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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 »


William K. Howard


Preston Sturges (original screenplay)
1 win. See more awards »




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


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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A drama so great, so powerful, it required a new method to bring it to the screen- NARRATAGE (Print Ad- Saratogian, ((Saratoga Springs, NY)) 25 November 1933)




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Did You Know?


Preston Sturges has written that he based the story on his second wife's grandfather, C.W. Post, founder of a company which later became General Foods. However, except for Post's humble beginnings and the fact he committed suicide, the story bore no resemblance to his life. See more »


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6
(1825) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
In the score after Sally's childbirth
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Solid Drama
11 May 2000 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

A precursor to "Citizen Kane" in its analysis of the life of a just deceased tycoon, here reviewed by his faithful secretary in a series of interlocking flashbacks. In Spencer Tracy's 15th film he already looks middle-aged even in the scenes where he is meant to be young!

A little silent-screen type emoting is understandable given the vintage but this is a most enjoyable, well-written drama.

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Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA) See more »

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The Power and the Glory See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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