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Director:
Writers:
Lester Cohen (screen play)
W. Somerset Maugham (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
20 July 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a man who burnt up his soul for an idol cold as ice! See more »
Plot:
A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Still gives me goosebumps! See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leslie Howard ... Philip Carey

Bette Davis ... Mildred Rogers

Frances Dee ... Sally Athelny

Kay Johnson ... Norah

Reginald Denny ... Harry Griffiths

Alan Hale ... Emil Miller
Reginald Sheffield ... Cyril Dunsford

Reginald Owen ... Thorpe 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
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Henry W. Gerrard (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Morgan 
 
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)
 
Stunts
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)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty Goode .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Also Known As:
"Idiot of Love" - Japan (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R C A Victor System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Not a box office success, the film lost Warner Brothers $45,000.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: While Bette Davis says "Funny looking little thing, isn't it? I can't believe it's mine." At 43:18 we see the 'Newborn' baby on the bed. But the baby is already at least 3 months old.See more »
Quotes:
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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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Still gives me goosebumps!, 26 November 2004
Author: Billie from United States

Bette Davis became a star with her role in this first and best film adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel of the same name (well worth a read). This was her first nomination for an Academy Award, for her portrayal of Mildred Rogers; a tawdry, sluttish, cockney waitress who bewitches hapless Philip Carey (Leslie Howard, best known for his role as Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind"). She lost the award, receiving it for her role the following year for "Dangerous", which is generally viewed as a consolation prize.

The supporting cast includes Reginald Denny, Alan Hale Sr. (father of Alan Hale Jr., who was the skipper on the TV series "Gilligan's Isle"), and a breathtakingly beautiful Frances Dee.

The film starts out with Philip, a failed art student with a clubfoot of which he is highly sensitive, turning to the study of medicine after facing the fact that he has no artistic talent. Shortly thereafter he meets and quickly becomes obsessed with Mildred, despite her sneering and obvious disdain for him because of his deformity. Her standard response to his affectionate overtures is a chilly "I don't mind." In his dreams Mildred is sweet and kind to him; during real time she uses him, well aware of his affection for her, leaving him for other men and returning when she is down on her luck, ruining his chance for having a career or a normal life with another woman; he seems to continually finds himself inexorably drawn to her, even after his love for her has waned, until the day she finally pushes him too far.

At that point, the camera fully turns to Mildred as her facial expression shifts from supplication to shock to full-on bitch in a matter of seconds, and she reacts to Philip's statement with a barrage of blood-curdling insults. Bette Davis as Mildred never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck and arms with her performance in this particular scene.

This is the role that made Davis a star. It's also one of my all-time favorite Davis films, along with such others as "The Little Foxes", "The Letter", and "All About Eve".

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