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The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

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 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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobre Rebelde See more »

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Box Office

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

This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss of $471,000 ($4.75M in 2017) for MGM according to studio records. 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

Oliver Wendell Holmes: [to Reynolds] It's a free country. Everybody's entitled to his opinion... even the President of the United States.
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Connections

Version of The Magnificent Yankee (1965) See more »

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Magnificent!!
6 March 2003 | by willramsSee all my reviews

I had never seen this film before until I saw it on TCM TV the other day. It is really an extraordinarly drama of the life of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes portrayed by Louis Calhoun and his wife played by Ann Harding, and directed by John Sturges. Judge Lewis Brandeis is played by Eduard Franz. Holmes always wanted a son and he called all 30 of his secretaries "his sons". One of the sons I recognized but just couldn't think of his name, so I looked it up; sure enough he was played by child actor Jimmy Lydon whom I always loved in films. Lydon played the part of Secretary Clinton. This truly is a well acted and enjoyable biography. Highly recommended!


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