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Magnificent Obsession -- Classic love story involving a man who falls for the woman who's husband's death he is indirectly responsible for

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Director:
Writers:
Lloyd C. Douglas (novel)
Robert Blees (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 August 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE STORY OF A WOMAN'S NEED FOR A MAN that will become one of the great emotional thrills of your lifetime!
Plot:
When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
More uplift than a cantilever bra See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Wyman ... Helen Phillips

Rock Hudson ... Bob Merrick

Agnes Moorehead ... Nancy Ashford

Otto Kruger ... Edward Randolph

Barbara Rush ... Joyce Phillips
Gregg Palmer ... Tom Masterson
Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Henry Giraud
Sara Shane ... Valerie Daniels
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. Derwin Dodge
Judy Nugent ... Judy
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Eden
Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Albert Fuss
Fred Nurney ... Dr. Laradetti
John Mylong ... Dr. Emil Hofer
Alexander Campbell ... Dr. Allan

Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Miller
Harvey Grant ... Chris Miller
Joseph Mell ... Dan (as Joe Mell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gail Bonney ... Phyllis (uncredited)
George Brand ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ... Mr. Jouvet (uncredited)
Lance Fuller ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Doctor (uncredited)
Lisa Gaye ... Switchboard Girl (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Joy Hallward ... Maid (uncredited)
Myrna Hansen ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Bradford Jackson ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Jack Kelly ... First Mechanic (uncredited)
Lucille Lamarr ... Nurse (uncredited)
William Leslie ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Paul Levitt ... Anesthetist (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Williams - Bob's Butler (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Switchboard Girl (uncredited)
Ray Quinn ... Doctor (uncredited)
Lee Roberts ... Joe - Mechanic (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Julian Lang - Inter-Europa Travel Agent (uncredited)
Frederick Stevens ... Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Luncheon Guest (uncredited)
Greta Ullmann ... Flower Saleswoman (uncredited)
Charles Victor ... Doctor (uncredited)
Will J. White ... State Police Sergeant Bill Ames (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... State Police Sergeant Burnham (uncredited)
Helen Winston ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
 
Writing credits
Lloyd C. Douglas (novel)

Robert Blees (screenplay)

Wells Root (adaptation)

Sarah Y. Mason (based upon the screenplay by) and
Victor Heerman (based upon the screenplay by)

Finley Peter Dunne  uncredited

Produced by
Ross Hunter .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Emrich Nicholson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Edward Dodds .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (uncredited)
Gordon McLean .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Corson Jowett .... sound
 
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
 
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Jack Daniels .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #16853, General Audience) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Jeff Chandler turned down the role of Bob Merrick because he thought the story was too "soppy".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In early scenes of Bob Merrick boat racing on the lake, he is warned to be careful because "...it is really kicking up out there!" but we immediately see the lake and it is calm, almost without any waves at all.See more »
Quotes:
Valerie:[first lines]
Valerie:Bob! Bob, take it easy!
Dr. Bob Merrick:Easy? Where's that get ya?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
More uplift than a cantilever bra, 2 April 2006
Author: Martin Bradley (MOscarbradley@aol.com) from Derry, Ireland

Daft potboilers don't come much dafter than this, but it's a Douglas Sirk movie which makes everything alright. Except in this case it doesn't. Based on a sanctimonious novel by the sanctimonious Lloyd C Douglas, (he wrote "The Robe"), and already filmed in 1935 with Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor, it's got more uplift than a cantilever bra.

Rock Hudson is the arrogant playboy who not only feels responsible for making Jane Wyman a widow but later is directly responsible for the accident in which she loses her sight. To make amends he takes up medicine, becomes a great eye surgeon and restores it. (No, it sin't quite that daft; he had planned to become a doctor before becoming an arrogant playboy). In between times, they fall in love.

Try as I might I can't quite find the redeeming social commentary and critique of American mores that are supposed to lie just below the surface of Sirk's films, (this one isn't too deep). On the plus side Rock Hudson isn't half bad, (I think I am rediscovering him), and, of course, it looks great, (in Sirk's films people live in rooms the size of cathedrals). Nothing in this film matches the best of his later work and even in soap-opera terms this is definitely daytime TV.

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