Sunrise at Campobello
|Sunrise at Campobello|
|Directed by||Vincent J. Donehue|
|Produced by||Dore Schary|
|Written by||Dore Schary|
|Music by||Franz Waxman|
|Editing by||George Boemler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||144 minutes|
Sunrise at Campobello is a 1960 American biographical film made by Dore Schary Productions and Warner Bros., and based on the long-running Broadway play with the same name. It tells the story of the initial struggle by future President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and his family when he was stricken with paralysis at the age of 39 in August 1921.
Beginning at the Roosevelt family's vacation home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada (on the border with Maine), in the summer of 1921, Franklin is depicted in early scenes as vigorously athletic, enjoying games with his children and sailing his boat.
Suddenly stricken with fever and then paralysis, subsequent scenes focus on the ensuing conflict in the following weeks between the bedridden FDR, his wife Eleanor, his mother Sara, and his close political adviser Louis Howe over FDR's political future. A later scene portrays FDR literally dragging himself up the stairs as, through grit and determination, he painfully strives to overcome his physical limitations and not remain an invalid. In the final triumphant scene, FDR is shown re-entering public life as he walks to the speaker's rostrum at a party convention, aided by heavy leg braces and crutches. His eldest son James pushed his father's wheelchair near to the podium.
The play and film both omit any mention of Warm Springs, Georgia and of Roosevelt's stay there, and of Roosevelt's creation of a rehabilitation center at Warm Springs.
Casting and production
Sunrise at Campobello stars Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn and Jean Hagen. Eleanor Roosevelt was present on the set during location shooting at the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York. The film was based on Dore Schary's Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name. The play and the film were both written and produced by Schary and directed by Vincent J. Donehue.
The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Greer Garson), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color (Edward Carrere, George James Hopkins), Best Costume Design, Color and Best Sound (George Groves). Greer Garson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama. The film was also entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival.
Before and during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, the extent of his disability was carefully concealed from the public. Sunrise at Campobello depicts the debilitating effects of FDR's illness to a greater extent than had been previously disclosed by the media.
FDR's attending physician, Dr. William Keen, believed it was polio and commended Eleanor's devotion to the stricken Franklin during that time of travail, as portrayed in Sunrise at Campobello. "You have been a rare wife and have borne your heavy burden most bravely," he said, proclaiming her "one of my heroines".
Franklin D. Roosevelt's character in the movie states that President Harding is playing the tuba while the country has 6,000,000 people out of work.
- Ralph Bellamy – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Greer Garson – Eleanor Roosevelt
- Hume Cronyn – Louis Howe
- Jean Hagen – Marguerite "Missy" LeHand
- Ann Shoemaker – Sara Delano Roosevelt
- Alan Bunce – Governor Alfred E. Smith
- Zina Bethune – Anna Roosevelt
- Tim Considine – James Roosevelt
- Pat Close – Elliott Roosevelt
- Tom Carty – Johnny Roosevelt
- Frank Ferguson – Dr. Bennett
- Lyle Talbot – Mr. Brimmer
- David White – Mr. Lassiter
- Walter Sande – Captain Skinner
- Jerry Crews – Speaker
- Francis De Sales - Riley (uncredited)
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- "NY Times: Sunrise at Campobello". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- Lash, Joseph P. (1971). Eleanor and Franklin. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 1-56852-075-1.
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