First Family is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick and starring Will Rogers, Martha Raye, and Charles Ruggles. The film is about a family of hillbillies who move to Washington, D.C., when their son is elected President of the United States. The film begins with the Smith family living in a small town in the Midwest. The father, Jed Smith (Will Rogers), is a farmer and the mother, Martha Smith (Martha Raye), is a homemaker. The family has three children: the eldest son, Jeff (Charles Ruggles), is a lawyer; the middle son, Bill (George Barbier), is a doctor; and the youngest son, Bud (Jackie Cooper), is a student. One day, Jeff is elected President of the United States. The Smith family moves to Washington, D.C., where they live in the White House. Jeff's wife, Helen (Mary Carlisle), is not happy about the move, but she tries to make the best of it. The Smith family quickly becomes a sensation in Washington. The press is fascinated by their hillbilly ways, and the public loves them. Jeff and Helen do their best to represent the United States in a dignified manner, but they often find themselves in humorous situations. One day, Jeff is invited to a state dinner at the White House. He is nervous about the event, but he knows that he has to do his best. He arrives at the dinner and is immediately greeted by the British ambassador. The ambassador is a pompous man who is not impressed by Jeff's hillbilly ways. He makes fun of Jeff's clothes and his accent. Jeff is offended, but he tries to ignore the ambassador. The dinner is a success, and Jeff and Helen make a good impression on the guests. However, the ambassador is still not happy. He tries to sabotage Jeff's speech, but Jeff catches him and turns the tables on him. The ambassador is humiliated, and Jeff and Helen are victorious. First Family is a funny and heartwarming film about a family who finds themselves in the White House. The film is full of laughs, and it is a great example of Will Rogers's comedic genius.

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First Family is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick and starring Will Rogers, Martha Raye, and Charles Ruggles. The film is about a family of hillbillies who move to Washington, D.C., when their son is elected President of the United States. The film begins with the Smith family living in a small town in the Midwest. The father, Jed Smith (Will Rogers), is a farmer and the mother, Martha Smith (Martha Raye), is a homemaker. The family has three children: the eldest son, Jeff (Charles Ruggles), is a lawyer; the middle son, Bill (George Barbier), is a doctor; and the youngest son, Bud (Jackie Cooper), is a student. One day, Jeff is elected President of the United States. The Smith family moves to Washington, D.C., where they live in the White House. Jeff's wife, Helen (Mary Carlisle), is not happy about the move, but she tries to make the best of it. The Smith family quickly becomes a sensation in Washington. The press is fascinated by their hillbilly ways, and the public loves them. Jeff and Helen do their best to represent the United States in a dignified manner, but they often find themselves in humorous situations. One day, Jeff is invited to a state dinner at the White House. He is nervous about the event, but he knows that he has to do his best. He arrives at the dinner and is immediately greeted by the British ambassador. The ambassador is a pompous man who is not impressed by Jeff's hillbilly ways. He makes fun of Jeff's clothes and his accent. Jeff is offended, but he tries to ignore the ambassador. The dinner is a success, and Jeff and Helen make a good impression on the guests. However, the ambassador is still not happy. He tries to sabotage Jeff's speech, but Jeff catches him and turns the tables on him. The ambassador is humiliated, and Jeff and Helen are victorious. First Family is a funny and heartwarming film about a family who finds themselves in the White House. The film is full of laughs, and it is a great example of Will Rogers's comedic genius.

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Cast
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Gilda Radner

Gloria Link
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Bob Newhart

President Manfred Link
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Madeline Kahn

Mrs. Constance Link
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Richard Benjamin

Press Secretary Bunthorne
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Bob Dishy

Vice-President William Shockley
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Harvey Korman

Ambassador Spender
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Austin Pendleton

Dr. Alexander Grade
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Rip Torn

General G. E. Dumpston
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Fred Willard

Presidential Assistant Feebleman
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John Hancock

President Mazai Kalundra
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Julius Harris

Ambassador Longo
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Roger Bowen

Senator William 'Wild Bill' Hubley
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George J. Manos

The Commander
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Roger Aaron Brown

Longo's Left Hand Man
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Maurice Sherbanee

Arab Delegate
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Fred Carney

Chief Justice McDonald
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Maurice Sneed

Gormese M. C. / Comic
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Art Evans

Longo's Right Hand Man
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Paul Sorensen

C.I.A. Director Willie O'Malley
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Bruce Kimmel

American Translator
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William Sylvester

TV Commentator Howard
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Buck Henry

Father Sandstone / TV Anchorman
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Harry Gold

College Boy
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Larry Block

Gloria's Secret Service Agent #1
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James MacKrell

Gloria's Secret Service Agent #2 (as Jim McKrell)
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Julie Payne

Gloria's Secret Service Agent #3
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Nicholas Shields

White House Photographer (as Nick Shields)
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Bobby Porter

Rhode Island Senator
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Eddie Short

Longo's Servant
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Ernest Robinson

Longo's Sacrificial Servant (as Ernie Robinson)
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Fred Holliday

U. N. Official #1
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John Brent

U. N. Official #2
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Hany Ghorra

Arab Translator (as Haney Ghorra)
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June Kim

Japanese Translator
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Ion Teodorescu

Romanian Delegate
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George Skaff

Malta Delegate
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Eddie Zammit

Malta Translator
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Billy Beck

French Delegate
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Roger Etienne

French Translator
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Chao Li Chi

Chinese Ambassador (as Chao Li-Chi)
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Bruce French

White House Tour Guide
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Miriam Flynn

Feebleman's Secretary
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Tony Plana

White House Gardener
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Ray Didsbury

Link's Secret Service Agent #1
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Michael Francis Kelly

Link's Secret Service Agent #2 (as Michael F. Kelly)
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Philip Roth

Tomato Assassin (as Phil Roth)
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Eleanor Zee

Hysterical Woman
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Ron Sossi

White House Reporter
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Richard Hande

Scientist #1
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Richard Karie

Scientist #2
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John Gowans

Secret Service Bathroom Guard #1
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James Burr Johnson

Secret Service Bathroom Guard #2
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Ben Meyer

Attorney General Spot
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Dudley Knight

Secretary of Defense Springfield
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Lou Felder

Secretary of State Reigle
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Betty Palivoda

Air Force One Stewardess
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Sylvia Anderson

Mrs. Kalundra
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Dolores Sandoz

Mrs. Longo
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Caroline Quitter

Snake Dancer
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Richard Reicheg

C.I.A. Agent #1
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Charles Bartlett

C.I.A Agent #2
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Warren Munson

Justice Beatrice Barstow
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Jim Moody

Justice Haden
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Ruth Silveira

Mrs. Shockley
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Len Lawson

Reporter (uncredited)
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Raimund Pollard

Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
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Sarum Shatsmi Dance Troupe

Upper Gormese Dance Troupe (uncredited)
Crew
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Buck Henry

Director
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Buck Henry

Writer
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First Family

(DVD)

3/19/2013

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