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30 December 1935 (USA) 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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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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laugh all you want, but this story did wonders for a farm kid and a truck driver, 16 January 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Magnificent Obsession" is a 1935 film starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor; it was remade in the '50s in Technicolor and starred Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The story is preposterous, the melodrama is over the top, but this film gave both Taylor, a farm boy from Nebraska and Hudson, a truck driver from Illinois, their big breaks.

Robert Merrick (Taylor) is a drunken playboy who, one afternoon, falls off his sailboat and has to be resuscitated with the use of what's called in this film a "pulmotor," a device that forces oxygen into the lungs.

Unfortunately, the pulmotor was needed across the lake for an older man, a Dr. Hudson, who has had a heart attack, but because one isn't available, the man dies. When his wife (Dunne) and daughter (Betty Furness) arrive home, they get the horrible news. There is bitterness everywhere because Dr. Hudson was beloved, a fine doctor and an exceptional man, and Merrick is a drunken, rich loser.

At one point, Merrick meets a man (Ralph Morgan) who gives him the secret philosophy that Dr. Hudson lived by and taught him - give anonymously and without expecting repayment.

When Merrick spots Mrs. Hudson, he has no idea who she is and tries to pick her up. One day, he offers her a ride and "runs out of gas." As she's leaving the car to take a ride with someone else, a car hits her and she is badly injured - in fact, she's blinded.

Merrick now befriends her in the park, where she sits practicing her Braille. He doesn't identify himself - she calls him "Dr. Robert"; he tells her that he once had aspirations to be a doctor himself. He arranges for her to have a steady income, since Dr. Hudson gave most of his money away and only has worthless stocks - she thinks her husband's copper stocks are now worth a lot -- and then he arranges for some of the finest doctors in the world to meet in Paris and study her. She thinks it's because her husband was so highly regarded. Alas, the prognosis is that the doctors see no point in surgery. It goes on from there, assuming fabulous aspects.

This kind of melodrama was extremely popular in the 1930s; director Douglas Sirk loved this type of film and remade some of them in the '50s, giving them big, glitzy productions, and made some new ones as well.

Though today the plot seems ridiculous, because of the commitment and likability of the actors and the spiritual undertone that goes throughout the film, somehow one doesn't stop watching, and it sure worked well in 1935 and 1954.

Robert Taylor is gloriously handsome, known for his perfect profile, resonant speaking voice, and charming presence. I have never considered him much of an actor, but he was my mother's favorite, and I watch him every time he's on TCM in her honor. He holds the record for being employed by a studio the longest - 24 years with MGM, until it dissolved, and went on to more films, a successful television show, and he replaced Ronald Reagan on Death Valley Days.

Irene Dunne gives a lovely performance without histrionics or being overdone in any way.

Good movie? For what it is, yes.

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