Magnificent Doll

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Novelist Irving Stone scripted this stately pseudo-historical melodrama. Ginger Rogers is thoroughly miscast as the Virginia belle and Quaker widow Dolley Payne, who (unwittingly) held America's future in the balance as she prevaricated over her suitors Aaron Burr (Niven) and James Madison (Meredith). Fortunately, she chooses the latter, Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of State, destined to become the fourth President of the United States, while the cynical Burr tries and fails to declare himself Emperor. One of those biopics that substitute arrant nonsense for much more dramatic fact.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Frank Borzage
Screenwriter: Irving Stone
Cast: Ginger Rogers
Burgess Meredith
David Niven
Stephen McNally
Peggy Wood
Robert Barrat