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The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

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Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Ann Harding ...
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Owen Wister / Narrator
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Annie Gough, Holmes' Housekeeper
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Reynolds, Secretary
Jimmy 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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The scenes where Oliver Wendell Holmes visits his wife's grave were filmed at the actual grave of Oliver Wendell and Fanny Holmes in Arlington National Cemetery. 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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An Almost Perfect Biographical film of Holmes!
18 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, the casting of Lewis Calhern as Oliver Wendell Holmes and Ann Harding as his wife, Fanny Bowditch Holmes, is perfect together. The film is set around Holmes' life as a Supreme Court Justice with the late Louis Brandeis who was the first Jewish member of the supreme court. The film is first rate and the script could use a little work. This film is an example of old Hollywood at it's brilliance with class, style, and a terrific cast and crew. The film's historical basis allows the story to be told easily. You can't help but enjoy Harding and Calhern on the screen as a loving couple. They don't make such high quality films anymore where it's character driven. I watched this film this morning and I couldn't take my eyes off Calhern as he played the late Oliver Wendell Holmes nor Ann Harding as his wife. The film is a perfect example of what thrived in Old Hollywood in it's golden era. It's never recovered from days where veterans like Harding and Calhern and many others worked five films per year.


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