GenreDrama ScreenplayGarson Kanin, John Twist CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 13, 1939 (1939-01-13) (US) WriterGordon Malherbe Hillman (story), John Twist (screen play) CastJohn Barrymore (Vance), Virginia Weidler (Joan), Katharine Alexander (Miss Billow), Peter Holden (Donald), Donald MacBride (Iron Hat McCarthy), William Demarest (Charles Dole) Similar moviesNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, National Lampoon's Vacation, Dirty Pretty Things, The Importance of Being Earnest, Nightwatch, Kind Hearts and Coronets
TaglineA MAN WITH A HOLE IN HIS PANTS
John barrymore the great man votes 1 radio performance
The Great Man Votes is a 1939 American drama film starring John Barrymore as a widowed professor turned drunkard who has the deciding vote in an election for mayor. It was based on the short story of the same name by Gordon Malherbe Hillman published in the November 1933 issue of American Magazine. The plot of the 2008 movie Swing Vote has been compared to The Great Man Votes.
Ivy League scholar Gregory Vance descends into an alcoholic abyss after the death of his wife. He ends up barely able to hold a job, and a night watchman's job at that.
Vance's two children, Joan and Donald, are exceptionally intelligent and benefit from his tutoring. But they are bullied at school by other students and their father risks losing custody of them if he cannot change his ways. New teacher Agnes Billow is able to help Vance become more like the man he used to be, particularly after a political bigwig tempts him ethically with a bribe of a better job in exchange for Vance's vote.