Magnificent Obsession (1935)





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A man who has ruined a woman's life attempts to make good on his debt to her (and his conscience) in this sudsy drama based on a best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. Bobby Merrick (Robert Taylor) is an alcoholic ne'er-do-well whose recklessness causes the death of Dr. Hudson, a respected physician. Helen Hudson (Irene Dunne), the doctor's widow, turns away from Merrick's apology, only to walk into traffic. She's struck by a car and blinded. Shaken by the tragic events, Merrick gives up alcohol and begins studying to become a doctor and right the wrong he's done to Helen. As he begins spending time at the family's estate through a mutual friend, Helen grows fond of his frequent visits, and they begin to fall in love. However, when Helen learns that Merrick is responsible for her husband's death and her own accident, she moves away to a place where he cannot find her. In time, Merrick becomes a gifted eye surgeon, and he learns that he could restore Helen's sight with a delicate and dangerous operation that he has never performed before. Magnificent Obsession was a box-office success that spawned a 1954 remake directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Gilbert Emery
as Dr. Ramsay
Irene Dunne
as Helen Hudson
Beryl Mercer
as Mrs. Eden
Sara Haden
as Nancy Ashford
Charles Butterworth
as Tommy Masterson
Ralph Morgan
as Randolph
Gino Corrado
as Antoine
Walter Walker
as Nicholas Merrick
Arthur Hoyt
as Perry
Purnell Pratt
as Hastings
Arnold Korff
as Doctor
Eddy Chandler
as Mechanic
Sidney Bracey
as Butler
Leonard Mudie
as Dr. Bardendreght
Sid Marion
as Sword Swallower
William Stack
as Doctor
Donald Kerr
as Reporter
Ray Johnson
as Reporter
Frank Reicher
as Dr. Rochard
Betty Furness
as Joyce Hudson
Edward Earle
as Mr. Miller
Crauford Kent
as Dr. Thomas
Allen Connor
as Man on Boat
Walter Miller
as Chauffeur
Frank Mayo
as Ex-Patient
Theodore von Eltz
as Dr. Preston
Oscar Rudolph
as Western Union Boy
Helen Brown
as Nurse
Roy Brown
as Ex-Patient
William Worthington
as Man on Boat
Rollo Lloyd
as Tramp
Vance Carroll
as Reporter
Gladden James
as Reporter
Louis Natheaux
as Reporter
Norma Drew
as Nurse
Sherry Hall
as Man on Boat
William Arnold
as Chief Inspector
Ethel Sykes
as Woman on Boat
Gretta Gould
as Ex-Patient
Alan Davis
as Dr. Justin
Lowell Durham
as Junior Masterson
Henry Hale
as Reporter
Leah Winslow
as Woman on Boat
Louis LaVoie
as Man on Boat
Beth Hazelton
as Ex-Patient
Frank Maye
as John Stone
Robert Taylor
as Bobby Merrick
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Critic Reviews for Magnificent Obsession

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February 18, 2013

Audience Reviews for Magnificent Obsession


wow tough call here-this great but i think the douglas sirk version is better but this one comes in a close second.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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