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The Great Man Votes (1939)

 -  Drama  -  13 January 1939 (USA)
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In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what ... See full summary »

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Vance
Peter Holden ...
Donald
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Joan
Katharine Alexander ...
Miss Billow
Donald MacBride ...
Iron Hat McCarthy
Benny Bartlett ...
Davy McCarthy (as Bennie Bartlett)
Brandon Tynan ...
Chester Ainslee
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Phoebe Ainslee
Granville Bates ...
The Mayor
Luis Alberni ...
Manos
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Hot Shot Gillings
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Charles Dale
Roy Gordon ...
Mr. Byrne
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In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what he is and what he isn't, are his only admirers. Then, it is discovered that he is the only registered voter in a key precinct and the politicians, from both parties, arrive in droves bearing inducements. What he does about this situation, and the relatives who want to take his children away from him make up the story. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A MAN WITH A HOLE IN HIS PANTS (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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13 January 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il voto del grand'uomo  »

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$84,000 (estimated)
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Garson Kanin's debut as a film director. See more »

Quotes

Gregory Vance: Gregory Vance, magnified briefly, by a kindly destiny, in a kindly land where... where greatness is within a people, not within a man; and where any man who calls himself great, is only looking at his shadow, from the shoulders of those who have lifted him up. Today, his own feet must carry him. Side by side we walk today, the big and the little, and, those we sometimes call: the down and out. A voter, by the name of Mr. Whittier, once spoke of that. Today, of all the weary year, a king of men ...
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(Hail, Hail,) The Gang's All Here
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
Played during the opening credits
Reprised by the marching band at the parade
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A Great Man is saved.
5 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have nothing objective to add to Theowinthrop's commentary on THE GREAT MAN VOTES here at IMDb, but I want to add my own observations concerning and reactions to the film. It had been only a few months since I'd seen John Barrymore, with Delores Costello in WHEN A MAN LOVES (1927), and I liked this role better than that of a man in love fighting the powers that be for the love of a girl and that girl's honor. Simple stuff.

In this one, Barrymore plays Gregory Vance, a "Great Man" under the thumb of the bottle since the death of the love of his life. He loves his two children, who are part of her, and they believe that he is still a "Great Man." The kids at school label him a drunk, and that's what he is to them.

Hearing Vance speak, learning his history, you know he was a Great Man, and you yearn for him to be one again, for his sake and for that of his children. He has that opportunity, and his children are happy for it. (They kids handle the negotiation. It's splendid.) But does he have to sell his soul, in a manner of speaking, to attain it? There's a heavy streak of partisan politics, though the party name is never specified, and you have a ward boss called Iron Hat who doesn't seem so bad as his awful son.

This movie worked. Since this was Barrymore's last important leading role, he goes out on a wonderful note. And, yes, he played a good drunk.


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