Please send to Luther Place I for Friday, April 19
I found this to a somewhat dated film. The heavy use of overly dramatic music in the opening scenes, nearly blew me out of my chair! Thank god for volume adjustment on the remote! While Richard Bellamy was a dead ringer for FDR, Greer Garson as Eleanor Roosevelt was a bit of a stretch. Fitted out with fake buck teeth and keeping to the highest of her vocal range such that a bat or two were attracted, Greer was still too pretty to pass for Eleanor. The scenery of Campo Bello in New Brunswick, (Canada) was interesting, as was seeing the lack of equipment for paraplegics in the "good old days". The story is compelling, and I particularly enjoyed the character of FDR's best friend played by Hume Cronyn.
Stage plays sometimes make great movies. Such is the case with "Sunrise at Campobello" in which Ralph Bellamy played FDR on Broadway. New to the cast would be Greer Garson as his wife Eleanor. What a great choice on the part of director Vincent Donehue. She has the range to play such a great lady in history as Eleanor Roosevelt. She becomes the Presidents most trusted adviser, while seeing to the family needs as well. They were an amazing couple that did so much for their country. "Sunrise at Campobello" is a fine tribute to them both. I am sure they would have approved of such a fine production.
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