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Madame Curie (1943)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | February 1944 (USA)
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Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Directors:

Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin (uncredited)

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screen play), Hans Rameau (screen play) (as Paul H. Rameau) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greer Garson ... Marie Curie
Walter Pidgeon ... Pierre Curie
Henry Travers ... Eugene Curie
Albert Bassermann ... Professor Jean Perot
Robert Walker ... David Le Gros
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lord Kelvin
May Whitty ... Madame Eugene Curie (as Dame May Whitty)
Victor Francen ... President of University
Elsa Bassermann ... Madame Perot
Reginald Owen ... Dr. Becquerel
Van Johnson ... Reporter
Margaret O'Brien ... Irene Curie - Age 5
James Hilton James Hilton ... Narration Spoken By (voice)
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Biopic of the famed scientist and the work she did with her husband Pierre in the discovery of radium. Marie was a student at the Sorbonne studying for her Master's degree in physics when they first met. She received permission to use space in Professor Pierre Curie's laboratory. They soon fall in love and are married, working together on trying to isolate a radioactive substance Marie has identified as radium. Years of painstaking research and experimentation led to success and Marie and Pierre Curie shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. Sadly, Pierre was killed crossing the street in the rain when he was run over by a horse and wagon. Marie continued to work and make major contributions to science. Written by garykmcd

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MR. and MRS. MINIVER together again


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curie-Sklodowska See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The scene in which Pierre Curie proposes to Marie Sklodowska is one long continuous take. It lasts for more than two and a half minutes. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film Marie Curie is referred to as a blonde, but Greer Garson was naturally red-headed and no attempt was made to lighten her hair to make her look blonde. Her hair photographed the dark grey common to redheads in black-and-white films of this vintage. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Curie: No true scientist can have anything to do with women.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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from the French melody "Ah ! vous dirai-je, Maman" (music first published 1761)
Played on piano by Linda Lee Gates and Marie Louise Gates
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Garson and Pidgeon discover radium...tasteful biography...
23 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Here we have Greer Garson in the kind of role that would later inspire that wonderful sequence from 'Ziegfeld Follies' (the 'Madame Crematon' impersonation by Judy Garland, a rip-off of Greer in her great lady roles). But, surprisingly or not, Garson and Pidgeon are teamed in a very eloquent and moving biography, one of the more tasteful and dignified bios of the 1940s considering it deals with subject matter not conducive to popular taste.

Their long work in the laboratories finally leads to the discovery of radium--and this is the fascinating story of how they met and married and indulged in their lifelong pursuit of discovery. A young and rather miscast Robert Walker plays a fellow lab worker. Van Johnson has a few brief moments toward the end, as does Margaret O'Brien. But the focus is on Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon and they both deliver Oscar nominated performances.

This is one of the better screen biographies and one that has been sorely neglected over the years. Watch for my career article on GREER GARSON to appear in an upcoming issue of FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE.


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