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A Man to Remember Details


A remake of 1933's , A Man to Remember was the auspicious film directorial debut of Garson Kanin. Told in flashback from the vantage point of a funeral, the film details the life of small-town general practioner Doctor Abbott (Edward Ellis). Arriving in the town of Westport during WW1, Abbott continues to practice without fanfare--and with precious little appreciation from his patients--for the next two decades. Working behind the scenes, Abbott endeavors to prevent a budget-cutting move fomented by crooked politicians; and during a deadly polio epidemic, the ever-selfless Abbott performs far above and beyond the call of duty. At last recognized for the true humanitarian that he is, the doctor has little time to bask in this latter-day glory: shortly after the polio crisis, he dies of a sudden heart attack. Written by Dalton Trumbo, A Man to Remember was lensed in 15 days for a budget of less than $120,000. No matter: despite its humble "B" origins, the film was lauded by critics and moviegoers alike as one of RKO Radio's best 1938 efforts. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Anne Shirley
as Jean
Edward Ellis
as Dr. John Abbott
Lee Bowman
as Dick Abbott
William Henry
as Howard Sykes
Granville Bates
as George Sykes
Harlan Briggs
as Homer Ramsey
Frank M. Thomas
as Jode Harkness
Charles Halton
as Perkins
Gilbert Emery
as Dr. Robinson


Garson Kanin
Robert Sisk
Dalton Trumbo
Roy Hunt
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Hively
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director