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One Man's Journey (1933)

Passed  -  Drama  -  8 September 1933 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Eli Watt
Letty McGinnis
Jimmy Watt
Frances Dee ...
Joan Stockton
David Landau ...
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colin Kenny ...
Doctor at Banquet


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 <>

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8 September 1933 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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As Dr. Watt leaves the McGinnis house, the shadows of the trees fall clearly on the "sky" cyclorama. See more »


Eli Watt: You think by tearing up a $250 mortgage, you paid me back for saving that boy's arm, his life? No, his life won't be squared away until...
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Down By the Old Mill Stream
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Written by Tell Taylor
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Tales of a Country Doctor
6 April 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Soap opera spanning from the horse and buggy through to the current day, 1933, following the career of Eli Watt (played by Lionel Barrymore), a widower who has come back to his rural hometown where he fixes up "the old place" and sets himself up as town doctor (and mostly gets paid by the locals with sacks of potatoes). On his very first doctoring job, a mother giving birth dies, the angry, heartbroken dad wants nothing to do with his new baby daughter, so Doctor takes the baby home to raise along with his own young son. After four years the angry dad now regrets his decision and takes the girl back - then the years progress as Eli's son grows up and is training to be a doctor himself, and Eli becomes a hero during a local smallpox epidemic.

This is a warmhearted, interesting film boosted up by a very well done performance given by Lionel Barrymore who plays the kindly doctor with a lot of charm. May Robson is appealing here playing a plucky local woman who comes to live with the doctor and help care for the household and baby alike. Joel McCrea also appears in this as the doctor's son - he gives a nice performance but isn't really given that much to do. All in all, a quite entertaining film.

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