The Phantom President


Time Out says

Not exactly sharp political satire, this tells of a stodgy banker who's running for the American presidency, and of the lookalike silver-tongued medicine man who is drafted in to take his place and add zest to the campaign. But it does offer a rare chance to see Cohan ('Mr Broadway') in action. Whether he's as wonderful as Cagney's impersonation of him in Yankee Doodle Dandy is a matter of opinion, but the double role certainly allows him ample space to demonstrate his versatility. Not, however, his song-writing skills: the mediocre tunes were supplied, surprisingly, by Rodgers and Hart.


Release details

78 mins

Cast and crew

Norman Taurog
Walter de Leon, Harlan Thompson
George Barbier
Claudette Colbert
Sidney Toler
George M Cohan
Jimmy Durante
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