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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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Adventure and Romance in the 1930s' Hollywood Tradition! See more (22 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 ... Captain 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 ... Captain 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 ... Major 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 ... Major 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)
Charles 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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Additional Details

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141 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | USA:TV-G | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #1784) | USA:Not Rated (VHS rating)

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Film debut of Gale Sondergaard, who won a "Best Supporting Actress" Academy Award (which was a new category).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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Adventure and Romance in the 1930s' Hollywood Tradition!, 18 May 2000
Author: FelixtheCat from Cleveland, OH

Fredric March stars as the title character, an orphan boy discarded due to his illegitimacy, who overcomes much adversity throughout his life. He is raised in a convent and adopted by a wealthy merchant, Edmund Gwenn, at the age of ten. He learns the business, but is shipped to Havana around the time of the French Revolution. Before he departs, it is learned that he has married the daughter of a servant, Olivia DeHavilland. He is thought lost at sea by all, but is actually in Africa running a slave trade, with his heart blackening the whole time. From there, the tale takes many twists as Anthony must find goodness in his heart again, and DeHavilland may be the key. The drama is a bit heavy-handed and some overacting is present. Claude Rains and Gale Sondergaard make great antagonists, and Sondergaard won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.

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