The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)


“Well Miss Peggy, have you shaped any new political doctrines today?” – Daniel Webster

“Ah Mr. Webster, I’m just an impressionable young woman.” – Peggy Eaton 

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The daughter of an innkeepers befriends numerous politicians on their way to Washington and becomes a confidant of Senator Andrew Jackson who takes her under his wing.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never even heard of before seeing it on a list of films that garnered Oscar nominations for its acting.

As a fan of politics and political history, the story  presented here is quite intriguing since it allows for us to see how politicians influence others and how they in turn are influenced by all that occurs around them.

Joan Crawford does a great job in the lead role and she manages to make her character seem quite believable throughout the storyline as presented.

Lionel Barrymore tho steals the show with his performance as Senator 9and future President) Andrew Jackson.

We get to see how he is able to deflect attacks from numerous angles as he paves his way forwrad as a powerful politician.

There are parts of this story that get a bit too soap operapry and those scenes could have been trimmed a bit since they are difficult to get through.

Beulah Bondi was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here as Jackson’s wife Rachel in the inaugural year of this award.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing story about the influences of politicians and those who end up influencing them. Crawford does a great job in the lead role and her performance comes across as being quite believable throughout. Barrymore is superb here as the Senator and future President Andrew Jackson as he must deflect many attacks from various angles over the course of his years in politics. The story gets a bit too soap operapy along the way which makes parts a little more difficult to get through, but overall things still work throughout. Bondi was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the award’s inaugural year as Jackson’s wife, Rachel. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lionel Barrymore played U.S. President Andrew Jackson again in the 1952 western Lone Star (1952), his last film. Beulah Bondi, who plays Rachel Jackson in this movie, is also in the later film in a different role.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1936 | MovieRob

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