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1[[quoteright:305:]] ˛˛''Sunrise at Campobello'' is a 1960 film directed by Vincent J. Donehue, starring Creator/RalphBellamy and Creator/GreerGarson. Adapted by producer Dore Schary from his own Tony Award-winning 1958 stage play, it is a {{Biopic}} of [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt Franklin]] and UsefulNotes/EleanorRoosevelt. ˛˛Specifically, the film deals with the years 1921–24, starting when FDR was stricken with polio and paralyzed at the age of 39, and following the family as Franklin (Bellamy) deals with his illness. Franklin's political future is up in the air; as Eleanor (Garson) tries to support him, his loyal assistant and political advisor Louis Howe (Creator/HumeCronyn) urges him to re-enter the political arena despite his handicap, and his domineering mother Sara (Ann Shoemaker) tries to get him to retire from public life and return to Hyde Park to be a country squire. Finally Roosevelt makes a triumphant return to politics when he delivers the nominating speech for Al Smith (Alan Bunce) at the 1924 Democratic National Convention.˛˛Compare ''Film/WarmSprings'', a 2005 TV movie starring Creator/KennethBranagh which offers a more fictionalized take on the same period of Roosevelt's life.˛˛----˛!!Tropes:˛˛* AsYouKnow: A whole bunch of this in the beginning as dialogue establishes that FDR ran for Vice President in 1920 and lost, and that Louis Howe thinks he should go work on Wall Street for a while but the more socially progressive Eleanor disapproves.˛* {{Biopic}}: Dealing with a relatively short but very important period in the life of Franklin Roosevelt.˛* DarkHorseVictory: Alluded to by Al Smith, who says to FDR, "I'd like to win this nomination, but there's a good chance it could be a stalemate. Some dark horse might come riding home." In fact, this is what happened, when the convention picked John W. Davis on the ''103rd ballot'' after being stalemated between Smith and William [=McAdoo=]. (Davis went on to take one of the all-time beat downs from Coolidge in the 1924 election.)˛* DontYouDarePityMe: Not from FDR so much, as he is relatively unembarrassed about his handicap, at least among his family and friends. But his mother Sara feels this very much on Franklin's behalf, which is why she wants him to retire from public life.˛* GrandeDame: Mother Sara is this, a snooty rich society lady who doesn't appeal of Franklin's more left-wing political ideals.˛* HappilyMarried: Franklin and Eleanor, to a far greater extent than RealLife. In reality Franklin and Eleanor nearly got divorced after she found out about his affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, and the two of them would lead relatively separate lives until Franklin's death. Here, Eleanor is a nurturing wife and mother.˛* HidingTheHandicap: As in real life, and right from the beginning, when FDR's stretcher is taken to a different boat to leave the island while the rest of the family goes to the boat where the press is waiting. By the end of the movie Roosevelt is using leg braces and support from someone standing next to him to basically fake the ability to walk.˛* ICantFeelMyLegs: It isn't in battle, but one of the first signs that the fever Franklin has caught is really serious is when he says he's experiencing numbness in his legs.˛* KissingCousins: Franklin calls Eleanor "Cousin, wife, dearest." They were fifth cousins; Eleanor's maiden name was "Roosevelt" and her uncle was President UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt.˛* MiseryBuildsCharacter: It's been the common historical view ever since his presidency that Franklin Roosevelt's illness and paralysis played an important role in developing his character as a leader. In the movie, FDR says "I feel I must go through this fire for some reason."˛* MyBelovedSmother: Franklin's bossy, controlling mother Sara is a constant source of tension. At one point her over-the-shoulder carping drives Eleanor into a teary breakdown. She also opposes Louis's plans to ease Franklin back into politics, fearing the stigma and embarrassment if Franklin's disability is publicized.˛* StockLateralThinkingPuzzle: Franklin poses to the kids a question about a train leaving Hyde Park at 80 mph and a train leaving New York at 40 mph. Which train would be closer to New York when they meet? After the kids confidently answer that the faster train would be closer, Franklin gets them, pointing out that if the trains had met, they must both be the same distance from New York.˛* TooImportantToWalk: Some GallowsHumor from Franklin as he's being taken away on a stretcher to the boat: "By gosh, I feel like the caliph of Baghdad!" Of course, the real reason he isn't walking is because he can't.˛* VideoCredits: Of all the main players.


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