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Of Human Bondage -- 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. Not the last time she seeks his help only to abandon him when a better proposition comes along, throughout it all, Philip remains steadfast, honest and caring even though it is all to his detriment.


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Lester Cohen (screen play)
W. Somerset Maugham (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
20 July 1934 (USA) See more »
The Love That Lifted a Man to Paradise......and Hurled Him Back to Earth Again
A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leslie Howard ... Philip

Bette Davis ... Mildred

Frances Dee ... Sally

Kay Johnson ... Norah

Reginald Denny ... Griffiths

Alan Hale ... Miller
Reginald Sheffield ... Dunsford

Reginald Owen ... Athelny
Desmond Roberts ... Dr. Jacobs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Coleman ... (scenes deleted)
Frank Mills ... Chimneysweep (scenes deleted)
Pat Somerset ... (scenes deleted)
Harry Allen ... Cabbie at End (uncredited)
Ray Atchley ... J. Murphy (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Policeman Removing Mildred (uncredited)
Evelyn Beresford ... Coughing Lady (uncredited)
Jimmy Casey ... (uncredited)
Ma Curly ... Charwoman (uncredited)
Byron Fitzpatrick ... (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Hawker (voice) (uncredited)
Frankie Grandetta ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Tommy Hughes ... Englishman (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Hospital Interne (uncredited)
Billy Mills ... (uncredited)
Nat Neahan ... Slim (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Agnes Hollett, Philip's Landlady (uncredited)
Irene Rich ... Baby (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ... Mons. Flourney, Paris Art Teacher (uncredited)
Frank Schwab ... (uncredited)
Al Sullivan ... Jimmy Gray (uncredited)
Madeline Wilson ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
Writing credits
Lester Cohen (screen play)

W. Somerset Maugham (from the novel by)

Ann Coleman  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Henry W. Gerrard (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William Morgan (edited by)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Dot Carlson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dotha Hippe .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Sam Kaufman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Gabe .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... recordist
Eddie Harman .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
Harold E. Stine .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Wise .... apprentice sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vernon Walker)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Sally Sage .... stunt double: Bette Davis (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert De Grasse .... second camera operator (uncredited)
George E. Diskant .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Gilman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Marquenie .... best boy (uncredited)
Sam Redding .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ethel Beach .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Tommy Clark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty Goode .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) (2003) (2004) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #53) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Bette Davis wanted the role of Mildred Rodgers because she thought it would be her breakout role after years of starring in films that were getting her nowhere. She begged Warner Brothers studio chief Jack L. Warner to let her out of her contract so she could make the film. He relented because he was sure she would fail, but when her performance sparked talk of an Oscar, Warner began a spite campaign by encouraging academy members not to vote for her. At the time, the voting campaigns and the tabulation of the results were handled by the heads of the academy (of which Warner had a membership) and it worked in his favor when Davis was left out of the Best Actress competition. Supporters of Davis, shocked by her omission, petitioned the academy for a write-in vote. She was added to the nominees as a write-in but she lost to Claudette Colbert for her performance in It Happened One Night (1934). As a result of this incident, write-in votes were henceforth disallowed. Also, as a result of Warner's coup, the academy decided to change it's voting practices and hand over the counting of the results to the independent accounting firm of PriceWaterhouse who still does the official counting to this day.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Athelny's mustache and beard are almost coming unstuck in the scene in which he is eating dinner.See more »
Thorpe Athelny:I don't think women ought to sit down at table with men.
Philip Carey:Oh! Don't you? Why not?
Thorpe Athelny:It ruins conversation. I'm sure it's very bad for them. It puts ideas in their heads. And women are never at ease with themselves when they have ideas.
Philip Carey:You sound like the old voice of England.
Thorpe Athelny:I am sir. And this is fine old Yorkshire pudding that gives me the strength to carry on.
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42 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
The Role She Fought For, 30 October 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If Jack Warner had had his way, Bette Davis would have wound up playing all kinds of molls in various Warner Brothers gangster films. Of Human Bondage was a significant milestone in her career because she proved to everyone, including herself, that she was capable of so much more.

Like Frank Sinatra with Angelo in From Here to Eternity, Davis knew she was born to play the slatternly amoral Mildred from W. Somerset Maugham's classic novel. Though she rarely used false accents in her movie career after this, she got the Cockney speech pattern down perfect. Davis will keep you riveted to your seat with her performance her. And what a scandal it was that she wasn't nominated. I suspect some intrigue was at work there, possibly the brothers Warner who didn't want her to get a swelled head. Also she'd gotten this break through role at another studio so they weren't going to make a dime on it.

Two years later Leslie Howard and Bette Davis would team up again in The Petrified Forest. But what a contrast between the dreamy naive Gabby and Mildred. The same with the male leads. In The Petrified Forest, Leslie Howard is the world weary blasé Alan Squire. In Of Human Bondage, Howard's Philip Carey is a shy man with a deep inferiority complex because of his club foot. He clings to Mildred because even though she's degraded him, he feels he'll never find another attachment again.

For both the leads Of Human Bondage represented a considerable stretching of considerable talents. The two later screen versions are markedly inferior to this one.

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