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Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay) &
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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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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The print most frequently shown on television is from a reissue, which deleted 7 minutes from the film's running time.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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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
I'd give it an 8 out of 10, 17 August 2000
Author: (leecozad@js-net.com) from Lake Arrowhead, California

Magnificent Obsession - 1935 I've probably watched Universal's 1954 version of Magnificent Obsession 25 times while researching the movies made in the San Bernardino mountains. This is one of those films where there can be no doubt about its location, Lake Arrowhead. But I have always had my doubt about the original 1935 version as ever having been made in the mountains, even though one of the Captain's of the Arrowhead Queen unequivocally stated that he had heard it had been filmed at Lake Arrowhead. In my research over the years, I had never been able to ascertain one way or the other until August, 2000 at the U.C.L.A. Film Archives. The most pleasant surprise is that there is at least one identifiable scene with Lake Arrowhead in the background - including a speedboat cruising across the lake. It is a very brief scene and by far and away, the majority of the film is shot in a studio. Another equally pleasant surprise is a very young (23) Robert Taylor playing a sophisticated playboy (#1) and then an older doctor (#2) and pulling it off believably. His maturity and acting ability are evident from the first frame. Irene Dunne, who was 7 years older, is an accomplished and polished actress with only a few groans to show for her effort. (Her groping blind scenes leave you exasperated.) Comic relief is supplied by an aged Charles Butterworth, as an unlikely suitor to a very young Betty Furness, the step-daughter of Ms. Dunne. This is not the soapy Universal version done later by Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman, but a thoughtful, intelligent script that is closer to the original Lloyd C. Douglas novel, who just happened to be the screenwriter on this version. The print of the 1935 version is very dark and will probably never be shown again in public unless a restoration effort is made. Unfortunately, there are too many films to restore and only so much money available.

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