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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:
The Glossy Facade Gives Way To A Studio Classic See more (51 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)
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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The recently-blinded Helen Phillips (Jane Wyman) praises her friend for not becoming short-tempered with her and her new disabilities. "I'd have thrown me in the drink, if I were me." ... Should be, "......if I were YOU."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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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Glossy Facade Gives Way To A Studio Classic, 23 July 2005
Author: Michael Bragg (Michael27@aol.com) from Foster City, CA

Looking back on the abbreviated career of Douglas Sirk, "Magnificent Obsession" rises above being just another "woman's film" or "weepie". It actually serves as a notable turning point as it is the first in a string of Technicolor melodramas Sirk helmed at Universal-International, as well as one of his most popular. It also kick-started the malnourished career of Rock Hudson and sent his fame into another realm. Despite the film's lame-brained premise and endless implausibilities, Sirk takes the material and dishes out a sweet, moving drama that is a thinly disguised tale of Christianity.

Hudson stars as Bob Merrick, a millionaire playboy with no cares in the world. His lavish and self-serving lifestyle inadvertently leads to the death of a prominent local doctor, Wayne Phillips. Dr.Phillip's widow, Helen(Jane Wyman)tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, while at the same time resisting the advances of Bob Merrick. His persistence results in an accident in which Helen goes blind. In a convoluted and corny twist, Bob tries to redeem himself by giving selflessly to others and devoting his life to medicine to find a way to restore Helen's eyesight.

Every stereotype of every soap opera convention is used in overwhelming doses to tell the story of "Magnificent Obsession". The "alternative lifestyle" of Christianity that Bob learns is a mish-mash of psychobabble that even the most detail-oriented viewer would find boring and confusing. And the seriousness in which the actors take the material is eye-rollingly unbelievable. But this film is saved by the always-savvy direction of Douglas Sirk(who himself hated the plot)and an elegant, understated Jane Wyman who brought her own brand of sophistication to every role she played - and was Oscar-nominated for this role. Even Hudson is able to overcome his nerves in his first leading, A-list role to give a performance that is convincing. Sirk's use of reflective surfaces and a dominating color palette give this movie a look that is undeniably sheen. And Frank Skinner's classical score takes the ordinary material to an emotional level; although the choral "oohs and aahs" on the soundtrack are a bit pungent for such a quiet film. This is not Sirk's best work, but it is definitely solid enough to engage first time viewers and a must for fans of the German-bred director's work.

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