One Man's Journey
One Man's Journey is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film starring Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Eli Watt. The picture was based on the short story Failure written by Katharine Haviland-Taylor. It was remade by RKO as A Man to Remember (1938). The story tells of a small town doctor working under difficult circumstances in a rural area somewhere in the United States.
|One Man's Journey|
|Directed by||John S. Robertson|
Charles Kerr (assistant)
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
Merian C. Cooper
|Screenplay by||Lester Cohen|
by Katharine Havilland-Taylor
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Edited by||Arthur Roberts|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
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- Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Eli Watt
- May Robson as Sarah
- Dorothy Jordan as Letty McGinnis
- Joel McCrea as Jimmy Watt
- Frances Dee as Joan Stockton
- David Landau as McGinnis
- Buster Phelps as Jimmy Watt - Age 6
- June Filmer as May Radford
- James Bush as Bill Radford
- Oscar Apfel as John Radford
- Samuel S. Hinds as Dr. Babcock (as Sam Hinds)
- Hale Hamilton as Dr. Tillinghast
The film was popular at the box office.
In April 2007, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) premiered six films produced by Merian C. Cooper at RKO which had been out of distribution for more than 50 years. (A retired RKO executive stated in an interview used as a promo on TCM for the premiere that Cooper did allow the films to be shown in 1955–1956 in a limited re-release and only in New York City.)
According to TCM host Robert Osborne, Cooper agreed to a legal settlement in 1946, after accusing RKO of not giving him all the money due him from his producer's contract in the 1930s. The settlement gave Cooper complete ownership of six titles:
Rafter Romance (1933), Double Harness (1933), The Right to Romance (1933), One Man's Journey (1933), Stingaree (1934), Living on Love (1937), and A Man to Remember (1938). When Turner Broadcasting bought the RKO film library in 1987, the six films were not included and the rights had to be purchased separately. The film's remake, A Man To Remember, was unable to be found. The original copies of the film's negative were destroyed due to negligence and the film was thought to have been lost forever. However, a 35mm, original nitrate print with Dutch subtitles was discovered in the Netherlands. It is the only known surviving copy and was restored by TCM.
In 2000, A Man to Remember was preserved by the Netherlands Film Museum.
- Churchill, Douglas W. "The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era, New York Times [New York, NY], December 30, 1934: p. X5; retrieved December 16, 2013.
- One Man's Journey on IMDb
- One Man's Journey at AllMovie
- One Man's Journey at the TCM Movie Database
- One Man's Journey at the American Film Institute Catalog
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