The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937)




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As a result of a discussion between a trio of gods over the true worthiness of Earth, a retiring British shop assistant is granted miraculous powers. George McWhirter Fotheringay's new powers are virtually limitless. Choosing to use them for good, Fotheringay sets out to create a utopian society.


Roland Young
as George McWhirter Fotheringay
Joan Gardner
as Ada Price
Ralph Richardson
as Col. Winstanley
Ernest Thesiger
as Mr. Maydig
Edward Chapman
as Major Grigsby
Sophie Stewart
as Maggie Hooper
Robert Cochran
as Bill Stoker
Lawrence Hanray
as Mr. Bamfylde
Wallace Lupino
as Police Constable Winch
Lady Tree
as Housekeeper
Joan Hickson
as Effie Brickman
Gertrude Musgrove
as Effie Brickman
Wally Patch
as Supt. Smithelle
Bruce Winston
as Cox, Landlord
George Sanders
as Indifference, a God
Ivan Brandt
as Player, a God
Torin Thatcher
as Observer, a God
Mark Daly
as Toddy Beamish
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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Could Work Miracles

All Critics (8)

He gets all the rulers of the world together and tells them to fix things up, and then H. G. Wells interferes. Nice performance by Roland Young.

April 20, 2020 | Full Review…

One of the most effective and scandalously entertaining proposals when it comes to making the public think. Pure Wells. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an exceptionally interesting screen experiment, and one that young and old will find equally entertaining.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The acting is competent but the casting imperfect, and the dialogue too often stilted and given to harangues.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Slow moving fantasy story.

September 30, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Nice, but usually overlooked, fantasy based on an H.G. Wells story.

August 27, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Could Work Miracles


Nice adaptation of H.G. Wells story about one of the ultimate dreams, as the recent spate of superhero epics underline: what if a soul had more, extra power than everyone else? Well, as Stan Lee has opined in SpiderMan, "with great power comes great responsibility" and so our comic everyman finds out here in this 1930's English production.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This H. G. Welles story is probably my favourite fantasy movie of the thirties. Young gives a good performance as a man who gets the power to perform miracles. The plot may seem familiar to us now, but this movie is still worth seeing, the ending is pretty cool, and the movie has a lot of humorous scenes, both intentional and unintentional humor. I enjoyed this movie, it makes me wonder what I would do with the power to work miracles. What would you do?

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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