Sunrise at Campobello
|Sunrise at Campobello|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vincent J. Donehue|
|Produced by||Dore Schary|
|Screenplay by||Dore Schary|
|Based on||Sunrise at Campobello
by Dore Schary
|Music by||Franz Waxman|
|Edited by||George Boemler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Sunrise at Campobello is a 1960 Warner Bros. biographical film telling the story of the struggles of future President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his family when Roosevelt was stricken with paralysis at the age of 39 in August 1921. Based on Dore Schary's Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name, the film was directed by Vincent J. Donehue and starred Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn and Jean Hagen.
The film begins at the Roosevelt family's summer home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada (on the border with Maine), in the summer of 1921. Franklin D. Roosevelt is depicted in early scenes as vigorously athletic, enjoying games with his children and sailing his boat.
He is 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 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 after his eldest son James pushed his father's wheelchair near to the podium.
- Ralph Bellamy – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Greer Garson – Eleanor Roosevelt
- Hume Cronyn – Louis Howe
- Jean Hagen – Marguerite "Missy" LeHand
- Ann Shoemaker – Sara Roosevelt
- Alan Bunce – Governor Alfred E. Smith
- Tim Considine – James Roosevelt
- Zina Bethune – Anna Roosevelt
- Frank Ferguson – Dr. Bennett
- Pat Close – Elliott Roosevelt
- Robin Warga – Franklin Roosevelt, Jr.
- Tom Carty – Johnny Roosevelt
- Lyle Talbot – Mr. Brimmer
- David White – Mr. Lassiter
- Walter Sande – Captain Skinner
- Herbert Anderson – Vincent Dailey
Before and during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, the extent of his disability was minimized. Sunrise at Campobello depicts the debilitating effects of FDR's paralytic 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. "You have been a rare wife and have borne your heavy burden most bravely," he said, proclaiming her "one of my heroines".
Awards and honors
Greer Garson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama.
- Best Actress: Greer Garson
- Best Art Direction (Color): Art Direction: Edward Carrere; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins
- Best Costume Design (Color): Marjorie Best
- Best Sound: Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, George Groves, Sound Director
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- "Sunrise at Campobello". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
- Lash, Joseph P. (1971). Eleanor and Franklin. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 1-56852-075-1.
- "NY Times: Sunrise at Campobello". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- "Oscars.org -- Sunrise at Campobello". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-14.
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