The Great Man's Lady

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Production: Paramount Pictures
90 min

and threats...

If that thing

goes off again...

You seek nothing

but scandal.

You'll find none here.

I bid you good day.

She can't prove a thing.

Because her story is nothing

but a pack of lies.

She's just an old windbag

trying to crash the limelight.

Stop it! Stop it.

Leave her alone.

You should be ashamed

of yourselves.

Whether her story

is true or not,

what right have you got

to persecute her like this?

Can't you see

she's helpless

and all alone?

She's a very old lady.

Yes, it's true.

I am old. Very old.

But I've made no claims,

I've told no lies.

Whatever I know is a matter

of my own private history.

I am content to remain silent

the rest of

my few days on Earth.

That is all.

Well, you came

with the rest of them.

What are you

waiting for?


Because I...

Yes, I know.

Got a public, too?

Not yet.

Of course not.

You're just a child.

But I will have.

I'm a biographer.

A what?

I'm writing on the life

of Senator Ethan Hoyt.


Nice job.

You like your work?

I think

he was one of the most...

Well, the most wonderful...

So do I.

Guess I ought to

know about that.

Then you have to help me.

Please, Miss Sempler.

I've spent three years

writing my book.

All the money I could raise.

I've got to know

what part you played,

were you married to him...

All sorts of things.

My book is worthless

without your help.

That's why

I had to see you.

Look away, girl.

Look all you like.

There's nothing much to see.

Just a hundred years

of memories.

Some good, some bad.

I ought to have been

buried years ago.

But you know, I...

I can't really say that.

I'd like to live

to be 200 years old.

Then you and I'd

both be old ladies

and we could

compare notes.

That is, if you had

any to compare.

Now, you run along

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