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The Great Man's Lady (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Western, Romance | 26 February 1942 (Mexico)
A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks.

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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
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Sen. Grant
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Pogey
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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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26 February 1942 (Mexico)  »

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L'inspiratrice  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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To practice for her role as a woman of 107, Barbara Stanwyck visited several retirement homes and interacted with the elderly women to emulate their mannerisms. See more »

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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 »

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Foreman: She's not just news anymore - she's history!
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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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Confused Romance
18 November 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the statue of the founder of Hoyt City, Ethan Hoyt (Joel McCrea) is dedicated, the sensationalist reporters and a biographer (Katharine Stevens) head to the house of the one hundred year-old Hannah Sempler (Barbara Stanwyck), where Ethan died, to know the relationship between them. Ms. Hannah sends them all out but the lady. Then she tells her life since she was a teenager and felt in love with the pioneer Ethan.

In 1848, in Philadelphia, Ethan dreams on building Hoyt City, but he needs financiers and influent people to change the route of the railroad. Hannah decides to leave her upper-class father and marries with Ethan. Eight years later, she meets the gambler Steely Edwards (Brian Donlevy) and they become close friends. When Ethan discovers silver, Steely lends money to Hannah with the condition that she does not go to the mines with Ethan. Along the years, Ethan becomes rich and far from Hannah that he believes had died in a flood. Years later, they meet each other again in Hoyt City but their love is doomed since Ethan has raised a family of his own.

"The Great Man's Lady" is a classic with some of my favorite directors (William A. Wellman), actresses (Barbara Stanwyck) and actors (Joel McCrea and Brian Donlevy); and haunting music score by Victor Young. Unfortunately the story is a confused romance with a not well-explained triangle of love. I did not understand the quote "spring never comes again", since spring returns every year. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Até Que a Morte nos Separe" ("Till Death Do Us Apart")


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