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The Great Man's Lady (1942)

A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

W.L. River (screenplay), Adela Rogers St. Johns (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Hannah Sempler Hoyt
Joel McCrea ... Ethan Hoyt
Brian Donlevy ... Steely Edwards
K.T. Stevens ... Girl Biographer (as Katharine Stevens)
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Sempler
Lloyd Corrigan ... Mr. Cadwallader
Etta McDaniel ... Delilah
Frank M. Thomas ... Frisbee
William B. Davidson ... Sen. Knobs
Lillian Yarbo ... Mandy
Helen Lynd ... Bettina
Mary Treen ... Persis
Lucien Littlefield ... City Editor
John Hamilton ... Sen. Grant
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Pogey
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Storyline

In Hoyt City, a statue of founder Ethan Hoyt is dedicated, and 100 year old Hannah Sempler Hoyt (who lives in the last residence among skyscrapers) is at last persuaded to tell her story to a 'girl biographer'. Flashback: in 1848, teenage Hannah meets and flirts with pioneer Ethan; on a sudden impulse, they elope. We follow their struggle to found a city in the wilderness, hampered by the Gold Rush, star-crossed love, peril, and heartbreak. The star "ages" 80 years. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

GREAT...in its inspired romance! GREAT...in its stirring adventure! GREAT...in its flawless performance! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1942 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Human Side See more »

Filming Locations:

Moorpark, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Katharine Stevens, director Sam Wood's daughter, has the same name as Barbara Stanwyck's mother, albeit a different spelling. See more »

Goofs

When the Hoyts stand at the sight of their future city, they're at the foot of a hill, but moments later they're on top of a hill. See more »

Quotes

Hannah Sempler: Men were different in those days. Men like Ethan. A drink in one hand and luck in the other.
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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Based on melody from "John Brown's Body"
Sung on soundtrack during Hoyt's death scene and under end titles.
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"Spring never comes again...perhaps in the Indian Summer, we'll meet once more."
19 September 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fake history, played for bathos. On Founders Day in the thriving metropolis of Hoyt City, eager-beaver reporters swarm the home of a 109-year old woman, reputedly once married to founding father Ethan Hoyt; she's surely got a tall tale to tell, beginning when she was just a teenager in 1848 Philadelphia. Barbara Stanwyck begs, borrows, and barters to finance the future of idealistic husband Joel McCrea, who owns a great stretch of land with nothing on it but a shack. The narrative skitters over such crucial story-elements as railroad access, livestock, a water supply, financial aid--all for the sake of marital melodrama. Brian Donlevy, as a shady gambler who has immediate eyes for Stanwyck, does what he can with a character conceived as an afterthought (he plugs up the holes left behind by a screenplay spanning many years' time); Stanwyck and McCrea fare a bit better, though this story is seldom credible, and is often downright loopy. Production is handsome enough, and the intentions behind the film are apparently heartfelt, but there isn't a surprise in its entire 91 minutes. ** from ****


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