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Of Human Bondage (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  20 July 1934 (USA)
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A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.

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Abandoning artistic ambitions, sensitive and club-footed Philip Carey enrolls in medical school and falls in love with a waitress Mildred Rogers. She rejects him, runs off with a salesman and returns unmarried and pregnant. Philip gets her an apartment and they become engaged. Mildred runs off with another medical student. Philip takes her back again when she returns with her baby. She wrecks his apartment and burns the securities he needs to pay tuition. He gets a job as a salesman, has surgery on his foot, receives an inheritance, and returns to school where he learns Mildred is dying. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Love That Lifted a Man to Paradise......and Hurled Him Back to Earth Again

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20 July 1934 (USA)  »

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Escravos do Desejo  »

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Athelny's mustache and beard are almost coming unstuck in the scene in which he is eating dinner. See more »

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Mildred Rogers: [after having her baby] Funny looking little thing, isn't it? I can't believe it's mine.
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Hesitation Blues
(1915) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Smythe, Scott Middleton and Art Gillham
Played when Mildred is tearing up the apartment
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POPEYE THE MAGNIFICENT!

Bette gives what LIFE magazine called "...the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress". It put her on the Hollywood map, and almost 70 years later remains one of the most powerful and original performances ever created. Some people argue that Bette likes to go over the top. I really think these individuals don't understand her unique genius. A brilliant performance in a visually intelligent movie that has not dated one bit.


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