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The Great Man's Lady (1942)

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A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Ethan Hoyt
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Steely Edwards
K.T. Stevens ...
Girl Biographer (as Katharine Stevens)
Thurston Hall ...
Mr. Sempler
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Mr. Cadwallader
Etta McDaniel ...
Delilah
Frank M. Thomas ...
Frisbee
William B. Davidson ...
Sen. Knobs
Lillian Yarbo ...
Mandy
Helen Lynd ...
Bettina
Mary Treen ...
Persis
Lucien Littlefield ...
City Editor
John Hamilton ...
Sen. Grant
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Pogey
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Storyline

In Hoyt City, a statue of founder Ethan Hoyt is dedicated, and 100 year old Hannah Sempler Hoyt (who lives in the last residence among skyscrapers) is at last persuaded to tell her story to a 'girl biographer'. Flashback: in 1848, teenage Hannah meets and flirts with pioneer Ethan; on a sudden impulse, they elope. We follow their struggle to found a city in the wilderness, hampered by the Gold Rush, star-crossed love, peril, and heartbreak. The star "ages" 80 years. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The unforgettable story of the woman behind the men who built an empire. See more »

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Drama | Western | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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15 April 1942 (Portugal)  »

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The Great Man's Lady  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 28, 1943 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When the Hoyts stand at the sight of their future city, they're at the foot of a hill, but moments later they're on top of a hill. See more »

Quotes

Hannah Sempler: Spring never comes again, Ethan. Perhaps in the Indian Summer we'll meet once more.
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Soundtracks

Unfinished Symphony
("Symphony 8 in B Major") (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Schubert (begun 1822)
Heard on soundtrack during Janet and Ethan's farewell and under end title
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This film needs defending
20 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Such undeserved condescension on the part of most of your reviewers! I thought it was an absorbing romantic drama in which Stanwyck was at her very best. As she turned from youthful sparkly-eyed amused flirt in her first scenes with McCrea into the mature more gray-haired woman seriously urging him to do his political best for those whom he represented, her virtuosity as an actress of transformations came greatly to the fore. It was a pleasure to respond to her in her various moods of youthful love, a stunned mother's loss of her two babies, her vigorous denunciation of her father in his unconscionable request of her, and finally the resignation of old age in which she at last destroys the long-lived marriage certificate she's been carrying around through most of the story.

McCrea was also very good, especially in the scene in which he confesses himself guilty of the same kind of corruption so rife in the American West at that railroad-building time.

The story seemed to echo the true events of The Ballad of Baby Doe (opera) in its background of silver mining and marital troubles; and it certainly resembled Edna Ferber-Abby Mann's Cimarron in retelling the story of a marriage in which the husband spends years on the road away from his wife.

The 19th-century flooding in Sacramento was certainly up to date given the similar events happening in that city in our own times as well.

A great movie. Pay no attention to those detractors.


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