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Louis Calhern repeats his Broadway role as Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in this 1950 cinemazation of Emmet Lavery's stage play The Magnificent Yankee. The film is for the most part confined to the Holmes home in Washington, where the good gray judge parries affectionately with his level-headed wife Fanny (Ann Harding). A steady stream of historical personages parade through the Holmes manse, including jurist Louis Brandeis (Eduard Franz) and novelist Owen Wister (Philip Ober). The death of his wife devastates Holmes, but only briefly; he ends up serving his country for nearly forty years. The British title of Magnificent Yankee was The Man With Thirty Sons, a somewhat misleading reference to the Harvard Law graduates whom Oliver Wendell Holmes sponsored. Also available on videocassette is a 1965 TV production of Magnificent Yankee, starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Plunkett Best Black and White Costume Design 1950 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Louis Calhern Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Louis Calhern Best Actor 1950 Nominee

Cast

Louis Calhern
as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Ann Harding
as Fanny Bowditch Holmes
Philip Ober
as Mr. Owen Wister
Ian Wolfe
as Mr. Adams
Eduard Franz
as Judge Louis Brandeis
Edith Evanson
as Annie Gough
Jimmy Lydon
as Clinton
Richard Anderson
as Reynolds
Marshall Bradford
as Head Waiter
Wheaton Chambers
Dick Cogan
Jim Drum
as Secretary
Jack Gargan
Everett Glass
as Justice Peckham
Sherry Hall
John Hamilton
as Justice White
Holmes Herbert
as Justice McKenna
Selmar Jackson
as Lawyer
Todd Karns
as Secretary
Tommy Kelly
Stapleton Kent
as Court Clerk
Freeman Lusk
as Announcer
Robert Malcolm
as Marshall
Tony Merrill
as Reporter
Hayden Rorke
as Graham
Hugh Sanders
as Parker
Harlan Warde
as Norton
Gayne Whitman
as Senator
Wilson Wood
Bret Hamilton
Robert Sherwood
as Drake
Tony Merrill
as Reporter
Selmar Jackson
as Lawyer
Todd Karns
as Secretary
Hayden Rorke
as Graham
Gayne Whitman
as Senator
Freeman Lusk
as Announcer
Hugh Sanders
as Parker
John Hamilton
as Justice White
Marshall Bradford
as Head Waiter
Stapleton Kent
as Court Clerk
Holmes Herbert
as Justice McKenna
Robert Malcolm
as Marshall
Jim Drum
as Secretary
Harlan Warde
as Norton
Everett Glass
as Justice Peckham

Crew

John Sturges
Director
Armand Deutsch
Producer
Emmett Lavery
Play Author
Emmett Lavery
Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
David Raksin
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Editor
Arthur Lonergan
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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