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H.M. Pulham, Esq.1941

H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)





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MGM was doing so well in 1941 that it could afford the occasional "prestige" film with little box-office appeal. Based on the novel by J.P. Marquand, H.M. Pulham, Esq., stars Robert Young as a successful but stuffy Boston businessman. The glimmer of sadness in Young's eyes indicates that his ascension to the top was not without its cost. In flashbacks, we see how Young considered changing the track his life was on in order to marry Hedy Lamarr. After marrying his wife, however, the man never strays. The film utilizes the Strange Interlude approach of interior monologues heard on the soundtrack, and anticipates Citizen Kane (which hadn't yet been released when Pulham was filmed) by building its entire narrative on the flashback structure. H.M. Pulham, Esq. contains what may well be Robert Young's best performance, though few filmgoers in 1941 were interested enough to see it.

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Hedy Lamarr
as Marvin Myles
Robert Young
as Harry Pulham
Ruth Hussey
as Kay Motford Pulham
Charles Coburn
as Mr. Pulham, Sr.
Van Heflin
as Bill King
Fay Holden
as Mrs. Pulham
Bonita Granville
as Mary Pulham
Douglas Wood
as Mr. Bullard
Charles Halton
as Walter Kaufman
Leif Erickson
as Rodney "Bo-Jo" Brown
Phil Brown
as Joe Bingham
David Clyde
as Hugh the Butler
Sara Haden
as Miss Rollo
Bob Cooper
as Harry as a Boy
Bobby Cooper
as Harry as a Boy
Earle Dewey
as Chris Evans
Byron Foulger
as Curtis Cole
Harry Crocker
as Bob Ridge
Harry Brown
as Charley Roberts
Grant Withers
as Harvard Coach
Frank Faylen
as Sergeant
Anne Revere
as Miss Redfern
John Raitt
as Soldier
Ottola Nesmith
as Mrs. Prindle
Arno Frey
as German Officer
Syd Saylor
as Preacher
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Critic Reviews for H.M. Pulham, Esq.

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An MGM prestige film that was poison at the box office.

April 15, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for H.M. Pulham, Esq.


Solid MGM drama that contains probably Hedy's best performance.

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