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The Great Man (1956)

Approved | | Drama | December 1956 (USA)
Joe Harris, preparing a eulogy for popular radio commentator Herb Fuller, finds that nobody has a good word to say about him.

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

Al Morgan (screenplay), José Ferrer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Joe Harris
Dean Jagger ... Philip Carleton
Keenan Wynn ... Sid Moore
Julie London ... Carol Larson
Joanne Gilbert Joanne Gilbert ... Ginny
Ed Wynn ... Paul Beaseley
Jim Backus ... Nick Cellantano
Russ Morgan Russ Morgan ... Eddie Brand
Edward Platt ... Dr. O'Connor (as Edward C. Platt)
Robert Foulk ... Mike Jackson
Lyle Talbot ... Harry Connors
Vinton Hayworth ... Charley Carruthers
Henny Backus Henny Backus ... Mrs. Helen Rieber
Janie Alexander Janie Alexander ... Mary Browne
Vikki Dougan ... Marcia Miller - Receptionist
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Storyline

On the death of popular national radio commentator Herb Fuller, underling Joe Harris undertakes to prepare an hour long, eulogistic program featuring interviews with Fuller's friends. But, though Fuller was beloved by 150 million of what all the pros term the "great unwashed," all Harris can find is victims, cynical users, and outright enemies of Fuller. Is this where the magic of editing comes in? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Everybody loved the Great Man except those who hated his guts! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Luz de uma Ilusão See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the career of Arthur Godfrey. See more »

Goofs

When Joe, Mike, and Jinny are listening to the "blood bank" tape, the VU meter has no relation to the audio. See more »

Quotes

Joe Harris: [First, & Last, lines] It all started on a Tuesday. It was a Tuesday like any other Tuesday.
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Connections

Version of Pretendent (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
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A Welles Copy?
26 May 2001 | by danldhatuSee all my reviews

This is a very interesting film for a variety of reasons. In many ways, it's a CITIZEN KANE knock-off, but sometimes in reverse. We see the reporter who is putting together the story of the great man, but we never see the great man himself. As in "Kane," the ex-wife is an alcoholic singer. There is also a "Rosebud" of sorts-a deathbed obscenity. Well worth watching!


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