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The Power and the Glory (1933)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  6 October 1933 (USA)
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A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his ... See full summary »

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Eve Borden
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Tom Garner, Jr. (as Clifford Jones)
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Tom as a Boy
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A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his family. When he saw what was happening it was already too late. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Dymanis kai doxa  »

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Fox publicity referred to Sturges' innovative voice-over narration used with montage as "narratage." See more »

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As a boy, Tom cuts the back of his right hand badly. We are shown in a later scene that the scar is prominent as an old man. Yet on scenes showing him in between there is no scar. See more »

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Henry: [narrating] When I was a kid, we didn't have radios and moving pictures and automobiles and all things like kids have today. We had fun just the same. And the place we liked best was the swimming hole.
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Nearer My God, To Thee
(1856) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason
Lyrics by Sarah F. Adams
Sung at church in the opening scene by an offscreen chorus
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Power & the Glory- The Glory that Power Didn't Bring ***
24 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A real sudsy soap opera here as Spencer Tracy tackles the role of an illiterate until the age of 20. He marries the woman who teaches him and her ambition and his drive leads him to success.

Success but no happiness here. A n'eer-do-well son and a faltering marriage leads to disaster and tragedy. Tracy buys a railroad and succeeds only to be subjected to a disastrous rail strike and the death of 406 workers.

The film appeared at the beginning to be uneven but is rejuvenated thanks to the excellent use of flashbacks here.

A double separate suicide here. We know that riches can't buy happiness but this is a little too far fetched. Nonetheless, we have riveting performances by Tracy and Colleen Moore. Ms. Vinson, as the 2nd wife, is also quite effective.


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