The Magnificent Yankee (1965)

Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Ion Berger Ion Berger ... Mason
Jordan Charney ... Halloran
Dennis Cooney Dennis Cooney ... Northrop
Grover Dale Grover Dale ... Mapes
James Daly ... Owen Wister
Robert Emhardt ... Henry Adams
Lynn Fontanne ... Fanny Bowditch Holmes
Brenda Forbes ... Mary
Eduard Franz ... Justice Louis Brandeis
Lee Goodman Lee Goodman ... Dixon
William Griffis William Griffis ... Theodore Roosevelt
Max Jacobs Max Jacobs ... Rogers
Alfred Lunt ... Oliver Wendell Holmes
Nan McFarland Nan McFarland ... Ellen Jones
Walter Moulder Walter Moulder ... Copeland


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Release Date:

28 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Magnificent Yankee (#14.3) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Eduard Franz repeats his role from the 1950 film version of the play. See more »


Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Wendell And Fanny Redux
19 February 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Hopefully some bright people will find the filmed record of this Hallmark Hall Of Fame presentation of The Magnificent Yankee and broadcast it on the Hallmark Channel. Future generations should get to look at Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne who left way too few filmed records of their talent.

The part of Oliver Wendell Holmes is a perfect fit for Alfred Lunt as much as it was Louis Calhern on stage and screen, ditto Fannie Bowditch Dixwell Holmes for Lynne Fontanne. Ironically both the Lunts and Holmes were in long term marriages to each other that were love matches and both couples were childless. I'm sure that gave the Lunts a great insight into the world of Fanny and Wendell.

The Lunts shared a profession as well. Now Fanny Holmes didn't sit on the Supreme Court with her husband, but she was a bright and well educated woman for her time, her father Dixwell's Latin School in Boston where the sons of the Yankee families sent their kids to be educated. She was as educated as any of the boys who went there and young Oliver Wendell Holmes fell for her while a young teenager and had eyes for no other.

And that's what The Magnificent Yankee is all about, not the story of the legal giant that was Oliver Wendell Holmes, but the story of a loving marriage and partnership between two Yankee bluebloods, Wendell and Fanny. Eduard Franz who played Louis D. Brandeis in the 1950 big screen film repeats his role in this version.

Let's hope the Hallmark Channel preempts one of its made for television films one night and airs this classic. Or better yet gets it out on DVD and/or VHS so a new generation can appreciate Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne.

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