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One Man's Journey (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 8 September 1933 (USA)
Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose ... See full summary »

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(as John Robertson)

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(screen play), (screen play) (as Sam Ornitz) | 1 more credit »
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Sarah
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Letty McGinnis
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Jimmy Watt
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Joan Stockton
David Landau ...
McGinnis
Buster Phelps ...
Jimmy Watt - Age 6
June Filmer ...
May Radford
James Bush ...
Bill Radford
Oscar Apfel ...
John Radford
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Dr. Babcock (as Sam Hinds)
Hale Hamilton ...
Dr. Tillinghast
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Doctor at Banquet
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Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose mother has died in childbirth and whose father blames Watt and abandons the child. Watt dreams of returning to do research studies, but something always gets in the way: an epidemic, his children's needs, or the needs of his generally ungrateful patients. Only with the passing years does he come to find that his future isn't over and his past isn't quite the failure he believed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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8 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El viajero solitario  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the short story "Failure" by Katharine Haviland-Taylor in American Magazine (Nov 1932). See more »

Goofs

As Dr. Watt leaves the McGinnis house, the shadows of the trees fall clearly on the "sky" cyclorama. See more »

Quotes

Joan Stockton: I'm not marrying Jim.
Eli Watt: Oh? Why not?
Joan Stockton: He's not successful.
Eli Watt: What makes someone successful?
Joan Stockton: Being human, caring, like you.
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Featured in TCM: Twenty Classic Moments (2014) See more »

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Long, Long Ago
(1883) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Played on an organ by May Robson
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I couldn't agree more
16 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful film. Saw it last night on TCM and it made me pine for more feel-good films just like it. That's not to say it's sappy, just a refreshing break from all the cultural downers that remind us constantly how screwed-up we are. I like it when a film tries to put a spotlight on virtues like generosity and selflessness. Moreover, Lionel Barrymore is always wonderful to watch, very, very convincing, and the little song near the end (I won't spoilt it!) almost had me in tears.

With regard to the depiction of virtue, other films that come to mind are "City for Conquest," "Angels with Dirty Faces" (that ending!)and of course "Casablanca." It's especially satisfying when a character of questionable virtue steps-up when the chips are down.


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