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The Man Without a Country (1937)

 -  Drama | Short  -  27 November 1937 (USA)
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In this classic story, US Army Lt. Philip Nolan is upset with his assignment to a remote outpost with no possibility for promotion. He intends to join Aaron Burr, who plans to form a new ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Marian Morgan
Ted Osborne ...
Jack Morgan (as Theodore Osborne)
Donald Brian ...
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In this classic story, US Army Lt. Philip Nolan is upset with his assignment to a remote outpost with no possibility for promotion. He intends to join Aaron Burr, who plans to form a new country in the lands west of the Mississippi River. Before he can get away, Nolan is charged with treason. At his court martial, he angrily tells the tribunal that he never wants to see or hear of the United States again. He gets his wish, and is sentenced to permanent, lifetime exile aboard US ships at sea. No crew member can mention anything about the United States within his hearing, and in the books he is allowed to read, all references to the United States are removed. Written by David Glagovsky <>

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Vitaphone release #8369-8370. See more »


When Nolan's fiancĂ©e Marian visits him on the Hornet in 1835, the song 'Beautiful Dreamer' is playing in the background. 'Beautiful Dreamer' wasn't written until 1864. Foster wrote it just a few days before his death. See more »


Remade as The Man Without a Country (1973) See more »


(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played briefly during the shot of the 1861 map
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Worth seeing for Gloria Holden
24 February 2013 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I turned on the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) channel this morning and saw an interesting 15 minute short. Being a movie fan, these unusual curiosity pieces are one of the reasons I enjoy TCM so much. It starred Gloria Holden of 'Dracula's Daughter' fame. The short was called 'The Man Without a Country' made in 1937, about a year after 'DD'. I know she was in many films during her career yet I have only seen her in 'DD'. This short was in Technicolor and that was a surprise. She really is an unusual looking woman, strangely attractive in her own way. That's one reason she was so effective in 'DD'. It was strange seeing her playing a fashionable lady from the late 1700s here. We see her age about 50 years as she tries to get a pardon for the man she loves, a disgraced army officer. It was a pretty sappy and dated patriotic story. Still it was worth 15 minutes to see Gloria Holden doing something different.

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