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Magnificent Obsession (1935 film)

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Director  John M. Stahl
Music director  Franz Waxman
Country  United States
7.1/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Language  English
Magnificent Obsession (1935 film) movie poster
Release date  December 30, 1935 (1935-12-30)
Based on  Magnificent Obsession 1929 novel  by Lloyd C. Douglas
Writer  Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay), Victor Heerman (screenplay), George ONeil (screenplay), Lloyd C. Douglas (novel)
Screenplay  Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, George ONeil
Cast  Irene Dunne (Helen Hudson), Robert Taylor (Dr. Robert Merrick), Charles Butterworth (Tommy Masterson), Betty Furness (Joyce Hudson), Sara Haden (Mrs. Nancy Ashford), Ralph Morgan (Randolph)
Similar movies  Irene Dunne appears in Magnificent Obsession and Back Street
Tagline  After You See It You'll Never Be the Same!

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Magnificent Obsession is a 1935 drama film based on the novel of the same name by Lloyd C. Douglas. The film was adapted by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, and George O'Neil, directed by John M. Stahl, and stars Irene Dunne, Robert Taylor, Charles Butterworth, and Betty Furness.


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Plot summary

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The life of spoiled Robert Merrick (Robert Taylor) is saved through the use of a hospital's only pulmotor, but because the medical device cannot be in two places at once, it results in the death of Dr. Hudson, a selfless, brilliant surgeon and generous philanthropist. Merrick falls in love with Hudson's widow, Helen (Irene Dunne), though she holds him responsible for her husband's demise. One day, he insists on driving her home and makes a pass at her. She gets out and is struck by another car, losing her sight. Merrick confronts a friend of Helen's husband, wanting to know why a beautiful young woman would marry a middle-aged man. The doctor's friend tells him that her husband had a philosophy—to help people, but never let it be known that you are the one helping them. Only then, he believed, could there be true reward in life.

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Merrick watches over Helen, and visits her during her recuperation, concealing his identity and calling himself Dr. Robert. His true identity is known to Helen's sister-in-law, Joyce (Betty Furness), who keeps it a secret. When he finds out that she is nearly penniless, Merrick secretly pays for specialists to try to restore her vision. Finally, she travels to Paris and is told that her eyesight is gone forever. Robert follows her, confesses his true identity and proposes marriage. She forgives him, but goes away, not wanting to be a burden to him.

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Years later, Robert has become a brain surgeon. He learns that Helen urgently needs an operation, which he performs. When she awakens, her sight has miraculously returned.


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  • Irene Dunne as Helen Hudson
  • Robert Taylor as Robert Merrick
  • Charles Butterworth as Tommy Masterson
  • Betty Furness as Joyce Hudson
  • Sara Haden as Mrs. Nancy Ashford
  • Ralph Morgan as Randolph
  • Henry Armetta as Tony
  • Gilbert Emery as Doctor Ramsay
  • Arthur Treacher as Horace
  • Beryl Mercer as Mrs. Eden
  • Alyce Ardell as The French Maid
  • Theodore von Eltz as Dr. Preston
  • Sidney Bracey as Butler
  • Arthur Hoyt as Perry
  • Cora Sue Collins as Ruth
  • Remake

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    The film was remade in 1954 by director Douglas Sirk, with Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in the leads.

    Adaptations in other media

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    Magnificent Obsession was adapted as a radio play on the April 26, 1937, and November 13, 1944, broadcasts of Lux Radio Theater, the first starring Robert Taylor and Irene Dunne in their original film roles, the second with Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche. It was also adapted on the January 19, 1941, broadcast of The Screen Guild Theater, starring Myrna Loy and Don Ameche and the February 13, 1949, broadcast of Screen Director's Playhouse with Irene Dunne and Willard Waterman.

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