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The Power and the Glory (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 6 October 1933 (USA)
A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his ... See full summary »

Director:

William K. Howard

Writer:

Preston Sturges (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Tom Garner
Colleen Moore ... Sally Garner
Ralph Morgan ... Henry
Helen Vinson ... Eve Borden
Phillip Trent ... Tom Garner, Jr. (as Clifford Jones)
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Borden
Sarah Padden ... Henry's Wife
Billy O'Brien Billy O'Brien ... Tom as a Boy
Cullen Johnson Cullen Johnson ... Henry as a Boy
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mulligan
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A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his family. When he saw what was happening it was already too late. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

Both Irene Dunne and Mary Astor were considered for the role of Sally. See more »

Goofs

As a boy, Tom cuts the back of his right hand badly. We are shown in a later scene that the scar is prominent as an old man. Yet on scenes showing him in between there is no scar. See more »

Quotes

Henry: [narrating] When I was a kid, we didn't have radios and moving pictures and automobiles and all things like kids have today. We had fun just the same. And the place we liked best was the swimming hole.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version of the film was lost to the viewing public over the years. The film was seen only in poor quality, cut-down 16mm versions for television and non-theatrical showing. Various portions of the film were missing in different prints: this may have been because of cuts made by individual television stations, by damage to prints, or a combination of both. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Nearer My God, To Thee
(1856) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason
Lyrics by Sarah F. Adams
Sung at church in the opening scene by an offscreen chorus
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Colleen Moore is truly magnificent.
24 May 2000 | by David-240See all my reviews

When I first saw Colleen Moore it was in the excellent series about silent films called "Hollywood". There she was in 1980, her hair defiantly bobbed as it was in the Twenties, a sparkling, witty and charismatic elderly lady - the very definition of "presence". Then I saw her fabulous silent comedy work in films like "Ella Cinders" and "Orchids and Ermine". Then the disappointingly sombre talkie "The Scarlet Letter". And now here she is in "The Power and the Glory" giving a performance of staggering power, working expertly alongside one of the talking cinema's finest actors - Spencer Tracy.

I found the movie a little lack lustre story-wise, but Moore and Tracy give such brilliant performances that the story hardly seems to matter. Both actors age from youth to old age in the course of the film - and this is done mostly through acting alone with minimal make-up and hair changes. Moore is almost unrecognisable as the elderly wife, and the scene where she finds out her husband is seeing a younger woman is one of the most magnificently performed scenes I have ever seen. She does most of the scene without dialogue, which is where her silent acting experience gives her the edge, even over Tracy. Contrast this with her delightful comic playing in another silent sequence when she is a young woman and Tracy is struggling to propose to her. Astonishing! What this film reveals more than anything else is how shameful it is that Hollywood let this remarkable actress slip through its fingers and spend most of her life in retirement.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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