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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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Nominated for 7 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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The third film in three years to star Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon to be nominated for Best Picture. Blossoms in the Dust (1941) began the trend in 1941 with Mrs. Miniver (1942) sweeping the Oscars the following year. See more »

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When his parents come over for dinner, Pierre comes out of the kitchen to get his coat twice. See more »

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Pierre Curie: No true scientist can have anything to do with women.
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Soundtracks

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
(uncredited)
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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Showcase For Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon
23 October 2007 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

At times, this M Leroy directed film gets a little heavy handed as this is one of the rare times that Leroy, often an erratic director for hire, did an entire film himself & got credit for it. Overall though, his effort here is very satisfactory.

Based upon Eve Curies book, this film follows along pretty factually the Marie Curie story leading to the couples isolating of Radium in their lab after 4 years of work. The film concentrates on the relationship that forms between Pierre & Marie & the science. The script actually allows for a nice balance there.

Greer Garson is great as Madame Marie Currie. I can't see many other actresses doing as was as she does in this role. Walter Pidgeon is excellent as Pierre & it is these 2 leads that make the film a good one. There is some quick supporting work from Van Johnson but nothing about his cameo really does a lot for this particular film.

This film does show the MGM studio quality as it existed in the 1940's as it goes over very well & is well produced. MGM came into World War 2 as the premiere studio & this film was a strong entry in the biographical film category. It is very obvious that even though the film is set in France near Paris, that Paris was not available for location filming due to the war.

This is a very good film for it's era, being factually based & really painting a positive portrait of who Marie & Pierre Curie were & why they were important in the history of science. It does give short shrift to the couples kids but at over 2 hours the film has too much to cover to do otherwise.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

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Curie-Skłodowska See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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