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"All the President's Movies"-(their favorite's)


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(*-always denotes *Academy Award winner)

 

Yes, I've written/posted this fun topic before & not only on TCM. However, given whats currently going on in Washington, D.C. & around the United States, I felt it was a good moment to post it again.

 

This was actually a PBS special a few years back & titled the same

 

"ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MOVIES"

 

Their data displayed, only went back as far as Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was a bona-fide moviefan & had many close friends in HOLLYWOOD!

 

1st FDR's-(l882-l945) & Term-(l933-45) & his fav. motion picture was: "Snow White and the & Dwarfs" (l937-Walt Disney/RKO) & Eleanor later confessed that he had a secret crush on Myrna Loy-(l905-93)

 

2. Harry Truman-(l884-l972-(1945-53) Not really a moviebuff/fan like the great FDR, but did love Westerns, especially "My Darling Clementine" (l946-Fox)

 

3. Dwight D. Eisenhower-(l890-l969)-(l953-61) Like Harry, not particularly a movielover, but did like Westerns the most & "High Noon" (l952-UA) was said to be his own favourite.

 

4. John F. Kennedy-(l9l7-63)-(l961-63) "Bad Day at Black Rock" (l955-M-G-M)-(GREAT CHOICE!!!), *"Bridge on the River Kwai" (l957-Columbia), "Spartacus" (l960)-(U-I), "Dr. No" (l962) & they say that on November 22nd, 1963 He & Jackie watched "From Russia With Love" before leaving for Dallas!!!

 

 

5. Lyndon B. Johnson-(l908-73)-(l963-69) LBJ was not a moviefan & only cited a documentary about himself, but did love "The Searchers" (l956)

 

6. Richard M. Nixon-(l9l3-94)-(l969-74) Greatly admired *"Patton" (l970) & reportedly watch it over & over & his ideal actor i.e. "Americana' was *Henry Fonda-(l905-82) & *Sinatra was somewhat pals w/him, but more-so due to VP Spiro Agnew & strangely, "The Great 0ne: Jackie Gleason"-(l9l6-87) was pals w/Nixon? & it's true that the then president even took Gleason to Area 51, which all say that knew Jackie, it changed the rest of his life, even building a "Flying Saucer House"

 

 

7. Gerald Ford-(l9l2-2015)-(l974-77) Nothing as yet known & well-known not to be another cinephile

 

 

8. Jimmy Carter-(l924-)& Term (l977-8l) Jimmy may hold the record for watching the most movies though, the official files say he viewed at least 480 during his term in office. Most of his life he adored *"Casablanca" & many years later he greatly admired *M. Moore's famed documentary "Farenheit 9/11"

 

 

9. Ronald Reagan-(l9ll-2004) & (l98l-89) My fellow "Irishman's" actual Hollywood hero was another "Irish" *James Cagney-(l899-l986) Even awarding "The Tough Guy" was "The Medal of Freedom Award" around 1984. & Reagan's all-time fav. movie was: "It's a Wonderful Life" (l946-RKO Radio)-But, his ultimate movie love & as many may recall, Ronnie also loved playing "Cowboy" himself, riding horses on a regular basis.was "The Westerns" (P.S. & he & Nancy, were the first big fans, so much so they had a state of the art theatre/screening room upgraded$$$ Still, The Reagan's mostly watched films at "Camp David" instead. (TRIVIA: Many probably know this, but *Jack L. Warner-(l892-l978) originally had Reagan & Ann Sheridan-(l9l5-68) all set for *"Casablanca" & he made approx. 50 himself

 

 

10. George H.W. Bush-(l924-) & term (l989-93) Bush,Sr. loved the 1981 *Oscar sweeping *"Chariots of Fire' over any others. Though earlier both 1952's "Viva Zapata!" & the WW11 epic "The Longest Day" (l962) were his favs.

 

11. Bill Clinton-(l946-) (l993-2001) Bill always insists he & Hillary Clinton, were the 1st true movielovers to occupy "The White House"-(but what about RR?)

& they even went so far as to upgrade-(even further) the theatre$$$ Don't know about the possible future U.S. President-(Hillary), but Bill always picked "High Noon" & like many film critics-(Ebert & Siskel,etc) Bill always loved (3) time *Oscar winner: *Ingrid Bergman-(l9l5-1982) by far the most & got to meet the legendary *"Duke" Wayne-(l907-79) twice in *Wayne's life & was literally in awe when he 1st got to meet him! Bill says he watched "High Noon" between (17 and 25 times in the screening room)

 

 

12. George W. Bush-(l945-) (2001-2009) Always claimed the superb WW11 epic "Saving Private Ryan" (l998) was his own highnote of THE MOVIES. Although by comparison it gets quite silly, in W-(also the title of a 2009 bio starring son: Josh Brolin & helmed by *O. Stone) admiring & laughing hysterically at the "Austin Power's-trilogy" & he loves baeball BIG-TIME & especially '89's "Field of Dreams"

 

 

 

13. Barack 0bama-(l96l-) (2009-2017) Now, I agree w/our current pres. 0bama on his all-timer 1972's *"The Godfather"-(as *Tom Hanks said in '98's "You've Got Mail" That *"GF1" "Is The I Chin 0f All Life & Wisdom" unquote (P.S. For me "Kane" is the greatest motion picture ever produced, but this is my A #1) so 1974's *"GF11" is also on his short list, as is *"Lawrence of Arabia" (l962-UK) And of Obama's all-time favourite actors: *Jimmy Stewart, *"The Great: Spencer Tracy" & *Bogie top his list & as for "The Ladies" *Mery Streep, *Susan Sarandon & Angela Bassett top his list.

 

 

 

14. (NOTE: ??? Obviously due to 1 of these 2 candidate's becoming the next "President of the United States" (either Hillary Clinton-(l947-) or Donald Trump-(l946-) I searched already to find their own favs in motion picture history> Hillary's *"0ut of Africa" (l9850-(& contains one of the most beautiful music scores ever!), "Rosemary's Baby" ('68) & believe it or not, the movie always dubbed as "The Worst of All-Time' 1959's immensely cultish "Plan 9 from 0uter Space" & HC's Actors: both *Streep & *Robert Redford.

As for Trump, but he likes to insist he's too busy to watch many movies "Citizen Kane"_(YES & among few things this voter is in agreement w/him on!) "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" (l967), *"GWTW"-(fellow billionaire Ted Turner's-(l938-)all-timer!) "GoodFellas" (l990) & *GF1"-(YES AGAIN!)

 

 

 

& I THANK YOU-(please comment) I added a lot since I posted this article/item in the past few yrs

 

& OF COURSE, DON'T 4-GET TO V0TE!

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Feature films started with Wilson, though I've heard that his famous comment on Birth of a Nation (history written like lightning) may be apocryphal.  I wonder if Harding, Coolidge and Hoover had any opinions on movies.  Many Hollywood executives were Republican and California was a safely Republican state before 1932.  There's a recent biography of Coolidge which one might think would have something about him.  I do know that at one point Mrs. Miniver was Bush 41's favorite movie.

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thanx for reply! I never heard that about Bush, Jr though?

 

I do recall & forgot to write about it in this topic, that the legendary Winston Churchill-(l874-l965) was also a genuine cinefan & greatly admired *"Mrs. Miniver" (l942-MGM/British)-(***1/2) however, Churchill, until his demise at age 91

 

Most often would say 1941's "That Hamilton Woman" was his all-time favorite picture

 

& on the other side of the fence Adolph Hitler-(l889-l945) despite his disdaine for for everything AMERICAN, greatly admired & was jealous about it too!

 

HOLLYWOOD & what it produced. Greta Garbo-(l905-90) would always say, that he personally would nag her all the time about Garbo coming to visit him in Berlin. Which of course she never did!!!

 

At any rate & somewhat typically 1933's superb "King Kong" (*Selznick/RKO) was Hitler's ultimate film.

 

Ultra-irony of it all, is that Jewish people literally founded Hollywood, as most are or should be aware-(something *Brando was called out on the carpet about during a 1995 Larry King interview

 

But, *Marlon was right & it should be a compliment in the first place

(EXAMPLE: L.B. Mayer, Jack L. Warner & his brothers, *Harry Cohn-(dubbed by James Bacon "The Meanest Man in Town" in Jim's book about the Columbia Mogul) *David 0. Selznick, *Irving G. Thalberg, *Adolph Zukor-(outlived his contemporaries & passed away in 1976 at 103!), *Darryl F. Zanuck-(not certain though about him?), *Samuel Goldwyn but not *Walter (Elias) Disney. Carl Laemmle-(Universal studios & holds the record as being the oldest "Dream Factory" Est: 1909-)

 

 

 

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Feature films started with Wilson, though I've heard that his famous comment on Birth of a Nation (history written like lightning) may be apocryphal.  I wonder if Harding, Coolidge and Hoover had any opinions on movies.  Many Hollywood executives were Republican and California was a safely Republican state before 1932.  There's a recent biography of Coolidge which one might think would have something about him.  I do know that at one point Mrs. Miniver was Bush 41's favorite movie.

 

Can you believe I've yet to be able to see "Wilson?" & as Leonard Maltin-(l950-) says, it was also a $Box-0ffice$ flop, despite taking home 5 *Oscars for 1944?

 

(P.S. & a Groucho Marx-(l890-l977) years later would say-(on 1 of his early 1970's Dick Cavett appearances)

Told him that *Thalberg was such a "Genius" & was a Democrat, until he got to be a millionaire & switched & as Groucho said "You ever Notice When People Become Rich, They immediately Become Republicans?" unquote

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Loved your post and its theme plus your research on a rather unknown topic, Spence which was most interesting!

 

I have only one criticism, my friend Monica says that Bill Clinton's favorite film is:

 

Little Cigars (1973)
PG |  1h 32min | ComedyCrimeDrama | June 1973 (USA)
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A gangster's former mistress hooks up with a troupe of circus midgets who, as a sideline, rob banks and casinos.
Director: Chris Christenberry
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Feature films started with Wilson, though I've heard that his famous comment on Birth of a Nation (history written like lightning) may be apocryphal.  I wonder if Harding, Coolidge and Hoover had any opinions on movies.  Many Hollywood executives were Republican and California was a safely Republican state before 1932.  There's a recent biography of Coolidge which one might think would have something about him.  I do know that at one point Mrs. Miniver was Bush 41's favorite movie.

Ironically I was just to about to submit the 1915 civil-war silent epic-(TRIVIA: & Hollywoods very 1st event release, 24yrs prior to *"GWTW"

 

 

& nowadays Wilson is getting butchered by colleges/media/high schools & all

dubbed as being "rascist"

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Feature films started with Wilson, though I've heard that his famous comment on Birth of a Nation (history written like lightning) may be apocryphal.  I wonder if Harding, Coolidge and Hoover had any opinions on movies.  

 

 

I'd heard Wilson's "Writing history with lightning" had--less reported--been followed with "Because it is so true".  Wilson was, infamously, not racially sympathetic.

 

Cheap jokes aside, I'm not sure which movie was Bill Clinton's favorite, but he was a huge movie fan, when Gene Siskel interviewed him on S&E (trying to get his opinion on the then mini-trend for "Murder at 1600")

He could gush "What a great movie!" over the original Japanese "Shall We Dance", but also be aware of its cultural message about the country's self-image...And then tied his usual message about getting young people involved with volunteer work, back when everybody thought Fight Club looked "cool" as a social protest.

=& on the other side of the fence Adolph Hitler-(l889-l945) despite his disdaine for for everything AMERICAN, greatly admired & was jealous about it too!

 

HOLLYWOOD & what it produced. Greta Garbo-(l905-90) would always say, that he personally would nag her all the time about Garbo coming to visit him in Berlin. Which of course she never did!!!

 

At any rate & somewhat typically 1933's superb "King Kong" (*Selznick/RKO) was Hitler's ultimate film.=

 

Huh..Always heard it was "Broadway Melody of 1940".  Dictators usually liked musicals, for some reason.

(Stalin liked "Volga", a Russian story of boatmen trying to win a singing competition.)

 

Goebbels reportedly liked Gone With the Wind, and spent much of the Reich's resources trying to make a Technicolor epic for Germany, while the war was already stripping the country.

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