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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! See more »
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:
Fairy-tale coloured technicolour eye-candy from Sirk. See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Wyman ... Helen Phillips

Rock Hudson ... Bob Merrick

Agnes Moorehead ... Nancy Ashford

Otto Kruger ... Randolph

Barbara Rush ... Joyce Phillips

Gregg Palmer ... Tom Masterson

Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Giraud

Sara Shane ... Valerie
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. Dodge
Judy Nugent ... Judy

Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Eden
Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Fuss
Fred Nurney ... Dr. Laradetti
John Mylong ... Dr. Hofer

Alexander Campbell ... Dr. Allan

Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Miller
Harvey Grant ... Chris
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 (set decorations)
Ruby R. Levitt (set decorations)
 
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
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
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:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (2008) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16853, General Audience) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
At 23:04-23:08 the date on the hospital board changes from Monday September 2 to Tuesday September 10. This is interesting because actress Jane Wyman would pass away on Monday September 10.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 23 minutes in: The sign behind the reception desk at the hospital gives the date as "Tuesday September 10". But just a few seconds later, when Bob writes the $25,000 check to the hospital, he dates it September 17.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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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Fairy-tale coloured technicolour eye-candy from Sirk., 29 July 2004

Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson) gets his commuppance and learns to be not such a reckless rich twat, with the help of a fairy godfather and falling in love with a woman he made go blind!

If you've never heard of Douglas Sirk, be prepared that this will be melodrama city. Production values are superb, though. Sirk was a very talented craftsman, as well as creating a beautiful aesthetic for these films.

Sirk made the hospital and the classic American home look as artificial and sanitised as he could: with lipstick so bright and full the lips jump off the faces, sculpted hair and good looks, everything in its right place and colours so stark it looks like a children's colour book. These locales are contrasted with a couple of other places, darkly beautiful: the scene where Rock is sitting at a bar, which starts with the rather loose and drunk looking woman leaning up against the wall, with curls of cigarette smoke and beautiful light in the background. The other is the night scene in Paris, with such exquisite light coming through the doors of the apartment.

Rock is actually pretty good in the film, and really perfect looking. I can see why Sirk picked him out - he's a Ken doll - playing the fantasy American: rich, beautiful and devil-may-care. And after this flick, he was also a star.

3/5. I liked La Habanera better, though.

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