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The Great Man's Lady (1942)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Hannah Sempler Hoyt
... Ethan Hoyt
... Steely Edwards
... Girl Biographer (as Katharine Stevens)
... Mr. Sempler
... Mr. Cadwallader
... Delilah
... Frisbee
... Sen. Knobs
... Mandy
... Bettina
... Persis
... City Editor
... Sen. Grant
... 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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GREAT...in its inspired romance! GREAT...in its stirring adventure! GREAT...in its flawless performance! (original print ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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30 November 1942 (Sweden)  »

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Pioneer Woman  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

To practice for her role as a woman of 107, Barbara Stanwyck visited several retirement homes and interacted with the elderly women to emulate their mannerisms. 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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What were these A-listers thinking?!??
9 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is a mess of a movie that, frankly, should not have been made, especially not by a pro's pro like Wellman, not even as a favor to the dependably phenomenal Miss Stanwyck. Italian grand opera has never featured a plot gone this far off the rails. Nor are any of opera's leading saints or scoundrels accorded the admiration plainly directed at the leads in this film, who show less common sense, valor, or candor than Wile E. Coyote brings to a bad day on the mesa.

I won't spoil this turkey for intrepid or optimistic viewers, but I will note that the story nods (so quickly you might miss it) to an entire off-screen family whose existence, if contemplated for more than 10 seconds by any character, would've given some interesting version of this film a problem and points of view worth watching.

"Reefer Madness" handled continuity better than this. Many of the lavish costumes are out of place on relatively bare sets. Joel McCrea's mustache, for heaven's sake, looks like it's about to slip off his handsome face through many scenes!

Turner Classic, bless them, just showed this, earning my continued thanks for gallantly refusing to do my quality control for me.


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