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Magnificent Obsession ()


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A rich playboy whose recklessness inadvertently causes the death of a prominent doctor tries to make amends to his widow, and falls for her in the process.

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Helen Phillips
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Bob Merrick
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Nancy Ashford
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Randolph
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Joyce Phillips
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Tom Masterson
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Dr. Giraud
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Valerie
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Dr. Dodge
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Judy
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Mrs. Eden
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Dr. Fuss
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Dr. Laradetti
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Dr. Hofer
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Dr. Allan
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Mrs. Miller
Harvey Grant ...
Chris
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Dan (as Joe Mell)
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Phyllis (uncredited)
George Brand ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ...
Mr. Jouvet (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Switchboard Girl (uncredited)
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Observer at Scene (uncredited)
Joy Hallward ...
Maid (uncredited)
Myrna Hansen ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
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First Mechanic (uncredited)
Lucille La Marr ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
Paul Levitt ...
Anesthetist (uncredited)
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Williams - Bob's Butler (uncredited)
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Gateman (uncredited)
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Observer at Scene (uncredited)
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Switchboard Girl (uncredited)
Ray Quinn ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Joe - Mechanic (uncredited)
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Julian Lang - Inter-Europa Travel Agent (uncredited)
Frederick Stevens ...
Cafe Owner (uncredited)
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Luncheon Guest (uncredited)
Greta Ullmann ...
Flower Saleswoman (uncredited)
Charles Victor ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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State Police Sergeant Bill Ames (uncredited)
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State Police Sergeant Burnham (uncredited)
Helen Winston ...
Receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Douglas Sirk

Written by

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Lloyd C. Douglas ... (novel)
 
Robert Blees ... (screenplay)
 
Wells Root ... (adaptation)
 
Sarah Y. Mason ... (based upon the screenplay by) and
Victor Heerman ... (based upon the screenplay by)
 
Finley Peter Dunne ... () (uncredited)

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Ross Hunter ... producer

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Frank Skinner

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Russell Metty ... director of photography

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Milton Carruth

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Bernard Herzbrun
Emrich Nicholson

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Russell A. Gausman ... (set decorations)
Ruby R. Levitt ... (set decorations)

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Bill Thomas ... (gowns)

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Joan St. Oegger ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Edward Dodds ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William Holland ... assistant director
James Curtis Havens ... second unit director (uncredited)
Gordon McLean ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Corson Jowett ... sound

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David S. Horsley ... special photography

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Joseph Gershenson ... musical director
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

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William Fritzsche ... Technicolor color consultant
Jack Daniels ... dialogue director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines THE STORY OF A WOMAN'S NEED FOR A MAN that will become one of the great emotional thrills of your lifetime! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le secret magnifique (France)
  • Obsesión (Spain)
  • En läkares samvete (Sweden)
  • To yperoho mystiko (Greece)
  • Wspaniała obsesja (Poland)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia Jeff Chandler turned down the role of Bob Merrick because he thought the story was too "soppy". See more »
Goofs At the accident scene, as the taxicab door closes, it is seen that there is no damage to it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Consolations, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major - Lento, placido See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Edward Randolph: Once you find the way, you'll be bound. It will obsess you. but believe me, it will be a magnificent obsession.
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