Gorgeous Hussy, The (1936): Brown’s Historical Melodrama, Starring Joan Crawford

Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (who later became a major director), and helmed by MGM’s reliable craftsman Clarence Brown, “The Gorgeous Hussy” is a fictionalized historical drama about President Andrew Jackson (Lionel Barrymore) and his wife, Mrs. Jackson, (played by Beulah Bondi, who was nominated for an Oscar in the supporting category).

Joan Crawford plays Peggy Eaton, the woman who caused a political crisis and was later defended by Jackson.

MGM used its stable of actors and stars, including Robert Taylor, Melvyn Douglas, Franchot Stone, and the very young Jimmy Stewart


Oscar Nominations: 2

Supporting Actress: Beulah Bondi

Cinematography: George Folsey


Oscar Awards: None


Oscar Context:

The winner of the Supporting Actress Oscar, in its first year, was Gale Sondergaard in the epic “Anthony Adverse,” a movie for which cameraman Gaetano Gaudio won the Cinematography Award.