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The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)

Unrated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 19 February 1937 (USA)
An ordinary man suddenly finds that anything he says comes true. Or at least, almost anything.

Directors:

Lothar Mendes, Alexander Korda (uncredited)

Writers:

H.G. Wells (scenario), H.G. Wells (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Young ... George McWhirter Fotheringay
Ralph Richardson ... Colonel Winstanley
Edward Chapman ... Major Grigsby
Ernest Thesiger ... Maydig
Joan Gardner ... Ada Price
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Maggie Hooper
Robert Cochran Robert Cochran ... Bill Stoker
Lady Tree Lady Tree ... Grigsby's Housekeeper
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Mr. Bamfylde
George Zucco ... The Colonel's Butler
Wallace Lupino Wallace Lupino ... Constable Winch (as Wally Lupino)
Joan Hickson ... Effie
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Supt. Smithells
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... Toddy Beamish
George Sanders ... Indifference
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Storyline

George McWhirter Fotheringay, while vigorously asserting the impossibility of miracles, suddenly discovers that he can perform them. After being thrown out of a bar for what is thought to be a trick, he tests his powers and eventually sends a policeman to Hades by accident. Worried, he sends the police officer to San Francisco, and seeks advice from the local clergyman, Mr Maydig. Maydig, after having Fotheringay's powers demonstrated to him, quickly planning for reform of the world by means of miracle, but eventually Fotheringay orders a miracle which, due to clumsy wording, backfires. He relinquishes his power and returns to the time before he had it. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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A Modern Aladdin Who Could make Women Do Things! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H.G. Wells' The Man Who Could Work Miracles See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Noiseless Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a painting over Mr. Maydig's (Ernest Thesiger's) fireplace of the interior of a Greek style palace. Later, Mr. Fotheringay's (Roland Young's) transformation of Colonel Winstanley's (Sir Ralph Richardson's) house into a palace looks pretty much like the one in the painting. See more »

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In the final scene in the pub, Fotheringay is shown with his hands on the bar as another patron addresses him, but in the next immediate shot, his right hand is up to his cheek. See more »

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George McWhirter Fotheringay: As I want it, so it will be!
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the whimsical pessimism of H.G. Wells
4 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

H.G. Wells' lighthearted fantasy about an unassuming draperies assistant granted the ability to make his every dream come true might be the best film never made by Frank Capra. Normally a very sober thinker, Wells found the perfect balance between philosophy and whimsy for this original screenplay, in which a trio of cosmic gods conduct an experiment to see how the selfish inhabitants of this trifling world might cope with the possibility of total wish fulfillment. Astounded by his unexpected gift (which he believes to be a simple matter of will power), the meek and mild Mr. George McWirter Fotheringay soon finds himself besieged by friends and strangers offering opinions, advice, and partnership offers in lucrative business ventures. Should he use his miracle making for strictly personal gain, or for the benefit of all mankind? There are, of course, unexpected pitfalls to even the best intentions, but the consequences, while hardly optimistic, are never less than entertaining.


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