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The Man Without a Country (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Short | 27 November 1937 (USA)
In this classic story, US Army Lt. Philip Nolan is upset with his assignment to a remote outpost with no possibility for promotion. He intends to join Aaron Burr, who plans to form a new ... See full summary »


Crane Wilbur


Forrest Barnes (screenplay), Edward Everett Hale (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
John Litel ... Lt. Philip Nolan
Gloria Holden ... Marian Morgan
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... Jack Morgan (as Theodore Osborne)
Donald Brian ... Colonel Morgan
Holmes Herbert ... Aaron Burr


In this classic story, US Army Lt. Philip Nolan is upset with his assignment to a remote outpost with no possibility for promotion. He intends to join Aaron Burr, who plans to form a new country in the lands west of the Mississippi River. Before he can get away, Nolan is charged with treason. At his court martial, he angrily tells the tribunal that he never wants to see or hear of the United States again. He gets his wish, and is sentenced to permanent, lifetime exile aboard US ships at sea. No crew member can mention anything about the United States within his hearing, and in the books he is allowed to read, all references to the United States are removed. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

27 November 1937 (USA) See more »

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Technicolor Specials (1937-1938 season) #2: The Man Without a Country See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #8369-8370. See more »


When Nolan's fiancée Marian visits him on the Hornet in 1835, the song 'Beautiful Dreamer' is playing in the background. 'Beautiful Dreamer' wasn't written until 1864. Foster wrote it just a few days before his death. See more »


Lt. Philip Nolan: What have I done? I'm the loneliest man in all the world.
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Version of The Man Without a Country (1917) See more »


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Decent but quite fanciful adaptation of the Hale novella
26 September 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This short, nominated for an Oscar, is reasonably good, but quite loose and more than a bit fanciful in its treatment of the source material. Ironically, the changes make the short weaker and LESS memorable than the original novella by Edward Everett Hale. By all means, catch the short if possible, but the orignal is far more interesting and satisfying. Turner Classic Movies runs this as filler between films on ocasion and has done so in March the last several years in its 31 Days of Oscar feature. Well worth watching.

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