Ed Driscoll

'Gabriel Over The White House'

On the Indepedent Film Channel’s “Independent Eye” blog, Vadim Rizov bemoans the lack of overtly political films being released in the wake of the ObaRecession, and flashes back to the Mr. Smith goes to Washington-style films of the 1930s, including 1933’s Gabriel over the White House:

Indifferent, do-nothing lackey Judson Hammond has an auto accident while in office and becomes possessed by God. This leads to some quick changes: the army takes over, bootleggers are shot and God’s work is generally done with crypto-fascistic efficiency. He’s FDR on speed.

That’s not too surprising, since FDR vetted the script himself.