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Madame Curie -- Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

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Director:
Writers:
Paul Osborn (screen play) and
Hans Rameau (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
February 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
MR. and MRS. MINIVER together again
Plot:
Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
"A Wonderful Collaboration" See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greer Garson ... Marie Curie

Walter Pidgeon ... Pierre Curie

Henry Travers ... Eugene Curie
Albert Bassermann ... Professor Jean Perot

Robert Walker ... David Le Gros

C. Aubrey Smith ... Lord Kelvin

Dame May Whitty ... Madame Eugene Curie
Victor Francen ... President of University
Elsa Bassermann ... Madame Perot

Reginald Owen ... Dr. Becquerel

Van Johnson ... Reporter

Margaret O'Brien ... Irene Curie - Age 5
James Hilton ... Narration Spoken By (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Aldrich ... Tall Woman (uncredited)
Tony Carson ... Man at Accident (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Swedish Queen (uncredited)

Ray Collins ... Lecturer (voice) (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Professor (uncredited)
George Davis ... Cart Driver (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Professor (uncredited)
Franz Dorfler ... Assistant Tailor (uncredited)
Justine Duney ... Woman at Accident (uncredited)
Tay Dunn ... Man at Accident (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Cart Driver (uncredited)
Nestor Eristoff ... Board Member (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Man at Accident (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Board Member (uncredited)

Howard Freeman ... Prof. Constant (voice) (uncredited)
Linda Lee Gates ... Perot Granddaughter (uncredited)
Marie Louise Gates ... Perot Granddaughter (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Lucille (uncredited)
Ilka Grüning ... Seamstress (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Professor Roget (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Son (uncredited)
James Kirkwood ... Board Member (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Woman at Accident (uncredited)

Gene Lockhart ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... Businessman (uncredited)
George Meader ... Singing Professor (uncredited)
Dickie Meyers ... Master Michaud (uncredited)
Noel Mills ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Photographer (uncredited)

Alan Napier ... Dr. Bladh (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... President of Businessman's Board (uncredited)
Maria Page ... Woman at Accident (uncredited)

Gigi Perreau ... Eve at 18 Months (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Monsieur Michaud (uncredited)
Nita Pike ... Woman at Accident (uncredited)
Dorothy Raye ... Nurse (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Madame Michaud (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... Businessman (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... King Oscar (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Driver (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Board Member (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Proud Papa (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Jewelry Salesman (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Businessman (uncredited)
Eustace Wyatt ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Albert Lewin (fired) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Paul Osborn (screen play) and
Hans Rameau (screen play) (as Paul H. Rameau)

Ève Curie (book "Madame Curie") (as Eve Curie)

Aldous Huxley  uncredited
Walter Reisch  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Sidney Franklin .... producer
E.J. Mannix .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Irene (costume supervision)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Robert Cannon .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director (uncredited)
Harry Beaumont .... second unit director (uncredited)
Hugh Boswell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Shenberg .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
Hugh Hunt .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Hackett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Sharaff .... associate costume supervisor (as Sharaff)
Gile Steele .... costumes: men's
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rudolph M. Langer .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9500)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 16, 1946 with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Pierre's street accident, when the men come to tell Marie, she comes into the hallway and puts her hand on the dowel of the railing; in the next shot, her hand is down, and she puts it up on the dowel again.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
[Madame Curie addresses a large gathering of scientists]
Marie Curie:Even now, after twenty-five years of intensive research, we feel there is a great deal still to be done. We have made many discoveries. Pierre Curie and the suggestions we have found in his notes, and his thoughts he expressed to me have helped to guide us to them...
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Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"A Wonderful Collaboration", 24 December 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Following their success as a romantic pairing in "Mrs. Miniver", the wartime morale-booster, Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon were twice more placed in romantic vehicles by MGM, this being the more successful of the two.

In the late nineteenth century, a beautiful young Polish woman enrols at the Sorbonne. Mademoiselle Sklodowska is a brilliant physicist, and before long she has been attached to Doctor Curie, the shy boffin with the large laboratory. One day, the lives of both scientists are profoundly affected when a colleague shows them the strange radiant properties of certain rocks. Marie and Pierre decide to devote their careers to understanding how minerals can cause changes in a photographic plate.

Mervyn LeRoy ("I Am A Fugitive", "Gold Diggers", etc) directed this conservative little biopic with quiet professionalism. If the film never truly hits the heights, it has to be said that it is a near flawless piece of workmanship. The writers, Osborne and Rameau, produced a literate and well-paced screenplay, and the incipient romance between the two shy scientists is depicted with delicacy and gentle humour.

Doctor Curie gradually falls for his gifted student. The graduation ceremony is cleverly depicted as a crowded sell-out, which the absent-minded doctor almost misses. We hear, but do not see, Marie receive the first prize.

The critical point in the relationship comes when Pierre invites Marie to spend a weekend at his parents' country villa. Marie retires to bed, and the agitated Pierre spends the night pacing up and down in his room, not entirely sure what is bothering him. When he finally resolves to propose marriage, we see him ascend the stairs walking away from the camera: this emphasises his nervousness, because he is moving 'out there'. After Marie accepts, Pierre is shot from the reverse angle going back down the stairs - now he 'belongs' to Marie, and we see him from her point of view. The scenes which follow are deeply attractive. The studio sets of the villa garden and Grenoble are sumptuous, and the location shots of the honeymoon absolutely idyllic. The hard labour back in Paris will seem all the grimmer after this interlude.

The film is almost an hour old before Marie embarks on her discovery of radium. The experiment to separate uranium and thorium is lit from below, resembling the dramatic paintings of Joseph Wright of Derby. Infinite patience was required during the four years of toil which culminated in the preparation of radium, and the film conveys a vivid sense of the Curies' dedication. The new century begins with the gentle glow of the isolated radium sample, a beacon heralding the wonders of the dawning age.

Interesting side issues include the appearance of a very young Robert Walker as David, the lab assistant, and an equally callow Van Johnson as the cub reporter. Some lines in the script were perfectly innocent in their day, but raise a titter now. Telling Marie how much she will like his father, Pierre goes on to add, "And my mother's quite gay - you'll enjoy them both!" When Pierre leaves the house in pouring rain on some purpose of his own, Marie calls after him, "Don't forget your rubbers!"

Marie's reaction to the news of the accident is well done, but her final speech to the Faculty of Science fails to inspire. It is her work that is uplifting, not her oratory, and the film puts this across.

Verdict - Solid, well-made biopic which doesn't quite ignite.

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