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The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

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Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Owen Wister / Narrator
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Annie Gough, Holmes' Housekeeper
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Reynolds, Secretary
Jimmy Lydon ...
Clinton, Secretary (as James Lydon)
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Baxter, Secretary (as Guy Anderson)
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Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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20 December 1950 (USA)  »

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Nobre Rebelde  »

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The play, "The Magnificent Yankee," opened at the Royale Theater in New York on January 22, 1946, and ran for 159 performances, with Louis Calhern in the lead role. While other Hollywood actors were eligible to play Oliver Wendell Holmes, MGM decided to let Calhern reprise his Broadway role in the film, to thank him for his many years of service as a supporting player at their studio. See more »

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[referring to President Theodore Roosevelt]
Oliver Wendell Holmes: He said, among other things, that he could carve a judge with more backbone out of a banana.
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: [outraged] Well, the very idea!
Graham, reporter for Boston Transcript: Is there any statement, Mrs. Holmes, that you would make?
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: Yes, Mr. Graham, there is.
Oliver Wendell Holmes: Fanny...
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: You may say that we adore dear Mr. Roosevelt at all times -
Graham, reporter for Boston Transcript: Adore, Mrs. Holmes?
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: Yes, Mr. Graham, we adore everything about him... except his taste in bananas.
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A Judge In Love
6 July 2003 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

I grew up in East Los Angeles so my history of Judge Oliver W Holmes is not very good. If this was a good recounting of the actual life of Holmes is unbeknown to me. The story told however was interesting to me because it was about love and friendship interactions with other human beings. Louis Calhern played Oliver W Holmes and did a masterful job of playing a man that ages into his nineties. Ann Harding played his wife Fanny was also masterful until her death in the film. This man Holmes did not have children in the normal sense but counted many of his law clerks as his sons when serving in the Supreme Court. His friend played my Eduard Franz (Judge Brandeis) had a friendship that last their entire careers in public service. They formed a voting group of two on the court but the friendship was so close that each other was not afraid to correct the other when it was needed. This is what a real friend will do. So this film really was about friendship/love and growing old together, a good movie to watch.


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