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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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  (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)
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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The film required 131 sets, including a 12-acre African compound built on the studio backlot - the largest set which had ever been constructed.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 8 people found the following review useful.
Sprawling historic drama, 26 December 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Frederic March is "Anthony Adverse" in this 1936 film that also stars Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Anita Louise Gail Sondergaard, Donald Woods, Edmund Gwenn and Louis Hayward. Anita Louise and Hayward both have small roles as illicit lovers in the beginning of the film - she's married to Marquis de Luis (Claude Rains) and dies giving birth to a son by Denis (Hayward). The evil marquis drops the baby off at a convent, where he lives until he is 10 years old. Then he is adopted by a merchant, Mr. Bonnyfeather (Gwenn), who happens to be his grandfather. Bonnyfeather sees his daughter in the boy's (Billy Mauch) angelic face. This beautiful little boy grows up to be a blond Frederic March, who has been given the name Anthony Adverse. He's in love with Angela (de Havilland), an aspiring opera singer, but goes to Africa to recover his grandfather's fortune rather than stay with her. There he becomes involved in slave trading. When he returns, things have changed for Angela - and for him.

The film is based on a best-selling book, and I have to agree that both the film and the book seem forgotten today, as is the director, Mervyn Leroy. March is wrong for the role - he doesn't convey enough charisma, for one thing - certainly Brian Aherne or Errol Flynn would have been much more compelling. March was a wonderful actor but he needed a strong director to get him away from being "stagy," and this type of role was never his métier anyway. The gorgeous ingénue de Havilland gives a lovely performance, but the standouts are the villains - Sondergaard, as Bonnyfeather's housekeeper and Claude Rains as the marquis.

TCM gives this movie very high stars, probably based on the fact that it won four Oscars (one for Sondergaard who doesn't do much but look snide) and that it was nominated for Best Picture in 1936. The pickings must have been slim. This is a good film, with an exciting carriage chase in the mountains and some brutal scenes of slave trading, but it's hard to keep interested in it. Adverse isn't terribly likable, for one thing. It's the story of a man and how he is molded into a human being by two priests and a woman. It's a lofty idea that doesn't quite make it onto the screen.

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