The Great Man Votes

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The Great Man Votes
Great Man Votes.jpg
theatrical poster
Directed by Garson Kanin
Produced by Cliff Reid
Screenplay by John Twist
Garson Kanin (uncredited)
Based on "The Great Man Votes" (short story) by Gordon Malherbe Hillman
Starring John Barrymore
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Jack Hively
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 13, 1939 (1939-01-13) (US)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $265,000[1]
Box office $432,000[1]

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.[2] The plot of the 2008 movie Swing Vote has been compared to The Great Man Votes.[3]




The film recorded a loss of $10,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931–1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p57
  2. ^ "The Great Man Votes (1939): Screenplay Info". TCM Movie Database. Turner Classic Movies. 
  3. ^ Dargis, Manohla (August 1, 2008). "Hey, America, This Guy's for You (Movie Review 'Swing Vote')". The New York Times. 

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