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Robert Lees (screen play) and
Frederic I. Rinaldo (screen play)
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Release Date:
20 May 1939 (USA) See more »
This is the story of Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), an American Naval officer, who developed the... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order)
Carey Wilson ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Neal ... Matthew Fontaine Maury (uncredited)

Directed by
Felix E. Feist 
Writing credits
Robert Lees (screen play) and
Frederic I. Rinaldo (screen play) (as Fred Rinaldo)

Produced by
Carey Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
David Snell 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz  (as John Seitz)
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Carey Wilson's Prophet Without Honor" - USA (complete title)
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11 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Issued as a bonus extra on the Blu ray release of 'Ninotchka'.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Nice Short, 6 March 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Prophet Without Honor (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Carey Wilson short tells the story of Matthew Fontaine Maury, a Naval officer who is credited with developing the first maps charting ocean winds and currents. Original left crippled due to an accident, Maury would become the most decorated Naval man in American history before being kicked out of the country at the outbreak of the Civil War. This short film runs only eleven-minutes but it tells a very interesting story and gives us all sorts of information on the man. I must admit that I got really caught up in the film and was really shocked at how poorly Maury was looked at for a time. The documentary does a great job at telling his story and it really gives us, what appears to be, a honest look at him. Tom Neal does a very good job in the role of Maury but a lot of the credit has to go to Wilson for his beautiful narration. This turns up on Turner Classic Movies and is certainly worth watching.

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