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American Presidents On Screen
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American Presidents On Screen | James Madison (1809-1817)
James Madison (1809-1817)

Star: Burgess Meredith
Film: Magnificent Doll (1946)

US president number four James Madison appears in Frank Borzage’s film, played by future Rocky trainer and Batman villain Burgess Meredith. The fact that his move from President to Penguin was a step up tells you everything you need to know about this daft romance. He tussles with David Niven for the love of Southern belle Ginger Rogers. History is the loser.

What it tells us about the time it was made: Back in the post-war years, people like their history served in a vat of romance.
 

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