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A Man to Remember (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 14 October 1938 (USA)
Doctor John Abbott is a single parent who settles in the town of Westport, with his son Dick, trying to eke out a living for them. He also inherits, by way of his doorstep, an unwanted baby... See full summary »

Director:

Garson Kanin

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Katharine Haviland-Taylor (story "Failure")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Jean Johnson
Edward Ellis ... Dr. John Abbott
Lee Bowman ... Dick Abbott
William Henry ... Howard Sykes
John Wray ... Tom Johnson
Granville Bates ... George Sykes
Harlan Briggs ... Homer Ramsey
Frank M. Thomas ... Jode Harkness
Dickie Jones ... Dick Abbott - Age 8-12
Carole Leete Carole Leete ... Jean Johnson - Age 4
Gilbert Emery ... Dr. Robinson
Joe De Stefani Joe De Stefani ... Jorgensen
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Storyline

Doctor John Abbott is a single parent who settles in the town of Westport, with his son Dick, trying to eke out a living for them. He also inherits, by way of his doorstep, an unwanted baby girl, Jean Johnson, whom he adopts into his family, rears and loves as his own. Practicing his profession for pigs, I.O.U.s and a lot of empty promises as payment, he is barely able to provide for his family, yet is successful ultimately. Dr. Abbott is dedicated to the welfare of his community and well-being of his patients (mostly lower class working folks of the rural town), but must battle a group of miserly businessmen at every twist and turn. He encounters resistance by the local bureaucracy for every progressive idea or beneficial proposal, made for the betterment of the community, yet his altruistic optimism is not hampered by the penny-pinching bureaucrats interested more in lining their own pockets, rather than helping the town and its struggling population. Written by FrankieCee

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De plattelandsdokter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$84,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Scheduled for 18 days, novice director Garson Kanin finished it in 15. It was budgeted at $100,00 but was brought in at $84,000. See more »

Goofs

When the farmer throws Dr. Abbott's medical bag out the door after him, it appears to have hit the camera equipment as the frame shakes slightly. See more »

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Featured in TCM: Twenty Classic Moments (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March (Marche Funèbre)
(1837) (uncredited)
from "Sonata in Bb-, Op.35 No.2"
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played by the marching band for the funeral
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It has a few touching moments
7 March 2008 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

The movie of which this is a remake didn't impress me much. The remake is about even with the original, though maybe slightly better. We feel for the title character. He is a doctor who's down on his luck and tries to go home again. He gets home but the citizens toss him scraps. He becomes an essentially unpaid, under-appreciated doctor to the poor.

The acting is pretty good. It held my attention. (Though, I must say, the Dutch titles, subtitles, and translations of every sign and letter were bizarre.) OK, now I wasn't there: However, Garson Kanin? Direxcting rural melodrama? I guess every director has to get a start. But this is light years away from his Hepburn and Tracy movies and from what he and wife Ruth Gordon wrote.

The actor playing the doctor is kind of blank. I prefer his approach to the original film's actor's (naming no names.) But could a less congenial director have possibly been found than that bon vivant, Gason Kanin?


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