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The Magnificent Yankee

  • Drama
  • 1950
  • John Sturges
  • 88 mins
  • U

Summary

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A biopic of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), the Supreme Court judge famous for his witticisms and his espousal of liberal causes, which earned him the nickname "The Great Dissenter". The story charts Holmes's career between the presidencies of two Roosevelts, taking in such key historical events as the Great War, the Depression and so on. As Holmes, Louis Calhern has to age considerably, dispense justice and have a private life with his wife (Ann Harding). No wonder his performance earned him an Oscar nomination! (That said, he had played the part on Broadway for two years.) A stagey, talky movie that oozes prestige.

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Credits

Cast

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Oliver Wendell HolmesLouis Calhern
Fanny Bowditch HolmesAnn Harding
Judge Louis BrandeisEduard Franz
Mr Owen WisterPhilip Ober
Mr AdamsIan Wolfe
Annie GoughEdith Evanson
ReynoldsRichard Anderson

Crew

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DirectorJohn Sturges

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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