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The President's Mystery (1936)


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  • Actors: Henry Wilcoxon, Betty Furness, Sidney Blackmer, Evelyn Brent
  • Directors: Phil Rosen
  • Writers: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Producers: Nat Levine, Burt Kelly, Albert E. Levoy
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KZP7YU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The President's Mystery (1936)" on IMDb

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote a short story which was adapted for this film. A desperate society lawyer millionaire, divorces his wife and tries to take his money with him and disappear, seeking a better and less trivial life.

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The story's happy ending seems forced.
Acute Observer
One of the first "novelty films" every made, The President's Mysterty stands the test of time even without the publicity it recieved when it first came out.
Arthur
His main opposition comes from his unfaithful wife and a greedy "friend" named Sartos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on January 25, 2010
Format: DVD
The President's Mystery, 1936 film

"How can a man disappear with $5 million and not be traced?" This story is an answer. The film starts with a tall office building. The CEO says production must be kept down to keep profits up. They want lawyer Blake to go to Washington to lobby Congress. Will the Trades Reconstruction Corporation bill pass? No, are small industries doomed? Lawyer Jim Blake goes fishing on his vacation. A young girl uses a net to harvest fish from a stream. This breaks the game laws [unknown before the 20th century]. Sharon Brown gives away these fish to the hungry. Blake sees the effects of Federal law on the unemployed workmen in the small village of Springvale, where most stores are out of business. The produce from the farmers can not be packaged and sold, so neither the cannery workers or the farmers have any money. The consumers don't have money to buy their products. It's a vicious circle that results when workers are oppressed by low wages and high taxes.

Blake has trouble at home. He liquidates his stocks for cash. His wife Ilka is worried, will she make a terrible mistake? Will Blake try to fake his own death with a body in his car. [No comment on this part of the story?] The police close the murder case after they find the burned body in Blake's car. If a competitor buys the railroad how can the canning factory ship its goods? A competitor swears out a warrant against Jim Blake. The film shows how undercover operatives are used to spread rumors and fear. Provocation can get people to act against their own interests. People loot the cannery in a riot. The farmers arrive to stop this. "Work together to save yourselves" is still good advice. A confession clears Jim Blake.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L. Eberly on July 10, 2012
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This is an edited version of the original movie, and only runs 53 minutes. The entire middle section is missing. The original ran 80-90 minutes (depending upon the source.) The DVD case even says it only runs 53 minutes. Do not buy this version. Look for the complete version.
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James Blake (Henry Wilcoxon) knows that his life as a successful attorney is bereft of any real fulfillment. While on a fishing-trip, Blake runs into Charlotte Brown (Betty Furness) and becomes involved in the troubles of Springville, the small town in which she lives. Upon returning home, Blake concocts a plan -w/ the help of a magazine story inspired by FDR- to liquidate millions of his own investment dollars, fake his own death, and disappear. His main opposition comes from his unfaithful wife and a greedy "friend" named Sartos. Tragedy ensues when Mrs. Blake is accidentally killed by an associate of Sartos. Of course, Blake is the prime suspect. Will he be able to carry out his scheme, now that he's a "deceased" murder suspect? Especially since Sartos has found him in Springvale? THE PRESIDENT'S MYSTERY is an exceptional drama that had me pulling for Blake from beginning to end! Highly recommended...
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Was never aware that Franklin Delano Roosevelt would suggest something like this movie, I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on May 22, 2006
Format: DVD
One of the first "novelty films" every made, The President's Mysterty stands the test of time even without the publicity it recieved when it first came out. This is like the Survivor of its time. The name comes from the fact that FDR spectulated about the plot points and then a magazine editor got someone to make the mystery move that the president had suggested. The plot is simple - a guy wants to disappear but also take his money with him. How he does it and how he gets caught is the basic plot.
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