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A Man to Remember (1938)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  14 October 1938 (USA)
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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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Edward Ellis ...
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 ...
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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Since the credits in the Netherlands Filmmuseum print are not original, the IMDb listings are taken from the AFI Catalogue of Feature Films (1931-1940), which were confirmed from a cutting continuity deposited with the copyright records. Note that the film editing credit for Jack Hively is not in the Netherlands Filmmuseum print. See more »

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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 »

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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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Excellent performance by Ellis
11 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This melodrama creaks with age but the best performance by far was given by one of the oldest actors--Edward Ellis. Many actors who came to movies late in their careers are quite mannered and stagy. Some actors--Charles Middleton comes to mind--turned this stiffness into a virtue but more often, it simply dates the movie. I was very surprised at the subtlety of Ellis' performance as he managed to display a variety of emotions with underplayed touches. It reminded me of the best performances of Marie Dressler, a high compliment.

It is a shameless tearjerker about a small town doctor trying to warn his community about a potential polio epidemic which angers town leaders because it will mean canceling the local fair in which they are all invested. A tearjerker but then Marie Dressler jerked a few tears in her day.

One funny sight is poor, young Lee Bowman with the waistline of his pants resting closer to his armpits than his waist.

Richard Moore


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