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Of Human Bondage (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 22 October 1964 (UK)
A medical student becomes obsessed with his faithless lover.

Directors:

Ken Hughes (as Kenneth Hughes), Henry Hathaway | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Bryan Forbes, W. Somerset Maugham (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kim Novak ... Mildred Rogers
Laurence Harvey ... Philip Carey
Robert Morley ... Dr. Jacobs
Siobhan McKenna ... Nora Nesbitt
Roger Livesey ... Thorpe Athelny
Jack Hedley ... Griffiths
Nanette Newman ... Sally Athelny
Ronald Lacey ... 'Matty' Mathews
Olive White Olive White ... Griffith's Girlfriend
Norman Smythe Norman Smythe ... Cadaver Room Attendant
David Morris David Morris ... Young Phillip Carey
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Storyline

Medical student Philip fall in love with Mildred, a waitress. Although she is a flirt, they have a love affair. But when Philip is told about her constant infidelity, they break up. Mildred quits her job and becomes a prostitute. But Philip is still in love with her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

HE SWORE HE'D NEVER TOUCH HER AGAIN ... AND THEN SHE WHISPERED HIS NAME AND HE WAS LOST ... See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

W. Somerset Maugham's of Human Bondage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sue Lyon was mentioned for the female lead before Kim Novak was cast. See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1915 or thereabouts, Kim Novak sports the same tousled bouffant she wore in her contemporary films throughout the Sixties. See more »

Connections

Featured in We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Of Human Bondage
Written by Ron Goodwin
Performed by David Rose And His Orchestra
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A valentine to Kim Novak's fans
2 October 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Not-bad third version of W. Somerset Maugham's depressing story about a sluttish waitress in London and the sensitive future doctor who becomes obsessed with her. Ravaged by critics upon its release (and thought bannable for a time for Kim Novak's suggestive scenes), this remake isn't a classic, nor does it improve on the Bette Davis version, but it does have something. Novak is just fine; Laurence Harvey also good as the smitten medico. The biggest problem is the screenplay's faithfulness to Maugham's plot, which by 1964 standards was pretty creaky. Why couldn't they have updated it just a bit? For all the talk about this version being "too shocking", the movie disappoints by not shocking at all, by playing it too safe. A soap opera, to be sure, though a handsome and interesting one. Novak-diehards will love the film, and her. **1/2 from ****


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