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Forrest Barnes (screenplay)
Edward Everett Hale (story)
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Release Date:
27 November 1937 (USA) See more »
In this classic story, US Army Lt. Philip Nolan is upset with his assignment to a remote outpost with no possibility for promotion... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Decent but quite fanciful adaptation of the Hale novella See more (7 total) »


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John Litel ... Lt. Philip Nolan

Gloria Holden ... Marian Morgan
Ted Osborne ... Jack Morgan (as Theodore Osborne)
Donald Brian ... Colonel Morgan
Holmes Herbert ... Aaron Burr
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... President Andrew Jackson (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Harron ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Lincoln's Secretary (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... President Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Captain Mitchell (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Crane Wilbur 
Writing credits
Forrest Barnes (screenplay)

Edward Everett Hale (story)

Cinematography by
Allen M. Davey  (as Allen Davey)
Film Editing by
Benjamin Liss  (as Ben G. Liss)
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Music Department
Howard Jackson .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Technicolor Specials (1937-1938 season) #2: The Man Without a Country" - USA (series title)
"Technicolor Specials (1952-1953 season) #2: The Man Without a Country" - USA (series title)
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21 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #3348)

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Vitaphone production reels #8369-8370.See more »
Anachronisms: When Nolan's fiancée 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 »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Decent but quite fanciful adaptation of the Hale novella, 26 September 2001

This short, nominated for an Oscar, is reasonably good, but quite loose and more than a bit fanciful in its treatment of the source material. Ironically, the changes make the short weaker and LESS memorable than the original novella by Edward Everett Hale. By all means, catch the short if possible, but the orignal is far more interesting and satisfying. Turner Classic Movies runs this as filler between films on ocasion and has done so in March the last several years in its 31 Days of Oscar feature. Well worth watching.

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