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One Glorious Day (1922)




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This quirky comedy with its mystical overtones was a departure for the down-to-earth Will Rogers. The story opens up with a title card that announces there are spirits floating around waiting to be born into the material world. One spirit, the mischievous Ek (young John Fox), misses being born by a few seconds and wanders around earth, looking for a body to enter. He happens upon Ezra Botts (Rogers), a retiring professor of spiritualism who has gotten tangled up with some crooked politicians who think they can make him do their will. Botts, who is in love with Molly McIntyre, his landlady's daughter (Lila Lee), has been nominated for mayor. When Botts uses his psychic powers to send his spirit to a meeting, Ek takes over his temporarily spiritless body. Ek in Botts body battles with the politicians, drinks liquor -- much to the horror of his fellow spiritualists -- and beats up Wadley (Alan Hale), who has insulted Molly. On top of everything else, Botts' new persona is a hit with the voters. Finally, Botts' body faints, since it's unaccustomed to all this activity and the real Botts is able to get his body back from Ek. But he returns a changed man and overcomes his shyness enough to propose to Molly. Much credit went to cameraman Karl Brown, who accomplished quite a bit with double exposures in an era where special effects cinematography was still in its rudimentary stages. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


Will Rogers
as Ezra Botts
Lila Lee
as Molly McIntrye
Alan Hale
as Ben Wadley
George Nichols
as Pat Curran
Clarence Burton
as Bert Snead

Critic Reviews for One Glorious Day

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

One Glorious Day is a sort of combination of The Absent Minded Professor and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. That may sound wilder than it really is, but the film is kinda wild, though enormously funny.

May 17, 2021 | Full Review…

This spiritistic satire is something that could not be attempted on the stage, and it would not be the same thing at all in any printed form. It belongs exclusively to the screen, and on the screen it is a joyful thing.

July 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Here is a distinct screen achievement, a story of whimsical humor and fanciful design, translated by the picture medium with a delicacy of treatment that would be possible in no other way.

July 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Not only is the picture a novelty in itself, but it furnishes Will Rogers with a role that is decidedly different from anything he has ever attempted.

July 28, 2020 | Full Review…

One Glorious Day is a decided novelty, utilizing a most unique and satirically fantastic idea concerning spiritualism and presenting what is without doubt the cleverest trick and double photography ever attempted in a multiple reel picture.

July 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The authors have conceived a most amusing little character in the person of Ek, who double-exposures his way through the entire film and is a most unusual sight in the imaginative make-up which he maintains throughout.

July 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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