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Director:
Writers:
W.L. River (screenplay)
Adela Rogers St. Johns (original story) ...
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Release Date:
26 February 1942 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The unforgettable story of the woman behind the men who built an empire. See more »
Plot:
A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
NewsDesk:
Dan Callahan's "Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman"
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Cast

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Barbara Stanwyck ... Hannah Sempler Hoyt

Joel McCrea ... Ethan Hoyt

Brian Donlevy ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ... Parson (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Man #1, Hoyt City (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Man #2, Hoyt City (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Forbes (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Wagon Train Man (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... City Editor's Secretary (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Politician on Dais (uncredited)
G.P. Huntley ... Quentin (uncredited)

George Irving ... Dr. Adams (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Pierce (uncredited)
Larry Lawson ... Man #3, Hoyt City (uncredited)
Buck Mack ... Bartender (uncredited)
Lee Moore ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Mrs. Frisbee (uncredited)

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Paula Wales (uncredited)
Damian O'Flynn ... Burns (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Officer Murphy (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Foreman (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Miner (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Chairman (uncredited)
Eleanor Stewart ... Miss Frisbee (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Hank Allen (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Assayer (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
W.L. River (screenplay)

Adela Rogers St. Johns (original story) &
Seena Owen (original story)

Viña Delmar (short story)

Clements Ripley  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
William A. Wellman .... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor 
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Scott 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Ewing .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Charles Gemora .... special makeup (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Youngerman .... assistant director (as Joseph Youngerman)
Clem Jones .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... props (uncredited)
Bertram C. Granger .... interior decorator (uncredited)
Joe Keller .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
George Ziegler .... mike grip (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don English .... still photographer (uncredited)
Roy Roberts .... gaffer (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Teet Carle .... publicist (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Sidney Street .... business manager (uncredited)
Waldo Twitchell .... historical researcher (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hannah's age at the end of the film has been variously reported as 107 and 109.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
For Business Reasons?, 8 January 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck made six films together, the most they did respectively with other leads. The Great Man's Lady while not the best example of their joint work is certainly one interesting if somewhat incredible film.

I can certainly see what attracted Stanwyck to a role that was part Maytime and part any number of Edna Ferber like tales of empire builders. Stanwyck is certainly a better actress than Jeanette MacDonald and she really does carry off the part of the 107 year old pioneer woman who is telling a young reporter about her most interesting life.

Like in Cimarron, McCrea and Stanwyck start out for the west in the 1840s in search of opportunity and like in Cimarron the woman is being taken from a life of ease and comfort to become a pioneer. The film shows how very useful she was to him.

Albeit even with her conservative politics in real life, Stanwyck was a feminist icon and in the 19th century without even the right to vote, women held a far different position than they do legally now. What help she renders to McCrea is on the unofficial side. But as the story unfolds she contributes mightily to his rise to fame and power and sacrifices EVERYTHING for him.

I'd like to give the film a higher rating, but the thing that totally throws me is the part her father plays in her ultimate decision. Thurston Hall is Stanwyck's father and he's a typical robber baron of the era. But I can't see any father asking his daughter to do what she did for business reasons. It makes the whole story quite bizarre.

McCrea and Stanwyck liked each other personally and professionally. In Tony Thomas's book about Joel McCrea based on interviews he did with him in the Eighties, McCrea said that Barbara Stanwyck was his favorite leading lady. She was thoroughly professional and helpful to every other cast member in any film she was in. He had no qualms in saying that The Great Man's Lady is her film all the way.

It's far from her best film, but for Barbara Stanwyck fans it's one of her best performances.

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