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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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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
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. Babcock (as Sam Hinds)
Hale Hamilton ...
Dr. Tillinghast
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Colin Kenny ...
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 always something 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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In 2007, this film, along with five other RKO productions from the 1930s, was broadcast on TCM, the first public showing of the picture in more than seventy years. See more »

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

Quotes

Eli Watt: I don't know much about doctoring but I know my own people, I brought Letty into this world, saw her mother go out; same strain, something's made her want to stop living.
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Version of A Man to Remember (1938) 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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Mr. Chips With An MD
4 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One Man's Journey is the sentimental filmed tale of the life of a country doctor as played by Lionel Barrymore. It's a nice, but very dated story, doctors like Barrymore are sadly a thing of the past.

Barrymore arrives back in his hometown, a widower with a small son who later grows up to be Joel McCrea and follows in his father's footsteps as a physician. In fact he starts off on the wrong foot by losing the mother during a difficult pregnancy. The daughter from that pregnancy grows up to be Dorothy Jordan and she's more Barrymore's child than she is of David Landau.

May Robson's in this film also as Barrymore's feisty housekeeper who brings an aged feminine touch to his household as well as a streak of practicality. She's probably the best one in the film.

One Man's Journey bears a lot of resemblance to Goodbye Mr. Chips. Like Chips the schoolmaster in Great Britain, Barrymore's Doctor Eli Watt affects literally hundreds of lives during the course of his time on earth. Like his son Joel McCrea said in a much later picture, Eli Watt enters his house justified.

It's a nice film, terribly dated though and that's not a good thing.


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