Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck stars as a 109-year-old woman who recounts the story of her eventful life in The Great Mans Lady. After Hoyt City dedicates a statue to its founder Ethan Hoyt (Joel McCrea), the woman who inspired his achievement, Hanna Sampler (Stanwyck), tells their story to a young biographer. She begins with their elopement in 1848 when she was a headstrong girl of 16 and Ethan was an idealist yearning to build a city in the West. Their future was fraught with difficulties, from life ina prairie shack to a fruitless search for gold and, ultimately, to Ethans jealousy over Hannas friendship with gambler (Brian Donlevy). Through it all, she remained what she is today: the woman who sacrificed everything for Ethans sake.