Teddy the Rough Rider (1940) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.0/ 10 (69 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (as The Vitaphone Corporation)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 24 February 1940
(USA) - 21 February 1948

Running Time


1890s, 1900s, 1910s, adirondack-mountains, character-name-in-title, governor, interview, labor-strike, loss-of-son, mckinley-assassination, new-york, new-york-city, oath, populism, propaganda, san-juan-hill, spanish-american-war, u.s.-president, voice-over-narration,

Technical Support
MET:600 m - (2 reels)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Blackmer, Sidney (I) as [Theodore Roosevelt] <1>
  2. Carr, Nat as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  3. Chandler, Eddy as (uncredited) [Miners' Labor Leader]
  4. Clement, Clay (I) as [Avery D. Andrews] <5>
  5. Deering, John (II) as (uncredited) [Secretary]
  6. Dilson, John as (uncredited) [Lyman Gage]
  7. Dwire, Earl as (uncredited) [Caretaker Messenger in Adirondacks]
  8. Fenner, Walter as (uncredited) [1st Slum Lord]
  9. Glassmire, Gus as (uncredited) [3rd Slum Lord]
  10. Harvey, Michael (I) as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  11. Jackson, Selmer as [John W. Riggs, Cabinet Member] <9>
  12. Kenney, Jack (I) as (uncredited) [Saloon Owner]
  13. Kipling, Richard (I) as (uncredited) [Second Financier]
  14. Loft, Arthur as [Big Jim Rafferty] <4>
  15. Maxey, Paul as (uncredited) [2nd Slum Lord]
  16. Mayo, Frank (I) as (uncredited) [Cabinet Member]
  17. McWade, Edward as [Russell Alger, Secretary of War] <10>
  18. Mower, Jack as (uncredited) [Secretary]
  19. Nowell, Wedgwood as (uncredited) [Mine Owner]
  20. Ridgely, John (I) as (uncredited) [Reporter]
  21. Strange, Glenn (I) as [Jim Rawlins] <8>
  22. Van Sloan, Edward as (uncredited) [Elihu Root, Secretary of State]
  23. von Eltz, Theodore as [William Loeb] <3>
  24. Wallace, Morgan as (uncredited) [First Financier]
  25. Warwick, Robert (I) as [Capt. Leonard Wood] <7>
  26. Watkin, Pierre as [Sen. Platt] <2>
  27. Wilcox, Frank as (uncredited) [Roosevelt's Secretary]
  28. Wood, Douglas (I) as [President William McKinley] <6>


  1. Biography
  2. Drama
  3. Family
  4. Short

Full Plot

This short follows the political career of 'Theodore Roosevelt' (qv), beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898 is re-created. He becomes vice president in March 1901 and assumes the presidency when 'William McKinley (I)' (qv) is assassinated six months later. According to the narrator, Roosevelt refused to be beholden to political bosses, doing what he believed to be right for the American people. David Glagovsky Plot not found

Total Business

CP: The Vitaphone Corporation

Movie Certificate

Approved (USA)

Music Composers

  1. Jackson, Howard (I) (uncredited)


  1. Rennahan, Ray


Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1940) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Dodd, Everett


  1. Kalmus, Natalie (technicolor color director)


Theodore Roosevelt: I would rather have this administration fail because it enforced the laws than succeed by violating them. Theodore Roosevelt: [to representatives of real estate interests] If improving the living conditions of the poor means working against you, I've only just begun. Theodore Roosevelt: [to President McKinley]... only that nation that's prepared for peace that knows how to fight. Speak softly but carry a big stick! Theodore Roosevelt: A man always has two reasons for what he does, a good one and the real one. Theodore Roosevelt: [after being nominated as Vice-President] I feel like a man who's been sentenced to solitary confinement. Senator Platt: Of course, you'll always consult us on policy. Theodore Roosevelt: Always!... and then Ill do exactly what I think is right! Theodore Roosevelt: I shall treat every man on his merits as a man. The doors to the White House will swing open just as easily for the poor as for the rich. The labor unions and the corporations will have a Square Deal, but, most important, the private citizen will have a Square Deal! [first lines] Narrator: Theodore Roosevelt: soldier, president, statesman, American. In 1895 Roosevelt became police commissioner of New York City, declared war on corrupt politicians. [last lines] Theodore Roosevelt: [dictates speech to his secretary] There can be no compromise in the fight for Americanism. I am confident that our people will work hand-in-hand with any public man who, in good faith, does all that is possible to see that the United States so conducts herself as a nation as to conserve the honor, the institutions, and the peaceful welfare of her own citizens. Our next business will be to help guarantee the peace of justice for the world at large. There cannot be, there must no be, a repetition of the crime against Belgium. I am antibrutality. I should protest this strongly against wrongdoing by any foreign power. The little nations of the earth have a right to live, and if civilization is to endure, the great nations must respect that right. Let us unite in the one great endeavor of achieving an enduring peace with all the world. But let us not forget that the surest promise of that peace lies in our constant preparedness to meet all eventualities from without, and to combat and destroy all subversive elements working from within. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says that he is an American and seeks to promote foreign isms within our borders is not a true American. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language, the language of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. And we have room for but one loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.


- Vitaphone production reels #9666-9667.

- 'Theodore Roosevelt' (qv)'s unsuccessful return to politics with his 1912 run for the Presidency on the Bullmoose Party ticket is not referred to.

- 'Sidney Blackmer (I)' (qv) played 'Theodore Roosevelt' (qv) in six other films.