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American Presidents On Screen
We look at POTUS in the movies

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American Presidents On Screen | James K. Polk (1845-1849)
James K. Polk (1845-1849)

Star: Addison Richards
Film: The Oregon Trail (1959)

Only those with an intimate knowledge of US history could give chapter and verse on James Polk’s presidency, and watching this Western probably won’t help. It’s like that episode of Simpsons where the early settlers of Springfield trade their guns for corn with the Indians, who promptly shoot them and take the corn back – only not as funny. Addison Richards’s president hangs around the White House, keeping away from the titular trail itself. Too dusty, we’re guessing. Wise man.

What it tells us about the time it was made: Westerns were hot, hot, hot.

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