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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
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. Babcock (as Sam Hinds)
Hale Hamilton ...
Dr. Tillinghast
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Trivia

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 »

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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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
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One Man's Journey-Homage to those Dedicated Doctors of Yesteryear ***
8 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore gave a memorably restrained performance in this 1933 film. It stands as a precursor to films such as 1959's "The Last Angry Man" with Paul Muni.

The setting takes place in rural America circa 1910. Having lost his wife in childbirth, Barrymore returns to his roots only to lose his first patient there as well to child-birth. The embittered husband is ready to take the baby to the poor house but Barrymore takes the little baby girl in along with his young son. Just on the girl's 4th birthday, the father returns and seems much reformed. Barrymore gives the girl, Letty, back to him. Letty maintains a father-like relationship with Barrymore through the years.

As the years pass, Barrymore wins the hearts of the town with his dedication and free services for the impoverished.

He lets opportunities pass which could have gotten him out of the town. Some how we know this from the George Bailey effect of 1946's "It's A Wonderful Life." Like George Bailey, this doctor is going nowhere.

May Robson costars as a beloved housekeeper who enters the Barrymore home at precisely the right time.

This is a nicely done heartwarming story of rural America from 1910 through 1933.


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