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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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Girl Biographer (as Katharine Stevens)
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Mr. Sempler
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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 | Romance | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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30 November 1942 (Sweden)  »

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Pioneer Woman  »

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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

Steely Edwards: Turn your thousand into a million; you can't lose without tryin'. It's all in the cards. Three-card monte, gentlemen. I want your money. The game's crooked, the cards are fixed, you can't win.
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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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What were these A-listers thinking?!??
9 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is a mess of a movie that, frankly, should not have been made, especially not by a pro's pro like Wellman, not even as a favor to the dependably phenomenal Miss Stanwyck. Italian grand opera has never featured a plot gone this far off the rails. Nor are any of opera's leading saints or scoundrels accorded the admiration plainly directed at the leads in this film, who show less common sense, valor, or candor than Wile E. Coyote brings to a bad day on the mesa.

I won't spoil this turkey for intrepid or optimistic viewers, but I will note that the story nods (so quickly you might miss it) to an entire off-screen family whose existence, if contemplated for more than 10 seconds by any character, would've given some interesting version of this film a problem and points of view worth watching.

"Reefer Madness" handled continuity better than this. Many of the lavish costumes are out of place on relatively bare sets. Joel McCrea's mustache, for heaven's sake, looks like it's about to slip off his handsome face through many scenes!

Turner Classic, bless them, just showed this, earning my continued thanks for gallantly refusing to do my quality control for me.


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