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Release Date:
30 December 1935 (USA) See more »
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After You See It You'll Never Be the Same! See more »
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Cast

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Irene Dunne ... Helen Hudson

Robert Taylor ... Robert Merrick
Charles Butterworth ... Tommy Masterson

Betty Furness ... Joyce Hudson
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Nancy Ashford

Ralph Morgan ... Randolph
Henry Armetta ... Tony
Gilbert Emery ... Doctor Ramsay
Arthur Treacher ... Horace
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Eden
Alyce Ardell ... The French Maid
Theodore von Eltz ... Dr. Preston
Sidney Bracey ... Butler
Arthur Hoyt ... Perry
Cora Sue Collins ... Ruth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marion Clayton Anderson ... Amy (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Chief Inspector (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Man on Pier (uncredited)

Jane Barnes ... Guest (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Hospital Interne (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Nurse (uncredited)
Roy Brown ... Ex-Patient (uncredited)
Lucile Browne ... Nurse (uncredited)
Vance Carroll ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Hugh - Mechanic (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Simpson - Bob's Butler (uncredited)
Joyce Compton ... Nurse (uncredited)
Allen Connor ... Man on Boat (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Antoine (uncredited)

Inez Courtney ... Nurse May (uncredited)
Juan de la Cruz ... Reverend Du Bois (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Billy (uncredited)
Alan Davis ... Dr. Justin (uncredited)
George Davis ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Mario Dominici ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Norma Drew ... Nurse (uncredited)
Lowell Durham ... Junior Masterson (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Mr. Miller (uncredited)
Charles Fallon ... Croupier (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Sumner Getchell ... Jimmy - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Gretta Gould ... Ex-Patient (uncredited)
George Hackathorne ... Ex-Patient (uncredited)
Henry Hale ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
Ara Haswell ... Guest (uncredited)
Jack Hatfield ... Reporter (uncredited)
Beth Hazelton ... Ex-Patient (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Gardener (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ... Nurse (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Dr. Thomas (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Arnold Korff ... Dr. Slade (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Society Woman (uncredited)
Louis LaVoie ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
Andrea Leeds ... Nina (uncredited)
Lucien Littlefield ... Breezy (uncredited)
Rollo Lloyd ... Panhandle Pete (uncredited)
Sidney Marion ... Sword Swallower (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... John Stone - Ex-Patient (uncredited)
Walter Miller ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Guest (uncredited)
Margaret Morris ... Nurse (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Dr. Bardendreght (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paddy O'Flynn ... Photographer (uncredited)
Purnell Pratt ... Hastings (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Dr. Rochard (uncredited)
Georgette Rhodes ... Nurse (uncredited)
Frederick Roland ... Doctor (uncredited)
Oscar Rudolph ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)
John St. Polis ... Seabury - Ex-Patient (uncredited)
William Stack ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ethel Sykes ... Woman on Boat (uncredited)
Melissa Ten Eyck ... Nurse (uncredited)
Maidel Turner ... Mrs. Martin (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Laborer (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Doctor (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Nicholas Merrick (uncredited)
Harry Watson ... Boy (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Nurse (uncredited)
Andy White ... Photographer (uncredited)
Carol Wines ... Nurse (uncredited)
Leah Winslow ... Woman on Boat (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
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Directed by
John M. Stahl 
 
Writing credits
Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay) &
Victor Heerman (screenplay) &
George O'Neil (screenplay)

Lloyd C. Douglas (novel "Magnificent Obsession")

Finley Peter Dunne  additional dialogue (uncredited)
Philip Dunne  contributing writer (uncredited)
Maurice Hanline  contributing writer (uncredited)
David Hertz  contributing writer (uncredited)
Aben Kandel  contributing writer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Meehan  contributing writer (uncredited)
Alden Nash  contributing writer (uncredited)
Lynn Starling  contributing writer (uncredited)
Eugene Walter  contributing writer (uncredited)
Rena Yale  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
E.M. Asher .... associate producer
John M. Stahl .... producer
Fred S. Meyer .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John J. Mescall 
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Brymer (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gilbert Kurland .... sound supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special cinematographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Dodds .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Jones .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Franz Waxman .... musical director
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Mary Frey .... script clerk (uncredited)
Bert Lytell .... rehearsal director (uncredited)
Cecil E. Reynolds .... medical advisor (uncredited)
Peggy Vaughan .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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112 min | 101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 26, 1937 with Robert Taylor and Irene Dunne reprising their film roles.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Robert Merrick:Help? You mean give them money?
Randolph:Money is alright since you have so much of it but there are other kind of help just as good but whatever help you give it must be in absolute secrecy that the world must never know and you must never let anybody repay you.
Dr. Robert Merrick:You mean, if I'd go out and help people secretly that would establish that "contact" you speak of?
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The magnificent theory., 2 October 2001
Author: dbdumonteil

The Sirk excellent remake has overshadowed Stahl's version nowadays.That's certainly unfair,because the latter was a pioneer of the melodrama who would peak with "leave her to heaven" ,ten years later.Stahl 's version,in stark black and white is certainly not as palatable as the 1953 movie and its gaudy technicolor.

Randolph's character seems more important in Stahl's version.His theory is certainly moving:You've only got what you give and you should not expect any award.Merrick tries to apply this theory,first because he wants to seduce the wife of the philanthropist/doctor who indirectly died because of him,because he was an alcoholic playboy.He has not really understood what Randolph tried to explain to him.The scene with the hobo comes as a comic relief,which is terribly needed in such a dark yarn.When ,as leaving the poor man,Merrick thinks he's got some divine reward,he's completely mistaken.A Christian movie,"magnificent obsession" sure is,as Randolph,in his second scene ,mentions the Christ. After all,his theory is not that much far from that of James Stewart's guardian angel in "it's a wonderful life".

Unlikelihoods are here there and everywhere,but it's the rules of melodrama.The story ,which includes death,blindness,moral and physical redemption,is not more far-fetched than westerns and thrillers plots.And life is so strange that it can turn sometimes into the most implausible melodrama;and like it or not,not necessarily with a happy end.

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