|Robert Taylor makes hay with Joan Crawford in The Gorgeous Hussy|
The back drop of the film is about Andrew Jackson (Barrymore) and the scandals that plagued his election and his administration. At the center of the "Petticoat" storm and the films plot is the notorious and politically savvy inn keepers daughter Peggy O'Neal (Crawford). She is lusted after by Robert Taylor, Jimmy Stewart and Franchot Tone, but only has eyes for Melvyn Douglas. However, the fates are determined to keep them apart. Douglas, a states rights and secessionist proponent, is at odds with Barrymore and Crawford who believe in the preservation of the union. Meanwhile, Crawfords unwarranted reputation as a "hussy" causes her to be snubbed and harassed by DC society. Barrymore, outraged at the mudslinging directed at Crawford, decides to take charge in his own rowdy fashion.
|Joan Crawford only has eyes for Melvyn Douglas|