Of Human Bondage (1934)

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Directed by John Cromwell
1934/USA
RKO Radio Pictures

First Viewing

 

 

Mildred Rogers: You cad, you dirty swine! I never cared for you, not once! I was always makin’ a fool of ya! Ya bored me stiff; I hated ya! It made me SICK when I had to let ya kiss me. I only did it because ya begged me, ya hounded me and drove me crazy! And after ya kissed me, I always used to wipe my mouth! WIPE MY MOUTH!

Leslie Howard plays Philip Carey, a club-footed medical student with the soul of an artist. He falls helplessly in love with Mildred (Bette Davis), a waitress with a heart of ice who treats him like dirt. She figures that she can always go to Philip for help when she is in trouble and she is right.

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Bette Davis begged Warner Bros. to loan her to RKO so that she could play the meaty but unsympathetic role of Mildred. Her gamble paid off and the movie made her a star. She is far less mannered than she would get in later roles and really makes one hate her character. Leslie Howard is actually the central character and he acquits himself well as the pathetic young man.  I thought the ending was a bit weak but it turns out that it is the same as in the novel.

Montage of clips

 

One thought on “Of Human Bondage (1934)

  1. This is one of those movies I know I should get around to seeing some time. Bette Davis is always fun, even when the material is not so much fun. One of these days…

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