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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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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 ...
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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)  »

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$84,000 (estimated)
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The only surviving copy of "A Man To Remember" is a 35mm, original nitrate print in the English spoken language, but with Dutch subtitles and Dutch credits. In addition, written English notes and letters in the film was replaced with the Dutch equivalents. It was preserved by the Netherlands Filmmuseum in 2000 and shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Channel in April 2007. See more »

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Version of One Man's Journey (1933) 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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Okay Remake
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Man to Remember, A (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Remake of One Man's Journey, which I watched a few days ago. This time Edward Ellis plays a country doctor who grows old and poor because of his kind heart, which won't allow him to turn away sick people even if they don't have the money to pay him. Garson Kanin directed the screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and it's pretty faithful to the original movie. The fact that it's too faithful is the only real problem with the picture because if you've seen the original then you know everything that's going to happen here. Other than that I'd say this version is somewhat better as the story is better laid out and there's a new opening and closing, which suits the story very well. Ellis is terrific in his role and brings a lot of class and warmth to his character.


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