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Anthony Adverse (1936)




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This film version of Hervey Allen's best-seller stars Fredric March as Anthony Adverse, the illegitimate offspring of Anita Louise, the wife of Spanish nobleman Claude Rains. When Adverse comes of age, he inherits his foster father's prosperous business, which he abandons for an aimless trip around the world.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Warner Bros.


Fredric March
as Anthony Adverse
Olivia de Havilland
as Angela Guessippi
Claude Rains
as Don Luis
Gale Sondergaard
as Faith Paleologus
Louis Hayward
as Denis Moore
Edmund Gwenn
as Bonnyfeather
Steffi Duna
as Neleta
Billy Mauch
as Anthony as a Child
Scotty Beckett
as Anthony as a Boy
Henry O'Neill
as Father Zavier
Akim Tamiroff
as Carlo Cibo
Ralph Morgan
as Debrulle
Pedro de Cordoba
as Brother Francois
Luis Alberni
as Tony Guessippi
Fritz Leiber
as Ouvard
Joseph Crehan
as Capt. Elisha Jorham
Rafaela Ottiano
as Signora Buvino
Rollo Lloyd
as Napoleon Bonaparte
Leonard Mudie
as DeBourrienne
Marilyn Knowlden
as Florence as a Child
Mathilde Comont
as Cook Guessippi
Eily Malyon
as Mother Superior
Paul Sotoff
as Ferdinando
Frank Reicher
as Coach Driver to Paris
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Jorham
Addison Richards
as Capt. Matanaza
J. Carroll Naish
as Major Doumet
Boris Nicholai
as Courier
Joan Woodbury
as Half-Caste Dancer
Zeffie Tilbury
as Old Woman at Chalet
Ann Howard
as Angela (as a child)
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Critic Reviews for Anthony Adverse

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Readers wondered how those cinemen would succeed in putting the whole story into a single picture. As revealed last week, the answer is extremely simple. Warner Brothers do not succeed in anything of the sort because they do not try.

Full Review… | March 26, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Fredric March as Adverse is an ace choice, playing the role to the hilt.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

We found it a bulky, rambling and indecisive photoplay which has not merely taken liberties with the letter of the original but with its spirit.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

An early stab at the swashbuckler from Warner Brothers, which proved popular at the time but hasn't improved with age.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Lavish but overlong.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide

Though well-acted by Fredric March, Claude Rains and Sondergaard, LeRoy's lavish adventure is overlong and not particularly involving, despite a globetrotting plot (Cuba, Africa, Paris, and America) that spans decades.

Full Review… | July 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Anthony Adverse


Lumbering adaptation has a great supporting cast and a variable performance by March in the lead. Holds your interest since there is always some new potential calamity just over the horizon but it goes on far too long.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Not a great movie, but most of the story is pretty interesting, and some of the scenes are really exciting. What I hated about this movie was how long it was, and slow too. Overall pretty good, but it could be better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I absolutely DESPISE the plot, theme and conclusion of this film based on the book. A talented cast and beautiful costumes can only do so much.

Valerie G
Valerie G

Super Reviewer

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