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The Great Man (1956)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Philip Carleton
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Sid Moore
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Carol Larson
Joanne Gilbert ...
Ginny
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Paul Beaseley
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Nick Cellantano
Russ Morgan ...
Eddie Brand
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Dr. O'Connor (as Edward C. Platt)
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Mike Jackson
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Harry Connors
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Charley Carruthers
Henny Backus ...
Mrs. Helen Rieber
Janie Alexander ...
Mary Browne
Vikki Dougan ...
Marcia Miller - Receptionist
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"The Great Man? I figured I could handle him all right, but I was wrong...I couldn't...not that first night...or ever!" See more »

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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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Trivia

Loosely based on the career of Arthur Godfrey. See more »

Goofs

When Joe, Mike, and Jinny are listening to the "blood bank" tape, the VU meter has no relation to the audio. See more »

Quotes

Ginny: Feet of clay, huh?
Joe Harris: Right up to the knees, at least.
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Version of Pretendent (1987) See more »

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Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
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Jose Ferrer Director
6 August 2002 | by (Boston Earth) – See all my reviews

Jose Ferrer should be better known as a director. Yes, it has some of the plot of Well's Kane, but it has more of the feel of a Jack Webb flick, he himself a greatly under rated director. Even Julie London, Webb's wife is in it.. Hard boiled hero, quirky supporting characters that are given a rounded humanity, and a great cast. See this film when it plays on Turner. And check out Webb's non Dragnet films; 30, the DI, Pete Kelly's Blues and The last time I saw Archie.


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