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A Man to Remember (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 14 October 1938 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Dick Abbott
Howard Sykes
Tom Johnson
George Sykes
Homer Ramsey
Jode Harkness
Dick Abbott - Age 8-12
Carole Leete ...
Dr. Robinson
Joe De Stefani ...


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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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

14 October 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De plattelandsdokter  »

Box Office


$84,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is a remake of the 1933 film, "One Man's Journey." See more »


When the farmer throws Dr. Abbott's medical bag out the door after him, it appears to have hit the camera equipment as the frame shakes slightly. See more »


Version of One Man's Journey (1933) See more »


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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