Cinema: New Picture, Dec. 16, 1946

Magnificent Doll (Skirball-Manning; Universal-International) is a soft, oversimple Hollywood history lesson that shows how Ginger Rogers shaped the destiny of the Republic. Ginger plays the lady who is loved by—or profoundly influences the history-making careers of—James Madison, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

As Dolly Madison, famed White House hostess and brunette wife of the fourth President of the U.S., blonde Ginger makes no effort to recreate the "fine, portly, buxom dame" described by Washington

Irving. But her Dolly Madison is every inch a movie queen: stunningly gowned, as icily beautiful as an...

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