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The Great Man's Lady (1942)

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
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Girl Biographer (as Katharine Stevens)
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Mr. Sempler
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Mr. Cadwallader
Etta McDaniel ...
Delilah
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Frisbee
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Senator Knobs
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Mandy
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Bettina
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Persis
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City Editor
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Senator Grant
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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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GREAT...in its inspired romance! GREAT...in its stirring adventure! GREAT...in its flawless performance! (original print ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Release Date:

30 November 1942 (Sweden)  »

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

Hannah's age at the end of the film has been variously reported as 107 and 109. 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

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Based on melody from "John Brown's Body"
Sung on soundtrack during Hoyt's death scene and under end titles.
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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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