Magnificent Obsession (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

Magnificent Obsession (1935)




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A man who has ruined a woman's life attempts to make good on his debt to her (and his conscience) in this sudsy drama based on a best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. Bobby Merrick (Robert Taylor) is an alcoholic ne'er-do-well whose recklessness causes the death of Dr. Hudson, a respected physician. Helen Hudson (Irene Dunne), the doctor's widow, turns away from Merrick's apology, only to walk into traffic. She's struck by a car and blinded. Shaken by the tragic events, Merrick gives up alcohol and begins studying to become a doctor and right the wrong he's done to Helen. As he begins spending time at the family's estate through a mutual friend, Helen grows fond of his frequent visits, and they begin to fall in love. However, when Helen learns that Merrick is responsible for her husband's death and her own accident, she moves away to a place where he cannot find her. In time, Merrick becomes a gifted eye surgeon, and he learns that he could restore Helen's sight with a delicate and dangerous operation that he has never performed before. Magnificent Obsession was a box-office success that spawned a 1954 remake directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman.


Irene Dunne
as Helen Hudson
Robert Taylor
as Bobby Merrick
Charles Butterworth
as Tommy Masterson
Betty Furness
as Joyce Hudson
Sara Haden
as Nancy Ashford
Ralph Morgan
as Randolph
Gilbert Emery
as Dr. Ramsay
Lowell Durham
as Junior Masterson
Alan Davis
as Dr. Justin
Crauford Kent
as Dr. Thomas
Edward Earle
as Mr. Miller
Beryl Mercer
as Mrs. Eden
Frank Reicher
as Dr. Rochard
Leonard Mudie
as Dr. Bardendreght
Walter Walker
as Nicholas Merrick
Purnell Pratt
as Hastings
Gino Corrado
as Antoine
Theodore von Eltz
as Dr. Preston
William Arnold
as Chief Inspector
Leah Winslow
as Woman on Boat
Ethel Sykes
as Woman on Boat
Sherry Hall
as Man on Boat
Allen Connor
as Man on Boat
Louis LaVoie
as Man on Boat
Oscar Rudolph
as Western Union Boy
Eddy Chandler
as Mechanic
Roy Brown
as Ex-Patient
Gretta Gould
as Ex-Patient
Frank Mayo
as Ex-Patient
Beth Hazelton
as Ex-Patient
Sid Marion
as Sword Swallower
Walter Miller
as Chauffeur
Vance Carroll
as Reporter
Henry Hale
as Reporter
Ray Johnson
as Reporter
Gladden James
as Reporter
Donald Kerr
as Reporter
Frank Maye
as John Stone
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Critic Reviews for Magnificent Obsession

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

With its metaphysical theme of godliness and faith, the spiritual background of Magnificent is magnificent.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

It's a long film, slow In tempo, but is beautifully directed, acted and photographed.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The wonder of this picture is how the women will weep. And weep. Otherwise it's as smooth as that superb butler, Arthur Treacher, who is in the cast.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

If you can really believe in the unaccountable way people act in this picture it will probably make you cry. It was made with that idea in mind.

October 2, 2019 | Full Review…

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