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Of Human Bondage Details

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The first of three film versions of [[Performer~P184385~Somerset Maugham's~wsomersetmaugham]] [[Feature~V35971~Of Human Bondage~ofhumanbondage]] stars [[Performer~P94979~Leslie Howard~lesliehoward]] as sensitive, clubfooted artist-cum-med student Philip Carey. Despite his yearnings for the finer things in life, Carey cannot extricate himself from a mutually destructive relationship with sluttish waitress Mildred Rogers ([[Performer~P17295~Bette Davis~bettedavis]]). After an incredible series of emotional disasters, Carey finally finds happiness in the arms of Sally Altheny ([[Performer~P18236~Frances Dee~francesdee]]). The industry buzz in 1934 indicated that Bette Davis was a shoe-in for an Academy Award for her savage portrayal of Mildred, but her home studio Warner Bros. failed to mount an adequate publicity campaign on Davis' behalf, allegedly because she'd made the film on loan-out to RKO and Warners wasn't about to heap praise upon a rival. It is now generally conceded that Davis' Oscar win for 1935's [[Feature~V135425~Dangerous~thedangerous]] was consolation for her losing the statuette in 1934. Long out of circulation due to the 1946 remake, the 1934 [[Feature~V35971~Of Human Bondage~ofhumanbondage]] has since slipped into the public domain, and is now seen more often than either of the subsequent remakes (the last was in 1964). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Leslie Howard
as Philip Carey
Bette Davis
as Mildred Rogers
Frances Dee
as Sally Athelny
Kay Johnson
as Norah
Reginald Denny
as Harry Griffiths
Alan Hale
as Emil Miller
Reginald Owen
as Thorpe Athelny
Reginald Sheffield
as Dunsford
Des Roberts
as Dr.Jacobs
Tempe Piggott
as Landlady

Crew

John Cromwell
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
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