James Blake a successful and influential lawyer is engaged by his friend George Sartos to shoot down a bill in the U.S. senate with the result that scores of small businesses have to close down. When Blake witnesses the results of his actions in a small frontier town, he decides to sell his stocks, divorce his unfaithful wife, change his identity and use his money to help Charlotte Brown, his newfound love. Together, they reopen Springvale Canneries. Things go wrong, however, when he is accused of his wife's murder and his disguise is blown by Sartos who wants to take over Springvale Canneries. Only Blake's skill as a lawyer can now save Springvale Canneries!
Running Time: 80 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
"U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once wondered whether a man could disappear mysteriously and take his wealth with him. The magazine editor, to whom he was speaking, took up the challenge and the result was one of the most engaging mystery movies of the '30s. The story of a man, who is more successful at practicing law than in his marriage, may sound familiar, but his actions after deciding that he had had enough are definitely unheard of. Blake's decision to sell stock and invest in a Cannery on the verge of shutting down will raise many an eyebrow among today's businessmen. Yet, Blake manages to earn the kind of dividend that shares and bonds do not always promise. The plight of citizens driven to poverty by the shutting down of the factory is shown with a great deal of sensitivity and is emotionally moving. Blake's transformation to Carter too is portrayed imaginatively. The plot attains a furious pace toward the end when gangsters and citizens fight for possession of the cannery. The selection of locations is done cleverly and the choice of a frontier town gives the story a realistic touch. This movie will always be remembered for two reasons - first, that it is credited to President Roosevelt and second it has an unusual plot. Don't miss this incredible mystery of a missing man who finds a new purpose in life but loses his heart in the process!"
Shot during FDR's first term in office, The Presidents Mystery is essentially an anti-capitalist pro union propaganda film masquerading as a murder mystery. The entire plot and theme was suggested by FDR to a short story writer who then wrote up the mystery into a serial magazine novel before it became a film. The concept was a sensation at the time and because FDR was so loved it became the most popular film of the year. Today it seems a bit dated but I give it 5 stars for its strong historical value. Written by Bart
One of the first "novelty films" every made, The President's Mysterty stands the test of time even without the publicity it recieved when it first came out. This is like the Survivor of its time. The name comes from the fact that FDR spectulated about the plot points and then a magazine editor got someone to make the mystery move that the president had suggested. The plot is simple - a guy wants to disappear but also take his money with him. How he does it and how he gets caught is the basic plot. Written by Arthur
Franklin Deleno Roosevelt
Samuel Hopkins Adams
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