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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)
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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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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 13, 1949 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Robert Merrick:Take back to the cook and tell her that if she brings back again, I'm gonna buy this hospital and fire her and everybody else in it. I want some decent breakfast.
Nurse:It's the same breakfast we serve all the patients.
Dr. Robert Merrick:Yeah, but I am "The Special".
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Big Hit On the Road, 16 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I suppose Magnificent Obsession could best be described as a religious soap opera. It's definitely the kind of film that both of its stars, Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor would identify with in real life given their politics which were on the right. Even more so for Irene Dunne who was a prominent Catholic lay person.

It was a best seller in 1929 for newly minted writer Lloyd C. Douglas, a former Methodist minister who had retired from the pulpit and spent the rest of his life writing fictional works with a religious theme.

Irene Dunne was by this time a very big star and Magnificent Obsession entered the pantheon of her big hit films. But for Robert Taylor it was the breakout film of his career, establishing him once and for all as a star player with potent box office.

Taylor was a special favorite of Louis B. Mayer at MGM, it wasn't an accident he established a record for the longest studio contract in film history. Taylor was coming along in his career quite nicely as and had gotten notice in some supporting roles and had even had a lead in Murder in the Fleet. He had also played part of a love triangle as another doctor in Society Doctor with Chester Morris and Virginia Bruce.

I'm betting that it was that this was the film that Carl Laemmle saw at Universal when he asked Mayer for Taylor's service on a loan out. This would have been a win-win situation for MGM. If Taylor clicked they had his services and if he didn't it was Universal's loss.

Anyway it was in this role as the shallow playboy who becomes a noted surgeon that Taylor scored his big hit. His growth in some ways is similar to Tyrone Power's later on in The Razor's Edge. In fact had this been done at 20th Century Fox Power would also have had a big hit. But his breakthrough year was one year away.

Through a combination of unfortunate circumstances a noted doctor, esteemed for his good works dies suddenly of a heart attack. He might have been saved, but a resuscitator was being used on a young Taylor who was involved in a speeding boat accident. He becomes a hated figure with the family and friends of the late doctor, especially his new widow, Irene Dunne.

Later on Taylor while in an inebriated state meets up with Ralph Morgan who lets him spend the night and sober up on his couch. When Taylor awakens, Morgan talks to him about trying to tap into a higher power by doing some good works and it will redound to his favor on earth and in heaven. And the idea is to shun publicity for the same.

Taylor expects some more immediate return on good works, but it he gradually comes to a full realization of what Morgan is talking about. Former minister Lloyd C. Douglas had used as the basis for this philosophy, Matthew Chapter 6, 1-4. The substance of which don't flaunt your good works before humanity openly because then you'll be courting favor with the world. But if you do it with as little fanfare as possible, God will reward you in heaven and on earth.

Robert Taylor was 24 when he made this film and the part called for him to age several years and he succeeds as both the playboy and the mature and spiritual doctor. Magnificent Obsession was remade 19 years later with Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman and proved to be as big a hit with audiences then as in the Thirties.

Robert Taylor made very few films away from MGM until his contract was up after 1958. I suppose his services were Louis B. Mayer's Magnificent Obsession.

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