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Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1954 (USA)
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A rich playboy whose recklessness inadvertently causes the death of a prominent doctor tries to make amends to his widow, and falls for her in the process.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

Lloyd C. Douglas (novel), Robert Blees (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Helen Phillips
Rock Hudson ... Bob Merrick
Agnes Moorehead ... Nancy Ashford
Otto Kruger ... Randolph
Barbara Rush ... Joyce Phillips
Gregg Palmer ... Tom Masterson
Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Giraud
Sara Shane ... Valerie
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. Dodge
Judy Nugent ... Judy
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Eden
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Fuss
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Dr. Laradetti
John Mylong ... Dr. Hofer
Alexander Campbell ... Dr. Allan
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Storyline

When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when Merrick learns Phillips' secret, to give selflessly and in secret, he tries it in a ham-handed way. The result further alienates Phillips' widow, Helen, with whom Merrick has fallen in love. Merrick's persistence causes another tragedy, and he must remake his life, including going back to medical school, in an attempt to make amends and win her love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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HERE IS A LOVE STORY that will become one of the deepest emotional thrills of your lifetime! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film features child actress Judy Nugent as a young girl who befriends Helen Phillips (Jane Wyman), a woman who last her eyesight in an accident. In Adventures of Superman: Around the World with Superman (1954), Nugent plays a young girl who lost her eyesight in an accident. See more »

Goofs

After Bob Merrick "escapes" from the hospital, he loses his footing coming down a hill and ends up lying beside the road as Helen approaches. She stops to help him and offers to drive him into town and he accepts the offer. Neither of them know the other's identity. Helen explains to Bob that her husband died because the ventilator he needed was being used to resuscitate Bob Merrick. Bob asks to be let out and he collapses behind the car...at the very same location where Helen had picked him up when he lost his footing sending him down the hill. See more »

Quotes

Valerie: [first lines]
Valerie: Bob! Bob, take it easy!
Dr. Bob Merrick: Easy? Where's that get ya?
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Connections

Remade as Hum Hain Bemisaal (1994) See more »

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Consolations, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major - Lento, placido
Written by Franz Liszt
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Melodrama prototype.
11 August 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Douglas Sirk is known as the melodrama man,but all his movies are not exactly what we call melodrama:"All that heaven allows" and"tarnished angels" are closer to realist stories;"A time to love and a time to die" transcends melodrama to become a tragedy.Three major movies seem to belong to the genre:"written on the wind" "imitation of life " and of course this one."Magnificent obsession " has a plot so unlikely,so incredible that,in the hands of a lesser talent,it would have gathered nothing but horse -laugh:The beginning of the film is a succession of coincidences and combinations of circumstances so improbable you wonder whether Sirk will get away with it.Against all odds,he succeeds in this absurd task.Someone tells the hero that the one who devotes his life to others has chosen the rocky road,someone has been crucified for that.But once he has begun,this task will obsess him,and it's a magnificent obsession.So the selfish hero will undo the harm he's done . It's a double feat:Hudson's struggle is moving and Sirk ,who goes for broke,pulls off this extravaganza with panache.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magnificent Obsession See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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