Wilson | Chicago Reader

Wilson

The same studio (Fox), screenwriter (Lamar Trotti), and sort of subject as John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln, but what a difference a director makes. Henry King's treatment of the life of Woodrow Wilson is stolid and respectful; it never dares the intimacy that Ford brought to bear on Lincoln, and so it never achieves Ford's mythic heights. Alexander Knox, unforgettable as the Nazi heavy of Andre de Toth's None Shall Escape, stars as Wilson—villainy, to say the least, suited him better. With Charles Coburn, Cedric Hardwicke, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell, and Vincent Price. Leon Shamroy won a well-deserved Oscar for his Technicolor cinematography, though some circulating prints are in black and white (1944).

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