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American Presidents On Screen
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American Presidents On Screen | Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

Star: Charlton Heston
Film: The Buccaneer (1958)

Charlton Heston played Andrew Jackson twice, once in 1953’s The President’s Lady and again in this Cecil B. DeMille-shaped slice of historical hokum. Second time out there’s less smooching and more shooting, with the future head of state battling the British for New Orleans in the war of 1812. Yul Brynner’s titular pirate gets the lion’s share of the screentime, however, so you probably won’t learn an awful lot about Jackson – America’s seventh president, by the by – except that he was a pugnacious chap and looked a bit like the guy from Planet Of The Apes.

What it tells us about the time it was made: With the Cold War raging and another general, Dwight Eisenhower, in the Oval Office, America held its military men in high esteem.
 

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