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Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1954 (USA)
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A selfish playboy enamored by a woman he seems to hurt more than he intends begins to understand a deeper meaning to their relationship.

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Douglas Sirk

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Lloyd C. Douglas (novel), Robert Blees (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Helen Phillips
Rock Hudson ... Bob Merrick
Agnes Moorehead ... Nancy Ashford
Otto Kruger ... Randolph
Barbara Rush ... Joyce Phillips
Gregg Palmer ... Tom Masterson
Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Giraud
Sara Shane ... Valerie
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. Dodge
Judy Nugent ... Judy
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Eden
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Fuss
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Dr. Laradetti
John Mylong ... Dr. Hofer
Alexander Campbell ... Dr. Allan
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When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when Merrick learns Phillips' secret, to give selflessly and in secret, he tries it in a ham-handed way. The result further alienates Phillips' widow, Helen, with whom Merrick has fallen in love. Merrick's persistence causes another tragedy, and he must remake his life, including going back to medical school, in an attempt to make amends and win her love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Great Love Story by the Author of "The Robe" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | German

Release Date:

7 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sublime obsesión See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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Jeff Chandler turned down the role of Bob Merrick because he thought the story was too "soppy". See more »

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Early in the move when the doctor died, one policeman goes to talk on the police car radio and put the mic up to his ear instead of him mouth. See more »

Quotes

Valerie: [first lines]
Valerie: Bob! Bob, take it easy!
Dr. Bob Merrick: Easy? Where's that get ya?
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Consolations, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major - Lento, placido
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A Remake without the Magnetism of the Original 1935 Film
5 March 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The reckless and arrogant playboy Robert Merrick (Rock Hudson) has an accident with his motorboat but he is resuscitated with the resuscitator of the famous Dr. Wayne Phillips. Coincidently at the same time, Dr. Phillips has a heart attack and needs his apparatus, but he dies. Dr. Phillips's young wife, Helen (Jane Wyman), and his daughter Joyce (Barbara Rush) blame Bob Merrick for his irresponsibility and hate him. Sooner they discover that Dr. Phillips had secretly helped many people that adore him. When Merrick sees Helen Hudson, he flirts with her, but his unrequited affection irritates her. One day, Merrick is drunk and meets the artist Edward Randolph (Otto Kruger) by chance and he learns that Dr. Phillips secretly helped people without expecting any return or acknowledgement. One day, Merrick sees Helen in a restaurant and gets in her taxi. However Helen leaves the car upset with Merrick, another car runs over Helen and she becomes blind. Later Merrick meets Helen on the beach and lures her, introducing himself as Robinson. Meanwhile he financially helps her and hires a team of specialists to examine Helen in Switzerland. Helen is examined but the doctors advise her that they will not operate her. Meanwhile Merrick and Helen fall in love with each other but when Merrick proposes her, he discloses his true identity. On the next morning, Helen vanishes without any trace from the hotel with her nurse and friend Nancy (Agnes Moorehead). Merrick studies medicine and years later, he returns to Detroit and Randolph tells him that Helen is very sick in a small sanatorium in New Mexico. He heads to meet Helen with Randolph and finds her terminal, needing an urgent surgery. Without alternative, he has to operate her.

"Magnificent Obsession" is a remake without the magnetism of the original film. The story has minor modifications, actually updates and color, but the black and white movie of 1935 is better and better. The charm and chemistry of Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor are unrivalled. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sublime Obsessão" ("Sublime Obsession")


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