Review: ‘The Great Man’

Like the novel by Al (NBC) Morgan, the film is a series of flash episodes adding into a character study as a probing reporter researches the background of a nationally-known and presumably revered radio figure who has died in an auto accident. The research brings out that, away from the mike, the late lamented was a stinker with no scruples. The 'great man' is never seen in person.

Like the novel by Al (NBC) Morgan, the film is a series of flash episodes adding into a character study as a probing reporter researches the background of a nationally-known and presumably revered radio figure who has died in an auto accident. The research brings out that, away from the mike, the late lamented was a stinker with no scruples. The ‘great man’ is never seen in person.

Jose Ferrer, who stars as the reporter, collaborated with author Morgan on the screenplay and directed. In each function he is extremely able, with particular emphasis on his direction which brings out several surprise performances.

Ed Wynn is outstanding as the pious owner of a small New England radio station who gave the ‘morning man’ his start. Julie London socks across the dramatic role of the singer who also must hold herself available as a part-time mistress if the Studio King is minded that way. Dean Jagger is fine as the network head and son Keenan Wynn scores, too, as the executive always looking out for himself.

The Great Man

Production

Universal. Director Jose Ferrer; Producer Aaron Rosenberg; Screenplay Al Morgan, Jose Ferrer; Camera Harold Lipstein; Editor Sherman Todd, Al Joseph; Music Herman Stein

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Jose Ferrer Dean Jagger Keenan Wynn Julie London Joanne Gilbert Ed Wynn
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