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Release Date:
29 August 1936 (USA) See more »
In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Technically well made and a decent movie--if you like this sort of film See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fredric March ... Anthony Adverse

Olivia de Havilland ... Angela Guessippi
Donald Woods ... Vincent Nolte

Anita Louise ... Maria

Edmund Gwenn ... John Bonnyfeather

Claude Rains ... Don Luis

Louis Hayward ... Denis Moore

Gale Sondergaard ... Faith
Steffi Duna ... Neleta

Akim Tamiroff ... Carlo Cibo

Ralph Morgan ... Signore Debruille
Fritz Leiber ... Ouvrard
Luis Alberni ... Tony Guessippi
Billy Mauch ... Anthony Adverse at Ten
Henry O'Neill ... Father Xavier
Pedro de Cordoba ... Brother Francois

George E. Stone ... Sancho
Joseph Crehan ... Capt. Elisha Jorham
Rafaela Ottiano ... Signora Buvino
Rollo Lloyd ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Leonard Mudie ... De Bourrienne

Marilyn Knowlden ... Florence Udney
Mathilde Comont ... Cook Guessippi
Eily Malyon ... Mother Superior
J. Carrol Naish ... Major Doumet (as J. Carroll Naish)
Scotty Beckett ... Anthony's Son
Paul Sotoff ... Ferdinando

Frank Reicher ... Coach Driver to Paris
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Jorham
Addison Richards ... Capt. Matanaza
William Ricciardi ... Coachman to Leghorn
Grace Stafford ... Lucia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Panchita Acosta ... Italian Girl (uncredited)
Sam Appel ... Driver / Arab (uncredited)
Barlowe Borland ... Clerk at Bonnyfeather's (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Lady at Ball (uncredited)
Ann Bupp ... Dancer (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Napoleon's Secretary (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Traveler (uncredited)
Dan Colette ... Usher (uncredited)
Philip Cooper ... Stable Boy (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Maj. Domo (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Stranger (uncredited)
Carlos De Valdez ... Cuban Policeman (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Pietro (uncredited)
Charles Fallon ... Traveler (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nun (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler ... Midwife at Anthony's Birth (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Arab (uncredited)
Marjorie Gateson ... (uncredited)
Octavio Giraud ... Driver (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Officer (uncredited)
Joe Hachey ... Marco (uncredited)
Anne Howard ... Angela as a Child (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... Native Chief (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Officer (uncredited)
Joe King ... Captain of Ship to America (uncredited)
Walter Kingsford ... (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Arab (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... White Man Whipping Slave (uncredited)
Alma Lloyd ... (uncredited)
Manuel López ... Arab (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Stranger (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Stage-Door Man (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Nun (uncredited)
Ray Martin ... Young Slave (uncredited)
Billy McClain ... Black Slave Being Whipped (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Arab (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Dock Hand at Leghorn (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Doctor at Baths (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Sister Ursula (uncredited)
Boris Nicholai ... Courier (uncredited)
Artemus Nigolian ... Italian Girl (uncredited)
Claude Payton ... Announcer of Guests at Ball (uncredited)
George Reed ... Crippled Black Man (uncredited)
Jimmy Robinson ... Black Man (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Lottery Celebrant (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Maj. Domo (uncredited)
Bernard Siegel ... Pablo (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Footman (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Italian Man (uncredited)
Arthur Thalasso ... Italian Man (uncredited)
Lotus Thompson ... Lady at Ball (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Old Woman at Chalet (uncredited)
Vivian Tobin ... Lady at Ball (uncredited)
Martin Turner ... Black Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Frank Ward ... Traveler (uncredited)
Pat Washington ... Old Slave (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Butler (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Nurse to Anthony's Son (uncredited)
Ernest Wilson ... Anthony's Black Slave (uncredited)

Joan Woodbury ... Half-Caste Dancing Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Michael Curtiz (uncredited)
Writing credits
Hervey Allen (by)

Sheridan Gibney (screen play)

Milton Krims  dialogue (uncredited)
Milton Krims  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... cosmetician
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charlie Dudley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Cannon .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Lueker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eddie Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nathan Levinson .... director of recording (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Fred Jackman .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl E. Guthrie .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Vic Johnson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mickey Marigold .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dwight Franklin .... technical consultant: 18th-century customs and costumes (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milan Roder .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Natale Carossio .... stager: opera sequences
Edward Chodorov .... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Irva Mae Ross .... script clerk (uncredited)
Arthur J. Zellner .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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141 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Warner Bros. paid $40,000 for the screen rights to the 1200-page novel.See more »
[first lines]
Marquis Don Luis:I dare say you wish you'd never left Versailles. You had a very pleasant time at court with those gallant young officers. With one in particular, I recall.
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Technically well made and a decent movie--if you like this sort of film, 29 December 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I really appreciate Joseph Harder's review--as I have never read the original book nor do I think it likely I ever will. His insights are helpful in giving background for this film.

ANTHONY ADVERSE is a film that is probably better quality-wise than the 6 I scored the film. For a 1930s epic, it is obvious that the studio spared few expenses and tried very hard to create a sweeping saga. The problem, though, is that despite all the efforts of those involved, this is exactly the sort of costume drama that I dislike. Now this is my personal taste, but I also feel that most modern viewers will also be a bit put off by the style of film. In essence, this film would have played much better back in 1936 than it would today.

The film is the life story of Anthony Adverse--a boy orphaned shortly after birth. How all this came to be as well as his life leading to his eventual move to America is shown in the film. At first Anthony is a likable sort and you care about him--he really got screwed when it came to his childhood. However, later in the film he unexpectedly became a major jerk--devoting many years to the slave trade as well as practically abandoning his new bride! Because of this, no matter how Adverse eventually turns his life around, you can't help but either hate him or at best feel indifference. As a result, it's a very hard sell for everyone involved in the film and it's hard for audiences today to care about the man.

As for the technical merits, the film is directed well, has many lovely performances (including Olivia DeHavilland at her most radiant) and has a fitting musical score. While the film was not made in color, practically none of the films of the day were, so this can be forgiven. It's too bad that the film is a bit dull and the character so unlikable--because of this, some may feel that devoting almost two and a half hours to this film just isn't worth it. Overall, I see it as a well made time-passer and that's about it.

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