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Of Human Bondage (1964)

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


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


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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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


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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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?


Ken Hughes, the director called as rescue to finish the shooting of the movie, declared that he would not want to hear about this film any more, nor even watch it. He could not bear Kim Novak, and when he quit the shooting driving his car, he saw Novak walking on the sidewalk, so he took a toy gun, and put it through the window, pointing it towards Novak, shouting ta-tat-tat-tat-tat. See more »


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


Version of Of Human Bondage (1934) See more »


Mildred Theme
Written by Ron Goodwin
Performed by David Rose And His Orchestra
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Intense and real
19 October 2009 | by lhhung_himselfSee all my reviews

I had only seen the Bette Davis, Ashley Wilkes version before and it struck me as over the top. Ashley, er.. I mean Howard was so wimpy and Davis so over the top. I love Bette but this was not her best effort. I never saw them as people, only archetypes in a cold exploration of the ironies in human relationships.

This version is the complete opposite. Novak's Mildred really surprised me with her depth. She was completely believable, and all her actions were in character. She was no one-dimensional harridan but a real woman. We could see the qualities that attracted Harvey's Dr. Carey to her. There is true tragedy in her demise, in that she did not realize that she had lost what she truly wanted until it was too late.

Lawrence Harvey was even better. I thought he was great in Room at the Top but this performance might have surpassed that in subtlety. His actions are completely believable and one understands and feels his pain, not for himself, but for the woman that he is bound to, yet helpless to save.

As for the IMDb preference for the 1934 version - well, maybe some of the young film students need to get out of the lecture hall and into the real world a bit more. This film is real, intense and so beautifully sad...

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