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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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Drama | Western | Romance

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15 April 1942 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

L'inspiratrice  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. 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: Men were different in those days. Men like Ethan. A drink in one hand and luck in the other.
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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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A Weak Performance by All Hands.
14 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately I found this VHS at Video Vault and took it home. All I can say is that even with William A. Wellman directing, Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck acting, Victor Young doing the music and Edith Head the costumes --- each of these people have made pictures ten times better.

Walt Disney's Thumper taught me years ago, "If you can't say nuthin' nice, don't say nuthin' at all." Therefore, I'll note that Great Man's Lady was better than "Shawshank Redemption" which ranks #2 of all time on this website, better than "Order of the Phoenix" whereby Warner's tossed the 750 page story and made a 2 1/2 hour movie with NO story. Please see Wellman's AAA+ "Little Caesar" or McCrea's "4 Faces West" and skip this one.


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