Gabriel Over the White House
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At the bottom of the Depression, a political hack is elected President of the United States. After suffering a near-fatal car accident, he is inspired by the angel Gabriel to seize dictatorial powers in order to lead the nation out of its woes.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gregory La Cava's 1933 New Deal fantasy is one of the strangest political films to escape the studios."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Of all the crackpot political films to come out of Hollywood ... this is surely the crackpottest, and must really be seen to be believed."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A most interesting fantasy, dated and quaint by today's standards, but most interesting for its time. The idea of a president warring on the underworld and executing criminals has some appeal."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Odd, slightly disconcerting Gregory La Cava film that's more interesting than good"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A unique and somewhat daffy Depression-era comedy New Deal fantasy film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Gabriel Over the White House encourages its viewers to live the fantasy of the philosopher-king, but never counts the costs of such a regime."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Mixed Reviews
"Strange film that sees Huston as U.S. president who feels he's being visited by the angel Gabriel. More than topical considering the current prez' religious preoccupations."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"A classic example of pre-code Hollywood getting away with all kinds of depression-era madness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fascinating, original, definitely ahead of its time fantasy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"An odd, earnest comedy with soapbox leanings."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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