Of Human Bondage (1946)

104 or 106 mins | Drama | 20 July 1946

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Peverell Marley

Production Designers:

Hugh Reticker, Harry Kelso

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although "Mildred's" death is not attributed to a specific disease in this film, in the novel, she dies of tuberculosis. Somerset Maugham's novel was also the basis for the 1934 RKO film Of Human Bondage , which starred Bette Davis and Leslie Howard and was directed by John Cromwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3201). In that version, "Mildred" was not allowed to be depicted as a prostitute, and "Philip's" clubfoot was surgically repaired before "Mildred" fell ill. In 1964, a British version of the novel was filmed, which starred Kim Novak and Laurence ... More Less

Although "Mildred's" death is not attributed to a specific disease in this film, in the novel, she dies of tuberculosis. Somerset Maugham's novel was also the basis for the 1934 RKO film Of Human Bondage , which starred Bette Davis and Leslie Howard and was directed by John Cromwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3201). In that version, "Mildred" was not allowed to be depicted as a prostitute, and "Philip's" clubfoot was surgically repaired before "Mildred" fell ill. In 1964, a British version of the novel was filmed, which starred Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Jul 1946.
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Daily Variety
2 Jul 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Jul 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 44
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 44
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Jun 46
p. 3031.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Jul 46
p. 3077.
New York Times
6 Jul 46
p. 11.
Variety
3 Jul 46
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Alphonse Martel
George Bruggerman
Georges Renevant
Jean de Briac
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Supv art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Matte paintings
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (London, 1915).
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 July 1946
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 5 July 1946
Production Date:
mid July--late October 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 June 1946
Copyright Number:
LP445
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
104 or 106
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In 1897, at the annual Artists' Ball in Paris' Latin Quarter, Philip Carey meets an American writer named Nora Nesbit, whom he tells that he has failed as an artist and intends to return to London to pursue medical studies. Blaming his clubfoot for his troubles, Philip also reveals that he has never been in love, but longs to be swept away by passion. One day, in London, a friend takes Philip to a tea shop to show him Mildred Rogers, the waitress with whom he is enamored. Although Philip judges Mildred to be rude and vulgar, he is nonetheless strongly attracted to her and returns the following day to invite her to the theater. Mildred breaks their next date, making it clear to Philip that she is repulsed by him and in love with another man. Obsessed by thoughts of Mildred, Philip's studies suffer, and after several months, he returns to the tea shop to speak with her. There he learns that she has married Emil Miller, a traveling salesman. The news frees Philip of his obsession, and when he receives a letter from Nora, along with a copy of her new novel, he contacts her, and the two become close friends. Nora falls in love with Philip, but when a pregnant Mildred reappears in his life, having been abandoned by Miller, who has gone back to his real wife, Philip admits that he has only loved Mildred. After Mildred's baby is born, Philip offers to marry her and rear her child. Bored by Philip's somber approach to life, however, Mildred quickly takes up with his handsome, flirtatious fellow ... +


In 1897, at the annual Artists' Ball in Paris' Latin Quarter, Philip Carey meets an American writer named Nora Nesbit, whom he tells that he has failed as an artist and intends to return to London to pursue medical studies. Blaming his clubfoot for his troubles, Philip also reveals that he has never been in love, but longs to be swept away by passion. One day, in London, a friend takes Philip to a tea shop to show him Mildred Rogers, the waitress with whom he is enamored. Although Philip judges Mildred to be rude and vulgar, he is nonetheless strongly attracted to her and returns the following day to invite her to the theater. Mildred breaks their next date, making it clear to Philip that she is repulsed by him and in love with another man. Obsessed by thoughts of Mildred, Philip's studies suffer, and after several months, he returns to the tea shop to speak with her. There he learns that she has married Emil Miller, a traveling salesman. The news frees Philip of his obsession, and when he receives a letter from Nora, along with a copy of her new novel, he contacts her, and the two become close friends. Nora falls in love with Philip, but when a pregnant Mildred reappears in his life, having been abandoned by Miller, who has gone back to his real wife, Philip admits that he has only loved Mildred. After Mildred's baby is born, Philip offers to marry her and rear her child. Bored by Philip's somber approach to life, however, Mildred quickly takes up with his handsome, flirtatious fellow student, Harry Griffiths. When Mildred spitefully proclaims that she will never marry Philip, he again leaves her and concentrates on his studies. One day, Athelny, a patient, asks Philip to his home for dinner. Soon Philip is a frequent visitor at the Athelnys', to the delight of Athelny's seventeen-year-old daughter Sally. This pleasant interlude ends when Philip encounters Mildred on the street, where she is working as a prostitute. He brings her and the baby home to live with him in exchange for housework. Although Mildred calls herself Mrs. Carey, Philip wants nothing to do with her, and when her attempts to seduce him fail, Mildred angrily burns his money and destroys his rooms. Meanwhile, Philip spends Christmas Eve with the Athelnys. Before he leaves, Philip gives Sally a necklace that belonged to his mother. A distraught Philip then wanders the cold, rainy streets and later collapses with pneumonia at Harry's rooming house. Months later, Philip visits the Athelnys, not realizing that they have learned about Mildred and the baby and believe that he is married to her. When Philip understands why Athelny treats him coolly, he returns home, intending to commit suicide. Harry then takes him to the hospital where Mildred lies dying, her baby having already died. The way is now clear for Philip to propose to Sally, who has always loved him. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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