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Magnificent Doll (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | November 1946 (USA)
Ginger Rogers is the daughter of boardinghouse owners in Washington, DC who falls in love with Aaron Burr and James Madison.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Irving Stone (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Dolly Payne Madison
David Niven ... Aaron Burr
Burgess Meredith ... James Madison
Peggy Wood ... Mrs. Payne
Stephen McNally ... John Todd (as Horace McNally)
Robert Barrat ... Mr. Payne
Grandon Rhodes ... Thomas Jefferson
Frances E. Williams Frances E. Williams ... Amy (as Frances Williams)
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Count D'Arignon
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... Senator Ainsworth (as Joe Forte)
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Storyline

Dolly Payne is adored by two leaders of the fledgling American government, James Madison and Aaron Burr. She plays each against the other, not only for romantic reasons, but also to influence the shaping of the young country. By manipulating Burr's affections, she helps Thomas Jefferson win the presidency, and eventually she becomes First Lady of the land herself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's Magnificent Doll See more »

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Production Co:

Hallmark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the final scene where Dolly makes her big speech outside of the jail, Ginger Rogers disliked the original speech written by the scriptwriters. She felt it lacked the integrity that Dolly clearly always had. She instead wrote her own speech the night before the scene was shot and used this. See more »

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MAGNIFICENT DOLL (Frank Borzage, 1946) **1/2
6 January 2009 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Bizarrely cast and talky historical drama about the romantic and political involvement of the titular Southern belle (Ginger Rogers) with the then-U.S. Secretary of State James Madison (Burgess Meredith) and misguidedly ambitious Presidential nominee Aaron Burr (David Niven). Given that Niven ends up losing both the girl and the candidature (to Thomas Jefferson), he is understandably glum throughout – but the tragic fact that the beloved British actor had just lost his wife in a freak accident at home surely cannot have aided his countenance any! As usual, my fondness for films depicting political machinations perhaps made this appeal to me more than it would have otherwise but, while everybody concerned was clearly seen at a better advantage elsewhere, it must be said here that the narrative certainly wasn't a familiar one and, consequently, it held my interest throughout.


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