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The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Francis Biddle (book), Emmet Lavery (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Calhern ... Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ann Harding ... Fanny Bowditch Holmes
Eduard Franz ... Judge Louis Brandeis
Philip Ober ... Owen Wister / Narrator
Ian Wolfe ... Adams
Edith Evanson ... Annie Gough
Richard Anderson ... Reynolds, Secretary
Jimmy Lydon ... Clinton, Secretary (as James Lydon)
Herbert Anderson ... Baxter, Secretary (as Guy Anderson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Phillip Law ... Minor Role (scenes deleted)
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Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobre Rebelde See more »

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Budget:

$639,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Features Louis Calhern's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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When Oliver and Fanny run out of the library upon hearing the fire bells, a moving shadow of the camera and rigging is visible on the bookcase to the right. See more »

Quotes

[referring to President Theodore Roosevelt]
Oliver Wendell Holmes: He said, among other things, that he could carve a judge with more backbone out of a banana.
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: [outraged] Well, the very idea!
Graham, reporter for Boston Transcript: Is there any statement, Mrs. Holmes, that you would make?
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: Yes, Mr. Graham, there is.
Oliver Wendell Holmes: Fanny...
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: You may say that we adore dear Mr. Roosevelt at all times -
Graham, reporter for Boston Transcript: Adore, Mrs. Holmes?
Fanny Bowditch Holmes: Yes, Mr. Graham, we adore everything about him... except his taste in bananas.
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Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

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Sentimental portrait of Oliver Wendell Holmes
26 February 2011 | by vincentlynch-moonoiSee all my reviews

There's not much substance here, at least in terms of the legal side of Oliver Wendell Holmes. This is more about the man as husband, with a few doses of patriotism. It'd downright sentimental.

I've always liked Louis Calhern in old films, but I'm not quite sure. He's, at best, a good character actor. It is said that he was given the title role here as thanks from the studio for being a good soldier and accepting so many character roles. Perhaps the best acting in this picture comes from Ann Harding as the wife.

The social importance of Holmes' years on the Supreme Court is mentioned, but almost in passing. But, as Bosley Crowther put it in his review at the time, it's a "gentle screen drama". It really is more about marital companionship than law, as Crowther pointed out. It is most touching as Mr. & Mrs. Holmes reach their sunset years.


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