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3.5
270 Ratings

Of Human Bondage

Directed by John Cromwell
United States, 1934
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Abandoning artistic ambitions, sensitive and club-footed Philip Carey enrolls in medical school and falls in love with illiterate waitress Mildred Rogers.

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Of Human Bondage Directed by John Cromwell

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1935 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

OF HUMAN BONDAGE is, I guess, the first kind of classic John Cromwell film, in that it’s well-remembered and has a classic source (Somerset Maugham) and iconic stars. And it’s compelling. Leslie Howard plays the mug of a hero beautifully, and Bette Davis, who invents the Dick Van Dyke cockney accent, gives a fearless, fiercely committed performance free of vanity.
December 23, 2016
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Anyone who’s read the novel will surely feel the spirit of Maugham’s complex characters in their nuanced performances, though Cromwell and crew were forced to work around the newly enforced Production Code… Cromwell’s OF HUMAN BONDAGE is a competent adaptation of a great novel that’s notably heightened by exceptional performances.
October 02, 2015
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Nearly all the supporting actors register as virtuous ciphers (Frances Dee and Kay Johnson, as good-girl love interests, offend most blandly) or chew the scenery with relish (Alan Hale as an adulterous German stuffed shirt, Reginald Owen braying as an avuncular eccentric). And journeyman director John Cromwell defaults to shooting the female players and Howard in cross-cut, head-on close-ups when he’s not hamstrung by RKO’s shoestring recreation of London streetscapes.
June 17, 2013
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