Gabriel over the White House
Gabriel over the White House (1933)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1933
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1993
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sean Axmaker

Gregory La Cava's 1933 New Deal fantasy is one of the strangest political films to escape the studios.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Of all the crackpot political films to come out of Hollywood ... this is surely the crackpottest, and must really be seen to be believed.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A unique and somewhat daffy Depression-era comedy New Deal fantasy film.

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Martin Scribbs
Mixed 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.

Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle

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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A classic example of pre-code Hollywood getting away with all kinds of depression-era madness.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Fascinating, original, definitely ahead of its time fantasy.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

An odd, earnest comedy with soapbox leanings.

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Stella Dallas
beyond bizarre. walter huston as the president asserts his constitutional authority to become dictator of the u.s. after a near-death experience. he fires… More
cody franklin
This is a strange but enjoyable film. Walter Huston becomes president during the Great Depression and he approaches the depression without urgency, but then he… More
Marion Ravenwood
One of the more interesting films I have seen of late, but it feels very long. The subject matter is interesting, but watching the film is not.