"Teddy the Rough Rider," (1940)
- Did anyone catch this Oscar-winning short (produced by Warner
Bros./First National) on Turner Classic Movies last night? Actor
Sidney Blackmer apparently portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in over a
dozen films; I first saw him in the Barbara Stanwyck/Robert Taylor
drama, "This Is My Affair," (1937) and thought he captured TR's
manner, speech, and gestures nicely. The comment below is taken
directly from the Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com
I think it's a quite accurate assessment of the short. What I
enjoyed about the film was its insertion of many direct TR quotes as
part of the dramatic narrative.
Kari E. Johnson
Los Angeles, CA
Robert Reynolds (llltdesq@...)
Date: 23 August 2001
Summary: Oscar winning two-reel short that's quite good
his two-reel short won an Oscar in 1940 and is a fairly good look at
Teddy Roosevelt and reasonably historically accurate, for Hollywood.
Sidney Blackmer actually looks like TR (thanks to a good makeup job)
and it suffers only slightly from melodramatic excess. The
performances are for the most part good and it's a good example of an
all but lost form-the 20 minute short film. Turner Classic Movies
runs this occasionally as filler and it generally runs as part of
their "31 Days of Oscar" feature in March. Recommended.