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One Man's Journey (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 8 September 1933 (USA)
Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose ... See full summary »

Director:

John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)

Writers:

Lester Cohen (screen play), Samuel Ornitz (screen play) (as Sam Ornitz) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Eli Watt
May Robson ... Sarah
Dorothy Jordan ... Letty McGinnis
Joel McCrea ... Jimmy Watt
Frances Dee ... Joan Stockton
David Landau ... McGinnis
Buster Phelps ... Jimmy Watt - Age 6
June Filmer ... May Radford
James Bush ... Bill Radford
Oscar Apfel ... John Radford
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Babcock (as Sam Hinds)
Hale Hamilton ... Dr. Tillinghast
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colin Kenny ... Doctor at Banquet
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Storyline

Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose mother has died in childbirth and whose father blames Watt and abandons the child. Watt dreams of returning to do research studies, but something always gets in the way: an epidemic, his children's needs, or the needs of his generally ungrateful patients. Only with the passing years does he come to find that his future isn't over and his past isn't quite the failure he believed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

EVERY WOMAN'S SHAME --and EVERY WOMAN'S GLORY (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 8 September 1933)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viajero solitario See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The working title of the film was The Doctor . See more »

Goofs

As Dr. Watt leaves the McGinnis house, the shadows of the trees fall clearly on the "sky" cyclorama. See more »

Quotes

Eli Watt: I don't know much about doctoring but I know my own people, I brought Letty into this world, saw her mother go out; same strain, something's made her want to stop living.
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Version of A Man to Remember (1938) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Written by Effie I. Canning
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Sentimental low-key drama
29 March 2004 | by jennyp-2See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore got to play a nice guy for a change in this sentimental drama. In an unusually subdued performance, Barrymore plays a widowed family doctor starting a new life with his young son in a small town. The locals are leery of the outsider and the few cases that come his way are paid for with potatoes and eggs. When one of his patients dies in childbirth, the angry husband wants nothing to do with his infant daughter, so the kind doctor takes her in. Soon feisty May Robson comes aboard as a volunteer housekeeper. The story fast-forwards twenty years to find the son (Joel McCrea) a hotshot Type-A doctor with little time for his beautiful and long-suffering fiancée Frances Dee. At the end of course, everyone realizes how fortunate they really are. It was nice to see the luminescent Miss Dee on the big screen only two days before she died at age 94. Screened at Cinefest in Syracuse New York, March 2004.


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