The President's Lady (1953) - Rotten Tomatoes

The President's Lady (1953)




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The President's Lady is an historical drama starring Charlton Heston as Andrew Jackson and Susan Hayward as his wife Rachel, Jackson marries Rachel after she divorces her unfaithful first husband (Whitfield Connor), with scandal resulting when the ex-husband refuses to finalize the divorce. Jackson climbs up the military and political ladder, but Rachel is never socially acceptable due to her "tainted" past. Nonetheless, Jackson stands staunchly beside his wife, even fighting a duel for her honor. On the eve of Jackson's presidential election, Rachel dies, but "Ol' Hickory" takes comfort in recalling a marriage that remained happy against all odds. The best sequence in The President's Lady is a comic vignette which explodes the legend of the "pipe-smoking" Rachel Jackson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Charlton Heston
as Andrew Jackson
Susan Hayward
as Rachel Donelson Robards
Whitfield Connor
as Lewis Robards
John McIntire
as Jack Overton
Fay Bainter
as Mrs. Donelson
Carl Betz
as Charles Dickinson
Gladys Hurlbut
as Mrs. Phariss
Charles Dingle
as Capt. Irwin
Nina Varela
as Mrs. Stark
Margaret Wycherly
as Mrs. Robards
Ralph Dumke
as Col. Stark
Jim Davis
as Jason
Howard Negley
as Cruthers
James Best
as Samuel
Selmer Jackson
as Col. Green
Juanita Evers
as Mrs. Green
George Hamilton
as House Servant
Vera Francis
as Slave Girl
Leo Curley
as Innkeeper
Bill Walker
as Uncle Alfred
Sherman Sanders
as Square Dance Caller
Renee Beard
as Black Boy
Sam McDaniel
as Henry, Phariss' Driver
George Spaulding
as Chief Justice John Marshall
Willis Bouchey
as Judge McNairy
Mervin Williams
as Young Senator
Selmar Jackson
as Col. Green
Ronald Alan Numkena
as Lincoya (Age 8)
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Critic Reviews for The President's Lady

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The stars make sincere and energetic but hardly memorable protagonists.

June 18, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Through it all, Charlton Heston supplies the kind of ammunition to this film that is as loaded as any carbine slung across his broad shoulders.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

The acting plum is really carried by Ruth Attaway [who] is rewarding in her first film vehicle.

July 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The President's Lady is a studiously dull picture about wild young Andrew Jackson and the trouble he had with the divorce laws of his time.

November 23, 2020 | Full Review…

One of the better biographical films made by Hollywood.

June 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The President's Lady

Wonderful retelling of the love story between Rachel and Andrew Jackson. Susan Hayward and Charlton Heston make a perfect team her balance of warmth and grit softens his customary stiffness and rectitude. The ending is a tearjerker deluxe.

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