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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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Trivia

Remade as A MAN TO REMEMBER. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Lionel Barrymore's character bends to pick up the contents of his medical bag which have fallen to the ground. During the close-up of those contents, a voice can clearly be heard saying "camera" from offscreen. See more »

Quotes

Eli Watt: Now Letty, flowers never cured the smallpox.
Letty McGinnis: No, but a little brightness never hurt, did it?
Eli Watt: No, a little brightness never hurt, that's the best argument yet.
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Long, Long Ago
(1883) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Played on an organ by May Robson
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Tales of a Country Doctor
6 April 2007 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Soap opera spanning from the horse and buggy through to the current day, 1933, following the career of Eli Watt (played by Lionel Barrymore), a widower who has come back to his rural hometown where he fixes up "the old place" and sets himself up as town doctor (and mostly gets paid by the locals with sacks of potatoes). On his very first doctoring job, a mother giving birth dies, the angry, heartbroken dad wants nothing to do with his new baby daughter, so Doctor takes the baby home to raise along with his own young son. After four years the angry dad now regrets his decision and takes the girl back - then the years progress as Eli's son grows up and is training to be a doctor himself, and Eli becomes a hero during a local smallpox epidemic.

This is a warmhearted, interesting film boosted up by a very well done performance given by Lionel Barrymore who plays the kindly doctor with a lot of charm. May Robson is appealing here playing a plucky local woman who comes to live with the doctor and help care for the household and baby alike. Joel McCrea also appears in this as the doctor's son - he gives a nice performance but isn't really given that much to do. All in all, a quite entertaining film.


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