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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Complete credited cast:
Sally Garner
Helen Vinson ...
Eve Borden
Phillip Trent ...
Tom Garner, Jr. (as Clifford Jones)
Henry Kolker ...
Sarah Padden ...
Henry's Wife
Billy O'Brien ...
Tom as a Boy
Cullen Johnson ...
Henry as a Boy
J. Farrell MacDonald ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dymanis kai doxa  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A suit was brought against the Fox Film Corporation by Robert Maxwell, leader of The Maxwell Choristers, for alleged damages caused by the dubbing of their voices with "Nearer My God, to Thee," in a scene in which they were singing "Ave Maria." He claimed his reputation was damaged by not using their original voices. Although he later dropped the suit and the scene was eventually cut, the song is heard in the opening scene without the choir being shown. See more »


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 »


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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God on the tracks
30 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

The film begins with a funeral to the sound of "nearer my God to thee" and the soundtrack includes Gounod's "Ave Maria" as well.

This is the story of a self-made man,the American dream come true.From a track walker to a railway society tycoon,through the strikes and the strife of life ,Tom makes his way of life,abetted by wife Sally who taught him reading,writing and arithmetic when he was already a grown-up.

This is some kind of "Citizen Kane" in miniature ,relatively speaking ,a decade before Orson Welles' masterpiece happened.The story is told by Tom's good friend Henry,with wife making frequently unsympathetic comments .The movie alternates between present and past,back to childhood's days when Tom taught Henry to swim and to dive.

The story is a bit melodramatic ,mainly towards the end when the son falls in love with his stepmother and illustrates the famous sentence "you gain the world and lose your soul" ,which Tom's last word reinforces.

Henry was an educated man whereas Tom was essentially a self taught person .Tom got it made ,but in the end ,according to Sturges' screenplay,it's Henry's way which leads to true happiness.

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