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Madame Curie (1943)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | February 1944 (USA)
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Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

Directors:

Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin (uncredited)

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screen play), Hans Rameau (screen play) (as Paul H. Rameau) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greer Garson ... Marie Curie
Walter Pidgeon ... Pierre Curie
Henry Travers ... Eugene Curie
Albert Bassermann ... Professor Jean Perot
Robert Walker ... David Le Gros
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lord Kelvin
May Whitty ... Madame Eugene Curie (as Dame May Whitty)
Victor Francen ... President of University
Elsa Bassermann ... Madame Perot
Reginald Owen ... Dr. Becquerel
Van Johnson ... Reporter
Margaret O'Brien ... Irene Curie - Age 5
James Hilton James Hilton ... Narration Spoken By (voice)
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Biopic of the famed scientist and the work she did with her husband Pierre in the discovery of radium. Marie was a student at the Sorbonne studying for her Master's degree in physics when they first met. She received permission to use space in Professor Pierre Curie's laboratory. They soon fall in love and are married, working together on trying to isolate a radioactive substance Marie has identified as radium. Years of painstaking research and experimentation led to success and Marie and Pierre Curie shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. Sadly, Pierre was killed crossing the street in the rain when he was run over by a horse and wagon. Marie continued to work and make major contributions to science. Written by garykmcd

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MR. and MRS. MINIVER together again


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curie-Sklodowska See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In her final years at MGM, Joan Crawford was handed weak scripts in the hopes that she would break her contract. Two films she hungered to appear in were Random Harvest (1942) and Madame Curie (1943). Both films went to bright new star Greer Garson instead, and Crawford left the studio soon after. See more »

Goofs

When Marie gets out of the chair, her hand is at first in her lap, but then on the arm rest. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Curie: No true scientist can have anything to do with women.
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
In the score as Pierre and Marie start on their honeymoon
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Very Good Biopic
26 October 2007 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

The story of Marie Curie who at the beginning of the film is a Polish student at the Sorbonne who is given the opportunity for working with Dr. Pierre Curie on his experiments when the two learn of a fellow professor who has found a rock that seems to give off its own light and energy despite being deep underground for centuries. The two find that it must contain a new element, more radioactive that uranium. The two are able to isolate the new element despite the hardships of inadequate lab equipment, the birth of a young daughter, their colleagues questioning their work, and numerous failed experiments. Excellent film dealing with the hard work of the Curies and the realization that hard work and commitment will pay off (nice ideal during the war years). Garson and Pidgeon build on the great chemistry the two had in Mrs. Miniver, and are helped by an excellent supporting cast. The screenplay and LeRoy's direction do each other perfect justice by combining the romance and drama superbly. Rating, 8.


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