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Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1954 (USA)
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A selfish playboy enamored by a woman he seems to hurt more than he intends begins to understand a deeper meaning to their relationship.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

Lloyd C. Douglas (novel), Robert Blees (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Helen Phillips
Rock Hudson ... Bob Merrick
Agnes Moorehead ... Nancy Ashford
Otto Kruger ... Randolph
Barbara Rush ... Joyce Phillips
Gregg Palmer ... Tom Masterson
Paul Cavanagh ... Dr. Giraud
Sara Shane ... Valerie
Richard H. Cutting ... Dr. Dodge
Judy Nugent ... Judy
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Eden
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Fuss
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Dr. Laradetti
John Mylong ... Dr. Hofer
Alexander Campbell ... Dr. Allan
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When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when Merrick learns Phillips' secret, to give selflessly and in secret, he tries it in a ham-handed way. The result further alienates Phillips' widow, Helen, with whom Merrick has fallen in love. Merrick's persistence causes another tragedy, and he must remake his life, including going back to medical school, in an attempt to make amends and win her love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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HERE IS A LOVE STORY that will become one of the deepest emotional thrills of your lifetime! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sublime obsesión See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Jeff Chandler turned down the role of Bob Merrick because he thought the story was too "soppy". See more »

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Valerie: [first lines]
Valerie: Bob! Bob, take it easy!
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Consolations, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major - Lento, placido
Written by Franz Liszt
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An okay movie, but defineately not one of Rock's best.
15 July 1999 | by kathleen-9See all my reviews

Although this was a fairly entertaining movie, it just didn't seem "to do anything for me." Usually, after witnessing the "magnificent" Rock Hudson on film, I'm left feeling "all warm and tingly," (smiles) inside. He gave an acceptable performance in "MO", but it certainly wasn't one of his best. With some shame, I have to admit that if it had not been for the mere fact that Rock Hudson WAS in this film, I wouldn't have stopped and watched the whole thing. I, as you don't know am a female, and there's something about Rock with no shirt on that attracts me. (laughs) Jane Wyman was, well, lets say believable- at times. Sure she stopped after bumping into things and felt her way around rooms with her fingertips, but when Merrick, (Rock Hudson) spoke to her she would often look right at him, also her eyes were straight ahead and she'd move them around often in the same direction as she was going. It would have been better if she worked on this a little more. Certainly though, being only 16, but an AVID classic fan, I don't know everything, but I try to notice the little things. So my advice to people out there- if your a Rock Hudson fan as I am, rent it, when he's scrubbing up for "her operation" near the end, and-oops! has no shirt on..well thats theatre gold!! thanks for the memory. erin


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