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The Great Man (1956)

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Joe Harris, preparing a eulogy for popular radio commentator Herb Fuller, finds that nobody has a good word to say about him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Carleton
Sid Moore
Carol Larson
Joanne Gilbert ...
Ginny - Harris' secretary
Paul Beaseley
Nick Cellantano
Russ Morgan ...
Eddie Brand
Dr. O'Connor (as Edward C. Platt)
Robert Foulk ...
Mike Jackson - radio engineer
Harry Connors
Vinton Hayworth ...
Charley Carruthers
Henny Backus ...
Mrs. Rieber
Janie Alexander ...
Mary Browne
Vikki Dougan ...
Marcia - new receptionist


On the death of popular national radio commentator Herb Fuller, underling Joe Harris undertakes to prepare an hour long, eulogistic program featuring interviews with Fuller's friends. But, though Fuller was beloved by 150 million of what all the pros term the "great unwashed," all Harris can find is victims, cynical users, and outright enemies of Fuller. Is this where the magic of editing comes in? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Everybody loved the Great Man except those who hated his guts!







Release Date:

December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Luz de uma Ilusão  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Joe Harris: [First, & Last, lines] It all started on a Tuesday. It was a Tuesday like any other Tuesday.
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Written by Bobby Troup and Leah Worth
Performed by Julie London
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A Welles Copy?
26 May 2001 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting film for a variety of reasons. In many ways, it's a CITIZEN KANE knock-off, but sometimes in reverse. We see the reporter who is putting together the story of the great man, but we never see the great man himself. As in "Kane," the ex-wife is an alcoholic singer. There is also a "Rosebud" of sorts-a deathbed obscenity. Well worth watching!

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