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The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | February 1936 (USA)
The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Sheridan Gibney (story and screenplay), Pierre Collings (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Louis Pasteur
Josephine Hutchinson ... Marie Pasteur
Anita Louise ... Annette Pasteur
Donald Woods ... Dr. Jean Martel
Fritz Leiber ... Dr. Charbonnet
Henry O'Neill ... Dr. Emile Roux
Porter Hall ... Dr. Rossignol
Raymond Brown Raymond Brown ... Dr. Radisse
Akim Tamiroff ... Dr. Zaranoff
Halliwell Hobbes ... Dr. Lister
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Pfeiffer
Dickie Moore ... Joseph Meister
Ruth Robinson Ruth Robinson ... Mrs. Meister
Walter Kingsford ... Napoleon III
Iphigenie Castiglioni Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Empress Eugénie
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Storyline

In 1860 Paris, chemist Louis Pasteur is considered a quack within the medical community for advocating that doctors and surgeons wash their hands and boil their instruments to destroy microbes that can kill their patients. He came across this belief when discovering microscopic organisms in sour wine, the organisms which could be killed if heated sufficiently. The belief among the scientific community at large is that the organisms are the result of disease and not the cause. This belief is despite the fact that thirty percent of women die in childbirth due to child bed disease, accounting for twenty thousand annual deaths in Paris alone. The debate takes Pasteur all the way to a meeting with Emperor Napoleon III and his physician, Dr. Charbonnet, who is one of the leading opponents of Pasteur. Several years later - France now a republic - much of Pasteur's reputation changes as a government sanctioned experiment with anthrax and sheep shows that a vaccine created by Pasteur proves ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Louis Pasteur See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 13, 1946 with Paul Muni reprising his film role. See more »

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That sequence where Pasteur compromises his principles to secure the services of a doctor for his pregnant daughter NEVER HAPPENEDIt was pure fiction invented by the screen writer. See more »

Quotes

[about Pasteur]
Dr. Charbonnet: You remember a few years ago, he was the cause of a slight controversy on the subject of sour wine.
Napoleon III: Oh, yes, I recall.
Dr. Charbonnet: He claimed to have found little animals in it... infinitesimal beasts.
Napoleon III: But are there such creatures? Do they really exist?
Dr. Charbonnet: Your Majesty, microscopic organisms have long been observed. They spring into being of their own accord wherever there is putrid matter or fermentation. They are the result rather than the cause of disease. By heating wine to certain ...
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Story of Louis Pasteur, The (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Bio pic of chemist Louis Pasteur (Paul Muni) who found a cure for the black plague but was then blacklisted when he made the claim that childhood fever was caused when doctors didn't wash their hands before delivering babies. This is a pretty strong film from start to finish that features a terrific performance by Muni who rightfully deserved his Best Actor Oscar. I was really shocked at how well Muni was here because I was a little skeptical going in. God knows he's given countless great performances throughout his career but I was shocked at how well he play Pasteur who of course used his brains more than his muscles or mouth like many of Muni's other roles. There's not a single second where Muni comes off as himself but the entire film he gives the performance that we think we're actually watching Pasteur work. The supporting cast is also very good with Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise and Donald Woods all turning in good work.


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