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Doctor John Abbott is a single parent who settles in the town of Westport, with his son Dick, trying to eke out a living for them. He also inherits, by way of his doorstep, an unwanted baby... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jean Johnson
Edward Ellis ...
Dr. John Abbott
Lee Bowman ...
Dick Abbott
William Henry ...
Howard Sykes
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Tom Johnson
Granville Bates ...
George Sykes
Harlan Briggs ...
Homer Ramsey
Frank M. Thomas ...
Jode Harkness
Dickie Jones ...
Dick Abbott - Age 8-12
Carole Leete ...
Jean Johnson - Age 4
Gilbert Emery ...
Dr. Robinson
Joe De Stefani ...
Jorgensen
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Doctor John Abbott is a single parent who settles in the town of Westport, with his son Dick, trying to eke out a living for them. He also inherits, by way of his doorstep, an unwanted baby girl, Jean Johnson, whom he adopts into his family, rears and loves as his own. Practicing his profession for pigs, I.O.U.s and a lot of empty promises as payment, he is barely able to provide for his family, yet is successful ultimately. Dr. Abbott is dedicated to the welfare of his community and well-being of his patients (mostly lower class working folks of the rural town), but must battle a group of miserly businessmen at every twist and turn. He encounters resistance by the local bureaucracy for every progressive idea or beneficial proposal, made for the betterment of the community, yet his altruistic optimism is not hampered by the penny-pinching bureaucrats interested more in lining their own pockets, rather than helping the town and its struggling population. Written by FrankieCee

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14 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De plattelandsdokter  »

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$84,000 (estimated)
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Scheduled for 18 days, novice director Garson Kanin finished it in 15. It was budgeted at $100,00 but was brought in at $84,000. See more »

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Featured in TCM: Twenty Classic Moments (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March (Marche Funèbre)
(1837) (uncredited)
from "Sonata in Bb-, Op.35 No.2"
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played by the marching band for the funeral
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23 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film last night on TCM (Sunday morning at 2am - couldn't sleep). My only complaint is that I missed the first 30 minutes, and wish I had seen the entire film. What a great film that has been missed apparently by most movie lovers. I never heard of it before, and it's quite charming, and the message is clear. This isn't your average big budget film. In fact in a way it's a rather low budget film, that still delivers a simple and clear message perfectly, and in a way that is charming and meaningful. An interesting article in Time Magazine can be found by typing A Man to Remember 1938 in google. It's a good read for sure.


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