Sunrise at Campobello

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One of only two theatrical features by television director Vincent J. Donahue, Sunrise at Campobello is a biography of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that attempts to illustrate the statesman's courageous battle against infantile paralysis and his political foes. While in the prime of his life, Roosevelt Ralph Bellamy is stricken with a debilitating illness that threatens to end his career. Fortunately, his wife, Eleanor Greer Garson, faithfully helps him regain his strength and become one of America's most ...
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Overview

One of only two theatrical features by television director Vincent J. Donahue, Sunrise at Campobello is a biography of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that attempts to illustrate the statesman's courageous battle against infantile paralysis and his political foes. While in the prime of his life, Roosevelt Ralph Bellamy is stricken with a debilitating illness that threatens to end his career. Fortunately, his wife, Eleanor Greer Garson, faithfully helps him regain his strength and become one of America's most influential and beloved Commanders in Chief. Hume Cronyn also stars as F.D.R.'s political strategist Louis Howe, who forms a successful triumvirate with the Roosevelts. For her performance, Greer Garson received a Best Actress nomination at the 1961 Academy Awards.
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In 1960, Dwight Eisenhower was U.S. president, and the nation had not yet experienced the loss of faith in government that would follow the social upheavals of the 1960s and '70s. A biography of one of the nation's most accomplished and heroic presidents was timely. Dore Schary had written a Tony-winning Broadway play about the early struggles of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to overcome polio, after which he served four terms as president, from 1933 to 1945. Schary adapted his play for the screen, hiring the play's director, Vincent Donahue, to direct the film, and Ralph Bellamy to reprise his Broadway role as Roosevelt. The result was a critical and commercial success. Greer Garson gave a memorable, dignified performance as Eleanor Roosevelt, her first major role in years and her last of any note, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar, losing to Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8. The title refers to the Maine island that was the Roosevelt family's home.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316127483
  • Original Release: 1960
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,822

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Bellamy Franklin D. Roosevelt
Greer Garson Eleanor Roosevelt
Hume Cronyn Louis Howe
Jean Hagen Missy Le Hand
Ann Shoemaker Sara Roosevelt
Alan Bunce Al Smith
Tim Considine James Roosevelt
Zina Bethune Anna Roosevelt
Frank Ferguson Dr. Bennett
Pat Close Elliot Roosevelt
Robin Warga Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lyle Talbot Mr. Brimmer
David White Mr. Lassiter
Janine Grandel Marie
Otis Greene Edward
Ivan Browning Charles
Herbert Anderson Daley
Fern Barry
Mary Benoit
Tommy Carly Johnny Roosevelt
Francis de Sales Riley
Donald Dillaway Sloan
William F. Haddock Mr. Owens
Jack Henderson Joe
Jack Perrin Campaign Worker
Ed Prentiss Barker
Craig Curtis Newsboy
Walter Sande Capt. Skinner
Technical Credits
Vincent J. Donahue Director
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
George Boemler Editor
Edward Carrere Art Director
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Dore Schary Producer, Screenwriter
Franz Waxman Score Composer
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