Joan Crawford is quite miscast in this film's title role, though there's no questioning that she was gorgeous and that there was no one hussier. Surrounded by several leading men (Stewart, Tone, Barrymore, Douglas, and Taylor), Crawford plays the daughter of an innkeeper in 1830s
Washington, DC, and looks terrific in her first costume role, strutting and preening as well as Irene Dunne could have. Barrymore is President Jackson, who is attempting to stave off some secessionists while members of Washington society turn up their noses at him because his wife, Bondi, was a
backwoods girl before he met her. She'd moved in with Barrymore before her divorce from her firs...