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The Remarkable Andrew (1942)

The Remarkable Andrew


81 minutes

Comedy / Fantasy

Directed by Stuart Heisler


William Holden as Andrew Long
Ellen Drew as Peggy Tobin
Brian Donlevy as General Andrew Jackson
Rod Cameron as Jesse James
Richard Webb as Randall Stevens
Frances Gifford as Halsey
Montagu Love as General George Washington 
Gilbert Emery as Mr. Thomas Jefferson 
Brandon Hurst as Mr. Chief Justice John Marshall 
George Watts as Dr. Benjamin Franklin 
Jimmy Conlin as Private Henry Bartholomew Smith 
Spencer Charters as Dr. Clarence Upjohn 
Minor Watson as District Attorney Orville Beamish 
Clyde Fillmore as Mayor Ollie Lancaster 
Thomas W. Ross as Judge Ormond Krebbs 
Porter Hall as Chief Clerk Art Slocumb 

Andrew Jackson (William Holden) is very happy to serve as the secretary of the society that honors his presidential namesake until he is arrested for embezzling from the town coffers. With no one to speak on his behalf, poor innocent Jackson is tossed into jail. There he finds himself haunted by several ghosts, including Presidents Andrew Jackson (Brian Donlevy), George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Supreme Court Justice John Marshall. Each of this sagacious specters offers his advice to the incarcerated Andrew. Then Jesse James shows up and helps Andrew, the only one who can see them, escape and with their help, bring the real crooks to justice. When not helping Andrew, the ghosts have great fun adjusting to the modern world. The Remarkable Andrew (Paramount) is a refreshing fantasy. It brings back a posse of Founding Fathers and other once-vigorous Americans to mop up a pack of dishonest, flag-waving, 20th-century politicians.

Oathy, whiskey-swigging Andrew Jackson (Brian Donlevy), seventh President of the U.S., turns up in Shale City, Colo, to pay a debt of gratitude to the great-grandson of the man who saved his life at the Battle of New Orleans . The great-grandson, William Holden, an honest young municipal bookkeeper, needs help. His politico bosses are about to jail him for discovering that they have rigged the city books to cover their thefts.

Old Hickory, who knows his politicians, rattles his saber, polishes off the choice Maryland rye that teetotaling Holden fetches him from the drugstore, and bellows: "Rascals and poltroons! Every one of 'em. If I were in charge, I'd do with them what I should have done to Henry Clay." "What's that?" inquires Holden. "Hang 'em!" says Old Hickory.

The arrival of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Marshall, et al. to serve as defense counsel returns the case to a legal level. Their ghostly talents permit them to gather evidence unobserved. The case is a pushover. Of no help whatsoever is another shady defender named Henry Bartholomew Smith (James Conlon), volunteer private in Washington's Continental Army, who, having helped free his country, is through taking orders from generals whose commissions have expired. While the great men squabble over oldtime politics, he observes dryly to Bookkeeper Holden: "Now do you see why it took us seven years to win the Revolution?" 

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