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The Power and the Glory (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 6 October 1933 (USA)
A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his ... See full summary »

Director:

William K. Howard

Writer:

Preston Sturges (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Tom Garner
Colleen Moore ... Sally Garner
Ralph Morgan ... Henry
Helen Vinson ... Eve Borden
Phillip Trent ... Tom Garner, Jr. (as Clifford Jones)
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Borden
Sarah Padden ... Henry's Wife
Billy O'Brien Billy O'Brien ... Tom as a Boy
Cullen Johnson Cullen Johnson ... Henry as a Boy
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mulligan
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Storyline

A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his family. When he saw what was happening it was already too late. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dymanis kai doxa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Irene Dunne and Mary Astor were considered for the role of Sally. See more »

Goofs

As a boy, Tom cuts the back of his right hand badly. We are shown in a later scene that the scar is prominent as an old man. Yet on scenes showing him in between there is no scar. See more »

Quotes

Henry: [narrating] When I was a kid, we didn't have radios and moving pictures and automobiles and all things like kids have today. We had fun just the same. And the place we liked best was the swimming hole.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version of the film was lost to the viewing public over the years. The film was seen only in poor quality, cut-down 16mm versions for television and non-theatrical showing. Various portions of the film were missing in different prints: this may have been because of cuts made by individual television stations, by damage to prints, or a combination of both. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6
(1825) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
In the score after Sally's childbirth
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I agree with jdeamara --the story just doesn't quite click.
29 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Spencer Tracy plays a self-made industrialist who worked like a dog to become a major railroad baron. Somewhere along the way, though, he lost track of what motivated him to do this in the first place and by the end of the film he realized, too late, that his work was in vain.

The review by jdeamara seemed right on when it said that this movie suffered because the way of presenting the movie by bouncing back and forth to tell the story seemed haphazard and that the characters needed to be further developed. Spencer Tracy is a complex character but instead of showing him in a comprehensible manner, the story bounces around so much that you never really come to know who he is or his motivations. The same went for many of the supporting characters--especially his wife. When he and his wife argued, it seemed like much of the context was missing. Plus, whether or not Tracy played a jerk or not wasn't really answered--and this question is the basis for the movie that is told by Ralph Morgan through flashbacks.

An interesting effort but that is all. For a much, much better film about the millionaire industrialist starring Tracy, try watching EDWARD, MY SON--a far more complex and enjoyable film.

By the way, according to IMDb the rumor started by Pauline Kael that this film was the inspiration for CITIZEN KANE was unfounded. As for me, I didn't see the parallel either.


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