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Anthony Adverse

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1936
  • Mervyn LeRoy
  • 142 mins
  • A

Summary

Period swashbuckling drama starring Fredric March and Olivia de Havilland. An ill-fated affair between an army officer and a Spanish don's wife results in an illegitimate child, Anthony Adverse. Adopted by an affluent trader, the ten-year-old Adverse befriends cook's daughter Angela Guessippi and embarks on a life of adventure.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A mammoth epic based on an even more mammoth popular novel, this splendid Warner Bros period melodrama offers many rewards, most notably the spectacle of a studio in its prime using all its facilities to the utmost. Unsurprisingly, this movie won Oscars for best cinematography (Tony Gaudio), best editing (Ralph Dawson) and best score (the great Erich Wolfgang Korngold). Apply those elements to a rousing swashbuckler about a hero (a surprisingly effective Fredric March) whose one true love (Olivia de Havilland at her peak) is swept away from him, and the result is very satisfying. The tale takes its time to unfold, but stick with it, especially for Gale Sondergaard's Oscar-winning debut performance as Faith Paleologus.

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Credits

Cast

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Anthony AdverseFredric March
Angela GuessippiOlivia de Havilland
John BonnyfeatherEdmund Gwenn
Don LuisClaude Rains
MariaAnita Louise
Denis MooreLouis Hayward
Faith PaleologusGale Sondergaard
NeletaSteffi Duna
Anthony as a childBilly Mauch
Vincent NolteDonald Woods
Carlo CiboAkim Tamiroff
Napoleon BonaparteRollo Lloyd

Crew

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DirectorMervyn LeRoy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Languages
English | Italian
Formats
Black and white
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