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The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 3 August 1951 (Australia)
Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Francis Biddle (book), Emmet Lavery (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Calhern ... Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ann Harding ... Fanny Bowditch Holmes
Eduard Franz ... Judge Louis Brandeis
Philip Ober ... Owen Wister / Narrator
Ian Wolfe ... Adams
Edith Evanson ... Annie Gough
Richard Anderson ... Reynolds, Secretary
Jimmy Lydon ... Clinton, Secretary (as James Lydon)
Herbert Anderson ... Baxter, Secretary (as Guy Anderson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Phillip Law ... Minor Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobre e Rebelde See more »

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Budget:

$639,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes where Oliver Wendell Holmes visits his wife's grave were filmed at the actual grave of Oliver Wendell and Fanny Holmes in Arlington National Cemetery. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver and Fanny run out of the library upon hearing the fire bells, a moving shadow of the camera and rigging is visible on the bookcase to the right. See more »

Quotes

[referring to President Theodore Roosevelt]
Oliver Wendell Holmes: He said, among other things, that he could carve a judge with more backbone out of a banana.
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: [outraged] Well, the very idea!
Graham, reporter for Boston Transcript: Is there any statement, Mrs. Holmes, that you would make?
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: Yes, Mr. Graham, there is.
Oliver Wendell Holmes: Fanny...
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: You may say that we adore dear Mr. Roosevelt at all times -
Graham, reporter for Boston Transcript: Adore, Mrs. Holmes?
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: Yes, Mr. Graham, we adore everything about him... except his taste in bananas.
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Literate, gracious, film
10 March 2000 | by coop-16See all my reviews

At first I was surprised at the number of votes for this film, but on reflection, it becomes all too clear why this is so. This film may be too literate for contemporary audiences. How many people now know who Henry Adams, Owen Wister, and Louis Brandeis WERE? Still, one shouldn't have to be a constitutional law scholar to love a film so well acted and so rich in Human interest. Yes, the film does occasionally sentimentalise Holmes. So? I find it fascinating that Emmett Lavery, a devout Catholic, educated by Jesuits, was able to paint such a warm portrait of the atheist (and lets not mince words-he WAS an atheist) Holmes, who had little use for moral absolutes or the Natural Law. In short, a very fine film, of the sort that is impossible to make nowadays.


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