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Of Human Bondage (1946)

A medical student with a club foot falls for a beautiful but ambitious waitress. She soon leaves him, but gets pregnant and comes back to him for help.

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Complete credited cast:
... Philip Carey
... Mildred Rogers
... Nora Nesbitt
... Athelny
... Harry Griffiths
... Sally Athelny
... Dr. Tyrell
Marten Lamont ... Dunsford
... Mrs. Betty Athelny
... Mrs. Foreman
Eva Moore ... Mrs. Gray
Richard Aherne ... Emil Miller (as Richard Nugent)
... Landlady
... Flanagan
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A medical student with a club foot falls for a beautiful but ambitious waitress. She soon leaves him, but gets pregnant and comes back to him for help.

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20 July 1946 (USA)  »

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Anthropini douleia  »

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Filmed between mid-July and late October 1944, the picture was held back until its Manhattan premiere at the Strand Theatre on July 5, 1946, followed by the wide release on July 20. See more »

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Enduring drama's second screen incarnation; a decent try...
4 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

W. Somerset Maugham's tragic story about a medical student in late 1800s London who is used and abused by a coarse, common waitress--one who has a habit of flirting with the wrong kind of men (she gets used, too). These two characters take turns debasing themselves and insulting each other, but a persistent question is never really answered: just what does the future doctor see in this woman? As played by Eleanor Parker, mercurial Mildred is childishly trampy and silly instead of dangerous; Parker switches her snarling anger on and off at whim, and when she pouts she sticks her chin out like a punished adolescent. As her would-be paramour, Paul Henreid (probably too old for the part, but not bad) has two expressions: a beaming, boyish smile and a thin-lipped, painful sort of incredulity. When he's chatting up a patient at the hospital or getting to know womanly authoress Alexis Smith, Henreid seems right at home, but his scenes with Parker don't quite come off. Story was previously filmed in 1934, and again in 1964, but this is the weakest variation, with little visual style, a skittering narrative, and uneven performances overall. ** from ****


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