Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

Director: John Cromwell Cast: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Frances Dee

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Overview

The first of three film versions of Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage stars Leslie Howard as sensitive, clubfooted artist-cum-med student Philip Carey. Despite his yearnings for the finer things in life, Carey cannot extricate himself from a mutually destructive relationship with sluttish waitress Mildred Rogers (Bette Davis). After an incredible series of emotional disasters, Carey finally finds happiness in the arms of Sally Altheny (Frances Dee). The industry buzz in 1934 indicated that Bette Davis was a shoe-in for an Academy Award for her savage portrayal of Mildred, but her home studio Warner Bros. failed to mount an adequate publicity campaign on Davis' behalf, allegedly because she'd made the film on loan-out to RKO and Warners wasn't about to heap praise upon a rival. It is now generally conceded that Davis' Oscar win for 1935's Dangerous was consolation for her losing the statuette in 1934. Long out of circulation due to the 1946 remake, the 1934 Of Human Bondage has since slipped into the public domain, and is now seen more often than either of the subsequent remakes (the last was in 1964).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827310227
Original Release: 1934
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 24,748

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Howard Philip Carey
Bette Davis Mildred Rogers
Frances Dee Sally Athelny
Kay Johnson Norah
Reginald Denny Harry Griffiths
Alan Hale Emil Miller
Reginald Owen Thorpe Athelny
Reginald Sheffield Dunsford
Des Roberts Dr.Jacobs
Tempe Piggott Landlady

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Lester W. Cohen Screenwriter
Henry W. Gerrard Cinematographer
W. Somerset Maugham Source Author
William Morgan Editor
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Vernon Walker Special Effects

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Of Human Bondage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film stars Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. It's about a doctor (Leslie Howard) who develops a crush on a low class waitress (Bette Davis) and the eventual destruction of his life. This is a good film with excellent performances from its lead actors. Also starring is Reginald Denny, Frances Dee and Kay Johnson.
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