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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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(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
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McGinnis
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Jimmy Watt - Age 6
June Filmer ...
May Radford
James Bush ...
Bill Radford
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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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Based on the short story "Failure" by Katharine Haviland-Taylor in American Magazine (Nov 1932). 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

Sarah: You ready to go?
Eli Watt: Where're we going?
Sarah: Before, or after?
Eli Watt: After?
Sarah: Niagara Falls.
Eli Watt: What's the matter with the Grand Canyon?
Sarah: What?
Eli Watt: It's further off.
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Version of A Man to Remember (1938) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Written by Effie I. Canning
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Sentimental low-key drama
29 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore got to play a nice guy for a change in this sentimental drama. In an unusually subdued performance, Barrymore plays a widowed family doctor starting a new life with his young son in a small town. The locals are leery of the outsider and the few cases that come his way are paid for with potatoes and eggs. When one of his patients dies in childbirth, the angry husband wants nothing to do with his infant daughter, so the kind doctor takes her in. Soon feisty May Robson comes aboard as a volunteer housekeeper. The story fast-forwards twenty years to find the son (Joel McCrea) a hotshot Type-A doctor with little time for his beautiful and long-suffering fiancée Frances Dee. At the end of course, everyone realizes how fortunate they really are. It was nice to see the luminescent Miss Dee on the big screen only two days before she died at age 94. Screened at Cinefest in Syracuse New York, March 2004.


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