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Of Human Bondage (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 July 1934 (USA)
A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Philip Carey
... Mildred Rogers
... Sally Athelny
... Norah
... Harry Griffiths
... Emil Miller
Reginald Sheffield ... Cyril Dunsford
... Thorpe Athelny
... Dr. Jacobs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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... Chimneysweep (scenes deleted)
Pat Somerset ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Abandoning artistic ambitions, sensitive and club-footed Philip Carey enrolls in medical school and falls in love with a waitress Mildred Rogers. She rejects him, runs off with a salesman and returns unmarried and pregnant. Philip gets her an apartment and they become engaged. Mildred runs off with another medical student. Philip takes her back again when she returns with her baby. She wrecks his apartment and burns the securities he needs to pay tuition. He gets a job as a salesman, has surgery on his foot, receives an inheritance, and returns to school where he learns Mildred is dying. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The story of a man who burnt up his soul for an idol cold as ice! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 July 1934 (USA)  »

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Escravos do Desejo  »

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$403,000 (estimated)
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(R C A Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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W. Somerset Maugham's original novel runs to 600 pages. The film version is a trim 82 minutes. See more »

Goofs

While Bette Davis says "Funny looking little thing, isn't it? I can't believe it's mine." At 43:18 we see the 'Newborn' baby on the bed. But the baby is already at least 3 months old. See more »

Quotes

Philip Carey: I thought you were never coming.
Mildred Rogers: Ooh, like that. After keeping me waiting. I almost went home.
Philip Carey: I was in the second class waiting room. I thought you said you'd be there.
Mildred Rogers: No, I said "is it likely I would sit in the second class if I could sit in the first?" For a gentleman of brains you don't use them, do ya?
Philip Carey: Perhaps not. Anyway you're here, so it's alright, isn't it?
Mildred Rogers: You certainly do make a girl feel important to ya.
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Featured in American Playhouse: Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Hesitation Blues
(1915) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Smythe, Scott Middleton and Art Gillham
Played when Mildred is tearing up the apartment
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Bette is first noticed!
12 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

A good, historical movie for the Bette Davis fan in that this is the first movie where she was noticed, based on her merits as an actress. This was a role that was offered to others, but "others" thought that playing such an evil "belladonna" role would harm their career. Bette never flinched from playing the "bitch" and it helped push her career forward. Bette does a good job in this story of an evil woman and the man who just won't/can't let her go. As another writer here has stated, this should be required viewing by young men. The scary thing is, there truly ARE such women out there. A cautionary tale that delivers..


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