace, before dying of a heart attack.

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Gabriel Over the White House
Directed byGregory La Cava
Screenplay byCarey Wilson
Bertram Bloch
Based onGabriel over the White House: A Novel of the Presidency
1933 novel
by T.F. Tweed
Produced byWalter Wanger
William Randolph Hearst
StarringWalter Huston
Karen Morley
Franchot Tone
CinematographyBert Glennon
Edited byBasil Wrangell
Music byWilliam Axt
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn Mayer
Release date
March 31, 1933
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film received the financial backing and creative input of businessman William Randolph Hearst. It was directed by Gregory La Cava, produced by Walter Wanger[2] and written by Carey Wilson based upon the novel Rinehard: A Melodrama of the Nineteen-Thirties (1933) by Thomas Frederic Tweed. Tweed did not receive screen credit (the film's opening credits say "based on the anonymous novel, Gabriel Over the White House") but he was credited in the copyright information. The supporting cast features Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, C. Henry Gordon, and David Landau.