The Rosalind Russell Blogathon – The President Vanishes (1934)


This is the first of two posts dedicated to The Rosalind Russell Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.

Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

“If congress declares war tomorrow over my head, it will be like writing a new Declaration of Independence… , for profiteers.” – President Craig Stanley

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An isolationist President gets into trouble when part of his cabinet and colleagues try to find a way to force him into a war by any means at their disposal.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before choosing it for this blogathon based solely on the fact that I liked the title since it sounded intriguing and that it features Rosalind Russell in it.

I must admit, that I might have chosen a different film if I had known how fleeting her role was here, but never the less, I’m still quite glad that I got to see this film.

I am a fan of films dealing with political intrigue and suspense and this film is one of the very first to bring forth such a story.

They are able to take an intriguing and thrilling premise and take it down some very enjoyable avenues while throwing lots of twists and turns at us along the way.

They portray the characters (especially the President) in very intelligent ways which helps endear them and their actions to us.

It’s quite ironic that this film deals with a President trying to keep the US out of war especially given the fact that just a few short years after this film came out, the world entered into a great war that changed the way governments and people look at conflicts since they now have global repercussions.

The pacing of the story is done quite well and they allow us to learn so much about the political system of the US 85 years ago since some things have changed, but mostly things have stayed the same.

Russell truly appears here in a very small role and if you blink, you might miss it, but it was still nice to see her portray such a character which shows a bit of diversity even when taking into account the kinds of roles she took on later in her career.

Bottom Line – Great political suspense film that is able to take an interesting premise and keep it going while throwing some nice twists and turns in along the way.  Quite ironic what this film does given the fact that the world was just a few years away from an all out war that would change the way the governments of the world would look at conflicts. The story moves along at a great pace and allows us to learn so much about the way the political system was viewed 85 years ago. Russell has a very small role here that you might miss if you blink, but it was still nice seeing her in such a role. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The anonymous novel on which the movie is based was written by Rex Stout. This was not known at the time. There is a little inside joke when the president’s wife urges him to drink a glass of stout. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “The Rosalind Russell Blogathon – The President Vanishes (1934)

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