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The Power and the Glory

  • Drama
  • 1933
  • William K Howard
  • 76 mins
  • A

Summary

Drama starring Spencer Tracy. The turbulent life of railway tycoon Tom Garner, whose rise to power belied his humble beginnings, is recalled by a former friend and colleague.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This is the movie that made a massive impact on the young Orson Welles, telling the story of a railway magnate's life in a series of non-chronological flashbacks, with different characters revealing different aspects of the great man himself. Sound familiar? Well, Citizen Kane this isn't. William K Howard's direction is turgid in the extreme and Preston Sturges's script is underdeveloped. Spencer Tracy fails to elicit sympathy in the lead, yet the studio was so certain of the film's appeal that it offered Sturges the first "percentage of gross" deal in movie history. Today, of course, The Power and the Glory can't help but seem historically interesting, but, despite its relatively short running time, it's actually something of an endurance test.

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Credits

Cast

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Tom GarnerSpencer Tracy
SallyColleen Moore
HenryRalph Morgan
EveHelen Vinson
Tom Garner JrPhilip Trent
Mr BordenHenry Kolker
Henry's wifeSarah Padden
Tom, as a boyBilly O'Brien (1)
Henry, as a boyCullen Johnson
MulliganJ Farrell MacDonald

Crew

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DirectorWilliam K Howard

Details

Theatrical distributor
Assoc. British Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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