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One Man's Journey (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 8 September 1933 (USA)
Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose ... See full summary »

Director:

John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)

Writers:

Lester Cohen (screen play), Samuel Ornitz (screen play) (as Sam Ornitz) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Eli Watt
May Robson ... Sarah
Dorothy Jordan ... Letty McGinnis
Joel McCrea ... Jimmy Watt
Frances Dee ... Joan Stockton
David Landau ... McGinnis
Buster Phelps ... Jimmy Watt - Age 6
June Filmer ... May Radford
James Bush ... Bill Radford
Oscar Apfel ... John Radford
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Babcock (as Sam Hinds)
Hale Hamilton ... Dr. Tillinghast
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colin Kenny ... Doctor at Banquet
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Storyline

Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose mother has died in childbirth and whose father blames Watt and abandons the child. Watt dreams of returning to do research studies, but something always gets in the way: an epidemic, his children's needs, or the needs of his generally ungrateful patients. Only with the passing years does he come to find that his future isn't over and his past isn't quite the failure he believed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

EVERY WOMAN'S SHAME --and EVERY WOMAN'S GLORY (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 8 September 1933)

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Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viajero solitario See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the short story "Failure" by Katharine Haviland-Taylor in American Magazine (Nov 1932). See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Lionel Barrymore's character bends to pick up the contents of his medical bag which have fallen to the ground. During the close-up of those contents, a voice can clearly be heard saying "camera" from offscreen. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: You like spinach?
Jimmy Watt - Age 6: No.
Sarah: Me either, we won't have any.
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Featured in TCM: Twenty Classic Moments (2014) See more »

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Down By the Old Mill Stream
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Written by Tell Taylor
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Despite being a bit sentimental, this is an excellent and enjoyable drama
5 April 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the "lost but found" films shown on TCM on 4/4/07. Apparently this and two other films shown that night were held out of public release due to litigation concerning royalties and now the powers that be at Turner Classic Movies have taken care of the licensing issues. Of the three films shown that night, none of them were great treasures but all three were excellent--very solid examples of the type of films RKO made during the era. Normally, when you think of RKO in 1933, you think KING KONG or Astaire and Rogers as a team, but there were other good films that might rank just below them in quality and entertainment.

This film is rather reminiscent of several other doctor dramas from the era (such as THE CITADEL and ARROWSMITH) where the doctor's nobility and sacrifice are celebrated. A younger Lionel Barrymore (sporting a dark doo thanks to hair dye) comes to a rural area to set up a medical practice. However, at first, he is unsuccessful and only begins to get patients when he agrees to use the barter system. Because of this, he is constantly in financial straits, but because he is so noble and decent, he doesn't give up and is eventually accepted and loved by the community. While all this could have been VERY syrupy, thanks to good writing and a terrific performance by Barrymore it is not.

There is certainly a lot more to the movie than this--including an excellent (as usual) performance by May Robson and an early performance by Joel McCrea. See this film and see a "small" film that really packs an excellent punch.


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