MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,755 this week

The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 703 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 5 critic

An ordinary man suddenly finds that anything he says comes true. Or at least, almost anything!

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(short story), (scenario and dialogue), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 20 titles
created 09 Mar 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 Sep 2011
 
a list of 2009 titles
created 28 Jul 2012
 
a list of 464 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Man Who Could Work Miracles.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Edward Chapman ...
Ernest Thesiger ...
Maydig
Joan Gardner ...
Ada Price
Sophie Stewart ...
Maggie Hooper
Robert Cochran ...
Bill Stoker
Maud Tree ...
Grigsby's Housekeeper (as Lady Tree)
Laurence Hanray ...
Mr. Bamfylde
George Zucco ...
The Colonel's Butler
Wallace Lupino ...
Constable Winch (as Wally Lupino)
Joan Hickson ...
Effie
Wally Patch ...
Supt. Smithnells
Mark Daly ...
Toddy Beamish
...
Indifference - a God
Edit

Storyline

George McWhirter Fotheringay, while vigorously asserting the impossibility of miracles, suddenly discovers that he can perform them. After being thrown out of a bar for what is thought to be a trick, he tests his powers and eventually sends a policeman to Hades by accident. Worried, he sends the police officer to San Francisco, and seeks advice from the local clergyman, Mr Maydig. Maydig, after having Fotheringay's powers demonstrated to him, quickly planning for reform of the world by means of miracle, but eventually Fotheringay orders a miracle which, due to clumsy wording, backfires. He relinquishes his power and returns to the time before he had it. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Could Work Miracles  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Noiseless Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Col. Winstanley, who was obviously meant to be the "old colonel", describes George Fotheringay as being young, but Ralph Richardson, who played him, was 35 years old - 15 years younger than Roland Young, who played Mr. Fotheringay. See more »

Goofs

The sequence in which the constable is transported to San Francisco was obviously filmed in Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

George McWhirter Fotheringay: You just stand there looking lovely, until I notice you!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bruce Almighty (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very thought-provoking
4 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a nice little film that I'd never heard about but should have, as it's a nice little film. In many ways it's a lot like the "Twilight Zone" episode with Burgess Meredith where aliens give him extraordinary strength as an experiment. Here, however, angelic beings are talking in the heavens and one of them decides to pick a random person on Earth and give them practically limitless power--to see what effect this would have on the person and planet.

Ordinary Roland Young (sporting a toupee) is the guy chosen for this gift. However, unlike what you'd expect, he is slow to exploit this power and only does mostly simple tricks with it at the beginning. However, when it comes to making bigger changes in his life and to the planet, he's hesitant and seeks out advice from respected members of the community on what to do with his powers. One, a vicar, wants Young to do good with the power--but what, exactly, should this be and what are the repercussion? Another, played wonderfully by Ralph Richardson, is a pompous caricature of an English "gentleman" and wants Young to use his powers to kick butt! Others have various ideas and ultimately Young gets in well over his head.

Overall, the film is quite funny (particular in Richardson's scenes) as well as thought-provoking--an interesting combination. It makes you wonder what you might do if given god-like powers. An interesting portrait of human nature and our obvious foibles.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Palace in the Last Scenes stevem-26
Which character was Effie? sky-115
Discuss The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?