THE GREAT MAN'S LADY
DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY WILLIAM A. WELLMAN
MUSIC BY VICTOR YOUNG
MUSIC BY VICTOR YOUNG
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
In Hoyt City, a statue of founder Ethan Hoyt is dedicated, and 100 year old Hannah Sempler Hoyt
(who lives in the last residence among skyscrapers) is at last persuaded to tell her story to a 'girl biographer'. Flashback: in 1848, teenage Hannah meets and flirts with pioneer Ethan; on a sudden impulse, they elope. We follow their struggle to found a city in the wilderness, hampered by the Gold Rush, star-crossed love, peril, and heartbreak. The star "ages" 80 years.
Written by Rod Crawford
Barbara Stanwyck ... Hannah Sempler Hoyt
Joel McCrea ... Ethan Hoyt
Brian Donlevy ... Steely Edwards
K.T. Stevens ... Girl Biographer (as Katharine Stevens)
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Sempler
Lloyd Corrigan ... Mr. Cadwallader
Etta McDaniel ... Delilah
Frank M. Thomas ... Frisbee
William B. Davidson ... Senator Knobs
Lillian Yarbo ... Mandy
Helen Lynd ... Bettina
Mary Treen ... Persis
Lucien Littlefield ... City Editor
John Hamilton ... Senator Grant
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Pogey
and many more...
William A. Wellman ... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva ... executive producer (uncredited)
William C. Mellor
To practice for her role as a woman of 107, Barbara Stanwyck visited several retirement homes and interacted with the elderly women to emulate their mannerisms.
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcasts took place in Los Angeles Thursday 8 January 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2) and in St. Louis Friday 9 January 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4). In Seattle, it first aired 24 July 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Phoenix 8 August 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Pittsburgh 26 October on KDKA (Channel 2), in Detroit 29 October 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Toledo 19 December 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Omaha 22 December 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Grand Rapids 27 December 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Chicago 29 December 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in New York City 26 March 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 9 November 1960 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 22 December 1962 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in San Francisco 3 February 1963 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was released on DVD 27 April 2010 as one of six titles in Universal's Barbara Stanwyck Collection and on 13 July 2015 as a single as part of the Universal Vault Series; since that time, it's also enjoyed occasional airings on Turner Classic Movies.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 28, 1943 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role.
Hannah's age at the end of the film has been variously reported as 107 and 109.
Katharine Stevens, director Sam Wood's daughter, has the same name as Barbara Stanwyck's mother, albeit a different spelling.
When the Hoyts stand at the sight of their future city, they're at the foot of a hill,
but moments later they're on top of a hill.
The Pinney House - 225 North Lima Street, Sierra Madre, California, USA
Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (studio)