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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:
Thinking person's romantic melodrama See more (59 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 La Marr ... 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)
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2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #16853, General Audience) | West Germany:12

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'Jane Wyman (I)' appears as herself and narrates the trailer.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: At the accident scene, as the taxicab door closes it is seen that there is no damage to it.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 3 people found the following review useful.
Thinking person's romantic melodrama, 31 August 2009
Author: Matti-Man from London, England

I watched MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION yesterday, for the first time in a few years, as I worked my way through the Douglas Sirk Box Set.

Like all of Sirk's Hollywood movies, there's a lot more going on in the movie than there appears to be. That said, MO is probably the director's most eventful film. Where his other pictures concentrate on the dramatic psychological conflict between characters, this one has loads of life-altering events. Within the first reel, the male lead Bob Merrick is in an accident that takes him to death's door. And the female lead's husband dies of heart attack. A short while later the female lead, Helen Phillips (Jane Wyman) is involved in an accident that robs her of her sight. Ladle on top of this Sirk's sumptuous technicolor design schemes and all this melodrama might have seemed a bit contrived (you think?), it it hadn't been for the philosophical glue that Sirk binds it all together with.

In MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, the doctrine espoused is reminiscent of Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret", and is so important to the story that the film derives its title from the unnamed philosophy that is referred to by its "prophet", Edward Randolph (Otto Krueger), as "a magnificent obsession". Yet Sirk wisely leaves the details in the background. We never really get the full picture of how the philosophy works, but this is how Sirk keeps the whole thing from becoming preachy.

Sirk himself claimed in an interview on BBC TV that he was more interested in the "circle of life" angle ... Dr Phillips dies so that Bob Merrick can live and carry on his good works for him. But whatever the director's intentions, what we ended up with was a superior romantic melodrama with a strong underlying sub-text that says, Give with no thought of receiving and the world will be a better place.

No argument from me ...

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